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NEW YORK, NY â€” Marlene Kahan, Executive Director, American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), today announced the slate of finalists for the 42nd annual National Magazine Awards (known as â€œThe Elliesâ€), the magazine industry’s highest honor.
Twenty-five finalists will receive the coveted â€œEllieâ€ (named after the Alexander Calder Stabile â€œElephantâ€) at a black-tie evening event on May 1, at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Frederick P. Rose Hall, in New York City. Barnes & Noble is the exclusive sponsor of the awards, and selected finalists will read at the Lincoln Triangle Barnes & Noble in Manhattan (1972 Broadway at 66th Street) on May 4.
The 2007 finalists offer examples of the best in magazine journalism written on an array of diverse topics. Emerging themes among the nominees include:
Personal service: Nominated articles covered subjects from the serious health risks of breast implant surgery to domestic violence; and how to survive outdoor accidents.
The war in Iraq, the war on terror, and Iran: Reports included an analysis of the Abu Ghraib scandal and multiple articles on the massacre of Iraqi civilians at Haditha.
Christopher Hitchens is recognized for both his prolific columns in Vanity Fair and as the subject of a masterful profile by Ian Parker in The New Yorker.
â€œThis year’s finalists are a vivid reminder of the depth and breadth of journalistic and editorial talent within the industry,â€ said Ms. Kahan. â€œIf anything, the sheer number of submissions this year is proof positive that magazines continue to be an essential voice in our most important public debates as well as in our every day passions and pursuits.â€
This year marks the debut of several new categories at the awards. They include:
Photojournalism, which recognizes the documentation of an event or subject in real time
A separate category, Photo Portfolio, honors creative photography and photo illustration such as fashion, art photography, and portraiture
Interactive Service and Interactive Feature, two new online-only categories designed to honor the enterprising multimedia features magazines are creating online
An analysis of the 2007 finalists reveals:
Twenty-two finalists are based in cities outside of New York.
First-time finalists include: Best Life, Columbia Journalism Review, Cookie, The Economist, Metropolis, More, New Letters, Saltwater Sportsman, Seed and Wondertime.
The New Yorker leads the list of 125 finalists, with a total of nine nominations.
Twenty-six other titles received multiple nominations: The Atlantic Monthly (3); The Believer (2); BusinessWeek.com (2); City (2); CondÃ© Nast Traveler (2); Esquire (7); Field & Stream (4); Foreign Policy (2); Glamour (2); Gourmet (3); GQ (4); Martha Stewart Living (2); Mother Jones (2); National Geographic (5); Newsweek (3); New York (7); O, The Oprah Magazine (2); The Paris Review (2); Rolling Stone (2); Seed (2); Slate (2); Time (2); Vanity Fair (4); The Virginia Quarterly Review (2); W (2); and Wired (2).
The awards honor print and online magazines for editorial excellence, innovation, journalistic enterprise, and visual imagination and vigor. Established in 1966, the National Magazine Awards is the preeminent program in the magazine industry to honor editorial excellence. ASME sponsors the awards program in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Finalists were chosen by 270 judges from the country’s top print and digital magazines. A total of 1,773 entries were submitted by 334 print and online publications.
The categories and finalists are:
GENERAL EXCELLENCE: Recognizes overall excellence in magazines in six circulation categories. The award honors the effectiveness with which writing, reporting, editing and design all come together to command readers’ attention and fulfill the magazine’s unique editorial mission.
Circulation under 100,000: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, I.D., Metropolis, Print, The Virginia Quarterly Review
Circulation of 100,000 to 250,000: Foreign Policy, Mother Jones, Philadelphia Magazine, Salt Water Sportsman, Seed
Circulation of 250,000 to 500,000: The Atlantic Monthly, Audubon, Cookie Magazine, New York Magazine, Texas Monthly
Circulation of 500,000 to 1,000,000: CondÃ© Nast Traveler, The Economist, Esquire, Gourmet, GQ, Wired
Circulation of 1,000,000 to 2,000,000: Entertainment Weekly, Field & Stream, More, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone
Circulation over 2,000,000: Glamour, Martha Stewart Living, National Geographic, O, The Oprah Magazine, Time
PERSONAL SERVICE: This category recognizes excellence in service journalism. The advice or instruction presented should help readers improve the quality of their personal lives.
Bicycling, Field & Stream, Glamour, Redbook, Wondertime
LEISURE INTERESTS: This category recognizes excellent service journalism about leisure-time pursuits. The practical advice or instruction presented should help readers enjoy hobbies or other recreational interests.
Esquire; Golf Digest; Men’s Health; O, The Oprah Magazine; Wired
REPORTING: This category recognizes excellence in reporting. It honors the enterprise, exclusive reporting and intelligent analysis that a magazine exhibits in covering an event, a situation or a problem of contemporary interest and significance.
Esquire, Fortune, IEEE Spectrum, Rolling Stone, Time
PUBLIC INTEREST: This category recognizes journalism that sheds new light on an issue of public importance and has the potential to affect national or local debate or policy.
The Atlantic Monthly, Best Life, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair
FEATURE WRITING: This category recognizes excellence in feature writing. The award honors the stylishness, flair, and originality with which the author treats his or her subject.
Esquire (2 nominations), GQ, The New Yorker, The Paris Review
PROFILE WRITING: This category recognizes excellence in profile writing. The award honors the vividness and perceptiveness with which the writer brings his or her subject to life.
Cincinnati Magazine, National Geographic, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair
ESSAYS: This category recognizes excellence in essay writing on topics ranging from the personal to the political. Whatever the subject, the award honors the author’s eloquence, perspective, fresh thinking and unique voice.
Foreign Policy, The Georgia Review, New Letters, The New Yorker, Smithsonian
COLUMNS and COMMENTARY: This category recognizes excellence in short-form political, social, economic or humorous commentary. The award honors the eloquence, force of argument and succinctness with which the writer presents his or her views.
Discover, Field & Stream, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair
REVIEWS and CRITICISM: This category recognizes excellence in criticism of art, books, movies, television, theater, music, dance, food, dining, fashion, products and the like. The award honors the knowledge, persuasiveness and original voice that the critic brings to his or her reviews.
The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, The New Yorker
MAGAZINE SECTION: This category recognizes the excellence of a regular department or editorial section of a magazine, either front- or back-of-book and composed of a variety of elements, both text and visual. The award honors the section’s voice, originality, design and packaging.
CondÃ© Nast Traveler, Esquire (2 nominations), Field & Stream, New York Magazine
SINGLE-TOPIC ISSUE: This category recognizes magazines that have devoted an issue to an in-depth examination of one topic. The award honors the ambition, comprehensiveness and imagination with which a magazine treats its subject.
Backpacker, The Believer, Columbia Journalism Review, Departures, Newsweek
DESIGN: This category recognizes excellence in magazine design. The award honors the effectiveness of overall design, artwork, graphics and typography in enhancing a magazine’s unique mission and personality.
The Believer, Gourmet, GQ, New York Magazine, Outside, Seed
PHOTOGRAPHY: This category recognizes excellence in magazine photography. The award honors the effectiveness of photography, photojournalism and photo illustration in enhancing a magazine’s unique mission and personality.
Country Home, Gourmet, Martha Stewart Living, National Geographic, W
PHOTOJOURNALISM: This category recognizes the informative photographic documentation of an event or subject in real-time.
Aperture, National Geographic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair
PHOTO PORTFOLIO: This category honors creative photography and photo illustration (including portraiture or specially produced layouts on fashion, food, decorating, travel, design, the arts, etc.).
City (2 nominations), Details, Vogue, W
FICTION: This category recognizes excellence in magazine fiction writing. The award honors the quality of a publication’s literary selections.
McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, Playboy, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Zoetrope: All-Story
GENERAL EXCELLENCE ONLINE: This category recognizes outstanding magazine Internet sites, as well as online-only magazines that have a significant amount of original content. The award honors sites that convey a distinct editorial identity and create a unique magazine environment on the web.
Beliefnet, BusinessWeek.com, ESPN.com, People.com, Slate
INTERACTIVE SERVICE: A new category this year, it recognizes service features on the web. The category honors a site’s creative use of multimedia technology, user involvement, personalization and/or community tools.
BusinessWeek.com, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Epicurious.com, nymag.com, Slate
INTERACTIVE FEATURE: Also a new category this year, it honors multi-media editorial web features focusing on news, entertainment, etc.
Mother Jones, National Geographic, Nerve.com, nymag.com, Newsweek.com
***An expanded finalist list (including issue dates, nominated articles and authors) can be found on the ASME website at http://asme.magazine.org. Additional information is available on request.
The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) is a non-profit professional organization for editors of print and online magazines edited, published and distributed in the U.S. Established in 1963, ASME currently has about 900 members nationwide. Among other things, ASME provides continuing education for magazine editors, works to preserve editorial independence and speaks out on public policy issues, particularly those pertaining to the First Amendment.
Marlene Kahan Howard Polskin Cristina Dinozo
Executive Director SVP, Communications/Events Director, Communications
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