National Magazine Nominates 14 New York City Publications for Independent Press Awards

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Utne Reader chooses local nominees for awards in eight of nine total categories. The Utne Independent Press Awards recognize the distinctiveness and vitality of alternative and independent publishing. Nominees in nine categories represent the best in independent political, social/cultural, arts, environmental, international, body/spirit, and science/technology coverage as well as best writing and general excellence.

Seventy-two nominees in nine categories will vy for the 2011 Utne Reader Independent Press Awards.

“Our awards celebrate those independent and alternative periodicals that give readers a fresh take on their world. That’s often accomplished by focusing on people, places, and ideas that are either misrepresented or ignored by big media.

Utne Reader, the best of the alternative press, names 14 New York City publications as nominees for the 22nd annual Utne Independent Press Awards. The winners will be announced May 18 at the MPA-Association of Magazine Media’s Independent Magazine Media Conference in San Francisco.

This year’s local nominees cover eight of the nine categories. New York City-based publications lead the Best Arts Coverage category nominations, with three publications vying for the award.

The Utne Independent Press Awards recognize the distinctiveness and vitality of alternative and independent publishing. Nominees in nine categories represent the best in independent political, social/cultural, arts, environmental, international, body/spirit, and science/technology coverage as well as best writing and general excellence.

Editor in Chief David Schimke believes that independent journalists continue to turn out high-quality original work, despite economic challenges and the ever-changing media landscape.

“Our awards — like every issue of Utne Reader — are designed to celebrate those independent and alternative periodicals that give readers a fresh take on their world,” Schimke says. “And that’s often accomplished by focusing on people, places, and ideas that are either misrepresented or ignored by big media.”

New York City Nominees:

Audubon — nominated for best environmental coverage. Audubon provides a place where nature enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers and socially conscious consumers can discover, connect with and be inspired by the natural world’s extraordinary beauty and diversity.

The Brooklyn Rail — nominated for best writing. This free publication began as a pamphlet for subway riders; now The Brooklyn Rail is a singular critical voice in the arts, politics and the world.

Commonweal — nominated for best body/spirit coverage. The oldest independent lay Catholic journal of opinion in the United States, Commonweal is an intelligent, open, committed but critical arbiter of American life and Catholic thought and practice.

Discover — nominated for best science/technology coverage. This publication covers everything from health and medicine to space to physics and math. Discover opens readers’ eyes to new information and challenges them to learn about important issues in the industry.

Dissent — nominated for best political coverage. Dissent is a quarterly magazine of politics and culture full of strong opinions and independent minds.

Film Comment — nominated for best arts coverage. This cinematic journal is published by The Film Society of Lincoln Center.

IEEE Spectrum — nominated for best science/technology coverage. A monthly magazine for technology innovators, business leaders and the intellectually curious, IEEE Spectrum explores future technology trends and the impact of those trends on society and business.

NACLA Report on the Americas — nominated for best international coverage. This bimonthly magazine of news and analysis covers Latin America and its relationship with the United States.

The Nation — nominated for best political coverage. The Nation is a weekly publication making an earnest effort to bring a critical spirit to the discussion of political and social questions.

OnEarth — nominated for best environmental coverage. OnEarth explores politics, nature, wildlife, culture, science, health, the challenges that confront our planet, and the solutions that promise to heal and protect it.

Theme — nominated for best arts coverage. This publication collects stories for each issue based on a theme and aims to focus on stories not covered by mainstream media. Theme tells these stories from an insider’s point of view and targets a creative audience.

Tricycle — nominated for best body/spirit coverage. Published by the Tricycle Foundation, an organization dedicated to making Buddhist views, values and practices broadly available to all, Tricycle presents Buddhist perspectives to a Western readership.

Vintage Magazine — nominated for best arts coverage. Vintage explores the impact of history on present culture. This publication focuses on the finest of things, both in content and presentation.

Wax Poetics — nominated for general excellence and best arts coverage. Wax Poetics relies on a passion for quality music and the history that contextualizes it. This magazine prides itself on insightful commentary on a diverse range of music.

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