Young Pioneers Nominated for 2004 Utne Independent Press Award

Utne, the nation's leading magazine of alternative ideas, announces the nomination of Young Pioneers for an Utne Independent Press Award in the category of Best New Title.

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(PRWEB) October 26, 2004

Utne, the nation's leading magazine of alternative ideas, announces the nomination of Young Pioneers for an Utne Independent Press Award in the category of Best New Title. Since 1989 these awards have showcased the best from the Independent Press in categories ranging from reporting excellence to personal life, cultural and international coverage.

“Young Pioneers stands out as an important independent media voice. We are pleased to honor your accomplishments with an Utne Independent Press Award nomination," said Editor Jay Walljasper.

Young Pioneers (http://www.youngpioneers.com) was launched in April 2004 by Dan Eldridge, a freelance journalist and independent travel enthusiast whose articles and essays have appeared in Transitions Abroad, Giant Robot, Punk Planet, Seattle Magazine, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh City Paper, Resonance, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, MediaBistro.com, and many more. Eldridge’s travel writing has taken him to Istanbul, Turkey, where he worked as the Literature and Music Editor for the English-language Istanbull Magazine, and to Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he discussed Buddhist philosophy with novice monks. Eldridge has also worked as a bicycle messenger in San Francisco, a barista in Seattle, a bookseller in Manhattan, a dishwasher in Pittsburgh, and a busboy in Dublin, Ireland.

The Utne Independent Press Awards (http://www.utne.com/uipa/), previously known as Utne Reader Alternative Press Awards, recognize excellence in alternative and independent publishing. Utne’s editors select nominee publications through their extensive reading process and careful examination, rather than a competition requiring entry forms and fees. In this way, Utne honors the efforts of small, sometimes unnoticed publications that provide innovative, thought-provoking perspectives often ignored or overlooked by mass media.

Utne magazine, the nation's leading digest of the alternative media, has a paid circulation of 225,000. Since 1984, Utne has published the most innovative thinking on the critical issues of our time, always informing and inspiring its readers to action.

Young Pioneers is a small-press journal of Independent Travel Culture with one solitary goal in mind: to prove that long-term, low-cost world travel is easier, and much more rewarding, than most people figure. The premiere issue acts as a primer on the subject of independent travel culture itself, by introducing readers to a monumentally important group of writers, editors, filmmakers, artists, thinkers, and explorers who have been instrumental in creating the budget-travel and backpacking scenes we know today. Future issues will use immersion journalism techniques to explore the various worlds of working travelers, and other people who travel as a way of life.

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