The American Prospect Wins Utne Independent Press Award

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Utne Reader, the best of the alternative press, last night presented The American Prospect with an Utne Independent Press Award for best political coverage. The Utne Independent Press Awards recognize the excellence and vitality of alternative and independent publishing.

2010 Utne Independent Press Awards

The quality of this year’s nominees is both a tribute to and a direct reflection of that phenomenon.

Utne Reader, the best of the alternative press, last night presented The American Prospect with an Utne Independent Press Award for best political coverage. Utne Reader announced the awards during the Magazine Publishers of America-Independent Magazine Advisory Group (IMAG) conference at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

The American Prospect, launched in 1990, demonstrates that progressive ideas could animate a majority politics; energize civic democracy and give voice to the disenfranchised; and counteract the growing influence of conservative media. Utne editors recognized The American Prospect both for being a bastion of “liberal intelligence,” and because of its consistently deep coverage of issues involving everything from Wall Street to workers’ rights, international diplomacy to state-sanctioned torture.

The Utne Independent Press Awards recognize the excellence and vitality of alternative and independent publishing. Utne Reader Editor in Chief David Schimke believes that independent journalists have raised the bar despite the current state of mainstream media.

“It’s clear that today’s best journalists and writers, who just a few years ago were working for daily newspapers or metropolitan weeklies, are finding a home for their best work in smaller, independent and alternative magazines,” Schimke says. “The quality of this year’s nominees is both a tribute to and a direct reflection of that phenomenon.”

Utne Reader’s editors select nominee publications through an extensive reading process and yearlong examination, rather than via a competition with entry forms and fees. In this way, the magazine honors the efforts of small, sometimes unnoticed publications that provide innovative, thought-provoking perspectives often ignored or overlooked by mass media.

The awards were presented at a dinner attended by publishers and editors from the independent press.

For more information on the awards presentation, go to http://www.Utne.com/UIPA2010. Samples of work from the winners will run in the July-August issue of Utne Reader, on newsstands June 22.

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