National Magazine Nominates Six Bay Area Publications for Independent Press Awards

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This year’s local nominees cover seven of the nine categories for the Utne Independent Press Awards, which recognize excellence in alternative media coverage.

Utne Independent Press Awards

Utne Reader recognizes 64 nominees, including six from the Bay Area, for their excellence in alternative media coverage.

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 six local publications as nominees for the 22nd annual Utne Independent Press Awards. Winners will be announced May 18 at the MPA-Association of Magazine Media’s Independent Magazine Media Conference in San Francisco.

This year’s Bay Area nominees cover seven of the nine 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.

Bay Area Nominees:

The Believer — nominated for general excellence and best writing. This groundbreaking monthly magazine, created by Dave Eggers, includes wide-ranging culture essays, book reviews and interviews.

Earth Island Journal — nominated for best environmental coverage. Earth Island Journal balances investigative exposés with inspiring stories of change, giving people the information they need be effective environmental activists.

Gastronomica — nominated for best social/cultural coverage. Founded in 2001, Gastronomica uses food as a source of knowledge about different cultures and societies.

Make — nominated for best science/technology coverage. Make is a hybrid magazine/book that brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life.

Mother Jones — nominated for general excellence and best political coverage. Mother Jones, a bimonthly magazine of investigative journalism, holds the corporate world, the government and the mainstream media accountable.

Tikkun — nominated for best body/spirit coverage. Founded in 1986, Tikkun is dedicated to healing and transforming the world. It values writing that gives insight on how to make that utopian vision a reality.

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.”

About Utne Reader
Since 1984, Utne Reader (http://www.Utne.com) has been the vanguard of the alternative press, celebrating independent news and views from across the political spectrum. With ideas, trends and solutions you won’t see in the mainstream media for months or even years, Utne Reader is the publication to read first for readers who want to know what’s happening next.

About Ogden Publications Inc.
Ogden Publications Inc. (http://www.OgdenPubs.com) is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Natural Home & Garden, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit. Ogden Publications also produces environmentally friendly housewares through Natural Home Products LLC, and provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division.

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