National Magazine Nominates Two Chicago-Area Publications for Independent Press Awards

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Utne Reader recognizes In These Times and The Christian Century for their excellence in political and body/spirit coverage, respectively.

Utne Reader Independent Press Awards

Utne Reader is recognizing sixty-four nominees, including Chicago's In These Times and The Christian Century, for their excellence in alternative media.

“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 In These Times and The Christian Century 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.

In These Times earns its nomination for best political coverage. Founded in 1976, this nonprofit independent newsmagazine is committed to political and economic democracy.

Utne Reader recognizes The Christian Century in the best body/spirit coverage category. The Christian Century was founded in 1884 and highlights what it means to believe and live the Christian faith in our time.

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.”

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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