National Magazine Nominates Eight Washington, D.C., Publications for Independent Press Awards

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This year’s local nominees cover six of the nine categories recognizing the best in alternative and independent magazine media. Area publications lead the Best International Coverage category nominations, with two publications vying for the award.

Utne Independent Press Awards

Utne Reader has nominated eight Washington, D.C.-area publications for its 22nd annual Utne Independent Press Awards for their contributions to 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 eight area 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 local nominees cover six of the nine categories. Washington, D.C.-based publications lead the Best International Coverage category nominations, with two 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.”

Washington, D.C., Nominees

The American Conservative — nominated for best political coverage. Unafraid of challenging conventional wisdom on both sides of the political divide, the Arlington, Va.-based monthly focuses on politics, culture and foreign policy from the perspective of traditional conservatism.

The American Prospect — nominated for best political coverage. Founded in 1990, the magazine's founding purpose was to demonstrate that progressive ideas could animate a majority politics; to restore to intellectual and political respectability the case for social investment; to energize civic democracy; and give voice to the disenfranchised.

The American Scholar — nominated for best writing and general excellence. The American Scholar is a quarterly magazine of public affairs, literature, science, history and culture published since 1932 by the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

The New Republic — nominated for best political coverage. The New Republic covers a variety of issues including politics, books and art, the economy, energy and the environment, metro policy, and film.

Science News — nominated for best science/technology coverage. Science News has been published since 1922. This award-winning biweekly news magazine covers important and emerging research in all fields of science.

Sojourners — nominated for best body/spirit coverage. Founded in 1971, the Sojourners Community created a magazine to articulate the biblical call to social justice in an effort to inspire hope and build a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church and the world.

The Wilson Quarterly — nominated for best international coverage. Since 1976, The Wilson Quarterly has provided a nonpartisan stance on the world of ideas. The journal’s goal is to engage audiences on public questions regarding politics and policy, culture, religion and science.

World Affairs — nominated for best international coverage. Established in 1837, World Affairs is a bimonthly international affairs journal that argues the big ideas behind U.S. foreign policy.

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.
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