Mother Jones Nominated for 4 National Magazine Awards

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Today, the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) announced the nominees for the 2013 National Magazine Awards. We are thrilled to announce that Mother Jones has been nominated in four categories: general excellence, print; multimedia; video (for the 47 percent video); and feature writing, for Mac McClelland’s “I Was A Warehouse Wage Slave” (a.k.a. “Shelf Lives”). These awards, which honor work published in 2012, are considered the Academy Awards of the industry. On May 2, editors will gather in New York City to find out the winners.

The nominees were also notable for the number of women nominated for the writing and reporting categories. For the first time, women achieved parity in the number of such nominations. Hell, it’s the first time they’ve come close. (Clara has more on that here.)

The official release from ASME is below. You can monitor chatter about the nominations on twitter by following @ASME1963 and the hashtag #ellies.


NEW YORK, NY (April 1, 2013)—The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) today announced the finalists for the 2013 National Magazine Awards. Known as the Ellies–for the Alexander Calder stabile “Elephant” given to each award winner–the National Magazine Awards will be presented on Thursday, May 2, at the New York Marriott Marquis.

The May 2 gala will also include the presentation of the Creative Excellence Award to Milton Glaser and Walter Bernard, whose work as graphic designers has shaped the modern magazine. The Creative Excellence Award was established in 2008 by ASME to recognize writers and artists who have made unique and enduring contributions to magazines.

Sixty-two publications were nominated this year in 23 categories. Twenty-six magazines received multiple nominations, led by National Geographic with seven, followed by Bon Appétit and New York, both with six. GQ and The New Yorker both received five nominations; Esquire, Harper’s Magazine, Mother Jones and Texas Monthly all received four.

Magazines with multiple nominations also include The Atlantic (3), Saveur (3), TIME (3), Wired (3), Bloomberg Businessweek (2), Byliner (2), Golf Digest (2) Los Angeles (2), Martha Stewart Living (2), The New York Times Magazine (2), Outside (2), The Paris Review (2), Real Simple (2), Scientific American (2),Slate (2), Sports Illustrated (2) and W (2).

Six publications are first-time finalists: Afar for Website; Bullett for Design; Byliner for Feature Writing and Fiction; HGTV Magazine for Magazine Section; mental_floss for General Excellence, Print; and Pitchfork for General Excellence, Digital Media.

Finalists in the Magazine of the Year category, honoring excellence both in print and on digital platforms, will be announced on Monday, April 8.
Established in 1966, the National Magazine Awards are sponsored by ASME in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Nearly 260 publications entered the National Magazine Awards this year, submitting 1,636 entries. The judges included 330 magazine editors, art directors and photography editors as well as journalism educators.


News, Sports, and Entertainment Magazines
(Honors large-circulation weeklies, biweeklies and monthlies)
Esquire; Fortune; National Geographic; New York; Wired

Service and Fashion Magazines
(Honors women’s magazines, including health, fitness and family-centric publications)
Harper’s Bazaar; O, The Oprah Magazine; Real Simple; Vogue; Women’s Health

Women’s Health Lifestyle Magazines
(Honors food, travel and shelter magazines as well as city and regional publications)
Bon Appétit; House Beautiful; Martha Stewart Living; Saveur; Texas Monthly

Special-Interest Magazines
(Honors magazines serving targeted audiences, including enthusiast and hobbyist titles)
The Fader; mental_floss; MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History; Outside; Scientific American

Literary, Political and Professional Magazines
(Honors small-circulation general-interest magazines as well as academic and scholarly publications)
MIT Technology Review; Mother Jones; The New Republic; The Paris Review; Poetry

Chow; Glamour; National Geographic; Pitchfork; Slate

Bon Appétit; Bullett; Details; New York; TIME

Bon Appétit; Interview; National Geographic; TIME; W


Harper’s Magazine for “The Water of My Land,” photographs by Samuel James; September

Martha Stewart Living for “A Pilgrim’s Feast,” photographs by Anna Williams; November

National Geographic for “In the Shadow of Wounded Knee,” by Alexandra Fuller; photographs by Aaron Huey; August

New York for “What We Saw When The Lights Went Out,” by John Homans; photographs by Iwan Baan, Pari Dukovic, Christopher Griffith, Casey Kelbaugh, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Joseph Michael Lopez, Gus Powell, Joseph Rodriguez and Peter Yang; November 12

W for “Good Kate, Bad Kate,” by Will Self; photographs by Steven Klein; March


Backpacker for “The Survival Issue,” October

Bloomberg Businessweek for “Election Issue,” October 15-21

Fast Company for “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies,” March

Saveur for “The Mexico Issue,” August/September

Sports Illustrated for “Olympic Preview,” July 23


Bon Appétit for “Starters”

Esquire for “Man at His Best”

GQ for “The Punch List”

HGTV Magazine for “Help Wanted”

New York for “Strategist”


Esquire for “Fatherhood for Men,” June/July

GQ for “Marriage: The Most Important, Least Discussed Institution You’ll Ever Be a Part Of,” May

Los Angeles for “The New Face and Body of Plastic Surgery,” October

Outside for “Take Two Hours of Pike Forest and Call Me in the Morning,” by Florence Williams; December

Real Simple for “Women and Time: Setting a New Agenda,” April


Bon Appétit for “The Incredible Egg,” by Carla Lalli Music, April

ESPN The Magazine for “Fantasy Football,” August 6

Golf Digest for “Masters Preview,” April

Los Angeles for “The Food Lover’s Guide to L.A.,” edited by Lesley Bargar Suter; November

Wired for “How to Be a Geek Dad,” June

Afar; The Atlantic; Golf Digest; National Geographic; Scientific American

Bloomberg Businessweek; Bon Appétit; Esquire; Money; National Geographic


Field & Stream for “The Best Days of the Rut 2012,” November Print Issue, and “The F&S Rut Reporters” at and for iPhone
Mother Jones for “MoJo Labs: Data Journalism and Graphics

National Geographic for “Cheetahs on the Edge,” November iPad Edition

The New Yorker for “Secrets of Edgewood

TIME for Hurricane Sandy Coverage


The Daily Beast for “How Obama Learned to Kill,” June 6, and “The Keys to the Economy,” October 25, from the Op-Vid Series
Mother Jones for “Full Secret Video of Private Romney Fundraiser,” September 18
The Oxford American for “Tiny Town!,” June 8, and “I’ll Paint Something Worthwhile,” August 15, from the SoLost Video Series

Saveur for “How to Make Salsa Verde with Avocado,” August 15, “Martin Yan Makes Scallion Pancakes,” October 10, and “How to Make the Perfect Tempura,” December 4, from the Master Class Video Series

Sports Illustrated for “Welcome to Friendship Beach,” August 21, and “Loud and Clear,” September 25, from the Underdogs Video Series


The Atlantic for “The Writing Revolution,” by Peg Tyre; October

Consumer Reports for “Arsenic in Your Juice,” January, and “Arsenic in Your Food,” November, by Andrea Rock

The New Yorker for “The Throwaways,” by Sarah Stillman; September 3

Rolling Stone for “School of Hate,” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely; February 16

Texas Monthly for “Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Wives,” by Mimi Swartz; August


Chicago for “Lawbreakers, Lawmakers,” by David Bernstein and Noah Isackson; January

GQ for “18 Tigers, 17 Lions, 8 Bears, 3 Cougars, 2 Wolves, 1 Baboon, 1 Macaque and 1 Man Dead in Ohio,” by Chris Heath; March

Harper’s Magazine for “All Politics Is Local: Election Night in Peru’s Largest Prison,” by Daniel Alarcón; February
The New York Times Magazine for “Did You Think About the Six People You Executed?” by Robert F. Worth; May 13

The New Yorker for “The Implosion,” February 27, and “The War Within,” August 27, by Jon Lee Anderson

Texas Monthly for “Hannah and Andrew,” by Pamela Colloff; January
The Texas Observer for “Valley of Death,” by Melissa del Bosque; March


Byliner for “The Living and the Dead,” by Brian Mockenhaupt; October

GQ for “The Blind Faith of the One-Eyed Matador,” by Karen Russell; October

GQ for “Burning Man,” by Jay Kirk; February
Mother Jones for “Shelf Lives,” by Mac McClelland; March/April

The New Yorker for “Atonement,” by Dexter Filkins; October 29 & November 5

Texas Monthly for “The Innocent Man: Part I,” November, and “The Innocent Man: Part II,” December, by Pamela Colloff

Wired for “Inside the Mansion—and the Mind—of Kim Dotcom, the Most Wanted Man on the Internet,” by Charles Graeber; November


The Atlantic for “Fear of a Black President,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates; September

Foreign Policy for “Why Do They Hate Us?” by Mona Eltahawy; May/June

New York for “A Life Worth Ending,” by Michael Wolff; May 28

The New Yorker for “Over the Wall,” by Roger Angell; November 19

Orion for “State of the Species,” by Charles C. Mann; November/December


Elle for three columns by Daphne Merkin: “Portrait of a Lady,” March; “Social Animal,” May; and “We’re All Helmut Newton Now,” October

The Nation for three columns by Katha Pollitt: “Protect Pregnant Women: Free Bei Bei Shuai,” March 26; “Ann Romney, Working Woman?” May 7; and “Blasphemy Is Good for You,” October 15

New York for three columns by Frank Rich: “Who in God’s Name Is Mitt Romney?” February 6; “Mayberry R.I.P.,” July 30; and “Nora’s Secret,” August 27-September 3
The New York Times Magazine for three columns by Adam Davidson: “It Ain’t Just Pickles,” February 19; “The $200,000-Nanny Club,” March 25; and “Caymans, Here We Come,” July 29

Slate for three columns by Dahlia Lithwick: “It’s Not About the Law, Stupid,” March 22; “The Supreme Court’s Dark Vision of Freedom,” March 27; and “Where Is the Liberal Outrage?” July 6


Byliner for “The Boy Vanishes,” by Jennifer Haigh; July

Harper’s Magazine for “Batman and Robin Have an Altercation,” by Stephen King; September

Harper’s Magazine for “Train,” by Alice Munro; April

McSweeney’s Quarterly for “River Camp,” by Thomas McGuane; September
The Paris Review for “Housebreaking,” by Sarah Frisch; December

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