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National Magazine Award Finalists: Where To Find 2007's Best Articles

Huffington Post   Danny Shea First Posted: 04/30/08 06:28 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 01:25 PM ET

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The nominees for this year's National Magazine Awards were announced yesterday and can be found at a variety of places (Portfolio.com's Jeff Bercovici has good coverage, as do Gawker and Memo Pad and FishbowlNY). But below, the definitive online resource for the 2008 Ellie Nominees — a list of nominees with links, wherever possible, to the specific articles mentioned. If you spot a link that we missed, please drop us a line at media@huffingtonpost.com, or leave a comment below.

GENERAL EXCELLENCE
This category recognizes overall excellence in magazines in six circulation categories. It honors the effectiveness with which writing, reporting, editing and design all come together to command readers' attention and fulfill the magazine's unique editorial mission.

Under 100,000 circulation

  • Aperture: Melissa Harris, editor-in-chief, for Summer, Fall, Winter issues.
  • The Georgia Review: Stephen Corey, editor, for Spring, Fall, Winter issues.
  • Metropolis: Susan S. Szenasy, editor-in-chief, for May, June, November issues.
  • Print: Joyce Rutter Kaye, editor-in-chief, for March/April, July/August, September/October issues.
  • The Virginia Quarterly Review: Ted Genoways, editor, for Spring, Summer issues, Daniel Alarcón and Ted Genoways, co-editors, for Fall issue.

100,000 to 250,000 circulation

  • Foreign Policy: Moisés Naím, editor-in-chief, for March/April, July/August, September/October issues.
  • Mother Jones: Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, editors-in-chief, for March/April, May/June, September/October issues.
  • Paste: Josh Jackson, editor-in-chief, for April, July, August issues.
  • Philadelphia: Larry Platt, editor-in-chief, for September, October, December issues.
  • Radar: Maer Roshan, editor-in-chief, for March/April, June/July, November issues.

250,000 to 500,000 circulation

  • Backpacker: Jonathan Dorn, editor-in-chief, for April, May, September issues.
  • Cookie: Pilar Guzm´n, editor-in-chief, for July/August, September, December/January issues.
  • New York: Adam Moss, editor-in-chief, for February 12, July 16, November 19 issues.
  • W: Patrick McCarthy, chairman and editorial director, for March, October, December issues.
  • Wondertime: Lisa Stiepock, editor, for February/March, September/October, November issues.

500,000 to 1,000,000 circulation

  • Budget Travel: Erik Torkells, editor, for July/August, September, November issues.
  • The Economist: John Micklethwait, editor-in-chief, for August 25-31, November 3-9, December 22-January 4 issues.
  • GQ: Jim Nelson, editor-in-chief, for March, September, October issues.
  • National Geographic Adventure: John Rasmus, editor-in-chief, for June/July, November, December/January issues.
  • Wired: Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief, for February, October, November issues.

1,000,000 to 2,000,000 circulation

Over 2,000,000 circulation

  • Glamour: Cynthia Leive, editor-in-chief, for June, September, December issues.
  • Martha Stewart Living: Martha Stewart, founder; Margaret Roach, editorial director, for March, October, December issues; Michael Boodro, editor-in-chief, for October, December issues.
  • National Geographic: Chris Johns, editor-in-chief, for June, August, December issues.
  • People: Larry Hackett, managing editor, for February 5, March 12, May 7 issues.
  • TIME: Richard Stengel, managing editor, for April 9, June 18, July 9 issues.

PERSONAL SERVICE
This category recognizes excellence in service journalism. The advice or instruction presented should help readers improve the quality of their personal lives.

LEISURE INTERESTS
This category recognizes excellent service journalism about leisure-time pursuits. The practical advice or instruction presented should help readers enjoy hobbies or other recreational interests.

REPORTING
This category recognizes excellence in reporting. It honors the enterprise, exclusive reporting and intelligent analysis that a magazine exhibits in covering an event, a situation or a problem of contemporary interest and significance.

PUBLIC INTEREST
This category recognizes journalism that sheds new light on an issue of public importance and has the potential to affect national or local debate policy.

FEATURE WRITING
This category recognizes excellence in feature writing. It honors the stylishness and originality with which the author treats his or her subject.

PROFILE WRITING
This category recognizes excellence in profile writing. It honors the vividness and perceptiveness with which the writer brings his or her subject to life.

ESSAYS
This category recognizes excellence in essay writing on topics ranging from the personal to the political. Whatever the subject, emphasis should be placed on the author's eloquence, perspective, fresh thinking and unique voice.

COLUMNS and COMMENTARY
This category recognizes excellence in short-form political, social, economic or humorous commentary. It honors the eloquence, force of argument and succinctness with which the writer presents his or her views.

REVIEWS and CRITICISM
This category recognizes excellence in criticism of art, books, movies, television, theater, music, dance, food, dining, fashion, products and the like. It honors the knowledge, persuasiveness and original voice that the critic brings to his or her reviews.

MAGAZINE SECTION
This category recognizes excellence of a regular, cohesive section of a magazine, either front- or back-of-book and composed of a variety of elements, both text and visual. Finalists are selected based on the section's voice, originality, and unified design and packaging.

  • Condé Nast Portfolio: Joanne Lipman, editor-in-chief, for its Brief section, September, November, December.
  • Esquire: David Granger, editor-in-chief, for its Man at His Best section, April, September, December.
  • Good: Zach Frechette, editor-in-chief, for its Transparency section, January/February, July/August, September/October.
  • O, The Oprah Magazine: Oprah Winfrey, founder and editorial director; Amy Gross, editor-in-chief, for its Reading Room section, March, August, October.
  • Wired: Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief, for its Start section, October, November, December.

SINGLE-TOPIC ISSUE
This category recognizes magazines that have devoted an issue to an in-depth examination of one topic. It honors the ambition, comprehensiveness and imagination with which a magazine treats its subject.

  • Departures: Richard David Story, editor-in-chief, for Russia Now 2007, October.
  • Domino: Deborah Needleman, editor-in-chief, for The Green Issue, March.
  • Gourmet: Ruth Reichl, editor-in-chief, for its special Latino American issue, September.
  • IEEE Spectrum: Susan Hassler, editor-in-chief, for Engineering the Megacity, June.
  • The Virginia Quarterly Review: Daniel Alarcón and Ted Genoways, co-editors, for South America in the 21st Century, Fall.

DESIGN
This category recognizes excellence in magazine design. It honors the effectiveness of overall design, artwork, graphics and typography in enhancing a magazine’s unique mission and personality.

  • Good: Zach Frechette, editor-in-chief; Scott Stowell, design director, for July/August, September/October, November/December issues.
  • GQ: Jim Nelson, editor-in-chief; Fred Woodward, design director; Jim Moore, creative director, for January, September, October issues.
  • New York: Adam Moss, editor-in-chief; Chris Dixon, design director, for March 26, June 25, December 17 issues.
  • T: The New York Times Style Magazine: Stefano Tonchi, editor; Janet Froelich, creative director; Christopher Martinez, art director, for September 16, August 26, December 2 issues.
  • Vanity Fair: Graydon Carter, editor; David Harris, design director, for March, September, November issues.
  • Wired: Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief; Scott Dadich, creative director, for August, October, November issues; Wyatt Mitchell, design director, for November issue.

PHOTOGRAPHY
This category recognizes excellence in magazine photography. It honors the effectiveness of photography, photojournalism and photo illustration in enhancing a magazine's unique mission and personality.

  • Gourmet: Ruth Reichl, editor-in-chief; Richard Ferretti, creative director; Erika Oliveira, art director; Amy Koblenzer, photo editor, for September, October, December issues.
  • GQ: Jim Nelson, editor-in-chief; Fred Woodward, design director; Jim Moore, creative director; Anton Ioukhnovets, art director; Dora Somosi, director of photography, for September, October, December issues.
  • Martha Stewart Living: Martha Stewart, founder; Gael Towey, chief creative officer; Margaret Roach, editorial director; Michael Boodro, editor-in-chief; Eric A. Pike, creative director; James Dunlinson, design director; Heloise Goodman, director of photography and illustration, for May, October, November issues.
  • National Geographic: Chris Johns, editor-in-chief; David Griffin, director of photography; Susan A. Smith, deputy director, photography, for March, April, June issues.
  • New York: Adam Moss, editor-in-chief; Chris Dixon, design director; Jody Quon, photography director, for January 15, October 29, November 12 issues.
  • W: Patrick McCarthy, chairman and editorial director; Dennis Freedman, creative director; Edward Leida, group design director; Nathalie Kirsheh, art director; Nadia Vellam, photo editor, for March, September, November issues.


PHOTOJOURNALISM
This category recognizes the informative photographic documentation of an event or subject in real-time. Although photo essays accompanied by text will be eligible, they will be judged primarily on the strength of the photographs.

  • Aperture: Melissa Harris, editor-in-chief; Yolanda Cuomo, art director, for Mikhael Subotzky: Inside South African Prisons, by Michael Godby; photographs by Mikhael Subotzky, Fall.
  • Mother Jones: Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, editors-in-chief; Susan Scandrett, creative director; Tim J. Luddy, art director; Sarah Kehoe, photo director, for The Hidden Half, by Elizabeth Gettelman; photographs by Lana Slezić, July/August.
  • National Geographic: Chris Johns, editor-in-chief; David Griffin, director of photography; Charles Blow, art director; Susan A. Smith, photography deputy director, for Bedlam in the Blood: Malaria, by Michael Finkel; photographs by John Stanmeyer, July.
  • The New Yorker: David Remnick, editor; Elisabeth Biondi, photo director, for The Interpreter, by John Colapinto; photographs by Martin Schoeller, April 16.
  • The Virginia Quarterly Review: Ted Genoways, editor, for A Window on Baghdad, photographs and text by Chris Hondros, Summer.

PHOTO PORTFOLIO
This category honors creative photography and photo illustration. Although photo essays accompanied by text will be eligible, they will be judged primarily on the strength of the photographs.

  • New York: Adam Moss, editor-in-chief; Chris Dixon, design director; Jody Quon, photography director; Kate Elazegui and Randy Minor, art directors, for Leaps and Bounds, photographs by Rodney Smith; styling by Harriet Mays Powell, August 27.
  • Newsweek: Jon Meacham, editor; Amid Capeci, assistant managing editor, design, for Faces of a Fiery Year, photographs by Nigel Parry, November 19.
  • T, The New York Times Style Magazine: Stefano Tonchi, editor; Janet Froelich, creative director; Christopher Martinez, art director; Kathy Ryan, photography director, for A Cultivated Eye, photographs by Fabrizio Coppi and Lucilla Barbieri, April 15.
  • T, The New York Times Style Magazine: Stefano Tonchi, editor; Janet Froelich, creative director; Christopher Martinez, art director; Kathy Ryan, photography director, for Snow Bound, by Jeffries Blackerby; photographs by Raymond Meier, November 18.
  • Vanity Fair: Graydon Carter, editor; David Harris, design director; Susan White, photography director, for Killers Kill, Dead Men Die: A 2007 Hollywood Portfolio, Michael Roberts, fashion and style director; photographs by Annie Leibovitz, in collaboration with Vilmos Zsigmond, cinematographer, March.

FICTION
This category recognizes excellence in magazine fiction writing. It honors the quality of a publication's literary selections.


GENERAL EXCELLENCE ONLINE
This category recognizes outstanding magazine websites, as well as online-only magazines that feature original content. The site must convey a distinct editorial identity and create a unique magazine environment on the web.


PERSONAL SERVICE ONLINE
This category recognizes an outstanding service feature on the web. The practical advice or instruction presented should help readers either improve the quality of their personal lives or enjoy recreational interests. The category honors a site's creative use of multimedia technology, user involvement and community tools, and/or exceptional work in the blog form.


INTERACTIVE FEATURE
This category recognizes an outstanding interactive section of the website, featuring news, entertainment and other subjects that do not offer practical instruction or advice. The category honors a site's creative use of multimedia technology, user involvement and community tools, and/or exceptional work in the blog form.

With assistance from Dipayan Gupta

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