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Fast Company Named Magazine of The Year

elliesStaffers at Fast Company rejoice: You work at the Magazine of the Year. That’s according to the ASME’s National Magazine Awards, which are basically the Oscars for the magazine world.

Here are some other notes from the awards, which are also known as the Ellies:

  • The New Yorker won the most Ellies. It took home four, for feature writing, fiction, essays and criticism, and columns and commentary.
  • New York won three — design, best website and general excellence in general interest. Generally exciting.
  • National Geographic won for tablet magazine and multimedia magazine.
  • Modern Farmer won its first Ellie, for its “Modern Farmer Handbook” section.
  • Cosmo won for personal service.
  • Bon Appétit won for photography.
  • Wired, GQ and Harper’s did not win any Ellies.
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Boston Magazine Wins ASME Cover of The Year

The American Society of Magazine Editors has given its 2014 Cover of The Year award to Boston magazine. The May 2013 issue, featuring a collection of runners’ shoes, beat out some hefty competition — including Businessweek, New York, W and more.

The ASME Reader’s Choice Cover of the Year was another relatively unexpected winner – Atlanta won for its cover featuring Walking Dead star Norman Reedus.

In other ASME news, their National Magazine Awards (aka the Ellies) are tonight at the Marriott Marquis.

ASME Names 2014 Cover of The Year Finalists

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) has announced the finalists in its Cover of The Year contest. According to the judges — which included editors, photo editors and art directors — the following magazines have a shot:

  • New York
  • Bloomberg Pursuits
  • Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Boston
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Food & Wine
  • O, The Oprah Magazine
  • W
  • Vanity Fair

Our favorite? Probably Businessweek (pictured), which also won our Cover of The Year reader’s poll.

ASME will announce the winner April 30. Click through to view all the fantastic finalists.

Graydon Carter Named to Magazine Editors Hall of Fame

Graydon Carter, the longtime Vanity Fair editor, has been elected to the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame. He’ll be honored at a ceremony at the Marquis on May 1.

Carter has been in the magazine business for many years. He was a staff writer at Time and Life, and co-founded Spy in 1986. Carter served as the editor of The New York Observer before jumping to what would ultimately cement his legacy — editing VF. He has held that spot since 1992. During Carter’s span as VF’s editor, the title has won 14 National Magazine Awards; two for General Excellence.

“Few journalists are as influential — and as well known — as Graydon Carter,” said Sid Holt, ASME’s CEO, in a statement. “All you have to do is look around in print and online to see the lasting influence of Spy, the magazine he co-founded and edited in the 1980s. As the editor of Vanity Fair for the last two decades, he has continued to have an outsize impact not only on magazine journalism but also on American culture.”

2013 Magazine of The Year Finalists Announced

The American Society of Magazine Editors has just announced the finalists for the 2013 Magazine of The Year. Just like the other National Magazine Awards finalists, the winner will be named at an award ceremony on Thursday, May 2, at the Marriott Marquis. Congrats to all the nominees.

2013 Magazine of The Year Finalists:

  • Esquire (General Excellence, Print; Magazine Section; Personal Service; Tablet Magazine)
  • Glamour (General Excellence, Digital Media)
  • National Geographic (General Excellence, Print; General Excellence, Digital Media; Photography; Feature Photography; Website; Tablet Magazine; Multimedia)
  • New York (General Excellence, Print; Design; Feature Photography; Magazine Section; Essays and Criticism; Columns and Commentary)
  • Time (Design; Photography; Multimedia)

ASME Says Criticism of Nominations is ‘Kind of Silly’

Yesterday, when FishbowlNY covered the 2012 National Magazine Award finalists, we expected the typical backlash against the major publishing houses and our fine city. While there was some of that, many people took the ASME to task for the noticeable lack of women writers.

As Ann Friedman — the Executive Editor of GOOD noted, “Women hold their own or dominate in servicey categories (public interest, personal service) and fiction. They are not represented at all in the categories of reporting, feature writing, profile writing, essays and criticism, columns and commentary.” Alyssa Rosenberg, writing for Think Progress, added that the “women’s” category ends up hurting female writers:

The division in General Excellence creates an incentive for women’s magazines to genuinely specialize their coverage across the board, while men’s magazines have incentives to commission features and criticism that compete with publications like the New Yorker and The Atlantic.

Sid Holt, the ASME’s Chief Executive, brushed off the criticism. He wrote to Poynter and said it was all “Kind of silly,” went through the selection process and cited past nominations as proof that there is no bias:

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Los Angeles Magazine Nominated for Two Ellies

The American Society of Magazine Editors announced their finalists for the Ellies (the National Magazine Awards) Tuesday and Los Angeles magazine is a finalist in two categories.

“What Happened to Mitrice Richardson?” by Mike Kessler is a finalist in the reporting category and Steve Erickson in the columns and commentary category for his film reviews.

The Ellies will be presented at the New York Marriott Marquis on May 3.

The 2012 Digital Ellie Award Winners

The ASME handed out its 2012 Digital Ellie awards today, so let’s take a look at the winners. New York grabbed the big prize, nabbing the Ellie for General Excellence. It also won an Ellie for the Website category. Wired also took home two Ellies, one for Excellence in Digital Reporting and one for Design.

Others celebrating today are listed below.

  • Men’s Health, for Personal Service
  • The Daily Beast’s Book Beast, for Website Department
  • The American Scholar, for Commentary
  • Time’s Populist app, for Utility App
  • Foreign Policy, for Multimedia
  • The New York Times Magazine, for Video
  • National Geographic, for Tablet Editions (August 2011, September 2011 and November 2011)

Digital Ellie Finalists Announced

With the Oscars now over, let’s continue the self-congratulatory awards news with The American Society of Magazine Editors’ Digital Ellies finalists. Leading the way with 10 nominations is Condé Nast. Golf Digest, GQ, The New Yorker and Wired were selected for doing great things in the digital realm.

Runner-up was Time Inc.with six nominations for Cooking Light, EW.com, People, Sports Illustrated and Time. The Washington Post Company held down third place with four nods for Foreign Policy and Slate.

Below is the full list of finalists. If you happen to work at one of these publications, pat yourself on the back and be sure to humblebrag about it on Twitter.

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National Magazine Awards for Digital Media Announced

The great Jerry Seinfeld once said, “Awards don’t mean a goddamn thing. It’s stupid, they’re all stupid.” However! Everyone likes to get them, no matter how meaningless they are.

With that in mind, The American Society of Magazine Editors have announced the finalists for Digital Media – called the Digital Ellies – and both Time Inc. and Condé Nast received a slew of nominations.

Time was the big winner, with nominations spanning across nine of its titles, including Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, LIFE.com, Real Simple, Sports Illustrated, Sunset and Time. Condé Nast wasn’t too far behind with seven nominations for work by Epicurious, The New Yorker, Self, Vogue and Wired.com.

And since it seems so appropriate with the Academy Awards coming up, here’s another quote from Seinfeld’s anti-award show rant:

I don’t know why we’re so fascinated with actors in this culture. They haven’t got a thought in their stupid bed-head hairdo covered brains. We must honor this man! Why? He pretended to be Bob Johnson! He’s a genius I tell you! A genius! Playing dress-up and pretend is not genius ladies and gentleman, it’s not genius. Roll the cameras, put on these clothes, stand there, ready? Say what we told you to say!

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