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Posts Tagged ‘American Society of Magazine Editors’

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.”

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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,, 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,, 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

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!

Ten Years Of Magazines In Two Minutes

You may have already seen this video floating around the Interwebs, but we thought it was just too cool not to share.

The American Society of Magazine Editors and the Magazine Publishers of America have compiled 92 covers that represent the decade that was, visually calling to mind ten years of events and experiences that shaped our country and our world — from September 11 to Hurricane Katrina to Obama’s election, the phenomena of Google, Apple and Tina Fey — in just two minutes.

Hope you enjoy as much as we do.

Previously: MPA’s Tweetable Truths Give Hope To The Magazine Industry

FishbowlNY’s 2009 Lists: The Events That The Media Loved This Year

sxsw2009logo.pngLast week, we asked FishbowlNY readers: What party or event did the media overrun in 2009? And we got our reply: an overwhelming 88 percent of you said that the Presidential Inauguration was the biggest media blow-out of the year.

To be honest, that was sort of a no-brainer. When your kids ask you where you were the first African American was sworn into office, you’ll probably remember that better than, say, the 2009 South by Southwest festival (which came in third with four percent of the votes).

And FishbowlNY was there, covering The Huffington Post‘s Inaugural Ball! (Big thanks to former FishbowlNY editor Glynnis MacNicol for all that fabulous coverage.)

For music lovers and techies though, the week-long Austin party will probably be remembered as our generation’s Burning Man, but with more clothes and different drugs. But even the stunt of British developers taking over a conference room and holding a “Not Another Social Media Panel” panel failed to convince our readers that the SXSW festival was more important than Barack Obama this year. Who says we don’t have our priorities straight?

Coming in fourth was The Webbies with two percent of your vote, while The National Magazine Awards (The Ellies) and the Time 100 party garnered no votes whatsoever. But we’d like to give a special consolation prize both to The Ellies and the entirety of Internet Week, the latter of which drew crowds large enough to be considered at least the New York techie’s version of SXSW. (The music conference portion would be CMJ, we guess.)

And The Ellies were particularly important this year, since it was the first year that the American Society of Magazine Editors recognized digital media in their applicant pool. Next year, without any election to overshadow it, The Ellies may take the lead as media’s biggest event, as they introduce 12 new categories for online journalism.

As for the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, and Grammys? That must be the six percent “Other” that people voted for. Was there an event we missed? Let us know in the comments.

Previously: Poll: What Was The Biggest Media Event of 2009?, HuffPo Inaugural Ball Celebrates Democracy of the Line-Up

On The Menu: BusinessWeek Sale, Conde’s Lost $1B And MySpace Devalued


FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst once again joined the Morning Media Menu podcast this morning, joining hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven to discuss the day’s biggest media headlines.

First, Amanda talked about her “Today” show appearance, then the group dove right into yesterday’s news about Bloomberg LP’s acquisition of BusinessWeek.

Also discussed: How Conde Nast has lost $1 billion in advertising revenue, Rupert Murdoch-owned MySpace may be worthless and the American Society of Magazine Editors is adding more award categories.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at and call in at 646-929-0321.