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Modern Farmer Founder Explains How She Connected the Dots

On May 29, Modern Farmer, a quarterly print magazine and website based in Hudson, New York, published the following articles:

Successful Game Developer: ‘I Owe it All to My Goats’

The Food Politics of Pokémon

These BuzzFeed-like items, suggests Business Insider technology beat writer Dylan Love, are perfect examples of how Modern Farmer has carved out content success. Founder-EIC Anne Marie Gardner and her crew are also riding high following their recent win at the 2014 National Magazine Awards. She tells Love how she came to this farm-to-table, “agricultural lifestyle” content nexus:

“I connected dots that weren’t connected before. I had covered travel, health, and beauty trends for [a magazine called] Monocle in my former life, and when you’re writing about trends, you get trained to see what’s coming.”

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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.

2014 National Magazine Awards Finalists Announced

ellie-awardThe 2014 National Magazine Awards finalists have been announced. Leading the way was New York, with nine nominations. It was followed by National Geographic, The New Yorker and Wired, each with six. Bon Appétit received five nominations, and GQ and Harper’s each received four.

The big prize — Magazine of The Year — featured the following finalists: The Atlantic, Bon Appétit, Esquire, Fast Company and yes, New York.

The awards will be given out May 1 at the Marriott Marquis. Congrats to everyone who received a nomination.

You can see all the finalists by clicking through.

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)

National Geographic Leads National Magazine Awards Finalists

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) has announced the finalists for the 2013 Ellies, and National Geographic leads the pack with seven nominations. Following up NatGeo is Bon Appétit and New York with six nominations; and GQ and The New Yorker each got five.

Below are the other magazines and digital publications which received multiple nominations:

  • Four Nominations: EsquireHarper’s MagazineMother JonesTexas Monthly 
  • Three Nominations: The AtlanticSaveur, TimeWired
  • Two Nominations: Businessweek, Byliner, Golf Digest, Los AngelesMartha Stewart LivingThe New York Times MagazineOutside, The Paris ReviewReal SimpleScientific American, Slate, Sports Illustrated, W

The Ellies will be given out Thursday, May 2, at the Marriott Marquis. The finalists for magazine of the year will be announced next Monday. For the full list of nominations, click through.

Journalists Question Veracity of Harper‘s Award-Winning Guantánamo Story

Was Scott Horton‘s “The Guantanamo ‘Suicides’” article, surprise winner of the National Magazine Award for Best Reporting, just another empty conspiracy theory?

The premise of the article was that three detainees who reportedly hanged themselves in Guantanamo had actually been killed during a torture session, and President Obama’s administration at minimum failed to fully investigate this because of what a public relations nightmare it would have been. But Alex Koppelman at Adweek argues that the theory doesn’t hold up.

Koppelman says that the story was shopped around to many investigative journalists, including The New Yorker’s Seymour Hersh and NBC News’ chief Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski. Several devoted months to investigating the story, but ultimately set it aside after deeming it not credible.  “Only after the big guys passed was the story shopped to Horton,” writes Koppelman. “He won for reporting, but in fact the story fell right into his lap, factual flaws and all.”

What made other journalists pass on the story? For one, Horton’s main sources “were perimeter guards, distant from the prisoners.” When they compared their accounts with “official reports of the suicide… it didn’t match up.”  Moreover, Horton’s story left out a few key details, including the fact that one of the independent autopsies of the prisoners “ended with the conclusion that hanging was, in fact, the most likely cause of death.” And another questionable point is the fact that the story’s source, who reportedly saw the detainees carted off in a white van, had “no way of knowing whether the men he saw were the ones who died later that night.”

The Harper‘s story has met with controversy from the beginning, though the National Magazine Awards stands by its choice.

The Controversy over Harper’s Win for Best Reporting at the Ellie

On of the major upsets at the National Magazine Awards this week was the “Reporting” award, which went to Harper’s for Scott Horton‘s “The Guantanamo ‘Suicides’.” The piece had a mixed reception when it was published; moreover, it was up against two standout articles — not just of this year but of any year — the Rolling Stone article “The Runaway General” by Michael Hastings (that led to the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal), and The New Yorker exposé of the Koch brothers by Jane Mayer.

Horton’s piece begins with the premise that not only has President Obama failed to close Guantanamo, he may be more implicated in horrors that have occurred there than has previously come to light. It begins:

[N]ew evidence…suggests the current administration failed to investigate seriously—and may even have continued—a cover-up of the possible homicides of three prisoners at Guantánamo in 2006.

Joe Pompeo at The Cutline gathered up some of the reactions around the media. Slate’s media critic, Jack Shafer, had the most biting criticism over the win:

I am dumbfounded. The Harper’s piece is a souffle of conjecture. Did the judges actually read it? Do they really think the Obama administration is covering up murders committed during the Bush administration?

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Pictures from Last Night’s National Magazine Awards

Last night, as we’ve reported, and live-tweeted, and follow-up tweeted to you many times, was the National Magazine Awards.

This is one of the biggest nights for the magazine industry, so we figure we can’t possibly overload you with information about it. And now we have some celebrity pictures from the event!

Host Katie Couric attending the 46th Annual 2011 National Magazine Awards:

Image credit: ASME

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National Magazine Awards Roundup: New York, National Geographic Among the Big Winners

Last night’s ASME National Magazine Awards had more than a few surprises. The evening began with a cocktail hour for a change, where FishbowlNY had drinks with Graydon Carter, Bethenny Frankel, David Copperfield, and other media celebrities milling around the red carpet. We caught up with a few nominees, such as the editor of Audobon magazine: “We’ve been nominated for 5 years,” he told us, “and we haven’t won once. I wasn’t going to attend, but then I thought, what if we win this year?”

They didn’t. Oh, well! Some other choice quotes: we heard from Bethenny Frankel that she always reads her magazine coverage in nail salons, because she is medicated on planes.

The evening began on a somber note, with Graydon Carter acknowledging the many journalists who had died or been detained while reporting in war areas, and presenting a slideshow of the work of Vanity Fair contributor Tim Hetherington, who died in Misrata, Libya.

But the mood lightened as the awards were announced. Some of the big winners of the night were New York Times Magazine, New York, and National Geographic, each taking home a couple of awards, with National Geographic jubilantly winning “Magazine of the Year.”

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“Magazine of the Year” Finalists Announced for the 2011 National Magazine Awards

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) announced today the 2011 Magazine of the Year finalists. The five finalists are The Atlantic, Backpacker, Foreign Policy, National Geographic, and Wired.

“The National Magazine Awards introduced the Magazine of the Year category just last year to honor magazines that have achieved distinction in print, online and on tablets and smartphones,” said Sid Holt, Chief Executive of ASME.

Last week ASME announced the finalists for the other awards categories, with The New Yorker leading the pack with nine nominations, followed by New York magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and Virginia Quarterly Review, each with six nominations.

Katie Couric will be hosting the awards gala, which will take place on May 9 in New York City. At least we know one thing she will be doing for sure in the future.

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