Magazines of the Month
On May 3rd the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) and the Columbia School of Journalism handed out the National Magazine Awards. The awards know as the Ellies, named after the elephant shaped trophy designed by sculptor Alexander Calder, have been presented each year since 1966. A group of 345 judges selected the finalists and winners and a group of 13 judges selected the top prize - The Magazine of the Year. This years' top prize went to Time Magazine. In giving the award the judges recognized the magazine for the historic 2011 issues on the killing of Osama bin Laden (May 20th), the death of Steve Jobs (October 17th), and the person of the Year - The Protestor (December 26th). The other nominees were Esquire, New York Magazine, The New Yorker and Popular Mechanics. Other awards went to - Business Week for excellence in general-interest magazines, O, The Oprah Magazine won for the best women's magazine and the late Christopher Hitchens won for his columns in Vanity Fair.
Local magazine 5280 was nominated in the category Public Interest for their article in the December 2011 issue entitled "Direct Fail" by Natasha Gardner about the juvenile justice system in Colorado. The winner was The New Yorker for their article in the June 6 issue - "The Invisible Army" - about the more than seventy thousand "third-country nationals" who work for the American military in war zones.
Additional awards were given for design, photography, reporting and feature writing. You can see the complete list of winners here.