Mother Jones Nominated for 4 National Magazine Awards

Mother Jones has been nominated in four categories: general excellence, multimedia, video (for the 47 percent video), and feature writing.

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Today, the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) announced the nominees for the 2013 National Magazine Awards. We are thrilled to announce that Mother Jones has been nominated in four categories: general excellence, print; multimedia; video (for the 47 percent video); and feature writing, for Mac McClelland’s “I Was A Warehouse Wage Slave” (a.k.a. “Shelf Lives”). These awards, which honor work published in 2012, are considered the Academy Awards of the industry. On May 2, editors will gather in New York City to find out the winners.

The nominees were also notable for the number of women nominated for the writing and reporting categories. For the first time, women achieved parity in the number of such nominations. Hell, it’s the first time they’ve come close. (Clara has more on that here.)

The official release from ASME is below. You can monitor chatter about the nominations on twitter by following @ASME1963 and the hashtag #ellies.


NEW YORK, NY (April 1, 2013)—The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) today announced the finalists for the 2013 National Magazine Awards. Known as the Ellies–for the Alexander Calder stabile “Elephant” given to each award winner–the National Magazine Awards will be presented on Thursday, May 2, at the New York Marriott Marquis.

The May 2 gala will also include the presentation of the Creative Excellence Award to Milton Glaser and Walter Bernard, whose work as graphic designers has shaped the modern magazine. The Creative Excellence Award was established in 2008 by ASME to recognize writers and artists who have made unique and enduring contributions to magazines.

Sixty-two publications were nominated this year in 23 categories. Twenty-six magazines received multiple nominations, led by National Geographic with seven, followed by Bon Appétit and New York, both with six. GQ and The New Yorker both received five nominations; Esquire, Harper’s Magazine, Mother Jones and Texas Monthly all received four.

Magazines with multiple nominations also include The Atlantic (3), Saveur (3), TIME (3), Wired (3), Bloomberg Businessweek (2), Byliner (2), Golf Digest (2) Los Angeles (2), Martha Stewart Living (2), The New York Times Magazine (2), Outside (2), The Paris Review (2), Real Simple (2), Scientific American (2),Slate (2), Sports Illustrated (2) and W (2).

Six publications are first-time finalists: Afar for Website; Bullett for Design; Byliner for Feature Writing and Fiction; HGTV Magazine for Magazine Section; mental_floss for General Excellence, Print; and Pitchfork for General Excellence, Digital Media.

Finalists in the Magazine of the Year category, honoring excellence both in print and on digital platforms, will be announced on Monday, April 8.
Established in 1966, the National Magazine Awards are sponsored by ASME in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Nearly 260 publications entered the National Magazine Awards this year, submitting 1,636 entries. The judges included 330 magazine editors, art directors and photography editors as well as journalism educators.


News, Sports, and Entertainment Magazines
(Honors large-circulation weeklies, biweeklies and monthlies)
Esquire; Fortune; National Geographic; New York; Wired

Service and Fashion Magazines
(Honors women’s magazines, including health, fitness and family-centric publications)
Harper’s Bazaar; O, The Oprah Magazine; Real Simple; Vogue; Women’s Health

Women’s Health Lifestyle Magazines
(Honors food, travel and shelter magazines as well as city and regional publications)
Bon Appétit; House Beautiful; Martha Stewart Living; Saveur; Texas Monthly

Special-Interest Magazines
(Honors magazines serving targeted audiences, including enthusiast and hobbyist titles)
The Fader; mental_floss; MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History; Outside; Scientific American

Literary, Political and Professional Magazines
(Honors small-circulation general-interest magazines as well as academic and scholarly publications)
MIT Technology Review; Mother Jones; The New Republic; The Paris Review; Poetry

Chow; Glamour; National Geographic; Pitchfork; Slate

Bon Appétit; Bullett; Details; New York; TIME

Bon Appétit; Interview; National Geographic; TIME; W


  • Harper’s Magazine for “The Water of My Land,” photographs by Samuel James; September
  • Martha Stewart Living for “A Pilgrim’s Feast,” photographs by Anna Williams; November
  • National Geographic for “In the Shadow of Wounded Knee,” by Alexandra Fuller; photographs by Aaron Huey; August
  • New York for “What We Saw When The Lights Went Out,” by John Homans; photographs by Iwan Baan, Pari Dukovic, Christopher Griffith, Casey Kelbaugh, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Joseph Michael Lopez, Gus Powell, Joseph Rodriguez and Peter Yang; November 12
  • W for “Good Kate, Bad Kate,” by Will Self; photographs by Steven Klein; March


  • Backpacker for “The Survival Issue,” October
  • Bloomberg Businessweek for “Election Issue,” October 15-21
  • Fast Company for “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies,” March
  • Saveur for “The Mexico Issue,” August/September
  • Sports Illustrated for “Olympic Preview,” July 23


  • Bon Appétit for “Starters”
  • Esquire for “Man at His Best”
  • GQ for “The Punch List”
  • HGTV Magazine for “Help Wanted”
  • New York for “Strategist”



  • Bon Appétit for “The Incredible Egg,” by Carla Lalli Music, April
  • ESPN The Magazine for “Fantasy Football,” August 6
  • Golf Digest for “Masters Preview,” April
  • Los Angeles for “The Food Lover’s Guide to L.A.,” edited by Lesley Bargar Suter; November
  • Wired for “How to Be a Geek Dad,” June

Afar; The Atlantic; Golf Digest; National Geographic; Scientific American

Bloomberg Businessweek; Bon Appétit; Esquire; Money; National Geographic




  • The Atlantic for “The Writing Revolution,” by Peg Tyre; October
  • Consumer Reports for “Arsenic in Your Juice,” January, and “Arsenic in Your Food,” November, by Andrea Rock
  • The New Yorker for “The Throwaways,” by Sarah Stillman; September 3
  • Rolling Stone for “School of Hate,” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely; February 16
  • Texas Monthly for “Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Wives,” by Mimi Swartz; August


  • Chicago for “Lawbreakers, Lawmakers,” by David Bernstein and Noah Isackson; January
  • GQ for “18 Tigers, 17 Lions, 8 Bears, 3 Cougars, 2 Wolves, 1 Baboon, 1 Macaque and 1 Man Dead in Ohio,” by Chris Heath; March
  • Harper’s Magazine for “All Politics Is Local: Election Night in Peru’s Largest Prison,” by Daniel Alarcón; February
  • The New York Times Magazine for “Did You Think About the Six People You Executed?” by Robert F. Worth; May 13
  • The New Yorker for “The Implosion,” February 27, and “The War Within,” August 27, by Jon Lee Anderson
  • Texas Monthly for “Hannah and Andrew,” by Pamela Colloff; January
  • The Texas Observer for “Valley of Death,” by Melissa del Bosque; March


  • Byliner for “The Living and the Dead,” by Brian Mockenhaupt; October
  • GQ for “The Blind Faith of the One-Eyed Matador,” by Karen Russell; October
  • GQ for “Burning Man,” by Jay Kirk; February
  • Mother Jones for “Shelf Lives,” by Mac McClelland; March/April
  • The New Yorker for “Atonement,” by Dexter Filkins; October 29 & November 5
  • Texas Monthly for “The Innocent Man: Part I,” November, and “The Innocent Man: Part II,” December, by Pamela Colloff
  • Wired for “Inside the Mansion—and the Mind—of Kim Dotcom, the Most Wanted Man on the Internet,” by Charles Graeber; November


  • The Atlantic for “Fear of a Black President,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates; September
  • Foreign Policy for “Why Do They Hate Us?” by Mona Eltahawy; May/June
  • New York for “A Life Worth Ending,” by Michael Wolff; May 28
  • The New Yorker for “Over the Wall,” by Roger Angell; November 19
  • Orion for “State of the Species,” by Charles C. Mann; November/December


  • Elle for three columns by Daphne Merkin: “Portrait of a Lady,” March; “Social Animal,” May; and “We’re All Helmut Newton Now,” October
  • The Nation for three columns by Katha Pollitt: “Protect Pregnant Women: Free Bei Bei Shuai,” March 26; “Ann Romney, Working Woman?” May 7; and “Blasphemy Is Good for You,” October 15
  • New York for three columns by Frank Rich: “Who in God’s Name Is Mitt Romney?” February 6; “Mayberry R.I.P.,” July 30; and “Nora’s Secret,” August 27-September 3
  • The New York Times Magazine for three columns by Adam Davidson: “It Ain’t Just Pickles,” February 19; “The $200,000-Nanny Club,” March 25; and “Caymans, Here We Come,” July 29
  • Slate for three columns by Dahlia Lithwick: “It’s Not About the Law, Stupid,” March 22; “The Supreme Court’s Dark Vision of Freedom,” March 27; and “Where Is the Liberal Outrage?” July 6


  • Byliner for “The Boy Vanishes,” by Jennifer Haigh; July
  • Harper’s Magazine for “Batman and Robin Have an Altercation,” by Stephen King; September
  • Harper’s Magazine for “Train,” by Alice Munro; April
  • McSweeney’s Quarterly for “River Camp,” by Thomas McGuane; September
  • The Paris Review for “Housebreaking,” by Sarah Frisch; December


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