Hollywood Reporter Scores First National Magazine Award Nom for 'General Excellence'

11:46 AM PST 03/27/2014 by THR Staff

The prestigious honors will be handed out May 1 by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

The Hollywood Reporter has landed its first nomination for the prestigious National Magazine Awards, which are handed out by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

The awards "honor print and digital publications that consistently demonstrate superior execution of editorial objectives, innovative techniques, noteworthy journalistic enterprise and imaginative art direction."

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THR has been nominated in the category of general excellence -- special interest, which "honors magazines serving highly defined reader communities." THR will vie for the award alongside Los Angeles magazine, entrepreneur-targeted Inc., Landscape Architecture Magazine and Modern Farmer.

THR is the second-youngest of all nominated magazines this year, with only Modern Farmer debuting after THR's Nov. 3, 2010, magazine launch.

"This general excellence nomination is a great acknowledgement of the work the entire Hollywood Reporter staff has done to turn an almost-dead publication into one of the top media titles in just three years," said Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of the Entertainment Group of Guggenheim Media.

The three issues submitted for consideration were the 2013 Oscars, Cannes and New York issues.

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THR's worldwide digital audience has grown more than 40 percent in the last 12 months according to comScore (February 2013 through February 2014), setting monthly records in December and January with a high of 14.01 million uniques.

Vying for magazine of the year honors will be Esquire, Bon Appetit, The Atlantic, Fast Company and New York Magazine, the latter of which led all nominees with a total of nine mentions.

"The range of this year's finalists is testament to the vitality of magazine media," said Sid Holt, chief executive of ASME. "Every day media consumers turn to magazines for practical information and advice about their passions and interests. Also growing is readers' interest in the kind of long-form journalism and digital storytelling that only magazines can deliver. Whatever readers are looking for, they know the best place to find it is in magazines -- and that's what these nominations show, that the quality of magazine journalism both in print and on digital platforms is at an all-time high."

Established in 1966, the awards are sponsored by ASME in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and are administered by ASME. Sixty-six publications were nominated this year in 24 categories.

Known as the Ellies -- for the Alexander Calder stabile "Elephant" given to each award winner -- the National Magazine Awards will be presented at a May 1 dinner at the New York Marriott Marquis.

A complete list of nominees, which were announced Thursday, follows.

NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS 2014 FINALISTS

General Excellence

General Interest Magazines
Honors magazines covering politics, business, technology, sports and entertainment
GQ; Harper's Magazine; National Geographic; New York; Wired

Service and Lifestyle Magazines
Honors magazines covering family, the home, food, fashion and relationships
ESSENCE; Glamour; Martha Stewart Living; Real Simple; Sunset

Style and Design Magazines
Honors magazines covering fashion, decorating, dining, entertaining and travel
AFAR; Bon Appétit; Garden & Gun; Harper's Bazaar; W

Active Interest Magazines
Honors magazines covering active sports, outdoor recreation and health and fitness
Field & Stream; Men's Journal; Outside; Runner's World; Women's Health

Special Interest Magazines
Honors magazines serving highly defined reader communities
The Hollywood Reporter; Inc.; Landscape Architecture; Los Angeles; Modern Farmer

Literature, Science and Politics Magazines
Honors smaller-circulation general-interest magazines as well as publications covering the arts
The American Scholar; MIT Technology Review; Mother Jones; Pacific Standard; Poetry

Design
Honors overall excellence in print magazine design
Bon Appétit; Esquire; Martha Stewart Living; New York; Wired

Photography
Honors overall excellence in print magazine photography
Bon Appétit; National Geographic; New York; Vogue; W

Single-Topic Issue
Honors print magazines that have devoted a single issue to the comprehensive examination of one subject
• Bloomberg Businessweek for "Five Years From the Brink," September 16-22
• Esquire for "The American Man Now: Esquire's 80th Anniversary Issue," October
• New York for "His Town," September 16
• Poetry for "Landays," June
• Scientific American for "The Food Issue," September

Magazine Section
Honors front- or back-of-the-book departments or sections regularly published in print
• GQ for "Manual"
• Modern Farmer for "Modern Farmer Handbook"
• New York for "Strategist"
• Road & Track for "Go"
• Vanity Fair for "Fanfair"

Personal Service
Honors the use of print to serve readers' needs and aspirations
• Cosmopolitan for "Your Cosmo Guide to Contraception," September
• GQ for "GQ's Guide to Dating Online," March
• Health for "Are You Getting a Good Skin Check? Are You Sure?" by Sunny Sea Gold, September
• Los Angeles for "How to Afford the LA Life," April
• Money for "The Massachusetts Experiment," June; "Worker, Heal Thyself," August; and "Obamacare: Game (Really) On," October, by Amanda Gengler
• Money for "101 Ways to Build Wealth," May
• Southern Living for "30 Secrets to Southern Charm," by Caroline McKenzie, March

Leisure Interests
Honors the use of print to provide practical information about recreational activities and special interests
• Backpacker for "The Truth About Bears," by Ted Alvarez, March
• Backpacker for "A Is for Apocalypse," October
• ESPN The Magazine for "Analytics Package," March 4
• Garden & Gun for "The Southerner's Handbook," February/March
• O, The Oprah Magazine for "Hair Extravaganza!" September
• Texas Monthly for "The 50 Best BBQ Joints . . . in the World!" June
• Wired for "Crazy Good! Locos Tacos, Umami Burgers, Fake Meat, and the Miracle of Processed Food," October

Website
Honors magazine websites and digital-only magazines
National Geographic; New York; Outside; Pitchfork; Slate

Tablet Magazine
Honors magazines published on tablets and e-readers, including digital-only magazines
Bloomberg Businessweek; Bon Appétit; Garden & Gun; National Geographic; Wired

Multimedia
Honors digital storytelling and the integration of magazine media
• The Atavist for "Coronado High," by Joshuah Bearman, July, at atavist.com
• The Daily Beast for "Roe v. Wade Turns 40," January 22, at thedailybeast.com
• National Geographic for "The Last Chase," by Robert Draper, November print issue and iPad edition
• The New York Times Magazine for "A Game of Shark and Minnow," by Jeff Himmelman, photographs by Ashley Gilbertson, October 27 print issue and at nytimes.com
• Wired for "Vision Quest," by Clive Thompson, September print issue and at wired.com

Video
Honors the outstanding use of video by magazine websites and digital-only magazines
• The Atavist for "The Last Clinic," by Maisie Crow, essay by Alissa Quart
• Glamour for "Confronting Cancer: BRCA1 & BRCA2 Gene Mutations," October 9, "Recovery: Meds. And Love," October 23, and "Life Post-Surgery: Back on Stage," October 30, from the "Screw You Cancer" series
• Prevention for "The Remarkable Story of Ernestine Shepherd"
• Vanity Fair for "Film Snob: The History of American International Pictures," July 9, "Rock Snob: Robot-Rock Originators Kraftwerk," October 28, and "Food Snob: Thanksgiving and the Heritage Turkey," November 11, from "The Snob's Dictionary" series
• The Verge for "Beyond Recognition: The Incredible Story of a Face Transplant," June 4

Public Interest
Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of national importance
• The Atlantic for "How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby?" by Jean M. Twenge, photographs by Geof Kern, July/August
• Fortune for "Dirty Medicine," May 15, "Maker of Generic Lipitor Pleads Guilty to Selling 'Adulterated Drugs,'" May 13, and "The Latest to Claim Fraud at Generic Lipitor Maker Ranbaxy: Its Owners," May 23, by Katherine Eban
• National Geographic for "Last Song," by Jonathan Franzen, photographs by David Guttenfelder, July
• The New Yorker for "Taken," by Sarah Stillman, August 12 & 19
• TIME for "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us," by Steven Brill, March 4

Reporting
Honors reporting excellence as exemplified by one article or a series of articles
• The Atavist for "The Sinking of the Bounty," by Matthew Shaer, February
• Harper's Magazine for "The Way of All Flesh," by Ted Conover, May
• The New York Times Magazine for "The Dream Boat," by Luke Mogelson, photographs by Joel Van Houdt, November 17
• The New Yorker for "The River Martyrs," by Luke Mogelson, April 29
• Outside for "Nineteen," by Kyle Dickman, November
• Rolling Stone for "Jahar's World," by Janet Reitman, August 1
• The Texas Observer for a two-part series by Emily DePrang: "Crimes Unpunished," July, and "The Horror Every Day," September

Feature Writing
Honors original, stylish storytelling
• ESPN The Magazine for "Michael Jordan Has Not Left the Building," by Wright Thompson, March 4
• New York for "Orders of Grief," by Lisa Miller, November 11
• The New York Times Magazine for "The Misfits," by Stephen Rodrick, January 13
• The New Yorker for "A Loaded Gun," by Patrick Radden Keefe, February 11 & 18
• Runner's World for "Bret, Unbroken," by Steve Friedman, June
• Vanity Fair for "The Day Before," by David Kamp, December
• Wired for "Dangerous," by Joshua Davis, January

Feature Photography
Honors the use of original photography in a feature story, photo-essay or photo portfolio
• The FADER for "Chicago Fire," by Daniel Shea, April/May
• New York for "Candy Land," photographs by Will Cotton, February 18-25
• Vice for "Deep-Fried America on a Stick," by Sophie D. Gilden, photographs by Bruce Gilden, November
• Virginia Quarterly Review for "Life on the River Gambia," photographs by Jason Florio, Spring
• W for "Stranger Than Paradise," photographs by Tim Walker, May

Essays and Criticism
Honors interpretative and critical journalism
• The Believer for "If He Hollers Let Him Go," by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, October
• GQ for "The Old Man at Burning Man," by Wells Tower, February
• Harper's Magazine for "Sliver of Sky," by Barry Lopez, January
• Harper's Magazine for "Life as a Terrorist," by William T. Vollmann, September
• The New Yorker for "Thanksgiving in Mongolia," by Ariel Levy, November 18

Columns and Commentary
Honors political and social commentary; news analysis; and reviews and criticism
• Architect for three columns by Witold Rybczynski: "Overexposed," April; "Radical Revival," August; and "Behind the Façade," November
• The Atlantic for blog posts by Ta-Nehisi Coates
• The New Yorker for three columns by Emily Nussbaum: "Shark Week," February 25; "Difficult Women," July 29; and "Private Practice," October 7
• Slate for three columns by David Auerbach: "Err Engine Down," October 8; "Quixotic Queries Question Quality!" October 12; and "Debugging the Healthcare.gov Hearings," October 25
• Tablet Magazine for three columns by J. Hoberman: "Living the Nightmare of Mass Murder in Oscar-Nominated Doc The Act of Killing," July 17; "Hannah Arendt, Guilty Pleasure," May 24; and "Coen Bros. Torture Another Schlemiel While Imagining They Are Dylan's True Heirs," November 21

Fiction
Honors fiction originally published in magazines
• McSweeney's for "The Dance Contest," by Wells Tower, September
• The New Republic for "I Am Asleep But My Heart Is Awake," by Nicole Krauss, December 30, 2013 & January 6, 2014
• The New Yorker for "The Embassy of Cambodia," by Zadie Smith, February 11 & 18

Magazine of the Year
Honors magazines for print and digital editorial excellence and the success of out-of-book programs and services
The Atlantic; Bon Appétit; Esquire; Fast Company; New York

All publication dates 2013 unless otherwise indicated.

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