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2003 Utne Reader Independent Press Award Winners

Below is a list of the 2003 Utne Reader Independent Press Award Winners.

General Excellence, Magazines
The American Prospect

If ever there was a year for a liberal magazine with a sharp focus on electoral politics to shine, it’s this year. And this smart Washington, DC-based monthly is the magazine.

General Excellence, Newsletters (ceased publication)
Connection to the Americas
From indigenous uprisings to the war on drugs to the impact of corporate globalization, this bimonthly newsletter, published by the Minneapolis-based Resource Center of the Americas, provides essential summaries of the most critical issues facing Latin America.

General Excellence, Zines

Androo Robinson fills this delightful zine with whimsical single-panel “picture fictions” that play with the imagination, illustrating everyday fairy tales that just may have actually happened.

Best New Title (ceased publication)
Kitchen Sink

Published by the San Francisco-based nonprofit Neighbor Lady Community Arts Project, this well-designed quarterly features piquant essays on arts and culture “for people who think too much.”

Arts/Literary Coverage
Art Papers

Smart and well-written, Art Papers covers what’s exciting in local arts scenes around the country — everything from the latest exhibitions to backyard sculpture and performance art — with a minimum of artspeak and a maximum of clarity.

Best Essays

This engaging international literary journal marked its 25th anniversary in 2003, publishing lively work from the likes of Michael Ondaatje, Adrienne Rich, and Annie Proulx.

Cultural/Social Coverage
The Onion

America’s funniest newspaper is also one of its sharpest critical voices. Read The Onion for a good laugh and at the same time get real insight into many of the issues, large and small, facing us today.


DIY never looked so cool. Straightforward graphics and page design with just enough retro-industrial swank to inspire even the most die-hard slacker to pick up a glue gun. Make yourself a magazine rack because every issue’s a keeper.

International Coverage
NACLA Report on the Americas

The bimonthly report of the North American Congress on Latin America is required reading for all who want a really in-depth analysis of north-south political relations in our hemisphere.

Local/Regional Coverage
The Brooklyn Rail

Full of local news that touches on universal themes, the Rail keeps Brooklyn-ites abreast of the stuff that really matters — from neighborhood happenings to the role of the arts in the city.

Personal Life Coverage

The do-it-yourself bible for the young and moneyless who nevertheless want to live in style, ReadyMade is both a hip interior-design guide and a witty version of a how-to-build-it hobby mag.

Political Coverage
The Nation

This lively weekly jumped right into the post-9/11 debate to provide a much-needed progressive perspective on a suddenly-transformed world. It’s kept up the good work ever since, thanks to some of the keenest reporters and savviest columnists in the business.

Science and Environmental Coverage
Mother Jones

With stellar articles on water issues, refugees fleeing global warming, pollution of all varieties, and the secret sins of the Bush administration, MoJo shows that a general interest magazine can still offer thorough coverage of crucial subjects.

Spiritual Coverage

Living up to its tagline, “yoga for an inspired life,” this fresh Montreal-based quarterly looks at spirituality through the lens of social action.

Online Political Coverage
Grist Magazine

With a rich mix of hard-hitting eco-political coverage, practical tips, hopeful tales, and rib-tickling whimsy, Grist fulfills its tongue-in-cheek mission statement: “doom and gloom with a sense of humor.”

Online Cultural Coverage
Smart Mobs

Techno-visionary Howard Rheingold and his co-conspirators chronicle the daily evolution of wireless technologies and their impacts on culture, politics, economics and personal relationships.


December 21, 2007 - Posted by | Books, Magazines, Utne |

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