2004 Utne Reader Independent Press Award Winners
Below is a list of the 2004 Utne Reader Independent Press Award Winners.
GENERAL EXCELLENCE: MAGAZINES
This gorgeous bimonthly journal of nature and political thought can be counted on to provide some of America’s most eloquent and impassioned essays in defense of the environment and social change.
GENERAL EXCELLENCE: NEWSLETTERS
Church and State
In an era when the president believes God speaks to him directly, the Washington-based monthly newsletter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State has never been more apropos.
GENERAL EXCELLENCE: ZINES
From his subterranean hobbit house in rural eastern Oregon, cemetery caretaker Dan Price muses about the meaning of life, expressing himself via drawings, thoughtful journal entries, and excerpts gleaned from his esoteric reading.
BEST NEW TITLE
To call The Walrus Toronto’s answer to Harper’s is to put it in fine company, but doesn’t quite convey what makes it so good in its own right. Smart, literary, and quintessentially Canadian, this quasi-monthly is a flash of brilliance from the city with the hottest magazine scene in the hemisphere.
The American Scholar
Anne Fadiman’s peerless seven-year run as editor of the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s 73-year-old journal ended last fall with yet another issue full of lively essays by new and seasoned writers alike. It was a bittersweet reminder of how much this quarterly has done to keep literary journalism a vital art.
With its creamy, uncoated paper, elegant type, and Victorian-meets-comic-noir covers, this literary spinoff from McSweeney’s is as pleasing to a designer’s eye as it is to a wordsmith’s ear.
Taking top honors in the international category for the seventh time, this monthly with offices in England and Toronto delivers a rich mix of trenchant reporting, thoughtful analysis, and fearless campaigning for global justice.
A magazine for people with curious ears, Musicworks reports on the world of experimental adventures in sound: sonic sculptures, electronica, new instruments, and old instruments played with ‘new intentions.’ Each issue includes a CD.
Columbia Journalism Review
While finger pointers accuse media outlets of being too liberal, too conservative, too wishy-washy, or just plain wrong, we give CJR a thumbs-up for its investigative work, tireless reporting, and deep coverage of the journalistic trade.
While profit-driven corporations continue to buy up and dumb down alternative newsweeklies, Denver’s Westword (part of the New Times chain) covers Colorado with an old-school sensibility. The arts coverage is refreshingly unaffected, the columnists routinely surprise, and the award-winning investigative work is as gutsy as it is well written.
PERSONAL LIFE COVERAGE
This superbly edited and luxuriously designed ‘modern dog culture magazine’ — consistently informative, touching, and hilarious — may compel even dog-averse humans to proclaim, ‘Dog is my co-pilot!’
While red and blue America spent the year arguing over whether Kerry or Bush was ‘God’s candidate,’ this sharply written, well-reported monthly, edited by Christian progressive Jim Wallis, stayed on its perennial message: Spirituality may be essential to human moral evolution, but religion and politics should stand separately in the public square.
Given the tenor of media discourse in 2004, this thriving progressive publication might have been tempted to trade tough reporting for crowd-pleasing punditry. Instead, MoJo took the time to get inside and ahead of the political stories that mattered most, from the 9/11 Commission to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The quarterly magazine of the Natural Resources Defense Council is part glossy geographic journal, part frontline update for those who love the living world. With American environmentalists now in the fight of their lives, OnEarth is the wily trainer in the corner with the pep talks and tactical advice to keep them in the ring.
This Montreal-based bimonthly will show you how gripping a field trip to the frontiers of reason can be. Get ready to meet the creative labs and minds that, for better or worse, now hold the power to reshape the economy, culture, and life itself.
ONLINE POLITICAL COVERAGE
Radical cousin of CNN’s scrolling news bar, Cursor provides a timely digest of news from a wide selection of mainstream and independent sources, as well as links to political blogs, commentary, and satire.
ONLINE CULTURAL COVERAGE
Driven by a vision of progressive collaboration and reform, WorldChanging explores the democratizing potential of modern technology with sharp insight and unwavering idealism.
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