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The National Magazine Awards honor print and digital publications that consistently demonstrate superior execution of editorial objectives, innovative techniques, noteworthy enterprise and imaginative design. Originally limited to print magazines, the awards now recognize magazine-quality journalism published in any medium. Founded in 1966, the awards are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and are administered by ASME.
Finalists and winners will be honored at the annual presentation of the Ellie Awards at Brooklyn Steel, in New York’s Williamsburg neighborhood, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Awards will be presented in 24 categories. The winner in each category will receive an “Ellie,” modeled on the symbol of the awards, Alexander Calder’s stabile “Walking Elephant.” Finalists will receive certificates of recognition. The recipients of the ASME Award for Fiction and ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30 will also be honored.
Among the notable changes for 2020 are the reinstatement of Design and Photography as separate categories; the introduction of a category for feature design; and the reintroduction of Profile Writing. ASME members will again be able to enter three entries in any category in which the previous limit was two.