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Ellie Awards 2017 Winners and Finalists
News, Sports and Entertainment
Honors publications covering politics, business and technology as well as pop culture and leisure interests
Winner: ESPN The Magazine
Award Citation: Unfailingly ambitious, deeply reported, imaginatively designed, ESPN The Magazine’s transcendent sports coverage sheds light on politics, society and culture.
Finalists: Bloomberg Businessweek; GQ; New York; The New Yorker
Service and Lifestyle
Honors publications covering health and fitness as well as fashion, design, food and travel
Winner: Bon Appétit
Award Citation: Despite the ever-growing number of food-related publications, Bon Appétit rises above the competition to deliver perfectly seasoned content both in print and online.
Finalists: ELLE; GQ Style; Marie Claire; Saveur
Honors publications serving highly defined reader communities, including city and regional magazines and active-interest titles
Winner: Modern Farmer
Award Citation: For the community of readers centered on Modern Farmer, dinner is politics, and the editors of the magazine are ready to serve. For them, food is not only about consuming but also about producing.
Finalists: Chicago; The Hollywood Reporter; Kazoo; Powder
Literature, Science and Politics
Honors smaller-circulation general-interest magazines as well as publications covering the arts
Winner: The Marshall Project
Award Citation: With zealous investigations, superb storytelling and the creative use of digital technology, The Marshall Project is changing the face of criminal-justice reporting.
Finalists: Aperture; Foreign Affairs; Mother Jones; Poetry
Honors overall excellence in magazine design
Winner: The California Sunday Magazine
Award Citation: The California Sunday Magazine celebrates the visual culture of the American West while exuding utter confidence in the power of print. This is what visual storytelling can and should be.
Finalists: Bon Appétit; GQ; New York; The Pitchfork Review
Honors overall excellence in magazine photography
Winner: The California Sunday Magazine
Award Citation: Whether the subject is hip hop musicians or desert wildflowers, the effect painterly or surreal, The California Sunday Magazine's pursuit of excellence is unrelenting.
Finalists: AFAR; Aperture; Powder; WSJ. Magazine
Honors the use of photography in a feature story, photo-essay or photo portfolio
Winner: Pacific Standard for “Adrift,” photographs by Francesco Zizola, July/August
Award Citation: Sensitively paced and complemented by elegant typography, Francesco Zizola's photographs of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean combine a strong visual perspective with a powerful narrative voice.
Finalists: National Geographic for “Bloody Good,” photographs by Charlie Hamilton James, January; National Geographic for “Every Last One,” photographs by Joel Sartore, April; The New York Times Magazine for “Voyages: The Danakil Depression, Ethiopia,” photographs by Andrea Frazzetta, Sept. 25 at nytimes.com; Refinery29 for “11 Images That People With Anxiety Will Understand,” photographs by Sam Cannon, July 8 at refinery29.com
Honors the editorial direction of print or digital departments or sections
Winner: New York for “The Culture Pages”
Award Citation: New York's "Culture Pages" are wildly inventive—a kaleidoscopic inventory of new movies, music, literature and art. No matter the subject, "The Culture Pages" jump on it with smart, wisecracker voices.
Finalists: Food Network Magazine for “Fun Cooking”; Garden & Gun for “Talk of the South”; Popular Mechanics for “Know-How”; Women’s Health for “Discuss!”
Honors magazine journalism that serves readers’ needs and aspirations
Winner: GOOD for “What Can He Really Do? What Can We Do About It?,” Winter
Award Citation: The editors of GOOD channeled their post-election shock, frustration and anger into a piece of journalism that is not only useful in these uncertain times but also optimistic and hopeful.
Finalists: Cosmopolitan for “How to Have a Safe Abortion,” by Amanda Robb and Caitlin Moscatello, April; Dr. Oz THE GOOD LIFE for “Your Heart: The Inside Story,” by Sari Harrar, November; The New York Times Magazine for “Doctor Without Borders,” by Siddhartha Mukherjee, “Written on the Body,” by Ryan Bradley, and “The Shark and the Lightning,” by Melanie Thernstrom, May 15; Seventeen for “Oh, Zit!,” by Kelsey Castañon, December 2016/January 2017
Honors magazine journalism that provides practical information about recreational activities and special interests
Winner: Eater for “The Eater Guide to Paris,” by Eater Staff, October 19 at eater.com
Award Citation: A comprehensive guide to eating well in the best city for eating well, Eater's comprehensive, easy-to-navigate package is guaranteed to make first-time visitors to Paris feel like not-so-world-weary boulevardiers.
Finalists: 5280 for “Earth, Wind and Water,” by Lindsey B. Koehler, May; Modern Farmer for “How to Raise Chickens for Farm-Fresh Eggs,” by Lucie B. Amundsen, Spring; Texas Monthly for “Knives Out,” by Courtney Bond, Abby Johnston, June Naylor, Katharyn Rodemann, Patricia Sharpe and Daniel Vaughn, December; Wired for “What to Eat Today,” August
Honors print magazines that have devoted a single issue to the comprehensive examination of one subject
Winner: New York for “Eight Years in America,” October 3-16 print issue and nymag.com
Award Citation: From President Obama's own account of his eight years in the White House to an especially moving photo essay featuring the siblings of shooting victims, this special issue of New York made history of its own.
Finalists: The California Sunday Magazine for “Listen,” October 2 print issue and californiasunday.com; Los Angeles for “IMMIGRATION,” October; National Geographic for “Yellowstone: The Battle for the American West,” guest edited by Chris Johns, May print issue and nationalgeographic.com; Saveur for “The Origins Issue,” October/November
Honors magazine websites and online-only magazines
Winner: National Geographic
Award Citation: The National Geographic website consistently inspires a sense of wonder—a highly predictable result when a magazine with a rich visual tradition that dates to the 19th century embraces 21st-century technology and sets off on digitally enabled journeys across our planet and those nearby.
Honors digital storytelling and the integration of magazine media
Winner: Huffington Post Highline for “The 21st Century Gold Rush,” by Malia Politzer and Emily Kassie, December 21 at highline.huffingtonpost.com
Award Citation: For “The 21st Century Gold Rush,” the small Highline team used time-honored reporting techniques combined with digital storytelling tools to document the ways criminals and bureaucrats are profiting from the global refugee crisis.
Finalists: New York for “The Year in Memes,” by Madison Malone Kircher, Brian Feldman and Max Read, December 14 at nymag.com; The New York Times Magazine for “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going,” nytimes.com and March 13 print issue; ProPublica and The Texas Tribune for “Hell and High Water,” by Neena Satija for the Texas Tribune and Reveal, Kiah Collier for the Texas Tribune, and Al Shaw and Jeff Larson for ProPublica, March 3 at propublica.org; Vanity Fair for “The Break Out Bunch,” September 13 at Snapchat Discover
Honors the outstanding use of video in magazine media
Winner: New York With Narrative 4 for “Guns & Empathy,” December 26 at nymag.com
Award Citation: New York's "Guns & Empathy" chronicled an intriguing, tension-filled social experiment in which gun lovers and gun haters exchanged stories one on one. The results were dramatic, sometimes cathartic and always affecting.
Finalists: ESSENCE for “Black Girl Magic: Sage Adams,” directed by Laurie Thomas, “Black Girl Magic: Ammarah Haynes,” directed by Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich, and “Black Girl Magic: Berneisha Hooker,” directed by Nailah Jefferson, at essence.com; STAT for “Science Happens! With Carl Zimmer: Episode 1,” March 25, “Science Happens! With Carl Zimmer: Episode 5,” March 31, and “Science Happens! With Carl Zimmer: Episode 8,” August 25, at statnews.com; Teen Vogue for “Guys Read: Sexual Assault—Jason and Yahdon,” “Guys Read: Sexual Assault—Spencer and Anthony” and “Guys Read—Sexual Assault: Andrew and Alex,” April 29 at teenvogue.com; TIME for “100 Photographs: Untitled (Cowboy),” “100 Photographs: A Portrait of Domestic Violence” and “100 Photographs: The Falling Man,” at 100photos.time.com
Honors reporting excellence as exemplified by one article or a series of articles
Winner: Mother Jones for “My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard,” by Shane Bauer, July/August print issue; June 23 at motherjones.com and youtube.com
Award Citation: With this 40-page account of life in a private prison—a dark, violent domain almost wholly shielded from public view—the editors of Mother Jones reinvigorated the muckraking tradition.
Finalists: The Atlantic for “The Obama Doctrine,” by Jeffrey Goldberg, April; Bloomberg Businessweek for “Walmart’s Crime Problem,” by Shannon Pettypiece and David Voreacos, August 22-28; BuzzFeed News and BBC for “The Tennis Racket,” January 17, and “The Italian Job,” March 15, by Heidi Blake and John Templon, at buzzfeed.com; Foreign Policy for “Present at the Creation,” August 16, “How the Islamic State Seized a Chemical Weapons Stockpile,” August 17, and “The Greatest Divorce in the Jihadi World,” August 18, by Harald Doornbos and Jenan Moussa, at foreignpolicy.com; New York for “Sources: Megyn Kelly Told Murdoch Investigators That Roger Ailes Sexually Harassed Her,” July 19 at nymag.com, “Former Fox News Booker Says She Was Sexually Harassed and ‘Psychologically Tortured’ by Roger Ailes for More Than 20 Years,” July 29 at nymag.com, and “The Revenge of Roger’s Angels,” September 5-18 print issue, by Gabriel Sherman; The New Yorker for “The Assad Files,” April 18, and “The Shadow Doctors,” June 27, by Ben Taub
Honors original, stylish storytelling
Winner: The New York Times Magazine for “‘I Have No Choice but to Keep Looking,’” by Jennifer Percy, August 2 at nytimes.com
Award Citation: Time stops and memory is suspended as Jennifer Percy--in spare, elegant prose--explores the impact of the 2011 tsunami on survivors who still search for those they lost.
Finalists: Audubon for “Delusion Is the Thing With Feathers,” by Mac McClelland, May/June; New York for “A Woman Running for President,” by Rebecca Traister, May 30-June 12; The New York Times Magazine for “The Mysterious Metamorphosis of Chuck Close,” by Wil S. Hylton, July 13 at nytimes.com; The New Yorker for “Trump Days,” by George Saunders, July 11 and 18; Popular Mechanics for “Climb Aboard, Ye Who Seek the Truth,” by Bronwen Dickey, September; Texas Monthly for “The Reckoning,” by Pamela Colloff, April
ESSAYS AND CRITICISM
Honors interpretative and critical journalism
Winner: The New York Times Magazine for “David’s Ankles,” by Sam Anderson, August 21
Award Citation: Thoroughly reported and deeply personal, "David's Ankles" considers the enduring appeal of Michelangelo's "David." The result is a wide-ranging study of the inevitability of deterioration in the lives of both artworks and magazine writers.
Finalists: GQ for “My Son, the Prince of Fashion,” by Michael Chabon, October; The Hedgehog Review for “Ladies in Waiting,” by Becca Rothfeld, Fall; New York for “Democracies End When They Are Too Democratic,” by Andrew Sullivan, May 2-15; Oxford American for “Listening for the Country,” by Zandria F. Robinson, Winter
COLUMNS AND COMMENTARY
Honors political and social commentary; news analysis; and reviews and criticism
Winner: Harper’s Magazine for three columns by Rebecca Solnit: “Bird in a Cage,” March, “The Ideology of Isolation,” July, and “Giantess,” September
Award Citation: Rebecca Solnit's touch is humble and light, yet there is nothing easy about these "Easy Chair" columns from Harper's Magazine. Harper’s “Easy Chair” may date to 1851, but Solnit fills these pages with vital stories about the world today.
Finalists: The Economist for three obituaries by Ann Wroe: “Manohar Aich: Raising the Temple,” June 18-24, “Elie Wiesel: Unanswerable Questions,” July 9-15, and “Qusai Abtini: From Child to Man,” August 13-19; Esquire for three columns by Dwight Garner: “Second Only to Sex,” September, “Drinking Games,” November, and “Name Dropping,” December 2016/January 2017; MTV News for three columns by Doreen St. Félix: “Diamond ‘Lavish’ Reynolds, Public Witness,” July 7, “The Images We Can’t Unsee,” July 19, and “New Tongues,” August 29, at mtv.com/news; Rolling Stone for three columns by Matt Taibbi: “President Trump, Seriously,” March 10, “Appetite for Destruction,” August 11, and “The Fury and Failure of Trump,” November 3
Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of national importance
Winner: The New York Times Magazine for “Worlds Apart,” by Nikole Hannah-Jones, June 12
Award Citation: Nikole Hannah-Jones deftly blends solid reporting and thorough analysis with her own experience as the mother of a young child to show how, 50 years after "Brown v. Board of Education," American schools remain separate and unequal.
Finalists: The Atavist for “A Family Matter,” by Jessica Weisberg, August 16 at magazine.atavist.com; Huffington Post Highline for “Out Here, No One Can Hear You Scream,” by Kathryn Joyce, video and photographs by Emily Kassie, March 16 at highline.huffingtonpost.com; The New Yorker for “The List,” by Sarah Stillman, March 14; Scientific American for “The Looming Threat of Factory-Farm Superbugs,” by Melinda Wenner Moyer, December
MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR
Honors magazines for print and digital editorial excellence; audience engagement; and the success of branded content and services, including conferences and events
Winner: Mother Jones
Award Citation: In a year that rocked our country and challenged our industry, Mother Jones found new ways to engage audiences and continue its practice of fearless journalism.
Finalists: The California Sunday Magazine; Cosmopolitan; New York; The New Yorker
All publication dates 2016 unless otherwise indicated