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Utne Reader Names 21st Annual Independent Press Awards Nominees
This year’s contenders demonstrate excellent storytelling in alternative media

David Schimke, editor in chief, (612) 338-5040 ext. 325,
Smith, public relations specialist, (785) 274-4441, 

MINNEAPOLIS (March 22, 2010) — Utne Reader, the best of the alternative press, today released the nominees for its 21st annual Utne Independent Press Awards. The winners will be announced April 25 at the Magazine Publishers of America-Independent Magazine Advisory Group (IMAG) conference in Washington, D.C.

The Utne Independent Press Awards recognize the excellence and vitality of alternative and independent publishing. Nominees in 10 categories represent the best in independent political, social/cultural, arts, science/tech, health/wellness, environmental, international and spiritual coverage, as well as best writing and general excellence.

Editor in Chief David Schimke believes that independent journalists have raised the bar despite the current state of mainstream media.

“We continue to see independent and alternative magazines commit their limited resources to telling in-depth stories that mainstream media doesn’t touch. Our nominees prove that great storytelling is alive and well,” he says.

Utne Reader’s editors select nominee publications through an extensive reading process and careful, yearlong examination, rather than via a competition with entry forms and fees. In this way, the magazine honors the efforts of small, sometimes unnoticed publications that provide innovative, thought-provoking perspectives often ignored or overlooked by mass media.

The nominees appear online at Samples of work from the winners will run in the July-August issue.

The nominees are:

General ExcellenceThe American Prospect, Audubon, The Chronicle of Higher Education, High Country News, Miller-McCune, Orion, Virginia Quarterly Review, Washington Monthly 

Best Writing The American Scholar, Bookforum, Boston Review, Columbia Journalism Review, Geist, Hip Mama, Tin House, Witness 

Political Coverage  The American Prospect, Mother Jones, Ms., The Nation, The New Republic, The Progressive, The Texas Observer, Washington Monthly 

Arts Coverage American Craft, The Believer, Bidoun, Creative Review, Esopus, Film Comment, The Journal of Music, Poets & Writers 

International Coverage Middle East Report, NACLA Report on the Americas, New Internationalist, New Statesman, Peace Review, PEN America, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Walrus 

Health/Wellness CoverageChronogram, Landscape Architecture, New Mobility, On Wisconsin, POZ, Psychotherapy Networker, Spirituality & Health, Yes! 

Science/Tech CoverageCalifornia, IEEE Spectrum, Johns Hopkins Public Health, Make, Miller-McCune, Science News, Stanford, Technology Review 

Social/Cultural Coverage Bitch, Brain, Child, The Brooklyn Rail, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Hyphen, Intelligence Report, make/shift, Urbanite 

Environmental CoverageAlternatives Journal, Audubon, Conservation, Earth Island Journal, Environment, High Country News, OnEarth, Orion

Spiritual CoverageCommonweal, Geez, Lilith, Portland, Resurgence, Shambhala Sun, Sojourners, Tricycle 

About Utne Reader 
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