Utne Independent Press Awards Nominees -- 2003

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As we have done every fall for the past 15 years, Utne editors recently sat down to discuss, argue, and ruminate over the periodicals that most moved us in the past year. It's not a job for the faint of heart, considering we're choosing the best from the more than 1,600 publications that line our library's shelves. Far from a scientific undertaking, this annual exercise in journalistic judgment relies more on instinct, experience, and fond recollection than quantifiable evidence, but the nominees that emerged this year -- as they do every year -- speak eloquently for the quality of the independent media.

General Excellence: Magazines

The American Prospect
LA Weekly
Mother Jones
The Nation
Orion
Prospect
Punk Planet
The Washington Monthly

General Excellence: Newsletters

Connection to the Americas
Copy Editor
Counterpunch
GreenMoney Journal
The Hightower Lowdown
New Urban News
Perspectives on Anarchist Theory
PR Watch
Religion Watch
Thoreau Society Bulletin
Wedge Co-op Newsletter

General Excellence: Zines

Cain
The Constant Rider
Cryptozoa
The East Village Inky
Found
King-Cat Comics
The Match!
Moonlight Chronicles
Secret Mystery Love Shoes
September Coming Soon

Best New Title

Arthur
The Believer
Fierce
Green Horizon Quarterly
Guava
Herbivore
Kitchen Sink
Land Grant College Review
Maisonneuve
Modern Dog
Ode
Topic
Wax Poetics

Best Essays

The American Scholar
Brick
Fourth Genre
Geist
Granta
Kyoto Journal
The Sun
The Threepenny Review

Arts/Literary Coverage

Art Papers
The Comics Journal
The Common Review
LensWork
MovieMaker
Musicworks
No Depression
Performing Songwriter
Poets & Writers
Rain Taxi
Ruminator Review
Sight & Sound
Speakeasy
Take One
Ten By Ten

Cultural/Social Coverage

Adbusters
AlbertaViews
The Baffler
Bitch
Clamor
Gastronomica
Kitchen Sink
The Onion
Punk Planet
Washington Monthly
Wilson Quarterly

Design

Bust
Colors
Kitchen Sink
Mental Floss
Paste
ReadyMade
World Watch

International Coverage

Colors
The Ecologist
Kulturkronik
NACLA Report on the Americas
New Internationalist
New Statesman
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
World Press Review

Local/Regional Coverage

The Brooklyn Rail
The Canyon Country Zephyr
City Limits (New York)
Colorado Springs Independent
High Country News
Metro Times (Detroit)
OffBeat (New Orleans)
Portland Alliance
Southern Exposure
The Stranger (Seattle)
The Texas Observer
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