Christian Williams, editor in chief, 785-274-4380,
Brandy Ernzen, brand manager: 785-274-4304, 

Magazine recognizes independent outlets for high-quality coverage in nine categories 

 TOPEKA, Kan. (June 5, 2013) — Utne Reader today names the winners of its 23rd Utne Media Awards. Winners will appear in the July-August issue, on newsstands June 18.

The Utne Media Awards, formerly known as the Utne Independent Press Awards, recognize the distinctiveness and vitality of alternative media. Winners represent the best in independent political, social/cultural, arts, environmental, international, body/spirit, and science/technical coverage as well as best writing and general excellence.

“We chose the magazines and websites that we found ourselves continually returning to over the course of the year,” says Editor in Chief Christian Williams. “These particular publications mean a lot to us, and we’re pleased to have another opportunity to spread the word about them to our readers.”  

The winners are:
General Excellence Yes! 
Best Writing The New Inquiry 
Arts Coverage Colossal 
Body/Spirit Coverage Tricycle 
Environmental Coverage High Country News  
International Coverage New Internationalist  
Political Coverage TomDispatch  
Science/Technical Coverage Scientific American  
Social/Cultural Coverage Guernica  

Utne Reader’s editors begin the process by selecting nominees through extensive reading and yearlong examination, rather than via a competition with entry forms and fees. This way, the magazine honors the efforts of smaller, sometimes overlooked outlets that provide innovative, thought-provoking perspectives. All elements, from graphics to coverage, are taken into consideration when selecting the nominees and eventually the winners.  

About Utne Reader
Since 1984, Utne Reader ( has been the vanguard of alternative media, celebrating independent news and views from across the political spectrum. With ideas, trends and solutions you won’t see in the mainstream media for months or even years, Utne Reader is the publication to read first for readers who want to know what’s happening next. 

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