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

Name change reflects the decision to include more websites for recognition 

 2013 Utne Media Awards Nominees 

TOPEKA, Kan. (April 16, 2013) — Utne Reader today names the nominees for its 23rd Utne Media Awards. Winners will be revealed May 20 at the MPA-Association of Magazine Media’s Independent Magazine Media Conference in New Orleans.

The Utne Media Awards, formerly known as the Utne Independent Press Awards, recognize the distinctiveness and vitality of alternative media. Nominees in nine categories 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.

To recognize the changing media landscape, Utne widened the scope of this year’s awards to include more websites than in previous years. Editor in Chief Christian Williams notes that it’s important to consider all means of communication in addition to print.

“While we still love and will always celebrate the printed word, we’d be remiss not to recognize the democratization of information made possible by the Internet,” Williams says.

Utne Reader’s editors select nominees through an extensive reading process 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.

The nominees appear in the May-June issue, on sale today, and online at Winners will be published in the July-August issue.

The nominees are:
General Excellence Adbusters, Orion, Tomorrow Magazine, Yes! 

Best Writing The New Inquiry, Oregon Humanities, The Rumpus, The Sun 

Arts Coverage Arthur, Broken Pencil, The Brooklyn Rail, Colossal 

Body/Spirit Coverage Geez, Sacred Fire, Sojourners, Tricycle 

Environmental Coverage Grist, High Country News, OnEarth, Resurgence & Ecologist

International Coverage
Middle East Report, NACLA Report on the Americas, New Internationalist, Red Pepper  

Political Coverage The American Conservative, In These Times, TomDispatch, Waging Nonviolence 

Science/Technical Coverage New Scientist, Psychology Today, Scientific American, Shareable 

Social/Cultural Coverage Guernica, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Morning News, Rethinking Schools 

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. 

About Ogden Publications Inc.
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