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Utne Reader Honors Top Publications at 22nd Annual Independent Press Awards  
Ceremony recognizes excellence in alternative media  

SAN FRANCISCO (May 19, 2011) — Utne Reader, the best of the alternative press, last night presented nine publications with Utne Independent Press Awards for outstanding journalism in 2010. The winners were announced at a ceremony during the MPA’s Independent Magazine Advisory Group (IMAG) conference at the W San Francisco Hotel.

Mother Jones won the night’s highest honor, the General Excellence award. Utne Reader’s editors cited Mother Jones’ ability to cover the big stories and hit them hard. In 2010 the 35-year-old bimonthly covered the BP cover-up, the world’s population crisis, Big Pharma, the United States’ “age of treason,” and the attack on the middle class.

Utne Reader Editor in Chief David Schimke says, “This periodical nails it all, from well-chosen feature topics to deft editing to seamless design.”

Other winners include:

Best Arts Coverage Wax Poetics 

Best Body/Spirit Coverage Tikkun 

Best Environmental Coverage Audubon 

Best International Coverage The Wilson Quarterly 

Best Political Coverage The Nation 

Best Science/Technology Coverage Technology Review 

Best Social/Cultural Coverage Bitch 

Best Writing The American Scholar 

The Utne Independent Press Awards recognize the excellence and vitality of alternative and independent publishing. Utne Reader’s editors select nominee publications through an extensive reading process and 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 awards were presented at a dinner attended by publishers and editors from the independent press. A number of winners and nominees were present, including The American Scholar, Bitch, Mother Jones, The Nation, Technology Review, Tikkun and Wax Poetics.

For more information on the awards presentation, go to The winners will be featured in the July-August issue of Utne Reader, on newsstands June 21.

About Utne Reader
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About Ogden Publications Inc.  
Ogden Publications Inc. ( is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Natural Home & Garden, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit. Ogden Publications also provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division.

NOTE: Event photos and cover images are available upon request.  

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