Winners of the 2003 Utne Independent Press Awards

<p>UPDATE: Visit the nominees and winners of the <a href=”https://www.utne.com/media/utne-independent-press-awards-2009-hold.aspx”>2009 Utne Independent Press Awards</a>.</p>
<p>Of the thousands of publications we read during the past year, those honored below excite us the most, expressing essential and quintessential thoughts not generally found in the major media. Some of the winners here are perennial favorites, some are new finds, but all are driven by a passion for putting new ideas and important stories out in the world.</p>
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<span class=”articleLinks”>General Excellence, Magazines</span>
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<strong>The American Prospect</strong>
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If ever there was a year for a liberal magazine with a sharp focus on electoral politics to shine, it’s this year. And this smart Washington, DC-based monthly is the magazine. <em>$19.95/yr. (11 issues) from Box 601, Mt. Morris, IL 61504; <a href=”http://www.prospect.org/”>www.prospect.org</a>
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<span class=”articleLinks”>General Excellence, Newsletters</span>
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<strong>Connection to the Americas</strong>
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From indigenous uprisings to the war on drugs to the impact of corporate globalization, this bimonthly newsletter, published by the Minneapolis-based Resource Center of the Americas, provides essential summaries of the most critical issues facing Latin America. <em>$40 ($50 in Canada)/yr. (6 issues) from Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406; <a href=”http://www.americas.org/”>www.americas.org</a>
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<span class=”articleLinks”>General Excellence, Zines</span>
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<strong>Cryptozoa</strong>
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Androo Robinson fills this delightful zine with whimsical single-panel “picture fictions” that play with the imagination, illustrating everyday fairy tales that just may have actually happened. <em>$1/sample copy from 2000 NE 42nd Ave., #303, Portland, OR 97213.</em>
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<span class=”articleLinks”>Best New Title</span>
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<strong>Kitchen Sink</strong>
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Published by the San Francisco-based nonprofit Neighbor Lady Community Arts Project, this well-designed quarterly features piquant essays on arts and culture “for people who think too much.” <em>$25/yr. (4 issues) from 5245 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618; <a href=”http://www.kitchensinkmag.com/”>www.kitchensinkmag.com</a>
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<span class=”articleLinks”>Arts/Literary Coverage</span>
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<strong>Art Papers</strong>
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Smart and well-written, Art Papers covers what’s exciting in local arts scenes around the country — everything from the latest exhibitions to backyard sculpture and performance art — with a minimum of artspeak and a maximum of clarity. <em>$35/yr. (6 issues) from 1083 Austin Ave. NE, Ste. 206, Atlanta, GA 30307; <a href=”http://www.artpapers.org/”>www.artpapers.org</a>
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<span class=”articleLinks”>Best Essays</span>
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<strong>Brick</strong>
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This engaging international literary journal marked its 25th anniversary in 2003, publishing lively work from the likes of Michael Ondaatje, Adrienne Rich, and Annie Proulx. $41/2 yrs. (4 issues), <em>$38 in Canada, from Box 537, Station Q, Toronto, ON M4T 2M5, Canada; <a href=”http://www.brickmag.com/”>www.brickmag.com</a>
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<span class=”articleLinks”>Cultural/Social Coverage</span>
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<strong>The Onion</strong>
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America’s funniest newspaper is also one of its sharpest critical voices. Read The Onion for a good laugh and at the same time get real insight into many of the issues, large and small, facing us today. <em>$49.95/yr. (49 issues) from 544 East Ogden Ave., #700-388, Milwaukee, WI 53202; <a href=”http://www.theonion.com/”>www.theonion.com</a>
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<span class=”articleLinks”>Design</span>
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<strong>ReadyMade</strong>
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DIY never looked so cool. Straightforward graphics and page design with just enough retro-industrial swank to inspire even the most die-hard slacker to pick up a glue gun. Make yourself a magazine rack because every issue’s a keeper. <em>$14/yr. (4 issues) from 2706 Eighth St., Berkeley, CA 94710; <a href=”http://www.readymademag.com/”>www.readymademag.com</a>
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<span class=”articleLinks”>International Coverage</span>
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<strong>NACLA Report on the Americas</strong>
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The bimonthly report of the North American Congress on Latin America is required reading for all who want a really in-depth analysis of north-south political relations in our hemisphere. <em>$36/yr. (6 issues) from Box 77, Hopewell, PA 16650; <a href=”http://www.nacla.org/”>www.nacla.org</a>
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<span class=”articleLinks”>Local/Regional Coverage</span>
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<strong>The Brooklyn Rail</strong>
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Full of local news that touches on universal themes, the Rail keeps Brooklyn-ites abreast of the stuff that really matters — from neighborhood happenings to the role of the arts in the city. <em>$20/yr. (4 issues) from 43 Withers Street, #3, Brooklyn, NY 11211; 718/707-1146; <a href=”http://www.thebrooklynrail.org/”>www.thebrooklynrail.org</a>
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<span class=”articleLinks”>Personal Life Coverage</span>
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<strong>ReadyMade</strong>
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The do-it-yourself bible for the young and moneyless who nevertheless want to live in style, ReadyMade is both a hip interior-design guide and a witty version of a how-to-build-it hobby mag. <em>$14/yr. (4 issues) from 2706 Eighth St., Berkeley, CA 94710; <a href=”http://www.readymademag.com/”>www.readymademag.com</a>
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<span class=”articleLinks”>Political Coverage</span>
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<strong>The Nation</strong>
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This lively weekly jumped right into the post-9/11 debate to provide a much-needed progressive perspective on a suddenly-transformed world. It’s kept up the good work ever since, thanks to some of the keenest reporters and savviest columnists in the business. <em>$39.97/yr. (47 issues) from Box 55149, Boulder, CO 80322-5149; 800/333-8536; <a href=”http://www.thenation.com/”>www.thenation.com</a>
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<span class=”articleLinks”>Science and Environmental Coverage</span>
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<strong>Mother Jones</strong>
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With stellar articles on water issues, refugees fleeing global warming, pollution of all varieties, and the secret sins of the Bush administration, MoJo shows that a general interest magazine can still offer thorough coverage of crucial subjects. <em>$24/yr. (6 issues) from Box 334, Mt. Morris, IL 61054; 800/438-6656; <a href=”http://www.motherjones.com/”>www.motherjones.com</a>
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<span class=”articleLinks”>Spiritual Coverage</span>
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<strong>Ascent</strong>
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Living up to its tagline, “yoga for an inspired life,” this fresh Montreal-based quarterly looks at spirituality through the lens of social action. <em>$15.95/yr. (4 issues) from 334 Cornelia St., #519, Plattsburgh, NY 12901; <a href=”http://www.ascentmagazine.com/”>www.ascentmagazine.com</a>
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<span class=”articleLinks”>Online Political Coverage</span>
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<strong>Grist Magazine</strong>
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With a rich mix of hard-hitting eco-political coverage, practical tips, hopeful tales, and rib-tickling whimsy, Grist fulfills its tongue-in-cheek mission statement: “doom and gloom with a sense of humor.” <em>
<a href=”http://www.gristmagazine.com/”>www.gristmagazine.com</a>
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<span class=”articleLinks”>Online Cultural Coverage</span>
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<strong>Smart Mobs</strong>
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Techno-visionary Howard Rheingold and his co-conspirators chronicle the daily evolution of wireless technologies and their impacts on culture, politics, economics and personal relationships. <em>
<a href=”http://www.smartmobs.com/”>www.smartmobs.com</a>
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<span class=”articleLinks”>Reader’s Choice Poll Winners</span>
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<strong>General Excellence, Magazines:</strong>
<a href=”http://www.mojones.com/”>Mother Jones</a>
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<strong>General Excellence, Newsletters:</strong>
<a href=”http://www.counterpunch.org/”>Counterpunch</a>
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<strong>General Excellence, Zines:</strong>
<a href=”http://www.ayunhalliday.com/inky/”>The East Village Inky</a>
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<strong>Best New Title:</strong>
<a href=”http://www.odemagazine.com/”>Ode</a>
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<strong>Best Essays:</strong>
<a href=”http://www.thesunmagazine.org/”>The Sun</a>
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<strong>Arts/Literary Coverage:</strong>
<a href=”http://www.pw.org/”>Poets & Writers</a>
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<strong>Cultural/Social Coverage:</strong>
<a href=”http://www.theonion.com/”>The Onion</a>
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<strong>Design:</strong>
<a href=”http://www.bust.com/”>Bust</a>
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<strong>International Coverage:</strong>
<a href=”http://www.ecologist.org/”>The Ecologist</a>
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<strong>Local/Regional Coverage:</strong>
<a href=”http://www.thestranger.com/”>The Stranger (Seattle)</a>
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<strong>Personal Life Coverage:</strong>
<a href=”http://www.brainchildmag.com/”>Brain, Child</a>
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<strong>Political Coverage:</strong>
<a href=”http://www.thenation.com/”>The Nation</a>
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<strong>Science and Environmental Coverage:</strong>
<a href=”http://www.earthfirstjournal.org/”>EarthFirst Journal</a>
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<strong>Spiritual Coverage:</strong>
<a href=”http://www.shambhalasun.com/”>Shambhala Sun</a>
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<strong>Online Political Coverage:</strong>
<a href=”http://www.alternet.org/”>Alternet</a>
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<strong>Online Cultural Coverage:</strong>
<a href=”http://www.nthposition.com/”>Nth Position</a>
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