2005 Utne Independent Press Awards: And the Winners Are...

The 17th annual list of the year's most inspiring, enlightening, and essential periodicals


| January / February 2006



UPDATE: Visit the nominees and winners of the 2009 Utne Independent Press Awards.

In the cultural desert of today's corporate media landscape, the independent press is more vital than ever; it's an oasis of information that brims with creative thinking, courageous reporting, and bold artistic expression. We turn to these sources for the ideas and articles that fill the pages of Utne, and every year we celebrate our favorites by awarding the best of the best with an Independent Press Award. To see the complete list of nominees, visit www.utne.com/uipa. -- The Editors

OnEarth
General Excellence: Magazines
With the environment in grave peril, this magazine from the Natural Resources Defense Council is an invaluable antidote to despair. Casual readers will find the accessible issue briefs, strategy notes, and hard-hitting investigative reports visually compelling. Activists can turn to deeper pieces that define key battles and ground-breaking solutions. $15/yr. (4 issues) including NRDC membership from 40 W. 20th St., New York, NY 10011; www.onearth.org.
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New Urban News
General Excellence: Newsletters
As big-box, car-dependent developments gobble up the landscape, this comprehensive newsletter equips readers with enough know-how to fight for (and create) responsible, walkable communities. $79/yr. (8 issues) from Box 6515, Ithaca, NY 14851; www.newurbannews.com.
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True Story!
General Excellence: Zines
Guaranteed to provoke reading aloud, this charming hand-drawn zine chronicles the adventures of a thoughtful human who enjoys eating garlic, copes with early-morning cat rambunctiousness, and attempts to draw himself on the verge of crying. $3/each from Barry Scanlan, 19367 120th Ave., Milaca, MN 56353.
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New Scientist
Science/Technology Coverage
The modest tagline 'science and technology news' doesn't capture the scope of this U.K.-based mainstay. Beat-breaking briefs, provocative columnists, and an eye for the sobering as well as the quirky make this weekly's consistently excellent coverage a laudable feat. $140/yr. (51 issues) from 6277 Sea Harbor Dr., Orlando, FL 32887; www.newscientist.com.
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