Winners of the 2007 Utne Independent Press Awards

The process of picking the 2007 Utne Independent Press Award winners was technologically advanced and methodologically incontrovertible.

| January / February 2008

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

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The process of picking the 2007 Utne Independent Press Award winners was technologically advanced and methodologically incontrovertible. The 111 magazines, journals, newsletters, alternative weeklies, and zines that were nominated by the Utne Reader staff two months ago were fed into a gigantic and infallible computer (Intel inside!) that performed sophisticated informational and qualitative meta-analyses and, with an authority befitting the great Oz or the great Google, spat out a list of the 15 winners within minutes. With the exception of a High Country News issue that got stuck in an intake chute (along with an intern’s hand) and a zine that the computer initially rejected as “unidentifiable media,” it all went as smoothly as our IT guys said it would.

And if you believe that, we’ve got a domain name we’d like to sell you. The fact is, computers can do many incredible things, but when it comes to sorting through the independent press in search of stories that surprise and delight us, good old human judgment—preferably the informed and enlightened kind—is still our best analytic tool. So the unglamorous truth is that we chose the winners in a blatantly old-school way, by reading the nominees extensively, then getting together to champion our favorite titles and challenge one another to examine our opinions. We’re a feisty bunch—hypocrisy was exposed, favoritism suspected, and personal tastes called into question—but at the end of the day we emerged with a roster of winners that we’re proud to present here.

The following pages tease out the juicy stuff that keeps us coming back to these publications, but we couldn’t fit everything we wanted into this section. So we’re relying on that newfangled Internet: For detailed profiles of the winners and a full list of nominees, visit the links below.

 —The Editors

3/27/2008 12:00:00 AM

The press the press the press OH how they don't impress They dig they dig down deep To kick the dog and make him weep They grab they grab for glory That's why they tell your story No matter if your down on luck It's prime time so who gives a ---- But let us follow them home Let's dig into their bag of bones Then Let us shout let us shout Tell the world what they're about Watch them hide as their dirt leaks out See if then if they have any clout They shouldn't expect a band or violin Too bad! We now know all of your sins! Dani

1/4/2008 12:00:00 AM

The format of this year's awards was a drastically wonderful improvement upon past years. I enjoyed reading about the specifics of WHY each publication was note-worthy (as opposed to a simple best of list). Thank you for the change.