Press Release: 2011 Utne Independent Press Award Nominees

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David Schimke, editor in chief, 612-338-5040 ext. 325,

Margret Aldrich, associate editor, 612-338-5040 ext. 316,

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Utne Reader Names 22nd Annual Independent Press Awards Nominees

This year’s contenders demonstrate in-depth reporting and excellent storytelling in alternative media

MINNEAPOLIS (April 12, 2011) — Utne Reader, the best of the alternative press, today names the nominees for its 22nd annualUtneIndependent Press Awards. The winners will be revealed May 18 at the MPA-Association of Magazine Media’s Independent Magazine Media Conference in San Francisco.

The Utne Independent Press Awards recognize the distinctiveness and vitality of alternative and independent publishing. Nominees in nine categories represent the best in independent political, social/cultural, arts, environmental, international, body/spirit, and science/technology coverage as well as best writing and general excellence.

Editor in Chief David Schimke believes that independent journalists continue to turn out high-quality original work, despite economic challenges and the ever-changing media landscape.

“Our awards — like every issue of Utne Reader — are designed to celebrate those independent and alternative periodicals that give readers a fresh take on their world,” Schimke says. “And that’s often accomplished by focusing on people, places, and ideas that are either misrepresented or ignored by big media.”

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. This way, the magazine honors the efforts of smaller, sometimes overlooked publications that provide innovative, thought-provoking perspectives. All elements, from covers to coverage, are taken into consideration when selecting the nominees and eventually the winners.

The nominees appear in the May-June issue, which is on newsstands April 19, and online at Winners will be featured in the July-August 2011 issue.

The nominees are:

General Excellence The American Scholar, The Believer,High Country News, Mother Jones, Orion, The Sun, Wax PoeticsYES! Magazine

Best Writing The American Scholar, The Believer, Brick, The Brooklyn Rail, Creative Nonfiction, Portland,The Sun,Tin House

Political Coverage Dissent,In These Times,Mother Jones, The American Conservative,The American Prospect,The Nation, The New Republic, The Progressive

Arts Coverage American Craft, Film Comment, Offbeat, The Oxford American, Public Art Review,Theme, Vintage Magazine, Wax Poetics

International Coverage NACLA Report on the Americas, New Internationalist, New Statesman, Prospect, Red Pepper, The Wilson Quarterly, World Affairs, Z Magazine

Science/Technology Coverage Alternatives,Discover,  IEEE Spectrum, Johns Hopkins Public Health, Make, Miller-McCune, Science News, Technology Review

Social/Cultural Coverage Bitch, Brain, Child, Gastronomica,Good,make/shift, mental _floss, Oregon Humanities, This Magazine

Environmental Coverage Audubon, Conservation, Earth Island Journal, Environment, Environment Yale,High Country News, OnEarth, Orion

Body/Spirit Coverage The Christian Century, Commonweal, Geez, Resurgence, Sojourners, Tikkun,TricycleYES! Magazine

About Utne Reader
Since 1984, Utne Reader ( has been the vanguard of the alternative press, 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.

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