2011 Utne Independent Press Award Winners

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Winners of the 2011 Utne Independent Press Awards

(view all nominees and press release)

The winners of the 2011 Utne Independent Press Awards have been announced. We’d like to congratulate all the publications nominated, and especially the winners–each had an outstanding year in 2010, publishing vital, dynamic work. (Winners and nominees: To download hi-def images to spread the good word about being an Utne Independent Press Award nominee or winner, click here.)

GENERAL EXCELLENCE




Mother Jones



Since 1976, the folks behind the investigative nonprofit

Mother Jones

have relentlessly and reliably delivered “smart, fearless journalism,” transcending the day’s political spin to unearth stories on everything from global climate change to torturous foreign policy decisions on both sides of the aisle.






BEST WRITING




The American Scholar



Since 1932,

The American Scholar

has provided a forum for the spirited exploration of ideas. The “venerable but lively” quarterly, published by the Phi Beta Kappa Society, enlightens and provokes readers with thoughtful prose on public affairs, history, science, and culture. 






POLITICAL COVERAGE










The Nation



A vital progressive voice for nearly 150 years,

The Nation

weighs in weekly on politics, arts, and culture via vivid features, incisive reviews, and convention-busting commentary. By bucking the trend toward the slick and the glossy, The Nation helps to keep politics real. 





SOCIAL/CULTURAL COVERAGE






Bitch



The only print magazine dedicated to feminist critiques of pop culture, the exuberant, indestructible

Bitch

enlists dauntless writers to carry out its mission by combining serious study and a healthy sense of humor. The Portland-based quarterly also showcases indie art, music, film, and literature. 





INTERNATIONAL COVERAGE










The Wilson Quarterly



There’s no room for sensational headlines or ideological bombast on the densely packed pages of

The Wilson Quarterly

. There are too many new ideas and essential issues to cover, from China’s economic future to Israel’s inner life. And the peerless editors ensure that the prose is as tight as the analysis. 



ARTS COVERAGE










Wax Poetics



A labor of love, the Brooklyn-based

Wax Poetics

is a geeked-out fanzine dedicated to unearthing the grittiest funk, coolest jazz, and smoothest soul ever pressed into a groove. The writers proselytize, the editors keep the mix fresh, and the archival album art and concert footage is beatific.





ENVIRONMENTAL COVERAGE










Audubon





Audubon

rightly believes that if you care about birds, you care about the environment. The Audubon Society’s magazine is a must-read for nature watchers of all kinds, digging into its subjects with a keen eye for both natural beauty and the forces that threaten it. 




BODY/SPIRIT COVERAGE










Tikkun



Illuminated by the Jewish faith but accessible to all,

Tikkun



aims to “mend, repair and transform the world,” and that dream may just start with its readers. We are inspired by its measured, heavy-hitting features, which feature everything from queer spirituality to godless environmentalism to mental health, celebrity culture, and corporate greed. 





SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY COVERAGE










Technology Review





Technology Review

does much more than review the day’s coolest gadgets and mind-blowing scientific innovations. MIT’s magazine gets into the cultural and political implications of those innovations to help experts and casual readers better understand how new technology will change the wider world.  

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