Once upon a time, magazines had to only excel in their traditional printed domain to be up for the coveted title of Magazine of the Year awarded by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME).
But with the advent of the web, not to mention tablets and smartphones, now a magazine must thrive in every one of the new publishing platforms to be considered the best by its industry peers.
With so many areas to contend with these days, it should be no wonder that the five magazines the ASME narrowed down as the Magazine of the Year finalists were nominated for Ellies in multiple categories—a sign that they pursue excellence in traditional print and in digital technology.
Here’s more about this year’s five Magazine of the Year finalists:
National Geographic led all other magazines with seven Ellie nominations. Of that number, more than half came in digital categories—General Excellence in Digital Media, Website, Tablet Magazine and Multimedia. In addition to a General Excellence in Print nomination, it should also be no surprise that the yellow-spined classic was a finalist in two photography categories.
New York magazine followed with six nominations, the majority for its writing. Along with a General Excellence in Print, the Big Apple’s magazine is up for Ellies in Magazine Section, Essays and Criticism, and Columns and Commentary.
It was also named a finalist in the categories of Design and Feature Photography, specifically for its collection of poignant images titled “What We Saw When the Lights Went Out” that captured the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Esquire, one of four magazines to be tapped in four categories, is the only one of that field to also be in contention for the Magazine of the Year title. The men’s magazine named a General Excellence in Print nomination, along with recognition for Magazine Section and Tablet Magazine. But perhaps it’s the nod for Personal Service that deserves to be highlighted here.
For its June/July issue, the magazine collected what it calls “exhaustive collection of wisdom, advice, stories, reassurances, tips, perspectives, pointers, and heartbreaking revelations about fatherhood ever assembled in one place.” Sure enough, it covers everything a father might need to know about his child from birth to adulthood.
Time, which took home the Magazine of the Year award in 2012, is vying for top honors once again. The newsweekly is also an Ellie finalist in three categories: general excellence in Design and Photography, as well as a Multimedia nomination specifically for its Hurricane Sandy coverage.
Glamour, along with Time and Esquire, is another return finalist from last year’s field for Magazine of the Year. In addition to the nomination for the highest industry honor, the fashion title is up for General Excellence in Digital Media.
For a complete list of finalists, visit the American Society of Magazine Editors website here.