And the National Magazine Award Goes To…

Fast Company named magazine of the year

ellie-awardThe National Magazine Awards, the annual industry event co-sponsored by the American Association of Magazine Editors (ASME) and Columbia Journalism School, were announced tonight over dinner at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

So, which publication gets to bring the statue shaped like a modernist elephant (they are called ‘Ellies’ for a reason) back to its office tomorrow?

Fast Company was named magazine of the year, beating out The Atlantic, Bon Appétit, Esquire and last year’s winnerNew York.

But even though New York didn’t get that coveted title this year, the newly bi-weekly magazine didn’t do too badly. New York scored in the categories of general interest, design and website. The New York Times won the reporting award for Luke Mogelson’s November cover story on refugees trying to get to Christmas Island.

The New Yorker won four awards, all for writing. Last year, the august title didn’t win any awards for the first time since 2007.

Bon Appétit snagged two awards, one for photography and one for style and design. National Geographic also took home two awards: multimedia and tablet. Steven Brill’s Time cover story on the medical industry won the award for public interest reporting.

Glamour won for video over new digital publications like The Atavist and The Verge, as well as other legacy print magazines. Cosmopolitan won its first ever award for its guide to contraception (the category was Personal Service). Modern Farmer was also a first time winner for its “Modern Farmer Handbook.” But since the quarterly magazine debuted last year, it makes sense that it has never won before.

Sadly for Jake Silverstein,The New York Times Magazine’s soon-to-be editor in chief (and outgoing Texas Monthly editor in chief), Oprah’s O Magazine “Hair Extravaganza” beat out the Austin-based publication’s guide to BBQ in the “Leisure Interests” category.

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Graydon Carter. (Image via Getty)

Silver-haired Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter was given the magazine editor’s hall of fame award. Last year, that honor went to Anna Wintour.

Here’s the full list of winners (for a full list of the finalists, click here):

National Magazine Awards 2014 Winners

General Excellence

General Interest
Honors magazines covering politics, business, technology, sports and entertainment

New York, Adam Moss, Editor in Chief, September 16, November 18 and December 9 Print and iPad Editions,

Service and Lifestyle

Honors magazines covering family, the home, food, fashion and relationships

Sunset, Peggy Northrop, Editor in Chief, September, October and December

Style and Design

Honors magazines covering fashion, decorating, dining, entertaining and travel

Bon Appétit, Adam Rapoport, Editor in Chief, January, July and September

Active Interest

Honors magazines covering active sports, outdoor recreation and health and fitness

Field & Stream, Anthony Licata, Editor in Chief, May, June and December 2013/January 2014

Special Interest

Honors magazines serving highly defined reader communities

Inc., Eric Schurenberg, President and Editor, June, September and December 2013/January 2014

Literature, Science and Politics

Honors smaller-circulation general-interest magazines as well as publications covering the arts

Poetry, Christian Wiman, Editor for February and September Print Editions and June Print and iPad Editions, Don Share, Editor for November and December iPad Editions,


Honors overall excellence in print magazine design

New York, Adam Moss, Editor in Chief and Thomas Alberty, Design Director, April 8, May 20 and September 16


Honors overall excellence in print magazine photography

Bon Appétit, Adam Rapoport, Editor in Chief, Alex Grossman, Creative Director and Alex Pollack, Photo Director, July, September and December

Single-Topic Issue

Honors print magazines that have devoted a single issue to the comprehensive examination of one subject

Bloomberg Businessweek, Josh Tyrangiel, Editor, “Five Years From the Brink,” September 16-22

Magazine Section

Honors front- or back-of-the-book departments or sections regularly published in print

Modern Farmer, Ann Marie Gardner, Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief, “Modern Farmer Handbook,” Spring, Fall and Winter

Personal Service

Honors the use of print to serve readers’ needs and aspirations

Cosmopolitan, Joanna Coles, Editor in Chief, “Your Cosmo Guide to Contraception,” September

Leisure Interests

Honors the use of print to provide practical information about recreational activities and special interests

O, The Oprah Magazine, Oprah Winfrey, Founder and Editorial Director and Lucy Kaylin, Editor in Chief, “Hair Extravaganza!” September


Honors magazine websites and digital-only magazines

New York, Adam Moss, Editor in Chief and Ben Williams, Editorial Director,

Tablet Magazine

Honors magazines published on tablets and e-readers, including digital-only magazines

National Geographic, Chris Johns, Editor in Chief, August, October and November iPad Editions


Honors digital storytelling and the integration of magazine media

National Geographic, Chris Johns, Editor in Chief, “The Last Chase,” by Robert Draper, November Print and iPad Editions


Honors the outstanding use of video by magazine websites and digital-only magazines

Glamour, Cynthia Leive, Editor in Chief, “Confronting Cancer: BRCA1 & BRCA2 Gene Mutations,” October 9, “Recovery: Meds. And Love,” October 23, and “Life Post-Surgery: Back on Stage,” October 30, from “Screw You Cancer” series

Public Interest

Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of national importance

TIME, Rick Stengel, Managing Editor, “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” by Steven Brill, March 4


Honors reporting excellence as exemplified by one article or a series of articles

The New York Times Magazine, Hugo Lindgren, Editor in Chief, “The Dream Boat,” by Luke Mogelson, Photographs by Joel van Houdt, November 17

Feature Writing

Honors original, stylish storytelling

The New Yorker, David Remnick, Editor and Pamela Maffei McCarthy, Deputy Editor, “A Loaded Gun,” by Patrick Radden Keefe, February 11 & 18

Feature Photography

Honors the use of original photography in a feature story, photo-essay or photo portfolio

W, Stefano Tonchi, Editor in Chief, “Stranger Than Paradise,” photographs by Tim Walker, May

Essays and Criticism

Honors interpretative and critical journalism

The New Yorker, David Remnick, Editor and Pamela Maffei McCarthy, Deputy Editor, “Thanksgiving in Mongolia,” by Ariel Levy, November 18

Columns and Commentary

Honors political and social commentary; news analysis; and reviews and criticism

The New Yorker, David Remnick, Editor and Pamela Maffei McCarthy, Deputy Editor, Three columns by Emily Nussbaum: “Shark Week,” February 25; “Difficult Women,” July 29; and “Private Practice,” October 7


Honors fiction originally published in magazines

The New Yorker, David Remnick, Editor and Pamela Maffei McCarthy, Deputy Editor, “The Embassy of Cambodia,” by Zadie Smith, February 11 & 18

Magazine of the Year

Honors magazines for print and digital editorial excellence and the success of out-of-book programs and services

Fast Company, Robert Safian, Editor, Florian Bachleda, Creative Director and Noah Robischon, Executive Director of Digital, March, May and October Print Editions and May, June and July/August iPad Editions

Publication dates are 2013 and refer to print editions unless otherwise noted. Editors listed in winners’ citations held those positions when content was published.

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