Ellies 2019 Finalists Announced

National Geographic, New York magazine and New Yorker top list of nominees; annual awards presentation moves to Brooklyn music venue

NEW YORK, NY (February 7, 2019)—The American Society of Magazine Editors today Twittercast the finalists for the 2019 National Magazine Awards for Print and Digital Media. ASME will celebrate the 54th presentation of the Ellie Awards when each of the 114 finalists is honored at the annual awards presentation five weeks from today.

The 2019 winners will be announced during an evening presentation on Thursday, March 14, at Brooklyn Steel, a music venue in Williamsburg, New York. More than 500 magazine editors and publishers are expected to attend. The winners receive “Ellies,” the elephant-shaped statuettes that give the awards their name. The awards presentation will include the presentation of the 2019 ASME Award for Fiction to Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern. The five winners of the 2019 ASME Next Awards for Journalists Under 30 will also be honored.

This year 67 titles were nominated in 22 categories, including one new category, Podcasting. Twenty publications were nominated for the most prestigious honor, General Excellence. They included large-circulation titles like Martha Stewart Living and TIME, special-interest magazines like Audubon and Kazoo, literary journals like Poetry and Virginia Quarterly Review and digital-only publications like The Marshall Project and The Trace.

Twenty-six titles received multiple nominations, led by The New Yorker with nine. National Geographic and New York both received seven nominations; New York’s women’s vertical, The Cut, was also nominated separately. The New York Times Magazine garnered five nominations, followed by The Atlantic, The Marshall Project and ProPublica, each with four.

Atlas Obscura, Bon Appétit, The California Sunday Magazine, T: The New York Times Style Magazine and Topic all received three nominations. Fourteen media organizations were nominated twice: Afar, BuzzFeed News, GQ Style, Harper’s Bazaar, Longreads, Outside, Poetry, Popular Science, Slate, Smithsonian, TIME, Virginia Quarterly Review, W and Wired.

The finalists also included 5280, Allure, Aperture, Audubon, Bloomberg Businessweek, Broadly, Columbia Journalism Review, Cosmopolitan, Deadspin, Esquire, Field & Stream, The Hollywood Reporter, HuffPost Highline, Kazoo, Marie Claire, Martha Stewart Living, Mic, Newsday, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Pacific Standard, Philadelphia, Pitchfork, Politico, Real Simple, Roads & Kingdoms, Rolling Stone, Saveur, Self, Sonoma, Thrillist, The Trace, Type Investigations, Vanity Fair, Vice, Vogue, The Washington Post Magazine, Whisky Advocate, WNYC, WNYC Studios and Women’s Health.

Fifteen media organizations were first-time finalists: Atlas Obscura, Broadly, The Cut, Deadspin, Newsday (nominated with ProPublica), Oregon Public Broadcasting (nominated with Longreads), Roads & Kingdoms, Sonoma, Thrillist, Topic, The Trace, The Washington Post Magazine, Whisky Advocate, WNYC (nominated with ProPublica) and WNYC Studios (nominated with The New Yorker). Digital-first finalists included 20 titles: Atlas Obscura, Broadly, BuzzFeed News, The Cut, Deadspin, HuffPost Highline, Longreads, The Marshall Project, Mic, Pitchfork, Politico, ProPublica, Roads & Kingdoms, Self, Slate, Thrillist, Topic, The Trace, Vice and WNYC Studios.

Eight publications demonstrated sustained excellence by receiving nominations in the same category for the third year in a row or more. Among the repeat finalists were Aperture in General Excellence, four consecutive years and winner of the award in 2018; Bon Appétit in General Excellence, eight consecutive years and winner in 2014 and 2017; Cosmopolitan in Personal Service, six consecutive years and winner in 2014 and 2018; The Marshall Project in General Excellence, three consecutive years and winner in 2017; National Geographic in Website, three consecutive years and winner in 2017; and Saveur in General Excellence, three consecutive years.

Repeat finalists also included New York, nominated in General Excellence four consecutive years and winner in 2016 and in Single-Topic Issue three consecutive years and winner in 2017, and The New Yorker, which has been nominated in Reporting 29 of the last 30 years, receiving a total of 39 nominations and 8 awards. The New Yorker also received its fourth nomination in Public Interest in the last three years and has now garnered 16 nominations and 8 awards in the category since 2000.

“The magazines and websites nominated this year for National Magazine Awards demonstrate the enduring strength of magazine journalism,” said Sid Holt, chief executive of ASME. “Often overlooked in the news coverage of the publishing business is the extraordinary quality of the stories and images magazines regularly produce in print and online—which is just one reason ASME and Columbia are especially proud to honor the 65 publications nominated this year for Ellies.”

Established in 1966, the National Magazine Awards for Print and Digital Media are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and are administered by ASME. Originally limited to print magazines, the awards now recognize magazine-quality journalism published in any medium. Each winner receives an “Ellie,” modeled on the symbol of the awards, Alexander Calder’s stabile “Elephant.”

Two hundred seventy-nine national and regional publications entered the Ellie Awards this year, submitting 699 print, 560 digital and 141 multiplatform entries.

The 297 print- and digital-magazine editors, art directors, photo editors and journalism educators who judged the Ellies this year met in mid-January at the Columbia School of Journalism in New York City to choose the 2019 finalists. A complete list of the judges will be posted on the Ellies website after the winners are announced. The judging was led by the following journalists and educators:

Amy DuBois Barnett, Chief Content Officer, theGrio, and Executive Vice President, Digital, ESGlobalMedia; Maile Carpenter, Editor in Chief, Food Network Magazine and The Pioneer Woman Magazine; Jonathan Dorn, Group President, Active Interest Media; Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor in Chief, The Atlantic; Ben Goldberger, Executive Editor, TIME; Christopher Keyes, Vice President, Editor, Outside; Amanda Kludt, Editor in Chief, Eater; Cindi Leive, Journalist; Janice Min, Senior Content Executive, Quibi; Stephen Orr, Group Editorial Director, Meredith Corporation, and Vice President, Editor in Chief, Better Homes and Gardens; Alison Overholt, Vice President, Editor in Chief, ESPN The Magazine, espnW and The ESPYs; Paul Reyes, Editor, Virginia Quarterly Review; Brooke Siegel, Vice President, Content, Hearst Digital Media; Jake Silverstein, Editor in Chief, The New York Times Magazine; Debra Adams Simmons, Executive Editor, Culture, National Geographic; Sally Singer, Creative Director, Vogue; Susan Spencer, Editor in Chief, Woman's Day; Nicholas Thompson, Editor in Chief, Wired; Duy Linh Tu, Professor and Director, Digital Media Center, Columbia School of Journalism; Liz Vaccariello, Editor in Chief, Vice President, Content, Parents; Charles Whitaker, Dean, Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism; and Ben Williams, Editor, Digital, New York Magazine.

Tickets to the 2019 Ellie Awards go on sale tomorrow, February 8. Ellie Awards ticket sales provide support for the Osborn Elliott Scholarship at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Named in honor of the former Newsweek editor, ASME president and Columbia dean, the scholarship is awarded to students who intend to pursue careers in magazine journalism. To purchase tickets, email [email protected] or call Wise & Company at 212.938.1032.

Ellie Awards 2019 Finalists

General Excellence

News, Sports and Entertainment
Honors publications covering politics, business, science and technology as well as society and culture

           The Marshall Project; National Geographic; New York; TIME; Wired

Service and Lifestyle
Honors publications covering fashion, food, travel and design as well as health, parenting, personal finance and active sports

Afar; Bon Appétit; Martha Stewart Living; Saveur; T: The New York Times Style Magazine

Special Interest
Honors publications serving highly defined reader communities, including city and regional magazines

Audubon; Columbia Journalism Review; The Hollywood Reporter; Kazoo; Smithsonian

Literature, Science and Politics
Honors smaller-circulation general-interest magazines as well as publications covering media and the arts

Aperture; Poetry; Popular Science; The Trace; Virginia Quarterly Review

Design and Photography

News and Opinion
Honors the visual excellence of print and digital magazines covering politics, business, technology and entertainment

The California Sunday Magazine; National Geographic; New York; The New York Times Magazine; Wired

Service and Lifestyle
Honors the visual excellence of print and digital magazines covering fashion, food, travel and design

Afar; Bon Appétit; GQ Style; T: The New York Times Style Magazine; W

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

  • GQ Style for “Three Days in Dakar,” photographs by Fanny Latour-Lambert, Fall
  • National Geographic for “Frenzy,” photographs by Laurent Ballesta, May
  • New York for “The Class of 1946-2018,” photographs by Michael Avedon, October 29–November 11
  • Rolling Stone for “The Survivors,” photographs by Patrick Brown, August
  • W for “Cate,” photographs by Cass Bird, Rineke Dijkstra, Dominique Issermann, Shirin Neshat, Jackie Nickerson, Sharna Osborne, Alex Prager, Viviane Sassen and Sam Taylor-Johnson, September


News and Opinion
Honors magazine websites covering politics, business, technology and entertainment

The Marshall Project; National Geographic; The New Yorker; Pitchfork; Topic

Service and Lifestyle
Honors magazine websites covering fashion, food, travel and design

Atlas Obscura; The Cut; Outside; Roads & Kingdoms; SELF

Digital Innovation
Honors the outstanding use of digital technology in magazine storytelling

  • The Marshall Project in partnership with Longreads for “Banished” by Beth Schwartzapfel and Emily Kassie, October 3 at themarshallproject.org
  • Mic for “The Black Monuments Project,” February 1
  • The New York Times Magazine for “The Voyages Issue,” September 21 at nytimes.com and on the New York Times mobile app and September 23 in print
  • The New Yorker for “Touchstones,” November 20
  • ProPublica and WNYC for “The Waiting Game,” April 23 at propublica.org

Social Media
Honors the outstanding use of social accounts by magazine websites and digital-only magazines

Atlas Obscura; Bon Appétit; Harper’s Bazaar; National Geographic; ProPublica

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


News and Opinion
Honors coverage of politics, business, technology and entertainment

Service and Lifestyle
Honors coverage of fashion, food, travel and design

Single-Topic Issue
Honors publications that have devoted a single print issue or a major digital package to the comprehensive examination of one subject

  • Allure for “The Culture of Hair,” March
  • New York for “Women and Power,” October 14 at thecut.com and October 15-28 in print
  • Popular Science for “The Tiny Issue,” Fall
  • Sonoma for “The Fire Issue,” January/February
  • T: The New York Times Style Magazine for “New York City: 1981-1983,” April 22

Personal Service
Honors magazine journalism that serves readers’ needs and aspirations

Leisure Interests
Honors magazine journalism that provides practical information about recreational activities and special interests

  • Field & Stream for “One Wild Summer,” June-July
  • New York for “How to Be an Artist,” by Jerry Saltz, November 26–December 9
  • Real Simple for “Backyard Bliss,” July
  • Thrillist for “Pizzafied”
  • Whisky Advocate for “The Smoke Lovers' Issue,” Fall

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

Feature Writing
Honors original, stylish storytelling

Essays and Criticism
Honors interpretative and critical journalism

Columns and Commentary
Honors departments and features that exemplify the editorial mission of the publication

Public Interest
Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of national importance

All publication dates 2018 unless otherwise indicated

About ASME

The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. The members of ASME include the editorial leaders of most major consumer and business magazines published in print and on digital platforms. Founded in 1963, ASME works to defend the First Amendment, protect editorial independence and support the development of journalism. ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards for Print and Digital Media in association with the Columbia Journalism School and publishes the ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers.

About Columbia Journalism School

For over a century, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has been preparing journalists with instruction and training that stresses academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the school opened its doors in 1912 and offers master of science, master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees. Learn more at journalism.columbia.edu.


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