National Magazine Awards

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The National Magazine Awards, also known as the Ellie Awards, honor print and digital publications that consistently demonstrate superior execution of editorial objectives, innovative techniques, noteworthy enterprise and imaginative design. Originally limited to print magazines, the awards now recognize magazine-quality journalism published in any medium. They are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) in association with Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and are administered by ASME in New York City. The awards have been presented annually since 1966.[1]

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National Magazine Awards
Ellie Award
Awarded forExcellence in the magazine industry
Sponsored byAmerican Society of Magazine Editors in association with Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
LocationNew York City
CountryUnited States
Presented byAmerican Society of Magazine Editors
First awarded1966; 57 years ago (1966) Edit this at Wikidata

The Ellie Awards are judged by magazine journalists and journalism educators selected by the administrators of the awards. More than 300 judges participate every year. Each judge is assigned to a judging group that averages 15 judges, including a judging leader. Each judging group chooses five finalists (seven in Reporting and Feature Writing); the same judging group selects one of the finalists to be the winner of the Ellie Award in that category. Judging results are subject to the approval of the National Magazine Awards Board, which is composed of current and former officers of ASME, the dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and veteran judges.

The current categories are:[2]

  • General Excellence, News, Sports and Entertainment
  • General Excellence, Service and Lifestyle
  • General Excellence, Special Interest
  • General Excellence, Literature, Science and Politics
  • Design and Photography, News and Opinion
  • Design and Photography, Service and Lifestyle
  • Feature Photography
  • Website, News and Opinion
  • Website, Service and Lifestyle
  • Digital Innovation
  • Social Media
  • Podcasting
  • Video, News and Opinion
  • Video, Service and Lifestyle
  • Single-Topic Issue
  • Personal Service
  • Leisure Interests
  • Reporting
  • Feature Writing
  • Essays and Criticism
  • Columns and Commentary
  • Public Interest

Finalists in each of the Ellie Award categories receive certificates of recognition. The winner in each category receives a reproduction of Alexander Calder's stabile "Elephant", the symbol of the awards since 1970. Among the notable changes for 2017 are the expansion of the Design and Photography categories to include digital entries and the suspension of the Fiction award.