National Magazine Awards
New York is a perennial favorite at the awards, known as the Ellies for the Alexander Calder-designed elephant stabiles presented to winners. There are so many Ellies floating around the magazine's Varick Street offices that several are scattered on a coffee table, among art books, in a coffee table in the editorial office's waiting area, like paperweights (though they weigh less than the books they sit atop).
At the often stodgy National Magazine Awards, best disruptor of decorum goes to a 'lucky' guy from Dallas
The National Magazine Awards are a civilized event, and dominated by the decorum of the city's most august magazines. So while it was a bit disappointing not to see what the kids from Vice might have done on stage for an awards speech, there was one welcome break when Tim Rogers, the editor of Dallas, Tex.'s local D Magazine, darted up to the podium to accept the award for profile writing, a category in which the monthly had bested industry darlings Men's Journal, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated and ESPN. Rogers, a tall guy looking not unlike Jason Lee of "My Name Is Earl" fame, forewent the usual thank-yous in favor of a discourse on how magazine writers only do it to get laid, and that 16 years ago he had proposed to his wife who was here with him tonight. "Tonight, with a little bit of luck, a little bit of red wine, and this award, I'm gonna get lucky," he said.
Can 'Vice' keep it real, after lauds from the media establishment's most establishmenty award-dealers?
In 2012, Vice is still free, and you can still find it on the floors of record shops, and it still has all of that other stuff, too. But the Brooklyn-based monthly also has something that the Vice of the early 2000s probably never would have envisioned in its wildest dreams (or worst nightmares): A chance at beating The New Yorker (and New York, and GQ and Bloomberg Businessweek) in this year's National Magazine Awards.
Vice, meet The Establishment.
Of course, the two are already well acquainted.(1)
2012 National Magazine Awards nominees announced; 'Vice,' 'The Fader' crack 'general excellence' category
After years of refining its unique blend of irreverent hipster screeds and hard-hitting international journalism, it seems that Vice is officially all grown up: The title will go head-to-head with industry stand-bys Bloomberg Businessweek, GQ, New York and The New Yorker for the top honor of general-interest general excellence at this years National Magazine Awards in New York on May 3.
"You know, given all the amazing work being done here, this seems insane, but we're still grateful all the same," said New York editor-in-chief Adam Moss before reading from prepared remarks to accept the afternoon's top honor of general excellence. (It was the magazine's 19th Ellie since 2006; its 18th since 2006, for best website, had been announced about half an hour earlier: "Eighteen? Are you kidding me?," one person in the audience snarled, rolling her eyes.)
Condé Nast leads the pack in just-released nominations for big digital-magazine awards, the Digital Ellies
This years' awards also brings at least one newcomer, The Atavist, a newish startup that commissions works of long-form journalism for individual sale, and which is nominated in the reporting and "use of interactivity and multimedia" categories.
You can view the full list of nominees after the jump.(1)