NEW YORK, NY (March 15, 2006)-Marlene Kahan, Executive Director, American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), today announced the slate of finalists for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards (known as "The Ellies"), the magazine industry's highest honor.
Twenty-two finalists will receive the coveted "Ellie" (named after the Alexander Calder Stabile "Elephant") at an evening awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 9, at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Frederick P. Rose Hall, New York City.
The 2006 finalists offer examples of the best in magazine journalism written on an array of diverse topics.
"This year's finalists showcase the tremendous pool of creative editorial talent that is the hallmark of our industry," said Ms. Kahan. "Magazines endure because of their ability to serve the ever-changing needs of readers with world-class content that informs, entertains and delights."
The awards honor print and online magazines for superior execution of stated editorial objectives, innovative editorial techniques, noteworthy journalistic enterprise, and imagination and vigor in layout and design. Established in 1966, the National Magazine Awards is the preeminent program in the magazine industry to honor editorial excellence. The awards program is sponsored by ASME in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Finalists were chosen by a panel of 215 judges from among the 1,643 entries submitted by 356 print and online publications.
Here are the finalists in the category of General Excellence Online:
This category recognizes outstanding magazine Internet sites, as well as online-only magazines and Weblogs that have a significant amount of original content. It honors sites that reflect an outstanding level of interactivity, journalistic integrity, service and innovative visual presentation.
Beliefnet.com (www.beliefnet.com): Steven Waldman, co-founder and editor-in-chief
CNET.com (
www.cnet.com): Jai Singh, editor-in-chief
men.style.com (
http://men.style.com/): Jamie Pallot, editorial director, CondeNet
National Geographic Online (
www.ngm.com): Chris Johns, editor-in-chief
Newsweek.com (
www.newsweek.msnbc.com): Deidre Depke, editor
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