Posts tagged ‘ASME’

Exciting times for journalist Jason Cherkis

headshotThe new year is shaping up as a busy and rewarding one for my old Daily Collegian colleague Jason Cherkis ’95. A national investigative reporter at The Huffington Post, Cherkis last week was nominated for an Ellie Award by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) for “Dying to be Free,” his long-form investigative piece on an underused treatment for heroin addiction. Last week also saw the debut of Candidate Confessional, a political podcast on which Cherkis is co-host. The premise is unique: Guests are former candidates who have lost high-profile races, and the goal is to talk honestly about what it’s like to go through that campaign grind, only to come up short. It’s also unusual in that it seems truly non-partisan: The first two guests, both former presidential candidates, are populist Democrat Howard Dean and Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann. For political junkies, it’s very much worth a listen.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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January 18, 2016 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

National Magazine Awards

field-stream-coverCongrats to Mike Toth ’81, executive editor of Field & Stream, which won a National Magazine Award last night. Field & Stream won the “general excellence award” as the nation’s single best magazine in its circulation category.

I sent Mike a quick e-mail this morning to say “Woo hoo!” and he wrote back about having attended the ceremony in New York last night:

I almost, but not quite, embarrassed myself yelling. But what the hell, this was the magazine’s first, and the Pop Sci editor who was sitting in front of me should have most of his hearing back by this afternoon anyway. It’s so hard to overcome the biases against the field sports, in ad sales and marketing and especially in contests such as this. Other semifinalists in our category included Vogue, The New Yorker, and others. So for us to even be noticed by the judging panel, we have to be absolutely perfect in every aspect of the magazine. And, after 113 of years of publishing, it finally paid off.

Those of us who are magazine junkies tend to geek out over the National Magazine Award winners’ lists. I was really pleased to see that the Esquire article called “The Things That Carried Him,” a poignant and powerful piece about transporting the body of a deceased soldier home from Iraq, won for feature writing. I highly recommend reading that article if you haven’t already.

And I’ve printed, to read later, two other award-winning pieces that I had heard about but never read: one from Bicycling magazine about car accidents and bicyclists, called “Broken” (it won for public-interest reporting) and one from Rolling Stone on the late David Foster Wallace (it won for profile writing). That’s the thing about great magazine writing: I have only a passing interest in either topic, but a good read is a good read. A really well-written magazine article will engross you, no matter what the topic.

You can see the complete list of winners and finalists here.

Tina Hay, editor

May 1, 2009 at 9:50 am 1 comment


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