Mother Jones, the independent progressive magazine, won Magazine of the Year at the National Magazine Awards lunch hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, this afternoon at Cipriani on Wall Street.
Speaking to a crowd of somewhat tipsy magazine editors and publishers noshing on tiramisu in a chocolate cup, editor-in-chief Clara Jeffery called for unity in a time of political uncertainty.
“The media is under attack,” Jeffery said in her second speech of the day. “I really hope we all stick together in the time to come.”
Mother Jones also won in the reporting category for its 35,000-word exposé of the private prison system.
While both Adam Moss, of New York, and Jake Silverstein, of The New York Times Magazine, took the stage for unsurprising triple-wins, this was generally a year of the underdog.
Nicholas Jackson, editor-in-chief of Pacific Standard, said it most eloquently following his magazine’s win for feature photography.
“They put us back at the loser table. I didn’t think we had any chance of competing with National Geographic. Holy shit,” said Jackson.
A similar shock was evoked by Sarah Gray Miller, editor-in-chief of Modern Farmer, which won for general excellence, special interest.
“At the risk of being repetitive, holy shit. You have made a very small magazine very happy,” Gray Miller said of her four-person team.
There were also a few firsts. The Marshall Project was the first digital-only pub to win general excellence, for its award in literature, science and politics; GOOD won its first Ellie ever, in personal service.
Nonetheless, a familiar level of mild cursing and general honesty persisted throughout the event
“We are all being asked to do so much across so many channels,” Adam Rapoport, editor-in-chief of Bon Appetit, said in his speech for general excellence, service and lifestyle. “You really have to work your ass off.”
See the full list of winners below.
Ellie Awards 2017 Winners
News, Sports and Entertainment
ESPN The Magazine
Service and Lifestyle
Literature, Science and Politics
The Marshall Project
The California Sunday Magazine
The California Sunday Magazine
Pacific Standard for “Adrift,” photographs by Francesco Zizola, July/August
New York for “The Culture Pages”
GOOD for “What Can He Really Do? What Can We Do About It?,” Winter
Eater for “The Eater Guide to Paris,” by Eater Staff, October 19 at eater.com
New York for “Eight Years in America,” October 3-16 print issue and nymag.com
Huffington Post Highline for “The 21st Century Gold Rush,” by Malia Politzer and Emily Kassie, December 21 at highline.huffingtonpost.com
New York with Narrative 4 for “Guns & Empathy,” December 26 at nymag.com
Mother Jones for “My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard,” by Shane Bauer, July/August print issue; June 23 at motherjones.com and youtube.com
The New York Times Magazine for "'I Have No Choice but to Keep Looking,'” by Jennifer Percy, August 2 at nytimes.com
Essays and Criticism
The New York Times Magazine for “David’s Ankles,” by Sam Anderson, August 21
The New York Times Magazine for “Worlds Apart,” by Nikole Hannah-Jones, June 12
Magazine of the Year