The New Yorker raked in four Ellie Awards at the annual National Magazine Awards for print and digital media event Thursday night. Hosted by CNN analyst and former editor in chief of The Daily Beast, John Avlon, nearly 500 industry leaders attended the awards ceremony at Brooklyn Steel.
The New York Times Magazine and Topic were the only other publications to win more than one elephant-shaped award as they each took home two. For New York Times Magazine, it won in categories in essays and criticism for Getting Out, an essay about ex-convicts seeking a second chance in life, and in digital innovation for its Voyages issue. Topic took home its first two Ellies, in two video awards—for news and opinion for Black 14 as well as lifestyle for Noodle School.
The New Yorker took home the prize in four categories: reporting (Shallow Graves), feature writing (A Theory of Relativity), columns and commentary (three pieces by Doreen St. Félix) as well as public interest (No Refuge).
“Print and digital magazines continue to achieve new levels of excellence,” said Sid Holt, chief executive of the American Society of Magazine Editors. “Reporting, writing, photography and design—the 67 magazines and websites we honored tonight do it all.”
Four magazines were honored with the general excellence prize, including National Geographic for news, sports and entertainment; The New York Times Style Magazine in service and lifestyle; Kazoo for special interest; and the Virginia Quarterly Review in literature, science and politics.
In design and photography, Wired won for news and opinion; GQ Style for service and lifestyle; and W for feature photography.
The Marshall Project took home the prize for best website in news and opinion and Roads & Kingdoms took the award for service and lifestyle.
Bon Appétit won best in social media and three episodes of Slate’s Slow Burn won in podcasting.
Adam Moss, longtime editor in chief of New York Media, was also presented with The American Society of Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame award. Holt called Moss “one of the most thoughtful and innovative editors of our time.” Moss will be formally stepping down from his role at the end of this month, and is replaced with David Haskell.
Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern walked away with the ASME award for fiction and Bon Appétit’s Alex Lau, New York’s Olivia Nuzzi, Philadelphia’s Ernest Owens, The Atlantic’s Jeremy Raff and ESPN The Magazine’s Elaine Teng were honored as part of the ASME NEXT award journalists under the age of 30.
ASME administers the awards and sponsors it, in association with the Columbia Journalism School. Ticket award sales to the event went to a scholarship at Columbia Journalism School for students interested in pursuing careers in magazine journalism.