Last night, during the Magazine Publishers of America-Independent Magazine Advisory Group (IMAG) conference at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C., Utne Reader announced the winners for the Utne Independent Press Awards for outstanding journalism in 2009.
Utne Reader editor in chief David Schimke heaped praise upon this year’s winners and acknowledged the myriad challenges facing independent publications today:
It’s clear that today’s best journalists and writers, who just a few years ago were working for daily newspapers or metropolitan weeklies, are finding a home for their best work in smaller, independent and alternative magazines. The quality of this year;s nominees is both a tribute to, and a direct reflection of, that phenomenon.
A list of the winners appears after the jump.
General Exellence – Orion
Best Arts Coverage – The Journal of Music
Best Environmental Coverage – High Country News
Best Health/Wellness Coverage – Spirituality & Health
Best International Coverage – Virginia Quarterly Review
Best Political Coverage – The American Prospect
Best Social/Cultural Coverage – Brain, Child
Best Science/Tech Coverage – IEEE Spectrum
Best Spirituality Coverage – Portland
Best Writing – Boston Review