Washington, D.C. and New York, N.Y.--The Atlantic
was named a finalist for the 2013 National Magazine Awards in three
categories, it was announced today by the American Society of Magazine
Editors (ASME). The magazine was recognized in the categories of Essays
and Criticism and Public Interest, and TheAtlantic.com was selected in the Web Site category. The Atlantic has been a finalist more than 100 times and has won 20 "Ellies" in the award's 48-year history.
The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates is a finalist in the category of Essays and Criticism for "Fear of a Black President." Marshaling history, original reporting, memoir, and a fierce but understated moral passion in advance of the 2012 election, Coates outlines the predicament constraining President Obama: wary of coming across as a politically untenable Angry Black Man, he must always strive--as many professional African Americans must--to appear "twice as good."
In the category of Public Interest, Peg Tyre is recognized for "The Writing Revolution," which chronicles the dramatic turnaround of New Dorp, a Staten Island high school that had failed its students for years. Nothing had seemed capable of turning the school around--not firing bad teachers, not flashy technology, not after-school programs. So, faced with closure, the school's principal went all-in on a very specific curriculum reform, placing an overwhelming focus on teaching the basics of analytic writing every day, in virtually every class. As Tyre documents, what followed was an extraordinary blossoming of student potential, across nearly every subject--a transformation that has made New Dorp a model for national educational reform.
Named a finalist in the Web Site category, TheAtlantic.com is a leading destination for exploring vital ideas through original reporting, insightful analysis, and engaging commentary from widely varying points of view. Covering politics, business, technology, entertainment, health, international affairs, and more, the site uses a range of storytelling forms--text, video, photography, interactive charts, and maps--to bring The Atlantic's long-standing traditions of intelligence, wit, and independent thinking to the fast-moving world of the Web. Beyond the site's daily content and extended projects, editors and writers broadened their engagement on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and other social-media platforms in 2012, while the entire site was made fully accessible on the iPad, Kindle, and other mobile devices.
The 2013 National Magazine Awards will be presented on May 2, 2013 in New York City. The full list of finalists is available at: http://www.magazine.org/about-asme/pressroom/asme-press-releases/asme/national-magazine-awards-2013-finalists-announced
Since its founding in 1857 as a magazine about "the American Idea" that would be of "no party or clique," The Atlantic has been at the forefront of brave thinking in journalism. One of the first magazines to launch on the Web in the early 1990s, The Atlantic has continued to help shape the national debate across print, digital, and event platforms. With the addition of its news- and opinion-tracking site, TheAtlanticWire.com, and now TheAtlanticCities.com on global cities, The Atlantic is a multimedia forum on the most-critical issues of our times, from politics, business, urban affairs, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. The Atlantic is the flagship property of Washington, D.C.-based publisher Atlantic Media Company.