Washington D.C. (February 2, 2016)—The Atlantic has been named Magazine of the Year in the 2016 National Magazine Awards for Print and Digital Media. The Ellie Awards, given by the American Society of Magazine Editors, were presented last night at a ceremony in New York City.
“This is a tremendous tribute to the hard work of absolutely everyone at The Atlantic, who are as smart and as decent and as dedicated a group of magazine people as one could hope to be associated with,” said James Bennet, president and editor in chief of The Atlantic.
“This is a unique category, honoring our magazine work in print and in digital but also in events, video, marketing, and services,” said Bob Cohn, The Atlantic’s president and COO. “The result here underscores our commitment to delivering the idea of The Atlantic wherever and however people want to receive it.”
Across its 10 issues of 2015, The Atlantic published high-impact cover stories that sparked widespread attention and influenced the national conversation. The year began with James Fallows asking why the best soldiers in the world keep losing in “The Tragedy of the American Military.” Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration” took an unflinching look at how the deep reach of America’s criminal-justice system has affected black families. Overt anti-Semitism prompted Jeffrey Goldberg to ask an agonizing question of an entire continent: “Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?”. Goldberg’s piece was also nominated for a National Magazine Award in the Reporting category. And Hanna Rosin reported on mounting pressures among elite students, with “The Silicon Valley Suicides.”
The magazine’s March cover story “What ISIS Really Wants,” was the most-read article on the web in 2015—earning more engagement than anything else measured by Chartbeat. Ten months and 20 million page views later, Graeme Wood’s piece remains The Atlantic’s most-read article of all time, and continues to be a leading source for readers around the globe looking for a clear-eyed explanation of what motivates ISIS.
The award comes as The Atlantic embarks on its largest year of investment and growth, continuing the momentum of record audience, revenue, and profit in 2015. TheAtlantic.com broke three consecutive audience records at the close of 2015 and had 50 percent YOY digital growth, reaching a high of more than 31.5 million unique monthly visitors. Total revenues across platforms and businesses grew 20 percent in 2015. The Atlantic also increased its staff by 50 percent in 2015, and has similar hiring plans this year.
In early January, The Atlantic launched a multi-platform expansion of its coverage of Washington Politics & Policy—across TheAtlantic.com, the magazine, video, and live events—focused on offering a distinctively sophisticated understanding of power and ideas in the U.S. capital. The Atlantic is tripling its Washington reporting team and growing its events and business staffs. These gains follow an expansive redesign of TheAtlantic.com in spring 2015 and the debuts of the Science section and Notes, the site’s return to blogging.