2017 National Magazine Award nominations include Oxford American

2e6b4_1320267846-oxa_logoThe Oxford American has been nominated for a 2017 National Magazine Award: Zandria F. Robinson’s “Listening for the Country” is a finalist in the Essays and Criticism category.
In her feature essay from the 2016 Southern Music Issue, Robinson writes of her experience planning her father’s funeral in Memphis and wrestling with her complicated memories of their relationship—all while listening to the music her father loved. Written with precise compassion and vivid insight, “Listening for the Country” is an unsparing portrait of a family caught between city and country, love and loss.
This is the Oxford American’s fourteenth National Magazine Award nomination since the magazine’s founding in 1992. The Oxford American has been awarded four National Magazine Awards in its 25 years, most notably for General Excellence in 2016.
Zandria F. Robinson and the Oxford American are nominated alongside four other esteemed writers and publications in the Essays and Criticism category: Michael Chabon for GQ, Andrew Sullivan for New York, Sam Anderson for The New York Times Magazine, and Becca Rothfeld for The Hedgehog Review.

The winners of the 2017 National Magazine Awards will be announced on Tuesday, February 7, in New York City.

Creative Class 2016: Dave Anderson

cc16-andersonDave Anderson is an award-winning cross media storyteller best known for his work behind the lens. His photography and films have been exhibited, published, screened and lauded across the planet.  Anderson’s work has been profiled on numerous media outlets ranging from Good Morning America to The New York Times to The New Yorker, where Vince Aletti called Anderson’s photography “as clear-eyed and unsentimental as it is soulful and sympathetic.” NPR praised his films, saying they are, “in short…awesome.”

In addition to being a photographer and filmmaker, he currently serves as Winrock International’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs.  Previously Anderson worked as an adviser in the Bill Clinton White House and later oversaw MTV’s road-tripping multimedia election extravaganza, the Choose or Lose Bus, which traveled to 47 states and helped register over 250,000 young people to vote. He has spearheaded content and strategic media efforts for the White House, the U.S. Department of State, Viacom, New York University and Heifer International, among others. Anderson has shot and directed over 50 short films. His photographs can be found in the collections of museums and galleries in the United States and abroad, and have been exhibited across Europe, Asia and the U.S. His editorial photography has been featured in the pages of EsquireSmithsonian and Time among other publications. His long-running video series SoLost (for the Oxford American) won a National Magazine Award, and he has been recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists.

And the 2016 Ellie for General Excellence in Literature, Science and Politics goes to THE OXFORD AMERICAN!

2e6b4_1320267846-oxa_logoOn February 1, at a ceremony in New York City, the Oxford American received some very good news: They won the 2016 Ellie – National Magazine Award in General Excellence! 

The OA was recognized in the Literature, Science and Politics category.  The other nominees were Aperture; Foreign Affairs; Nautilus; Poetery; and Virginia Quarterly Review.
Honors smaller-circulation general-interest magazines as well as publications covering the arts.

 

This is the Oxford American’s thirteenth National Magazine Award nomination since the magazine’s founding in 1992, and their first for General Excellence since 1999.  The award recognized both the efforts of former editor Roger Hodge and current editor Eliza Borné and the OA staff.
The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the awards.
Other winners of the evening were:

General Excellence

  • News, Sports and Entertainment – New York
  • Service and Lifestyle – Lucky Peach
  • Special Interest – The Hollywood Reporter

Design – Wired
Photography – The California Sunday Magazine
Single-Topic Issue – Bloomberg Businessweek for “Code: An Essay,” June 15-28
Website – New York
Multimedia – New York for “This Is the Story of One Block in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn,”
Video – Vice News for “Selfie Soldiers: Russia’s Army Checks In to Ukraine
Public Interest – BuzzFeed News for “The New American Slavery,” and “All You Americans Are Fired,” by Jessica Garrison, Ken Bensinger and Jeremy Singer-Vine,
Personal Service – FamilyFun for “The Happy Family Playbook,” by Jennifer King Lindley
Leisure Interests – Eater for “The Eater Guide to Surviving Disney World
Magazine Section – New York for “The Culture Pages”
Reporting – Matter for “My Nurses Are Dead and I Don’t Know If I’m Already Infected,” by Joshua Hammer
Feature Writing – The New Yorker for “The Really Big One,” by Kathryn Schulz
Feature Photography – Politico for “Front Row at the Political Theater,” photographs by Mark Peterson
Essays and Criticism – Esquire for “The Friend,” by Matthew Teague
Columns and Commentary – The Intercept for three “The Barrett Brown Review of Arts and Letters and Prison” columns by Barrett Brown: “Stop Sending Me Jonathan Franzen Novels,” “A Visit to the Sweat Lodge,” and “Santa Muerte, Full of Grace.”
Fiction – Zoetrope: All-Story for “The Grozny Tourist Bureau,” by Anthony Marra
Magazine of the Year – The Atlantic

The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. The members of ASME include the editorial leaders of most major consumer and business magazines published in print and on digital platforms. Founded in 1963, ASME works to defend the First Amendment, protect editorial independence and support the development of journalism. ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia Journalism School and publishes the ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers.

Oxford American nominated for 2016 National Magazine Award!

2e6b4_1320267846-oxa_logoLast week the Oxford American received some very good news: They were nominated for a 2016 National Magazine Award in General Excellence! 

This is the Oxford American’s thirteenth National Magazine Award nomination since the magazine’s founding in 1992, and their first for General Excellence since 1999.
Editor Eliza Borné and the OA staff are proud to be recognized among many other wonderful publications, and were grateful for our amazing writers, artists, contributors, and dedicated readers.
The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the awards when each of the 114 finalists is honored at the annual awards dinner on Monday, February 1, at the Grand Hyatt New York.
The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. The members of ASME include the editorial leaders of most major consumer and business magazines published in print and on digital platforms. Founded in 1963, ASME works to defend the First Amendment, protect editorial independence and support the development of journalism. ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia Journalism School and publishes the ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers.

The Music of Texas will be focus of 2014 Oxford American Music Issue

oa texasRecently, Academy Award-winner Matthew McConaughey, Oxford American editor Roger D. Hodge, and the Texas Music Office will announce that the state of Texas will be the focus of the OA‘s 16th annual music issue. The announcement is at 4 PM at Austin’s iconic Continental Club.

“The Oxford American is thrilled to showcase the music of Texas, home of many of the world’s most influential artists and recordings,” says Rick Clark, the OA‘s music editor. “In addition to delving into the state’s noteworthy historic recordings and figures, we will put emphasis on Texas’s current vibrant, creative artistic culture.”

The issue will be published and available on newsstands nationwide in December 2014. It will be packaged with a compilation CD dedicated to the music of Texas. The magazine will include a special editorial section comprised of essays and features about the artists and songs on the CD.

“The Texas Music Office in the Governor’s Office is working closely with the Oxford American to help produce the Music of Texas issue,” says Casey Monahan, Director of the Texas Music Office. “We’re looking forward to this exciting and high visibility edition.”

The Oxford American‘s annual Southern Music Issue has won two National Magazine Awards and other high honors since it was first introduced in 1996. It is considered by many readers and listeners to be among the best music packages in the country. In 2012, Dwight Garner of the New York Times wrote, “The Oxford American may be the liveliest literary magazine in America….The CDs are so smart and eclectic they probably belong in the Smithsonian.”

Over the years, NPR has featured many of the OA‘s music issues on its broadcasts. Over the past twenty years, the Southern music issue has showcased an incredible range of talents spanning many genres and decades, including R.E.M., Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Isaac Hayes, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich, and more. Music-writing legends-such as Greil Marcus, William Gay, Stanley Crouch, Peter Guralnick, John Jeremiah Sullivan, and Rosanne Cash-have contributed memorable writing to the issues. Past OA music issues have featured the states of Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and, last year, Tennessee.

Oxford American’s SoLost celebration honoring Dave Anderson

solost_logoCome have dinner and join in the SoLost celebration, honoring the Oxford American’s award-winning filmmaker Dave Anderson’s original video series.

SoLost is an off-kilter video journey through the side roads, backrooms, cellars, and psyche of the modern South. Anderson’s artful film shorts are released monthly on OxfordAmerican.org. The series won the 2011 National Magazine Award for Video and was a finalist for the 2013 award. In April, SoLost received a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to fund the project during 2013–14.

Special guests for the evening include SoLost editor Jonathan Childs and several subjects from the series: David Moore (also known as DayDay MoeMoe), a visionary musician-artist who creates instruments from recycled oddities; Timothy Hursley, the photographer who captured a silo in Hale County, Alabama, almost a million times; and Jimmy Rhodes, a magician, mortician, and former mayor. Anderson will also unveil the debut installment of SoLit, a new series for the Oxford American.

The event will take place at South on Main (1304 Main Street) at 7:30pm.

To learn more about Dave Anderson, please visit www.dbanderson.com

or check out his award-winning SoLost series at www.oxfordamerican.org/articles/sections/solost/

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