Reporting by Ronan Farrow got The New Yorker one of its nine Ellie award nominations this year.

The National Magazine Awards continue to evolve with the media industry, recognizing podcasting with its own award this year.

Better known by the name of its elephant-shaped award, the “Ellie,” the American Society of Magazine Editors and Columbia University-sponsored event revealed its shortlist of 67 finalists in 22 categories, five of which made it in for podcasts, an increasingly popular venue for news, long-form journalism and commentary. Outlets in the inaugural category include The New Yorker with WNYC and Slate.

The addition comes a year after the Ellies decided to do away with the most prestigious Magazine of the Year award and the Multimedia award, which focused on a print magazine’s success with digital integration. But with the new segment, the number of nominees increased to 67 from last year’s 57, so at least there are more chances for work to be recognized. And the new top category of General Excellence is expanded to include 20 finalists, with a mix of print magazines, special interest and digital-only outlets making the cut, like Time, Martha Stewart Living, Audubon, Virginia Quarterly Review and The Marshall Project.

“The magazines and web sites nominated this year for National Magazine Awards demonstrate the enduring strength of magazine journalism,” Sid Holt, chief executive of ASME, wrote in a statement. “Often overlooked in the news coverage of the publishing business is the extraordinary quality of the stories and images magazines regularly produce in print and online — which is just one reason ASME and Columbia are especially proud to honor the 65 publications nominated this year for Ellies.”

There were several first-time finalists in various categories, like The Cut, a vertical out of New York Magazine; Thrillist, which mainly covers food; Washington Post Magazine and Atlas Obscura. But most of the dominate outlets made expected, repeat appearances.

The New Yorker again led the pack with nine nominations, one of which was for reporting by Ronan Farrow, followed by New York Magazine and National Geographic, which each received seven. Rounding out the top is The New York Times Magazine with five nominations and four nominations each for The Atlantic, The Marshall Project and ProPublica. Last year’s winners were led by The New Yorker and New York Magazine.

Winners for this year will be revealed the evening of March 14 at Brooklyn music venue Brooklyn Steel, another change from last year’s luncheon in Manhattan, hosted by CNN’s Don Lemon. A host for this year is expected to be revealed soon.

See below for the full list of the 2019 Ellie nominees:

General Excellence

News, Sports and Entertainment:

The Marshall Project

National Geographic

New York Magazine



Service and Lifestyle:


Bon Appétit

Martha Stewart Living


T: The New York Times Style Magazine

Special Interest:


Columbia Journalism Review

The Hollywood Reporter



Literature, Science and Politics:



Popular Science

The Trace

Virginia Quarterly Review


Design and Photography

News and Opinion:

The California Sunday Magazine

National Geographic

New York Magazine

The New York Times Magazine


Service and Lifestyle:


Bon Appétit

GQ Style

T: The New York Times Style Magazine



Feature Photography

GQ Style for “Three Days in Dakar,” shot by Fanny Latour-Lambert

National Geographic for “Frenzy,” shot by Laurent Ballesta

New York for “The Class of 1946-2018,” shot by Michael Avedon

Rolling Stone for “The Survivors,” shot by Patrick Brown

W for “Cate,” shot by Cass Bird, Rineke Dijkstra, Dominique Issermann, Shirin Neshat, Jackie Nickerson, Sharna Osborne, Alex Prager, Viviane Sassen and Sam Taylor-Johnson


Web Site

News and Opinion:

The Marshall Project

National Geographic

The New Yorker



Service and Lifestyle:

Atlas Obscura

The Cut


Roads & Kingdoms



Digital Innovation

The Marshall Project in partnership with Longreads for “Banished” by Beth Schwartzapfel and Emily Kassie

Mic for “The Black Monuments Project”

The New York Times Magazine for “The Voyages Issue”

The New Yorker for “Touchstones”

ProPublica and WNYC for “The Waiting Game”


Social Media

Atlas Obscura

Bon Appétit

Harper’s Bazaar

National Geographic




Broadly for three episodes of “Queerly Beloved”: “The Past Lovers,” “The Siblings” and “The Artists”

Longreads in partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting for three episodes of “Bundyville”: “The Battle,” “The Bomb” and “The Prophecy”

The New Yorker and WNYC Studios for two episodes of “The New Yorker Radio Hour”: “The Long-Distance Con, Part 1,” and “The Long-Distance Con, Part 2”

Poetry for three episodes of “The Poetry Magazine Podcast”: “Hera Lindsay Bird Reads ‘Pyramid Scheme,’” “Danez Smith Reads ‘How Many of Us Have Them?’” and “Martín Espada Reads ‘Letter to My Father’”

Slate for three episodes of “Slow Burn”: “Deal or No Deal,” “Tell-All” and “Move On”



News and Opinion:

The Atlantic for “The Separated,” video by Jeremy Raff

Deadspin for “How America’s Largest Local TV Owner Turned Its News Anchors Into Soldiers in Trump’s War on the Media,” video by Timothy Burke

National Geographic for “Last Prom,” video by Jessica Dimmock and Zackary Canepari

Topic for “Black 14,” directed by Darius Clark Monroe

Vanity Fair for “Billie Eilish: Same Interview, One Year Apart”

Service and Lifestyle:

Atlas Obscura for “Meet a Bug Whisperer and His Traveling Insect Zoo,” video by John Picklap and Olivia Loomis Merrion

BuzzFeed News for “My Mom Took Care of Me for Top Surgery,” video by Branson LB; “How to Prepare for Top Surgery,” video by Sarah Karlan and “Recovering From Top Surgery,” video by Sarah Karlan

Harper’s Bazaar for “The Real Crazy Rich Asians,” video by Kevin Kwan

Topic for “Noodle School,” video by Jia Li

Vogue for “You’re So Vain . . . ,” video by Charlotte Wales; “Praise Be! The 28 Best Looks From the Paris Collections,” video by Gordon von Steiner, and “Hadid, Hadid, Hadid!,” video by Bardia Zeinali


Single-Topic Issue

Allure for “The Culture of Hair,” March

New York for “Women and Power”

Popular Science for “The Tiny Issue”

Sonoma for “The Fire Issue”

T: The New York Times Style Magazine for “New York City: 1981-1983”


Personal Service

5280 for “The Art of Dying Well,” edited by Kasey Cordell and Lindsey B. Koehler, October

Cosmopolitan for “Birth Control: Will It Become the Ultimate Luxury?,” by Jennifer Gerson and Ashley Oerman

Marie Claire for “Marie Claire’s Guide to Having a Baby”

Outside for “Rewilding the American Child”

Women’s Health for “You’ve Got This, Mama,” by Kelly Mickle


Leisure Interests

Field & Stream for “One Wild Summer”

New York for “How to Be an Artist,” by Jerry Saltz

Real Simple for “Backyard Bliss”

Thrillist for “Pizzafied”

Whisky Advocate for “The Smoke Lovers’ Issue”



The Atlantic for “American Hustler,” by Franklin Foer

Bloomberg Businessweek for “I Hereby Confess Judgment,” by Zachary R. Mider and Zeke Faux

The California Sunday Magazine in partnership with Type Investigations for “Whatever’s Your Darkest Question, You Can Ask Me,” by Lizzie Presser

The New Yorker for “Four Women Accuse New York’s Attorney General of Physical Abuse,” by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer; “Trouble at the Top,” by Ronan Farrow, and “As Leslie Moonves Negotiates His Exit From CBS, Six Women Raise New Assault and Harassment Claims,” by Ronan Farrow

The New Yorker for “Shallow Graves,” by Ben Taub

Politico for “The Genocide the U.S. Didn’t See Coming,” by Nahal Toosi

ProPublica and TIME for “Unprotected,” by Finlay Young


Feature Writing

BuzzFeed News for “We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage,” by Christine Kenneally

The California Sunday Magazine for “A Kingdom From Dust,” by Mark Arax

Esquire for “This Place Is Crazy,” by John J. Lennon

New York for “Everyone Believed Larry Nassar,” by Kerry Howley

The New Yorker for “A Theory of Relativity,” by Elif Batuman

Smithsonian for “Taming the Lionfish,” by Jeff MacGregor

The Washington Post Magazine for “What Do We Owe Her Now?,” by Elizabeth Bruenig


Essays and Criticism

The Atlantic for “A Warning From Europe,” by Anne Applebaum

The New York Times Magazine for “Getting Out,” by Reginald Dwayne Betts

The New Yorker for three articles by Jill Lepore: “It’s Still Alive,” “The Shorebird,” and “Misjudged”

Pacific Standard for “Silence Breaking Woman,” by Terese Marie Mailhot

Virginia Quarterly Review for “The Breakup Museum,” by Leslie Jamison


Columns and Commentary

The Atlantic for three articles by Caitlin Flanagan: “The First Porn President,” “I Believe Her,” and “The Abandoned World of 1982”

The Marshall Project in collaboration with Vice for three “Life Inside” columns: “Death Row’s First Ever Talent Show,” by George T. Wilkerson, “Getting Out of Prison Meant Leaving Dear Friends Behind,” by Robert Wright, and “What It’s Like to Be a Cutter in Prison,” by Deidre McDonald

The New Yorker for three articles by Doreen St. Félix: “The National Geographic Twins and the Falsehood of Our Post-Racial Future,” “The Profound Presence of Doria Ragland,” and “The Ford-Kavanaugh Hearing Will Be Remembered as a Grotesque Display of Patriarchal Resentment”

Philadelphia for three “Crankcase” columns by Sandy Hingston: “Alexa. That Bitch,” “The White Stuff,” and “Hair Piece,” October

Slate for three “Jurisprudence” columns by Dahlia Lithwick: “He Made Us All Victims and Accomplices,” “Rob Porter’s History of Domestic Abuse Wasn’t a Secret. It’s Just That No One Cared,” and “Our System Is Too Broken to Assess the Sexual Assault Claim Against Kavanaugh”


Public Interest

HuffPost Highline for “The Best Way to Save People From Suicide,” by Jason Cherkis,

National Geographic for “We Made It. We Depend on It. We’re Drowning in It. Plastic,” by Laura Parker

The New York Times Magazine for “The Hidden Toll,” by Linda Villarosa

The New Yorker for “No Refuge,” by Sarah Stillman

ProPublica for three articles by Hannah Dreier: “A Betrayal,” co-published with New York, “The Disappeared,” co-published with Newsday, and “He Drew His School Mascot — and ICE Labeled Him a Gang Member,” in collaboration with The New York Times Magazine

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