min's 2009 Editorial & Design Awards

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Hall of Fame
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Never in publishing history has content innovation been so critical to the future of magazines. Web sites can proliferate links. Television can spew endless sound bites. But when it comes to generating new ideas, new takes, new voices and initiating new cultural conversations, magazines continued to lead the media world in 2009.

Whether it was Anna Wintour proudly defending the authority and wisdom of her September issue or BusinessWeek exposing the continued chicanery of subprime mortgage bankers, whether it was People en Español’s inspired recasting of classic Hollywood scenes with contemporary celebrities or SELF magazine exposing the dangers of generic drugs, magazines led while the other platforms followed.

In min’s first Editorial & Design Awards we hoped to highlight the inherent strengths of the magazine industry—to think harder and faster about the world around us than everyone else. We were not disappointed—the editorial and design teams honored here were more than up to the task, in a challenged industry during even more challenging times.

This was a year when trade magazines like Stars & Stripes met the pain of war with both honor in its celebration of heroism and diversion in its video gaming series for the troops. It was a year when Martha Stewart gave us something to celebrate on all 60 days of summer and Parents magazine showed us how to raise children who would be ready for a more multicultural world. Harper’s Bazaar dazzled us with covers that seemed to pop from the newsstand and Fortune gave us an hour-by-hour walkthrough of a weekend in September 2008 that changed Wall Street forever.

The winners and honorable mentions in this year’s awards are testaments to the place magazines continue to have in American life and why they remain as popular now as ever. These writers, editors, photographers and designers help set the agenda, establish the style, spark the conversations and get their facts straight.

We congratulate all the winners and finalists, who were selected from a pool of entries by an outside panel of publishing experts as well as by min editors. We also present the 2009 class of inductees into min’s Editorial Hall of Fame, who were honored, along with the Editorial & Design Award winners, at an award breakfast in New York on Nov. 18.

—Steve Smith

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 View the 2009 Editorial & Design Awards issue

Editorial Hall of Fame

  • Peter Bart – Variety, Reed Business Information
  • Jackie Leo – Peter G. Peterson Foundation
  • Sally Lee – Ladies Home Journal, Meredith Corp.
  • Ellen Levine – Hearst Magazines, Hearst Corp.
  • John Rasmus – National Geographic Adventure
  • Gael Towey – Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.
  • Anna Wintour – Vogue, Condé Nast


Best E-Newsletter

• Advanstar Communications – Drug Topics eNews
• BudgetTravel.com

Honorable Mentions:

  • Advanstar Communications – Drug Topics eNews
  • About.com – About.com Newsletter
  • Beauty Industry Report – Beauty Industry Report
  • FierceMarkets/FierceWireless – The Daily Wireless Industry Monitor
  • Steel Business Briefing – SBB Daily Briefing


Best Launch

Hearst Magazines – Food Network Magazine

Honorable Mentions:

  • Parenting Magazine – Parenting Early Years and School Years
  • MSP Communications – Delta Sky Magazine
  • SmartWork Media – Spa+



• Entertainment Weekly – PopWatch
• TechWeb/Internet Evolution – ThinkerNet

Honorable Mentions:

  • About.com – Calorie Count Blog
  • Dwell – Dwell.com
  • Harvard Business Publishing, Umair Haque – Edge Economy
  • Haymarket Media, McKnight's Long Term Care – The Editors Blog
  • Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. – The Martha Blog
  • BudgetTravel.com – This Just In
  • Time.com – Tuned In


Cover Design

Harper’s Bazaar

Honorable Mentions:

  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • People en Español – Los 50 Mas Bellos


Cover Design/Single Issue

Condé Nast Publications/Allure Magazine – April 2009

Honorable Mention:

  • Every Day With Rachael Ray – May 2009


Cover Illustration

TechWeb/Information Week – You vs. the Downturn

Honorable Mentions:

  • The Journal of Accountancy – Welcome to America – IFRS
  • Smart Meetings – The Green Issue


Custom Publication Design

Stars & Stripes – Stripes GAMER

Honorable Mentions:

  • Movmnt Magazine – Arti$tic Reinvention
  • SagaCity Media, Inc. – Cityvision

Digital Magazine Edition

Popular Science with Zinio – The Green Home Guide

Honorable Mentions:

  • TechInsights/EE Times with NxtBook – Apollo: The Epic That Launched a Generation of Engineers
  • Esquire with Zinio – How to Be a Man
  • VIVmag with Zinio– The Giving Back Issue


Editorial Series

• Dwell – Dwellings
• Parents – Small World

Honorable Mentions:

  • AARP Segunda Juventud  – President Obama's First 100 Days
  • BusinessWeek – Medical Data
  • CareerCast.com – Jobs Rated Report
  • Data Center Management
  • Entertainment Weekly – EW.com  TV Watch


Feature Article

Fortune – Three Days that Shook the World

Honorable Mentions:

  • AARP Segunda Juventud – Just Once More: The Face of Addiction
  • Dwell – A Narrow Victory
  • Fierce Markets/Fierce Wireless – Fierce Wireless Fierce 15 Awards
  • Town & Country – How Could You?



Fitness Magazine – Bikini Body

Honorable Mentions:

  • Every Day With Rachael Ray – No-Recipe Zone, Meatball Subs
  • Hearst Magazines/Food Network Magazine – Try This at Home Pasta
  • Parenting Magazine – Diagnosis: Emergency
  • SELF Magazine – Create Your Happy Life List
  • InStyle Magazine – Best Summer Ever (July 2009)


Investigative & News Coverage

BusinessWeek – The Subprime Wolves Are Back

Honorable Mentions:

  • Marie Claire – Project Pearl: The Bravest Class in Town
  • Marie Claire – Love in the Time of Terror


Magazine Design/Single Issue

Bonnier Corp./Saveur Magazine – Saveur Magazine/Dining in America

Honorable Mentions:

  • Hearst Magazines – Marie Claire Sept. 2009
  • House Beautiful, July 2009, Hearst Magazines
  • InStyle – June 2009
  • Travel + Leisure – October 2008


Most Improved Publication

Fitness Magazine

Honorable Mention:

  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Medical Economics
  • SagaCity Media, Inc. – Washington State Visitors’ Guide
  • InStyle


Online Column

• Entertainment Weekly – Ken Tucker’s Watching TV
• Penton Media/Telephony Online -What the FCC didn't Tell Us about the USF Audit

Honorable Mentions:

  • FierceMarkets/Fierce Wireless – AT&T’s Mobile Broadband House of Cards
  • TechWeb/Internet Evolution – How to Lose Your Job by Being an Internet Idiot



Town & Country Magazine – Editor’s Letter by Pamela Fiori

Honorable Mentions:

  • Advanstar Communications/Dermatology Times– "Watching Out for No.1” by Elaine Siegfried
  • Haymarket Media, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News – The Big Picture by John O'Connor
  • Entertainment Weekly – "Yep, He's…Adam Lambert" by Mark Harris

Photo Gallery

SELF – Brava, Java!

Honorable Mentions:

  • Condé Nast Publications/Allure Magazine – Coming of Age
  • Harper’s Bazaar – “Wild Things”
  • People en Español – Los 50 Mas Bellos



Entertainment Weekly – The Photo Issue

Honorable Mention:

  • Town & Country Magazine – Opening the Way


Photography Spread

Travel + Leisure – The New Delhi

Honorable Mentions:

  • Advanstar Communications/Medical Economics – Get the Word Out
  • Hearst Magazines/Food Network Magazine – You’re Foiled
  • People Magazine – This Is Home
  • People Magazine – An African Boy's Healing Year – 9/22/09


Profile or Q&A

Entertainment Weekly – It's Hard Out There for a Chimp

Honorable Mentions:

  • BusinessWeek – What have you done to My Company?
  • Entertainment Weekly – True Believer
  • Harper's Bazaar – Susan Boyle: Unsung Hero



Parenting Magazine – Parenting Early Years and School Years

Honorable Mentions:

  • Advanstar Communications – Drug Topics
  • Jobson Medical Information LLC – Vision Monday
  • InStyle
  • Washington State Visitors’Guide


Single Article

SELF Magazine – "Bad Bargain," by Katherine Eban

Honorable Mentions:

  • Travel + Leisure – "At Home in Provence," by Luke Barr
  • BusinessWeek – "They Warned Us," by Robert Berner and Brian Grow
  • Entertainment Weekly – "The Crazy Cult of the Room," by Clark Collis
  • Entertainment Weekly – "He Knew He'd Done Something Special," by Josh Rottenberg and Christine Spines
  • Travel + Leisure – "50 Best New American Restaurants," by Anya von Bremzen
  • Every Day With Rachael Ray – "Food A-Z,” by Liz Pearson


Single Magazine Issue

Travel & Leisure – the Hotels Issue

Honorable Mentions:

  • Body+Soul – Smart Woman's Guide to Health/Going Greener
  • Midwest Living Magazine
  • Harvard Business Review -Managing in the New World, July-August 2009


Special Section/Microsite

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.  – 60 Days of Summer

Honorable Mention:

  • Library Journal – America's Star Libraries: The LJ Index of Public Library Service
  • TechWeb/Internet Evolution –  Internet Evolution Video Tutorials
  • TechTarget/SearchDataCenter.com – A Step-by-Step Guide to Greening the Data Center
  • TechWeb – Internet Evolution Video Tutorials


Special Supplement

• Newsweek Budget Travel – Girlfriend Getaways
• Stars & Stripes – HEROES 2009

Honorable Mentions:

  • Every Day With Rachael Ray – The Insider's Guide to entertaining Outdoors
  • Harper's Bazaar – Runway Report


Use of Social Media

BusinessWeek – B-Schools Channel

Honorable Mention:

  • Entertainment Weekly – EW.com’s Tony Awards Live Blog
  • Meredith Corp – MixingBowl.com
  • InStyle.com – Social Media/Twitter
  • TechWeb/Internet Evolution – youSpeak/youChat
  • Time.com – TIME Social Media


Video Program

CNNMoney.com – CNNMoney.com Video Program

Honorable Mention:

  • Entertainment Weekly – Totally Lost