The finalists have been announced for the prestigious Utne Reader independent press awards and four Canadian indy magazines are in the running. The awards are for the best of the independent press and recognize the best in independent political, social/cultural, arts, environmental, international, body/spirit, and science/technology coverage as well as best writing and general excellence. Nominees are selected by the magazine's editors.
This way, the magazine honors the efforts of smaller, sometimes overlooked publications that provide innovative, thought-provoking perspectives. All elements, from covers to coverage, are taken into consideration when selecting the nominees and eventually the winners.
The nominees appear in the May-June issue, which is on newsstands April 19, and online at Utne.com. Winners will be featured in the July-August 2011 issue.
According to a release these Canadian titles are represented in a variety of categories:
- Science/technology coverage -- Alternatives
- Social/cultural coverage -- This Magazine
- Body/spirit coverage -- Geez
- Best writing -- Brick