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DIGITAL ELLIES: On Wednesday afternoon at ASME’s second annual National Magazine Awards for Digital Media, The Washington Post Co. was the big winner with three Ellies. Foreign Policy won twice for Blogging and News Reporting, and Slate won for General Excellence in News and Opinion.
Condé Nast won twice for Epicurious in the General Excellence (Service and Lifestyle) and Interactive Tool categories — a bit of irony given Condé Nast Digital’s recent forced budgetary diet as company titles have taken on responsibility for their own Web operations, including apps. “Honestly, I’m almost as shocked as when the doctor said to me ‘You’re having identical twins,” said Epicurious editor in chief Tanya Steel on her second trip to the stage. She thanked Condé Nast chairman S.I. Newhouse Jr., Condé Nast digital editorial director Jamie Pallot and Apple Inc. chief executive officer Steve Jobs, “who was actually a huge champion of the brand.”
Hearst and Time Inc. each took home one award, with Esquire editor in chief David Granger accepting the Mobile Edition Ellie, and Bill Shapiro picking up the Photography award for life.com. Last year Hearst went home empty-handed. Virginia Quarterly Review editor Ted Genoways, who hasn’t been heard from much since he was accused of bullying a staff member who committed suicide, returned to the winner’s circle, picking up the Multimedia Package award. Tablet magazine also won again, this year in the Blogging category.
The Digital Design Ellie — one of the tightest categories with The Daily Beast, New York, The New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated and Vogue all in the hunt — went to The Times Magazine. Design director Arem Duplessis took the stage to pick up the award. “This is a huge, huge nod,” he told the room, thanking both Hugo Lindgren and Gerry Marzorati, the magazine’s current and former editor, respectively. Tina Brown, who sat at the very front of the room waiting on The Daily Beast’s three nominations, never made it onstage.
— Zeke Turner