Time won for its story on the Haditha killings in Iraq, initially dismissed by the government but ultimately resulting in four Marines being charged with murder, and for its cowboy diplomacy cover. Departures, technically published by American Express but in partnership with Time Inc., won for both special interests and design, with both citations singling out its October South American issue. The Time story and the Departures issue are also National Magazine Award finalists.
Entertainment Weekly got magazine of the year, despite ad pages being down 7.6 percent last year, newsstand sales being 17.6 percent lower in the second half of 2006 and little positive buzz. (People won last year.) Still, according to Huey's e-mail to the staff, "Entertainment Weekly has become an addiction for its 1.7 million-plus readers, and no rehab is needed or sought." Bonnie Angelo, a longtime Time political correspondent and author, was given the lifetime achievement award. Winners took home a bust of Henry Luce. — Irin Carmon
NOT SO FAST: David and Victoria Beckham's move to Los Angeles may have less impact on British media than previously thought. One published report said that most British papers are staffing up in Los Angeles in anticipation of the couple's move. While some British celebrity reporters are nervous about having to relocate, most of the papers so far are either undecided on whether to dispatch reporters to California, or are using existing staffers already in Los Angeles. The Mirror is said to be considering sending one of its 3AM reporters, Caroline Hedley, over to Los Angeles, and the Daily Mail is said to still be figuring out its options. The Sun has declined sending anyone from its London offices over in lieu of using its reporters already in Los Angeles, as will glossy magazine Hello. OK, which has 13 international editions, has a Los Angeles bureau with four British staffers that will cover the Beckhams once they move, according to OK U.S. editor Sarah Ivens. Foreign photo agencies such as Rex Features or Big Pictures aren't moving their shutterbugs to Los Angeles, unless there's a huge party or event that would warrant extra coverage.