Publication leads kudofest finalists

The New Yorker broke ahead of the pack in nominations for the 42nd annual National Magazine Awards, scooping up nine.

On Wednesday the American Society of Magazine Editors unveiled the list of 125 finalists, selected from a total of 1,773 entries submitted by 334 print and online publications.

Kudofest honors print and online magazines for editorial excellence, innovation, journalistic enterprise and visual imagination and vigor.

Twenty-six other titles received multiple nominations. Esquire and New York magazine tied for second place with seven noms, followed by National Geographic with five and Vanity Fair, GQ and Field & Stream, each with four.

First-time finalists include Best Life, Columbia Journalism Review, Cookie, the Economist, Metropolis, More, New Letters, Saltwater Sportsman, Seed and Wondertime.

Twenty-five finalists will receive the kudofest’s Ellie award at the black-tie ceremony May 1 at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Finalists’ topics include the massacre of Iraqi civilians at Haditha, the Abu Ghraib scandal, domestic violence and the health risks of breast implant surgery.

New categories at this year’s kudofest include photojournalism; photo portfolio; and two online-only categories, interactive service and interactive feature.

Christopher Hitchens will be recognized for both his columns in Vanity Fair and as the subject of a profile by Ian Parker in the New Yorker.

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