ESPN will be well-represented at this year's National Magazine Awards.
Not only did its eponymous magazine earn a nomination in the reporting category, but the ESPN-owned website Grantland captured three National Magazine Award nominations from the American Society of Magazine Editors, in the video, feature writing and columns and commentary categories.
The website, started in 2011 and run by popular sports columnist Bill Simmons, is known for publishing long magazine-style articles about sports and pop culture. Last January, Mr. Simmons and ESPN apologized for the site's handling of an article about a transgendered woman who invented a magic putter. The woman, known as Dr. V., killed herself before the story was published.
Grantland is a first-time nominee, along with seven other publications, including digital-first publishers Politico, Refinery29, science publication Nautilus and Matter, which is owned by the blogging platform Medium. This is not the first time digital-only sites have earned national magazine awards nominations.
Overall, 66 publications were nominated in 24 categories, ASME said Thursday. New York, a perennial favorite among judges, received 10 nominations, followed by two Conde Nast publications, Bon Appetit and The New Yorker, both with six. Another Conde Nast title, GQ, picked up six nominations, along with The Atlantic and Virginia Quarterly Review.
The National Magazine Awards will be given out Feb. 2 in New York.