National Magazine Awards to Include Digital Features

Also Photo Category Split Into News and Creative/Illustration

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NEW YORK ( -- The National Magazine Awards, the prizes most coveted by magazine editors, is changing things up a bit for next year's competition with moves including an expansion of the digital categories.
The online awards will expand to include 'Interactive Service' and 'Interactive Feature.'
The online awards will expand to include 'Interactive Service' and 'Interactive Feature.'

Photo choices
The "Photo Portfolio/Photo Essay" category will divide into "Photojournalism" and "Photo Portfolio," according to the American Society of Magazine Editors, which sponsors the awards in association with the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

The photojournalism prize will recognize real-time photos while the photo portfolio award will go to creative photography and photo illustration. Until now, the single award for "Photo Portfolio/Photo Essay" forced judges to choose among disparate contenders -- such as the entries by this year's winner, Rolling Stone, and finalists including W magazine and Vanity Fair.

Broadened web awards
The online awards will expand to include "Interactive Service," a category intended to recognize an outstanding how-to or advice package online, and "Interactive Feature," which is meant to honor an outstanding feature that does not offer practical instructions.

In addition, the prizes for essays, columns and commentary, and reviews and criticism will be opened to contenders that appeared only online; previously, only print content was considered for those awards.
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