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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Atlantic Magazine selected best magazine of the year

The Atlantic Named Magazine of the Year!Good news for The Atlantic magazine! In the midst of the chaos surrounding the media circus at the Iowa Caucuses (where a few delegates were selected!) the prestigious "Atlantic" picked up a national award. Regretably, few, except for enthusiastic Atlantic fans, may have noticed. 
Here's my tribute to the well deserved recognition.
The Atlantic Magazine

Whenever I've had the chance to read Atlantic's investigative reporting, I've found the attention to fascinating detail to be exceptionally interesting and informative!  The writers are not engaged in their ego development. Rather, the articles are focused on educating readers. Two particular articles I've read in Atlantic Magazine have actually changed the way I think about the subjects reported.  

1.  "The Year of Two Popes", January/February 2006, by Paul Eile. This article was written before March 13, 2013, when Pope Francis was elected and after Pope John Paul II died, in Rome.
In this article, I learned just how human the Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church are, when they're called upon to perform what's, perhaps, the most important of the leadership rituals they're charged with fulfilling, being electing a Pope. Through the risky investigative use of anonymous sources, Eile chronicled the ambitious journey of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, as he negotiated with his colleagues as a member of the "Hole See" (the universal government of the Roman Catholic Church) to his election  as Pope Benedict XVI.  Here is my Dropbox url link to this particular article.  file:///C:/Users/Juliana/Dropbox/The%20year%20of%20two%20popes%20The%20Atlantic.pdf
(Many thanks to Charlie Remy for finding this article in electronic media.)
What I learned was no surprise, but a validation about how the campaign to elect a Pope isn't nearly so inspired by the Holy Spirit, as the secret ballot process would often lead the faithful to believe.

2.  "What ISIS Really Wants" was published in March 2015, reported by Graeme Wood. What's compelling about Wood's report is how he transcended the religiouisty of "Islamic" so called mysticism, concepts badly misrepresented by the "Islamic State" (a self declared "califphate"), to explain just how overtly the terrorist group intends to fulfill it's mission of destroying civilization as we know it. It's chilling report, precisely because Wood writes it in the secular media, rather than in a religious journal. Here's The Atlantic Magazine's url link to Wood's article.
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/03/what-isis-really-wants/384980/

Both articles influenced the way I think about (a) the Vatican - it's not so mystical a place as I might have once been naieve enough to believe and (b) ISIS is even more evil and degrading to the human condiiton than civilization can even imagine and, therefore, must be destroyed.

I'm sharing the links to the two articles as my tribute to The Atlantic Magazine for publishing cutting edge investigative reporting. My tribute is "blogged" with congratulations to Atlantic, for supporting exceptional writers who can explain complicated and emotionally charged topics in a prose even a blogger can understand.  
(Byt the way, a journalist like Eile, who can report on how a Pope is elected in the Sistine Chapel by secret ballot, should also be able to astutely explain how a "caucus" really works!)
http://news.yahoo.com/atlantic-named-magazine-140000592.html;_ylt=A0LEVjnb.7BWLVYAacUPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--

Washington D.C. (February 2, 2016)The Atlantic was named Magazine of the Year in the 2016 National Magazine Awards for Print and Digital Media. The Ellie Awards, given by the American Society of Magazine Editors, were presented last night at a ceremony in New York City.

“This is a tremendous tribute to the hard work of absolutely everyone at The Atlantic, who are as smart and as decent and as dedicated a group of magazine people as one could hope to be associated with,” said James Bennet, president and editor in chief of The Atlantic.

“This is a unique category, honoring our magazine work in print and in digital, but also in events, video, marketing, and services,” said Bob Cohn, The Atlantic’s president and COO. “The result here underscores our commitment to delivering the idea of The Atlantic wherever and however people want to receive it.”

Across its 10 issues of 2015, The Atlantic published high-impact cover stories that sparked widespread attention and influenced the national conversation. The year began with James Fallows asking why the best soldiers in the world keep losing in “The Tragedy of the American Military.” Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration” took an unflinching look at how the deep reach of America’s criminal-justice system has affected black families. Overt anti-Semitism prompted Jeffrey Goldberg to ask an agonizing question of an entire continent: “Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?”. Goldberg’s piece was also nominated for a National Magazine Award in the Reporting category. And Hanna Rosin reported on mounting pressures among elite students, with “The Silicon Valley Suicides.”

The magazine’s March cover story “What ISIS Really Wants,” was the most-read article on the web in 2015earning more engagement than anything else measured by Chartbeat. Ten months and 20 million page views later, Graeme Wood’s piece remains The Atlantic’s most-read article of all time, and continues to be a leading source for readers around the globe looking for a clear-eyed explanation of what motivates ISIS.

The award comes as The Atlantic embarks on its largest year of investment and growth, continuing the momentum of record audience, revenue, and profit in 2015. TheAtlantic.com broke three consecutive audience records at the close of 2015 and had 50 percent YOY digital growth, reaching a high of more than 31.5 million unique monthly visitors. Total revenues across platforms and businesses grew 20 percent in 2015. The Atlantic also increased its staff by 50 percent in 2015, and has similar hiring plans this year.

In early January, The Atlantic launched a multi-platform expansion of its coverage of WashingtonPolitics & Policy—across TheAtlantic.com, the magazine, video, and live events—focused on offering a distinctively sophisticated understanding of power and ideas in the U.S. capital. The Atlantic is tripling its Washington reporting team and growing its events and business staffs.These gains follow an expansive redesign of TheAtlantic.com in spring 2015 and the debuts of the Science section and Notes, the site’s return to blogging.

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