American Society of Magazine Editors

15 Public Interest

This category honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of local, national or international importance. Judges will evaluate entries based on the quality of the reporting, analysis, writing and graphics and on the potential of the article or articles to affect public or private policies or practices. Photo-essays will be judged on the strength of both images and text. Special weight will be given to entries that show long-term, in-depth coverage of an issue of public importance as explained in the editorial statement accompanying the entry. An entry consists of one article; no more than three thematically linked articles published together or separately; or a clearly branded editorial package. Entries may include but not consist exclusively of multimedia and videos. Entries may also include examples of social media.

Rules and Eligibility for Categories 15–23: Any eligible magazine, including digital-only publications, may submit two entries in Public Interest, Personal Service, Leisure Interests, Feature Photography, Essays and Criticism, Columns and Commentary and Fiction and three entries in Reporting and Feature Writing. Entries consisting of one article may be submitted as print or digital content. Entries consisting of two or more articles may be submitted as print or digital content or as a combination of print and digital content. Entries consisting of two or more articles may include one article dated January 2015. Content entered in these categories cannot be submitted in other categories except as part of an entry in the categories listed in section 7 on page 3. WHAT TO SUBMIT FOR PRINT: (1) four copies of each print issue containing an article that is part of the entry and (2) a CD or DVD containing PDFs of each article and the cover and editorial masthead from each issue. WHAT TO SUBMIT FOR DIGITAL: (1) clearly labeled links to each article or package that is part of the entry or (2) platform-specific instructions, including user names and passwords, for accessing content published on a tablet or smartphone. THE FOLLOWING MAY ALSO BE SUBMITTED IN PUBLIC INTEREST: no more than three links to examples of social media.