The Economist is a finalist for the first time in its history for a National Magazine Award given by the American Society of Magazine Editors, according to this news release.
The other finalists in the General Excellence category for magazines with circulation between 500,000 and 1 million are Conde Nast Traveler, Esquire, Gourmet, GQ and Wired.
There were no other business magazines that were finalists in any of the General Excellence categories, but Fortune is a finalist in the reporting category. The article that’s a finalist is “The Law Firm of Hubris, Hypocrisy and Greed” by Peter Elkind.
BusinessWeek.com is a finalist in a new category called Interactive Service, and it’s also a finalist in the General Excellence Online category.
I believe I said this last year, but business magazines, particularly BusinessWeek, used to be better represented in the finalists for the awards, but that’s slipped in the past three to four years.