Take a Look at Matter’s Two ASME-Nominated Stories

On being finalists for two National Magazine Awards.

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Jan 16, 2015 · 2 min read

Journalism is a strange business. You look at the work you do and feel proud — but still envy the work of others. Or you look at the numbers, and you see they’re all going up — but are you really making progress? That goes for almost every outlet, although we feel it keenly at Matter given the kind of slightly-insane, often-weird, always-ambitious journalism we publish.

But then, once in a while, you get a bit of feedback that feels different, bigger: A really satisfying hit, or a nod from your peers.

And so we were delighted and a little amazed when Matter received two nominations in the 2015 National Magazine Awards, also known as the Ellies, also known as the Oscars of the Magazine Publishing World™. Being finalists puts us against some titanic competitors: The Atlantic, Harper’s, New York magazine, TIME. But for an insurgent publication with a tiny staff who work exhaustingly hard and often feel like lunatics, it’s a big deal. And that the nominations come for two of our most difficult, dangerous, edgy stories? Even better.

So, here they are. Take a look, enjoy the reads, and good luck to them, and all the other finalists.

Public Interest

Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of national importance

By Luke Malone, with illustrations by Simon Prades

Feature Photography

Honors the use of original photography in a feature story, photo-essay or photo portfolio

By Matthieu Aikins, with photographs and video by Sebastiano Tomada

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