Take a Look at Matter’s Two ASME-Nominated Stories
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.
Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of national importance
You’re 16. You’re a Pedophile. You Don’t Want to Hurt Anyone. What Do You Do Now?
There’s no helpline for pedophiles who don’t want to act on their urges. So a teen with a terrible secret had to find his own way to save himself.
By Luke Malone, with illustrations by Simon Prades
Honors the use of original photography in a feature story, photo-essay or photo portfolio
Whoever Saves a Life
Seven days with Syria’s volunteer first responders— the most heroically dangerous job in the world.
By Matthieu Aikins, with photographs and video by Sebastiano Tomada