by Bill Bigelow
This is the 24th year of the Media Awards–formerly called the Utne Independent Press Awards–and the first nomination for Rethinking Schools. The Awards celebrate “the best of what we read,” according to Utne editors. We are thrilled to be included.
As many of you know, every issue of the Utne Reader features outstanding articles collected from some of the country’s most innovative publications and websites.
Other Utne Media Award nominees this year include some of our favorite sources of analysis and insight, including Orion,Yes!, Adbusters, In These Times, TomDispatch, NACLA, the New Internationalist, Grist, and Sojourners.
The first Rethinking Schools article to be featured in Utne Reader was Annette Fuentes’ excellent report from our special School-to-Prison Pipeline issue, “Arresting Development: Zero Tolerance and the Criminalization of Children,” which appeared in the September/October issue of Utne.
Recently, Utne editors asked permission to reprint another Rethinking Schools article, Tim Swinehart’s fine “Stealing and Selling Nature: Why We Need to Teach Environmental History.” This piece appears in the just-released May/June Utne Reader, which includes a special section on the current state of the commons.
We’re delighted to be developing a closer relationship with Utne Reader. Award winners will be announced at a May 20 event at Loews New Orleans Hotel.