The Verge was recognized yesterday by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) with the ASME Award for Print Design for its Homeland anthology. Additionally, the digital publisher was named a finalist in two categories at the 2023 National Magazine Awards. The Verge is nominated for General Excellence, News, Sports and Entertainment; and for Profile Writing, for “Searching for Susy Thunder,” by Claire L. Evans (in partnership with Epic Magazine).
The Verge’s Homeland anthology explores twenty years of technology, surveillance, and bureaucracy under the Department of Homeland Security. Through narrative features that unmask the policies that have shaped the United States over the past two decades, the series highlights some of The Verge’s most ambitious reporting along with its beautiful art and photography. The limited-run print Homeland anthology, designed by Verge associate creative director Kristen Radtke, sold out in less than two weeks.
“It’s especially thrilling to see our big, weird Homeland project succeed online and in print,” says Kevin Nguyen, features editor, who spearheaded the series with deputy features editor Sarah Jeong. “We want to bring our strongest stories to readers wherever they are, and continue to experiment telling those stories across different formats and mediums.”
In “Searching for Susy Thunder,” Claire L. Evans tracked down one of the most influential hackers of the ‘80s. The feature, developed in partnership with Epic Magazine, is a mystery, but also a moving story of friendship and survival in the age of the early internet. Last year, the rights to the article were sold to Paramount Pictures in a competitive situation with multiple studios bidding. Epic is producing with Lindsey Beer’s company Lab Brew, with Minhal Baig set to write the adaptation.
The Verge’s full slate of wins and nominations are below:
National Magazine Award Nominations
- General Excellence, News, Sports and Entertainment
- Profile Writing, for “Searching for Susy Thunder,” by Claire L. Evans (in partnership with Epic Magazine)
ASME Awards for Design, Photography & Illustration
- Print Design (winner), for “Homeland”
- Digital Design (nominee), for “The Great Fiction of AI”
- Illustrated Story (nominee), for “How to Replace the Sky,” a comic by Matt Huynh
The 2023 ASME winners will be announced live in New York on March 28.