Author: Alex Hoyt, Executive Editor The National
It’s been a year since we launched The National for Amtrak’s, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our first birthday than with this award for Best Launch from min’s Magazine Media Awards, which puts us in the lofty company of ESPN: The Magazine and New York magazine’s Vulture. When we created our first issue, it was with the conviction that travelers would have an appetite for long-form reporting, in-depth profiles, and original work from some of the country’s most acclaimed and photographers. Dozens of letters from grateful readers have affirmed that belief, and now these prestigious industry awards have further proven that we’re on the right path.
None of this could be possible, of course, without the support of Amtrak itself, an ideal client and collaborator from the outset. Today Alicia Austion, Amtrak’s head of branding and marketing, wrote with these kind words: “We are thrilled that our new onboard magazine The National has won Magazine Launch of the year at the prestigious Min Awards. The new bi-monthly magazine, that we created in partnership the global travel media company Ink, is a contemporary publication and digital site that celebrates the personalities, culture and destinations that can be found across the vast nationwide Amtrak network. For Amtrak and Ink to have won this National Award is testament to the vision, commitment and partnership that we have together. Congratulations to Ink."
In the issues ahead, we’ll continue our commitment to great storytelling, all in the service of showing readers – to borrow Amtrak’s phrase – where the train can take them.