The Oxford American's Original Video Series Wins National Magazine Award

by Joanna Kauffmann  on Monday, Mar. 28, 2011 12:00 am  

The Oxford American has won a National Magazine Award in the video category for its original video series, "SoLost."

"SoLost" also received a nomination in the same category last year. The series is directed by filmmaker Dave Anderson, and Publisher Warwick Sabin serves as the executive producer. The goal of the series, Sabin said, is to "try to translate the sensibility and personality of the print magazine to a video format."

The OA, which began publication in 1992, has been published from the campus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway by nonprofit organization The Oxford American Literary Project since 2004. The OA was shut down in 2003, but was born again as a nonprofit through a deal with UCA. Former UCA President Lu Hardin was a member of the board that managed the magazine. 

Sabin said that the magazine's status as a nonprofit made the award even more important. "The magazine is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit," he said, "and we depend not only on the business fundamentals to survive but also on charitable contributions and other kinds of grant support. Hopefully, funders and donors and ... corporate sponsors will see this series as a good project to support."

In its most recent filing with the Internal Revenue Service, The Oxford American Literary Project reported total revenue of $1.46 million for 2009. Of that, $666,164 was from contributions and grants.



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