The March 2006 Message column headlined "Altitude Check" focused on 5280, a Dan Brogan-founded publication that had broken what seemed like a jinx against successful city magazines in Denver and was continuing to grow at a time of contraction among most other print products. In the years since then, the mag has had the means to invest more heavily in staff writers and editorial quality -- a transition chronicled in the July 2007 blog "Dan Brogan's a Mile High on 5280."
Now, another achievement. "Out in the Cold," a Mike Kessler-written feature about Rocky Flats workers suffering through health-care nightmares that 5280 published in November 2007, has been selected for inclusion in The Best American Magazine Writing, an annual anthology due from Columbia University Press in December. "This is a first for us," Brogan points out via e-mail, "and, as best we can tell, it's the first time that a Colorado magazine has ever received this honor."
Kessler's piece will certainly be in good company. Other magazines represented in the contents section of the new edition's online listing include The New Yorker, The Atlantic, New York, National Geographic, GQ and Vanity Fair.
In Brogan's view, this recognition "is further evidence that our strategy of investing in editorial is continuing to succeed. Despite the economy and increased competition, we're finishing 2008 slightly ahead of last year's best-ever ad sales, and our subscriber base continues to grow."
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