Congratulations to the 2021 Robert Sibley Magazine of the Year winner!
2021 Robert Sibley Magazine of the Year Finalists
Phillips Academy, Andover, the magazine of Phillips Academy & Abbot Academy
Rice University, Rice Magazine
Sidwell Friends School, Sidwell Friends Magazine
University of Richmond, University of Richmond Magazine
Virginia Tech, Imagine: University Libraries at Virginia Tech Magazine
Magazines eligible for the award have been published at least twice a year, and received a Gold or Grand Gold award in one of these Circle of Excellence categories:
- Alumni/General Interest Magazines (Four-Year Colleges and Universities, Printed Twice a Year)
- Alumni/General Interest Magazines (Four-Year Colleges and Universities, Printed Three+ Times a Year)
- Alumni/General Interest Magazines (Independent and International Schools)
- Alumni/General Interest Magazines (Targeted Audience)
- Alumni/General Interest Magazines (Two-year Institutions)
The Man and the Award
The beginnings of the Robert Sibley Magazine of the Year award trace back to 1918 and the founding of Alumni Magazines Associated—a group of editors from 40 colleges and universities who came together to cooperatively solicit advertisers to fund their then fledgling publications. In 1927, this group became part of the American Alumni Council—a predecessor to CASE—and its purpose expanded to sharing best practices and rewarding innovative ideas among alumni magazines.
The first awards focusing on editorial excellence and achievement by alumni magazines were awarded by the American Alumni Council in 1929. More than 100 magazines competed for awards recognizing best editorial and best story on the achievement of an alumnus, among other topics. California Monthly—the predecessor publication to California, the alumni publication of the University of California, Berkley—took home top honors for articles about alumni. Robert Sibley was the editor of the winning publication.
After many years and awards for his work at California Monthly, Sibley went on to serve as editor of the American Alumni Council's journal. In 1943, Sibley initiated the magazine of the year award, which now bears his name, and remains the highest award for excellence in the field.
Source-Alma Mater: Journal of the American Alumni Council, Number 27, May 1968