Tell us about a story from 2014 that readers should be sure not to miss. 

We posed the same question to magazine editors from all 140+ Next Issue titles. The result: 19 of the most game-changing, eye-opening, debate-starting, and best written stories of the year, hand-selected by the people who oversaw the entire process.

You can read all of these stories in your Next Issue app! Look out for part 2, and then our full roundup of The Year in Magazines coming soon.


Dennis Lewon

Editor in Chief, Backpacker



 Gone Girl

Backpacker, February / March 2014

“When Colorado native Aubrey Sacco, 23, embarked on a trek in Nepal’s Langtang Valley, it was a dream come true. But the dream turned into her family’s worst nightmare when Sacco vanished in the Himalayas. The mystery turned horrifying when her father went in search of her and discovered that solo female trekkers were disappearing at an alarming rate.”




A Ghost Among Us

Backpacker, August 2014

“For years, long-distance hiking records have been dominated by men. So when Heather Anderson set off to hike the Pacific Crest Trail’s 2,650 miles—from Mexico to Canada—faster than anyone ever had before, history was against her. This is how she changed history.”




American Wild

Backpacker, September 2014

“If you like the outdoors, you’ll love this package celebrating the Wilderness Act’s 50th anniversary. Meet a hiker who is on a quest to visit all 439 Forest Service wilderness areas. Get inspired for your next trip with stunning photography. And learn about what’s in store for wilderness in the next 50 years.”





Greg Ditrinco

Editor, SKI Magazine


SKI-pleasureThe Great Pleasure Project

SKI, November 2014

“SKI’s writer and photographer were two of the first western journalists to gain access to North Korea’s new ski resort, Masik Ryong, a $100 million vanity project of Kim Jon-un’s. They faced intimidation and the subtle threat of detainment and personal violence throughout their trip, but returned with a story about the remarkable resilience of the human spirit. It was an inspiring feature for SKI, exploring large and meaningful world issues through our particular lens, the goal of any vertical publication.”




Terry Monmaney

Executive Editor, Smithsonian



Eliot Ness vs. J. Edgar Hoover

Smithsonian, October 2014

“The prohibition bureau had few agents like Eliot Ness.  He and his men were called “the Untouchables”, a nickname earned by refusing bribes bigger than their annual paychecks.   As the last days of prohibition were ticking away, Ness was hoping for another shot at glory, applying for a job with J. Edgar Hoover and the future FBI. This triggered a string of reports, observations, and transcripts that include the allegation that the lead Untouchable was anything but.”




Giant Steps

Smithsonian, November 2014

“Hugh Herr lost his own legs in 1982 when he was caught in a blizzard ascending Mount Washington. After a fellow climber died trying to a rescue him and he was stranded for 4 days in freezing weather, both of his legs needed to be amputated as a result of severe frostbite.  Herr became motivated to do something worthwhile with his life to honor the memory of the rescuer who had died trying to save him. The bionic limbs he’s building are inspired by nature’s own designs, and will let someone run, jump and climb with ease.”




The Controversial Afterlife of King Tut

Smithsonian, December 2014

“No pharaoh has inspired more “educated guesses” than King Tutankhamun. Uncovered by British Egyptologist Howard Carter in 1922, scientists still have not solved the mysteries of King Tut’s death, almost a century later. Was he injured in battle? Did malaria claim his life? Or was it a degenerative bone disease? A DNA test has exposed a hidden secret—the boy king once again has the world of Egyptology in an uproar.”





 Carin Gorrell

Editor in Chief, Yoga Journal


yoga-journal-shadowYoga’s Shadow Side

Yoga Journal, October 2014

“Eight months in the making, this narrative examines the prevalence of eating disorders in the yoga community, and marks Yoga Journal’s return to covering more controversial topics. The writer and editors worked tirelessly (into the wee hours of the morning, more than once) to ensure the reporting on this sensitive issue was thorough, fair, and balanced.”



yoga-journal-beautyNatural Beauty Awards

Yoga Journal, November 2014

Yoga Journal readers are passionate conscious consumers. In our first ever Natural Beauty Awards, we found over 300 products that met the Environmental Working Group’s ingredient standards. We then sent the contenders to readers across the country to test—a massive exercise in organization and diligence. The results: 36 face, body, and hair products our readers can feel truly good about using.