SABEW announces winners in 15th annual competition

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PHOENIX — The Society of American Business Editors and Writers has named the winners in its 15th annual Best in Business Journalism competition, recognizing top publications and web sites and the best business news reporting during 2009.

The New York Times captured the most awards – 13.

In the entire contest, there were 163 winners out of a total of 796 entries, the second highest entry total  in the history of the contest.

The awards will be presented Saturday, March 20, here during SABEW’s 47th annual conference.

SABEW started the competition in 1995 to help set standards and recognize role models for outstanding business journalism. It has grown steadily since then with a record 842 entries two years ago.

“Some contend that good business journalism is dying. Judging by the winners of the contest, nothing could be further from the truth,” said Greg McCune, SABEW president and Thomson Reuters training manager. “Study this list of winners and you may notice the emergence of a fresh and vigorous online business media, as well as continuing excellence from some traditional media we rely on.”

Each winning entry is now being considered for SABEW’s Best of the Best awards, honoring the very best of business journalism produced at newspapers, magazines and websites during 2009. Best of the Best winners also will be announced at the March 20 Best in Business awards banquet at the Heard Museum in Phoenix.

The conference will run from March 19-21 at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University’s downtown campus. For more information about the conference, including how to register, please contact SABEW at 602-496-7862 or visit

The judges’ comments for all winners will be posted soon at Additional information about the conference and SABEW is available on the site as well.

Contest chair Beth Hunt and SABEW fiscal coordinator Vicki Edwards oversaw the competition along with the SABEW staff.

General excellence

Giant Newspapers
(Average daily circulation above 325,000)

Chicago Tribune

Financial Times

The New York Times

USA Today

Large Newspapers

(circulation from 225,000 to 325,000)

Detroit Free Press

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Dallas Morning News

Mid-sized Newspapers

(circulation from 125,000 to 224,999)

San Jose Mercury News

The Des Moines Register

The Detroit News

Small Newspapers

(circulation under 125,000)

The Salt Lake Tribune

The State (Columbia, SC)

Wichita Eagle

Weekly Business Newspapers

Los Angeles Business Journal

Puget Sound Business Journal

Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal

Small Magazines

(circulation under 500,000)

Bloomberg Markets

CFO magazine

Large Magazines

(circulation 500,000 and over)

Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Fast Company

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Small Websites

(up to 500,000 average monthly unique visitors)

Mid-sized Websites

(500,000-2.5 million average monthly unique visitors)

Dallas Business Journal

Large Websites

(more than 2.5 million average monthly unique visitors)

The New York Times

Business News Reporting

Breaking News

Giant Publications

Star Tribune: “Petters Found Guilty”

The New York Times: “”The G.M. Bankruptcy”

The Wall Street Journal: “Inside-Trade Probe Snares ‘Octopussy’”

Large Publications

The Detroit Free Press: “Auto plans shredded”

The Detroit Free Press: “GM bankruptcy”

Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Feds Seize Amtrust Bank”

Mid-sized Publications

The Detroit News: “GM enters bankruptcy”

San Jose Mercury News: “Bartz named Yahoo CEO”

Las Vegas Sun: “CityCenter Saga”

Small Publications

Sarasot a(Fla.) Herald-Tribune: “Nadel Ponzi Scheme”

Honolulu (Hawaii) Star-Bulletin: “The last haul”

The Daily Herald (Everett, Wash.): “The First Flight of Boeing’s 787”

Weekly Publications

Business First of Louisville (Ky.): Ice storm stories

The Denver Business Journal: “Rocky Mountain News Shuts Down”

Washington Business Journal: Hilton Hotels’ move to Washington, D.C.

Real-time News Organizations

Associated Press: “Wells Fargo Junket”

Dow Jones Newswires: “Deep Coverage On Drug Deal”

Reuters: “H1N1 Flu: The Global Story”


Giant Publications

The New York Times: “he Burger That Shattered Her Life”

The Wall Street Journal: “New York Fed Chairman’s Ties”

(Minneapolis) Star Tribune: “Wasteland”

Large Publications

The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee: “Community Bank”

The Denver Post: “Survivor’s tale”

The Boston Globe: “Harvard”

Mid-sized Publications

Las Vegas Sun: “Lessons Las Vegas can learn from the Rust Belt”

The (Nashville) Tennessean: “Life on Hold”

The Charlotte Observer: “How a Board Lost a Bank”

Small Publications

Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune: “Contaminated Chinese drywall”

The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.): “SSU foundation’s private land loans”

The State (Columbia, S..C): “How the Boeing deal was done”

Weekly Publications

Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle, Wash.): “Why WaMu”

Indianapolis Business Journal: “Simon says, city does”

Pittsburgh Business Times: “Eli Lilly details payments to docs”

Real-time News Organizations

Bloomberg News: “”Diamonds Post-Lehman Have No Aura as Buffett Can’t See Recovery””

Associated Press: “Geithner’s Bankers”

Dow Jones Newswires: “US Treasury Doesn’t Disclose Bailout Tally”


Giant Publications

David Leonhardt, The New York Times

Martin Wolf, Financial Times

David Carr, The New York Times

Large Publications

Karin Price Mueller, The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)

Dean Calbreath, The San Diego Union-Tribune Eileen Ambrose: The Baltimore Sun

Mid-sized Publication

Mitchell Schnurman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Chris O’Brien, San Jose Mercury News

Bill Virgin, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Small Publications

Josh Brodesky, Arizona Daily Star

Betty Lin-Fisher, Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal

Jon Chesto, The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.)

Weekly Publications

Greg Hinz, Crain’s Chicago Business

Greg David, Crain’s New York Business

Mike Hendricks, The Business Review (Albany, N.Y.)

Real-time News Organizations

Jonathan Weil, Bloomberg News

Matthew Goldstein, Thomson Reuters

Al Lewis, Dow Jones Newswires


Giant Publications

The New York Times: “Toxic Waters”

The New York Times: “Driven to Distraction”

The Wall Street Journal: “Beyond the Bubble”

Large Publications

Dallas Morning News: “The Cost of Care”

The Seattle Times: “Inside the collapse of WaMu”

The Denver Post: “New Frontier Bank”

Mid-sized Publications

The Miami Herald: “Cuba”

The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer: “Charity starts at the top”

Detroit News: “Grand Experiment”

Small Publications

Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune: “Flipping Fraud”

The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette: “Grants, Graft and Greed at Workforce West Virginia”

Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Ariz.): “Giving Tree”

Weekly Publications

Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle, Wash.): “WaMu’s Final Days”

Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle, Wash.): “Foreclosed: One week inside the crisis”

Indianapolis Business Journal: “Durham insider loans pile up”

Real-time News Organizations

Scripps Howard News Service: “Forgive Us Our Debts”

Bloomberg News: “Lehman’s Lessons”

Reuters: “Lifting the Veil on High-Frequency Trading”

Reuters: “Route to Recovery”

Magazine Enterprise


Sports Illustrated: “How (And Why) Athletes Go Broke”

Forbes: “Gilt-Edged Pensions”

SmartMoney Magazine: “My Battle for a Sales Job”


Bloomberg Markets: “Big Pharma’s Crime Spree”

Traders Magazine: “Flash Point: Equities Industry Clashes over Flash and Step-Up Orders”

Bloomberg Markets: “Plundering the Amazon”

Online Excellence

Breaking News

Large Websites

(more than 2.5 million average monthly unique visitors)

The New York Times: “The G.M. Bankruptcy”

Bloomberg “Allen Stanford Coverage”

Medium Websites

(500,000-2.5 million average monthly unique visitors)

The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer: “Moynihan is BofA CEO” “Domino’s Boogergate”

Small Websites

(up to 500,000 average monthly unique visitors)

InvestmentNews: “American International Group” “Affinity Bank and the Jesusita Fire”

St. Louis Business Journal: “Katz suit vs. Anheuser-Busch”


Large Websites “Boom, Bust & Blame: The Inside Story of America’s Economic Crisis”

The Associated Press: “AP Stress Index”

The New York Times: “Living With Less”

Mid-sized Websites

(500,000-2.5 million average monthly unique visitors)

GlobalPost: “Living in the Shadows”

The (Nashville) Tennessean: “Life On Hold”

GlobalPost: “Silicon Sweatshops”

Small Websites

(up to 500,000 average monthly unique visitors) “After the Great Recession” “Ultimate Job Security Guide” “Road to Recovery”

Audio/Video Reports

Large Websites

The New York Times: “Flipped: Inside the Private Equity Game”

The New York Times: “The Card Game: The Deal With Overdrafts”

The Wall Street Journal: “A Crisis Without Precedent”

Mid-sized Websites

(500,000-2.5 million average monthly unique visitors)

Financial Times: “Short View Special: Anniversary of the Collapse of Lehman


Small Websites “The Making of a New York Dress” “Entrepreneurs in Action”


Large Websites

The Wall Street Journal: “Real Time Economics”

The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.): “Lansner on Real Estate” “Mortgage Matters”

Mid-sized Websites

Financial Times: “Alphaville”

The Dallas Morning News: “Airline biz”

Financial Times: “Technology”

Small Websites “Devil in the Details,” Kathy Kristof “Building a More Secure Financial Future,” Chuck Epstein Chris Roush

Creative Use of Online

Large Websites

The New York Times: “Flipped: Inside the Private Equity Game”

CNN “Obama’s Money Moves” “Adversity Index”

Mid-sized Websites “Comprehensive Guide to the Credit CARD Act”

The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.): “Fleetwood: An Inland Icon”

The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer: “The Merger with Merrill”

Small Websites

Investigative Reporting Workshop: “BankTracker” “Ultimate Job Security Guide” “Downloadable Calculators”


Large Websites “Navigating Through Uncertainty”

MarketWatch: “The New Gold Bugs” “The View From the Auto Mall Darkens”

Mid-sized Websites

GlobalPost: “World of Trouble”


Large Websites

Felix Salmon, Reuters

Carl Bialik, The Wall Street Journal

Eve Tahmincioglu,

Mid-sized Websites

Ryan Sager, SmartMoney

Thomas Mucha, GlobalPost

Randall Forsyth,

Small Websites

Jim Jubak,

Evan Cooper,

Morgan Housel, The Motley Fool

Student Contest

For stories written for professional publications

Andrew Dunn, Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, “Home scam stings owners”

For stories written for student publications

— Matthew Lynley, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Town lacking ‘big box’ stores”

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