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202 winners announced for SABEW’s annual Best in Business contest

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CONTACT: Warren Watson, SABEW executive director (watson@sabew.org, 602-496-7862)

PHOENIX – The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) has announced the winners of its 16th annual Best in Business competition, which honors excellence in business and financial journalism across all news platforms.

The Bloomberg News family of publications captured the most awards with 23 honors. The total includes a special award given to a University of Missouri student who interned at Bloomberg. The New York Times was second with 11 awards. GlobalPost was third with 10 awards. Overall, there were 202 winners across 79 categories, from among 904 entries received. The crush of entries from 2010 set a all-time record.

“We spent a lot of time and effort revamping this year’s Best in Business contest to better reflect the evolving delivery of financial news,” said Rob Reuteman, SABEW president. “Judging from the increased variety of winning entrants and first-time winners, those efforts bore fruit. As a wise editor said a few years ago, none of us got into this business because of our love of ink and paper. We’re all delivering business news across multiple platforms these days, and the Best in Business contest will continue to honor our finest work, evolving as needed to reflect new media.”

The complete list of winners follows at the end of this release. It succeeds previous reports containing partial results that were affected by technical difficulties associated with new electronic contest software that digitized the entry and judging processes.

The awards will be presented Saturday, April 9, at the 48th annual conference in Dallas. The conference runs April 7-9 and features top government officials like SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro and White House Consumer Advocate Elizabeth Warren, and chairmen and CEOs from Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, Chesapeake Energy, Whole Foods and The Container Store. The conference will be at Collins Executive Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Members or guests can register for the conference on SABEW.org, or call SABEW at 602-496-7862.

More than 200 working journalists and academics judged the annual contest. Judges’ comments for winning entries will be released by April 6.

Two students were cited for their work. One was Theo Keith of the University of Missouri, Columbia, who was recognized for his work in the professional publication category. He won an all-expense-paid trip to the SABEW Dallas conference, along with Jennifer Johnson of Arizona State University, who was honored for her work in a student publication.

SABEW, the world’s largest organization of business and financial journalists, began the Best in Business competition in 1995 to set standards and recognize role models in the industry.

This year’s contest coordinators were Beth Hunt, manager of editorial operations for Charlotte-based American City Business Journals, and Christopher Peacock, executive editor and vice president at CNN Money.

Download a PDF of the winners’ list here.

The winners are:

BIB Winners’ List, March 18, 2011

Digital

Blog: 500,000 to 2.5 million average unique monthly visitors

CBSMoneyWatch.com: “Home Equity Blog”

Blog: More than 2.5 million average unique monthly visitors

CNBC.com: “Market Insider with Patti Domm”
Bankrate.com: “Holden Lewis’ mortgage blog”

Creative use across multiple platforms: 500,000 to 2.5 million average unique monthly visitors

GlobalPost: “Rise of the Megacities”
CreditCards.com: “Credit Card Readability Project”

Creative use across multiple platforms: More than 2.5 million average unique monthly visitors

TheStreet.com: “The Shanghai Numbers”
msnbc.com: “Still Made in America”
CNNMoney: “America’s Foreclosure Crisis”

Explanatory: Fewer than 500,000 average unique monthly visitors

ClimateWire: “Gas Rush: The New Energy Frontier”

Explanatory: 500,000 to 2.5 million average unique monthly visitors

GlobalPost: “Rise of the Megacities”
GlobalPost: “Borderland: China’s 14,000-mile Struggle”

Explanatory: More than 2.5 million average unique monthly visitors

MarketWatch: “The Nuclear Option”
CNBC.com: “Marijuana and Money”
Bankrate.com: “Financial Reform”

Feature: Fewer than 500,000

The Bay Citizen: “Viola Fraud”

Feature: 500,000 to 2.5 million

CreditCards.com: “Money and Prison”
GlobalPost: “India: Armed and Dangerous”
GlobalPost: “Energy Entrepreneurs”

Feature: More than 2.5 million average unique monthly visitors

TheStreet.com: “The Pirates’ Toll”
CNNMoney: “4G is a Myth”
CNNMoney: “Hunting the Lion Burger Butcher”

General Excellence: 500,000 to 2.5 million average unique monthly visitors

SmartMoney.com
CBSMoneyWatch.com
GlobalPost

General Excellence: More than 2.5 million average unique monthly visitors

MarketWatch
CNBC.com
CNNMoney

Investigative: All sizes

Huffington Post Investigative Fund: “The New Taxman”
TheStreet.com: “The Shanghai Numbers”
msnbc.com: “The Clarks: An American Story of Wealth, Scandal and Mystery

Opinion/ Column: Less than 500,000 average unique monthly visitors

Complinet: “The Scott McCleskey Report”
Portfolio.com: “Seat 2B Business Travel Column”
Reuters Breakingviews

Opinion/ Column: More than 500,000 average unique monthly visitors

The Motley Fool: “Out on a Limb” columns
TheStreet.com: Adam Feuerstein’s Biotech columns
CNNMoney: “The Buzz” by Paul La Monica

International

Breaking news: All size groups

Bloomberg News: “Saving the Euro”

Creative use across multiple platforms: All size groups

GlobalPost: “Energy Entrepreneurs”
GlobalPost: “Borderland: China’s 14,000-Mile Struggle”
The Wall Street Journal: “Dissecting China’s Housing Market”

Explanatory: All size groups

Bloomberg Markets: “India’s Diabetes Paradox”
The Wall Street Journal: “What They Know”
GlobalPost: “Rise of the Megacities”

Feature: All size groups

Fortune: “Chanos vs. China”
Bloomberg Markets: “From Russia with Cash”
McClatchy Washington Bureau: “Unvarnished China”

Investigative: All size groups

Bloomberg Markets: “Hunting Brazil’s Tax Dodgers”
Global Post: “Silicon Sweatshops”

Opinion/ Column: All size groups

MarketWatch: “Marsh on Mondays”

News Agencies

Breaking news

Dow Jones Newswires: “Hurd’s Departure”
Bloomberg News: “Dodging the Regulation Bullet”

Creative use across multiple platforms

Reuters: “Frontier Markets”
Reuters: “iPad Teardown”
Bloomberg News: “Making the Case for Diversity”

Explanatory

Bloomberg News: “Hidden Haven”
Bloomberg News: “Medicine and Money”
Bloomberg News: “Gold’s Affliction”

Feature

Bloomberg News: “End of Life Warning at $618,616”
The Associated Press: “In Foreclosure, the Wrong House”
The Associated Press: “Muni Bond Bust”

Investigative

Bloomberg News: “Hidden Havens”
Reuters: “Wellpoint Routinely Targets Breast Cancer Patients”
The Associated Press: “Cadmium”

Opinion/ Column

Bloomberg News: William Pesek
Dow Jones Newswires: Al’s Emporium
Bloomberg News: Matthew Lynn

Personal Finance

All size groups

Money: “Investing in 2010”
The Wall Street Journal: “Credit Card Tricks”
The New York Times: “Alina Tugend Personal Finance”

Print: Dailies

Blog: Dailies Sunday circulation 25,000 to 200,000 copies

The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.): “Mass. Market Blog”

Blog: Dailies Sunday circulation over 200,000 and less than 500,000

Financial Times: “FT Alphaville”
The Dallas Morning News: “Airline Biz Blog”
The Charlotte Observer: “On the Economy”

Blog: Dailies Sunday circulation over 500,000

Houston Chronicle: “Fuel Fix Blog”

Breaking News: Dailies Sunday circulation 25,000 to 200,000

Providence Journal: “CEO Unveils a Surprise”
Boston Herald: “TJX Layoffs”
The Akron Beacon Journal: “Thousands Sink Funds into Akron Company”

Breaking News: Dailies Sunday circulation 200,000 to 500,000

The Dallas Morning News: “Southwest Buys AirTran”
Detroit Free Press: “Toyota’s Shocker”
San Jose Mercury News: “Hurd resigns”

Breaking News: Dailies Sunday circulation 500,000 and over

The Wall Street Journal: “Flash Crash”
Houston Chronicle: “Oil Spill”
The New York Times: “The SEC vs. Goldman Sachs”

Creative Use Across Multiple Platforms 25,000 to 500,000

The Tennessean: “Life In Limbo”
Las Vegas Sun: “Do No Harm: Hospital Care in Las Vegas”
Sarasota Herald-Tribune: “Contaminated Drywall Cover-Up”

Creative Use Across Multiple Platforms over 500,000

The New York Times: “You Fix the Budget”
The New York Times: “Gulf Oil Spill”
The Wall Street Journal: “What They Know”

Explanatory: Dailies Sunday circulation less than 100,000

Sarasota (Fla.) Herald Tribune/ProPublica: “Contaminated Drywall Coverup”
The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.): “Golden Temple”

Explanatory: Dailies Sunday circulation 100,000 to 200,000

The Orange County Register: “Immigrants and the California Economy”
Honolulu Star Advertiser: “Homeless in Waikiki”
The Detroit News: “China’s Car Boom”

Explanatory: Dailies Sunday circulation 200,000 to 500,000

Columbus Dispatch: “Green Dreams”
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland: “Their Lives Unraveling”
Philadelphia Inquirer: “Surviving the Storm”

Explanatory: Dailies Sunday circulation 500,000 and over

The New York Times: “Payback Time”
The Wall Street Journal: “On the Inside”
Star Tribune (Minneapolis): “How Best Buy Got Duped”

Feature: Dailies Sunday circulation 25,000 to 100,000

The Daily Press (Newport News, Va.): “Risky Business”
Florida Today (Melbourne, Fla.): “One Family’s Impact”

Feature: Dailies Sunday circulation 100,000 to 200,000

The Orange County Register: “Reversal of Fortunes”
Honolulu Star Advertiser: Allison Schaefers
The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.): “Final Shift”

Feature: Dailies Sunday circulation 200,000 to 500,000

The Boston Globe: “Upper Crust”
The Seattle Times: “Dreamliner’s woes pile up”
The Denver Post: “High-End Hustle”

Feature: Dailies Sunday circulation 500,000 and over

The New York Times: “A Bully Finds a Pulpit on the Web”
The New York Times: “Your Brain on Computers”
Star Tribune: “A Financial Adviser’s Tragic Reckoning”

General Excellence: Dailies Sunday circulation 25,000 to 200,000

Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Ariz.)
The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.)
The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.)
The Detroit News
The Des Moines Register
Hartford (Conn.) Courant

General Excellence: Dailies Sunday circulation 200,000 to 500,000

The Boston Globe
The Seattle Times
The Dallas Morning News

General Excellence: Dailies Sunday circulation 500,000 and over

The New York Times
Los Angeles Times
USA Today

Investigative: Dailies Sunday circulation 25,000 to 100,000

Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune/ProPublica: “Contaminated Drywall Cover-Up”
Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune/ProPublica: “Florida’s Insurance Nightmare”
American Banker: “The Trouble with Force-Placed Insurance”

Investigative: Dailies Sunday circulation 100,000 to 200,000

Las Vegas Sun: “Do No Harm: Hospital Care in Las Vegas”
Austin American Statesman: “Semantech Leaves Austin”
The Des Moines Register: “Egg Recall”

Investigative: Dailies Sunday circulation 200,000 to 500,000

Seattle Times: “Seniors for Sale”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram: “SEC in Fort Worth”
The Boston Globe: “Upper Crust”

Investigative: Dailies Sunday circulation over 500,000

Washington Post: “Alaska Native Corporations”
Wall Street Journal: “In Medicare’s Data Trove, Clues to Curing Cost Crisis”
New York Times: “Radiation Boom”

Opinion/ Column: Dailies Sunday circulation 25,000 to 200,000

Seattle Business magazine: Bill Virgin
Providence Journal: John Kostrzewa
Hartford Courant: Dan Haar

Opinion/ Column: Dailies Sunday circulation 200,000 to 500,000

The Plain Dealer, Cleveland: Sheryl Harris
Financial Times: John Gapper
The Baltimore Sun: Jay Hancock

Opinion/ Column: Dailies Sunday circulation 500,000 and over

Houston Chronicle: Loren Steffy
The New York Times: David Leonhardt
The New York Times: Gretchen Morgenson

Print: Magazines

Creative Use Across Multiple Platforms: All Groups

Money: “Best Places to Live”
US Banker: “The 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking”

Explanatory: Circulation less than 500,000

Bloomberg Markets: “India’s Diabetes Paradox”
Bloomberg Markets: “ETFs Gone Wild”
Institutional Investor: “Inside the Machine”

Explanatory: Circulation 500,000 and over

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: “Amber Waves of Pain”
Fortune: “Seeds of Discord”
Money: “Health-Care Reform”

Feature: Circulation less than 75,000

Columbia Journalism Review: “Hamster Wheel”
D CEO: “Feature on Carol Reed”
Inside Columbia’s CEO (Columbia, Mo.): “Tech Transfer”

Feature: Circulation 75,000 to 500,000

Bloomberg Markets: “New King Coal”
Barron’s: “Reverse Merger Stocks”
Bloomberg Markets: “From Subprime to Satellites”

Feature: Circulation 500,000 and over

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: “How Baidu Won China”
Fortune: “Dangerous Liaisons at IBM”

General Excellence: All Groups

Fortune
Money

Investigative: Circulation 75,000 to 500,000

Bloomberg Markets: “Profiting from Fallen Soldiers”
Bloomberg Markets: “Wachovia’s Drug Habit”

Investigative: Circulation 500,000 and over

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: “End of Life”

Opinion/ Column: Circulation less than 75,000

Columbia Journalism Review: “Price of Admission/ Hamster Wheel”
Tacoma (Wash.) News Tribune: Bill Virgin columns

Opinion/ Column 500,000 and over

SmartMoney Magazine: “Common Sense”
SmartMoney Magazine: “Tough Customer”
Money: “Retirement Column”

Print: Weeklies/ Biweeklies

Blog

Indianapolis Business Journal: “Restaurant blog”
Crain’s New York Business: “The Markets with Aaron Elstein”
Crain’s Chicago Business: “Shia Kapos’ ‘Taking Names’ blog”

Breaking News

Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle, Wash.): “Deals Burn Fisher Heirs’ Fortune”
Crain’s Detroit Business: “A&P Stops Rent on Farmer Jack Spaces”
Crain’s New York Business: “Ick! Bedbugs!”

Creative Use Across Multiple Platforms

Crain’s New York Business: 25 Anniversary Issue and Micro-site
Crain’s Chicago Business: “40 Under 40: Making a difference in Chicago!”
Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle WA): WaMu coverage

Explanatory

Crain’s New York Business: “Lew Ranieri and the Road to Hell”
Los Angeles Business Journal: “Stem Cells Take Root in Koreatown”
Crain’s Chicago Business: “Daley By the Numbers”

Feature

Advertising Age: “Creative Exodus in Adland”
Los Angeles Business Journal: “Cornering Downtown”
Crain’s New York Business: “Debt Crumbles Cookie”

General Excellence

Crain’s New York Business
Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle, Wash.)
Street and Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal

Investigative

Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle, Wash.): “Seized and Sold: Inside the Hidden World of Bank Closures”
Los Angeles Business Journal: “FirstFed’s Fault Lines”
Pittsburgh Business Times: “Big Pharma’s Deep Pockets”

Opinion/ Column

Crain’s New York Business: “In the Markets” by Aaron Elstein

Radio/ TV

Breaking News

CNBC: “Flash Crash”

Feature

CNBC: “Marijuana USA”
CNBC: “Remington Under Fire”
CNBC: “One Nation Overweight”

Real Estate

All Size Groups

The Baltimore Sun: Jamie Smith Hopkins coverage
Detroit Free Press: Greta Guest coverage
MarketWatch: Amy Hoak’s “Home Economics”

Student

Professional publications

Theo Keith, University of Missouri: “Auto Workers” (Bloomberg News)

Student publications

Jennifer Johnson, Arizona State University: “Copper Mine Pact”

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