Best in Business 2014 FAQs

Posted By Spring Eselgroth

Here are some basic questions and answers regarding the 2014 BiB. Please contact us if you still can’t find an answer to your inquiry at or 602-496-7862

Q: How do I enter?

A. Navigate to the BiB Contest link found at the top of the SABEW Homepage. click on the link “Start the entry process.” Please remember: You must be a SABEW member to enter the contest or be a member of a reporting team were at least on person on the byline is a SABEW member. You will also need to log in before entering the contest. 

Q: What’s new this year?

A. We have several changes that we think you’ll find exciting. We have new divisions for coverage of Energy, Health Care and Government.

We will now only allow one story or project to be entered into a maximum of two categories. (The contest previously allowed unlimited categories for one piece of journalism.) We have combined  the Blog category (for those blogs affiliated with a news outlet) with Opinion/Column to form Commentary. To see other additional changes, visit out BIB page.

Q: Do I have to be a SABEW member to enter?

A. Yes. At the time they file their entries into the SABEW entry system, entrants must be either an individual member of SABEW or be a journalist listed under the institutional membership of a business-news medium, in good standing. Good standing is defined as being current in membership dues. If you are part of an institutional membership, please contact your medium’s representatives to learn its membership status. Or you can inquire by writing

Q: What is a “publication,” “category” and “size group” as defined by the contest?

A. “Publication” doesn’t only mean something that appears in print. “Publication” refers to any media outlet where your work might appear, in print, broadcast or online. Each SABEW member has been assigned one or more “publications” from which to submit his or her work to the contest. Each member is also assigned one or more “categories” that member is eligible to enter. Daily newspapers are also divided into size groups based on M-F circulation as determined by the Audit Bureau of Circulations’ latest report on its e-Circ website. You may also choose other publications you’re associated with, or other contributors, if they are not listed by us. If you have a question or concern about your assigned publication, category or size group, please write to and a member of the SABEW staff will be in touch.

Q: Can I upload broadcast entries?

A. No. Unfortunately, the bandwidth necessary to upload such entries reduces the likelihood that we actually receive them. Radio/TV entrants are required to provide a permalink to a URL where judges can access their entries over the Internet.

Q: What is the “Submission Summary” in the upper-right-hand corner of each entry page?

A. The Submission Summary documents each step you have completed in the entry process. No matter where you are in the process, you’ll be able to see what you’ve already done – and travel back and forth to different steps, in case you’d like to make changes before finalizing and submitting the entry.

Q: Can I “park” an entry in mid-submission and go back to it later?

A. Absolutely. They will rest in the Submission Summary under “My Contest Entries” if you need to take a break or get more information. Then you can return later and resume entering. What you’ve done so far will have been saved.

Q: Can I pay for multiple entries all at once? 

A. Absolutely. Your entries will rest in the Submission Summary under “My Contest Entries” until you’re ready to submit. Upon completion you can pay for all entries at one time.

Q: Are non-U.S. media eligible for other categories beyond the international division?

A. Yes. They may compete in the same categories by circulation (print entries) or unique visits (online entries) as their U.S. counterparts.

Q: Why are there no enterprise or project categories?

A. Enterprise, we learned, means different things to different people. Last year, we introduced more specific categories to make it easier for entrants to know where to submit your work. We added Investigative and Explanatory categories, and we also modified the Breaking News to include reactive or proactive coverage.

Q. What does that mean, reactive or proactive breaking news?

A. Traditionally, breaking news has been defined as reactive coverage of an unplanned event. We believe it’s important to reward those enterprising reporters who endeavor to dig up and break news that gets widespread attention as well as those who are able to react to stuff that happens on their watch. And we think that digging up and breaking news that people need to know should carry more weight in the judges’ decisions.

Q. So, can the dot-com associated with a daily newspaper enter the digital categories?

A. Generally, no. For instance, because is largely powered by content from The Charlotte Observer and its staff, digital entries from must be entered in the Print Division, EVEN IF THEY ONLY RAN ONLINE.
The Digital division is reserved for online-only enterprises that are powered by their own staff and content.

Q: You have some categories that are open to all platforms and sizes such as Energy, Government, Health Care Personal Finance, Real Estate, Innovation and Technology. How come?

A. We created platform-agnostic divisions for  specialty areas within business journalism that we didn’t feel were getting enough recognition in our existing categories.

Q. Can freelancers enter the Best in Business contest?

A. Yes. Freelancers who enter must be SABEW members. The entry process for freelancers is a little more complicated, so contact the staff in Phoenix ( or 602-496-7862) and we’ll walk you through it.

Q. When will I find out if I won?

A. Winners will be notified during the second or third week of February. We’ll hand out certificates at the BIB Award Ceremony at our annual conference in Chicago, April 23-25, and plaques will be shipped in late May allowing for winners to verify the wording and details of their plaques.

Still have questions? Write us at or call 602-496-7862.

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