New Small Business category added to 2012 Best in Business competition

Posted By Spring Eselgroth

Special to SABEW

PHOENIX, Nov. 5 — SABEW’s 18th annual Best in Business competition will include coverage of Small Business for the first time.

The competition opens for entries on Monday, Dec. 3.

Also new this year: Technology; and Innovation, a category that will recognize creative and bold initiatives across all facets of business journalism, from exciting new apps to interesting storytelling experiments. This replaces Creative Use of Multiple Platforms. Blogs are merging with Opinion/Column to become Commentary.

The full contest rules will be released Friday, Nov. 9.

Reporting on small business and entrepreneurship from any source is at the core of the new Small Business division.

The division is format- and platform- agnostic. Entries will be judged against each other.  Judges will weigh the missions and sizes of entrants.

An entry will consist of up to five pieces of work, including side elements such as videos and graphics. A one-page letter of explanation may be included.


Overall information:

Only SABEW members in good standing can enter the BIB. Members submitted a record 1,030 entries last year, up from 796 entries in 2009.  Winners will be recognized at the spring Washington D.C. conference April 4-6, which will mark SABEW’s 50th birthday.

For the second year in a row, the contest will open for early birds in December, at reduced prices. “Starting early really helps members get a jump on the contest crunch,” said contest co-chair Lisa Gibbs, a writer for Money Magazine.


Dates to remember:

Dec. 3: Early-bird entry begins — enter at last year’s prices. Entries received before Jan. 4 will cost $60; after that, $65. General excellence entries will cost $125 for the entire contest period.

Jan. 4: Regular contest entry period opens.

Jan. 31: DEADLINE for all entries – Because of the timing of our April 4-6 annual conference in Washington, D.C., where the BIB awards will be presented, there will be no extensions.

April 5: The BIB ceremony will be held at the Marvin Center at George Washington University, site of the conference.

Members or guests can register for the conference on, or call SABEW at 602-496-7862.  A block of hotel rooms is available at a discount rate.

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

Take a moment to read interviews with some of last year’s winners.


 More Details –

·      As the contest approaches, watch for updates on and on SABEW’s Facebook page and @sabew (#BIB).

·      This year’s contest coordinators are Lisa Gibbs of Money, Chris Peacock, executive editor of CNN Money, and Joanna Ossinger, an editor at Bloomberg News.

·      Gibbs will tweet contest updates @lisagibbs954 (#BIB).


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