How we did the story


Editor’s note:  Some of the nation’s best business journalism was honored this year in the SABEW Best in Business competition. To understand that journalism and share some of the strategies involved, SABEW will feature selected winners in a new periodic web feature “How We Did the Story.”


Our initial selection probes what went into the Providence Journal’s “Understanding Rhode Island’s Pension Puzzle,” a winner in both the investigative and creative use across multiple platforms categories. Tom Mooney, one of the writers, was asked to expound  upon the secrets to the Journal success. Read more…







In number two of our series “How We Did the Story,” Ken Bensinger discusses the ins and outs of investigating and writing his award- winning piece,”Wheels of Fortune”. A winner in the explanatory category, “Wheels of Fortune” explains the legal ways in which car dealerships are taking advantage of desperate consumers. Read more…








  “Fishy Business”, a series by Jenn Abelson and Beth Daley of the Boston Globe uncovers the mislabeling of fish by restaurants and grocery stores in Massachusetts.

Journalists Ableson and Daley explain how their interest was originally piqued and how they went about researching and investigating this intriguing and eye-opening story. Read more…








An incredible body of reporting in this unique story about a professor who has purchased properties in former Arizona copper mining towns. Readers can appreciate the impact the buildings have had on economic development in the towns as the professor lets them deteriorate.

Detailed interactive maps of the properties in Hayden, Superior and Globe-Miami help readers visualize the location of the buildings and towns. Extensive use of public records, interviews with town leadership and other primary documents add to the reporting and the overall package.

Read our interview with journalist Elvina Nawaguna-Clemente to learn how she approached her award-winning piece, “Deteriorated Properties Prompt Battles Between Struggling Towns, Professor.” Read more…



This story illuminated the dark secret of today’s sports franchises– tickets on the secondary market are selling far below face value. This story really follows the money and explains who benefits and who loses out.

Read Bill King’s interview on his award-winning article “Second Thoughts: Secondary Market Redefines Ticket Business” here.





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