SABEW Best in Business contest attracts record 1,030 entries; up 13.9 percent from last year

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SABEW Staff Report

PHOENIX, Jan. 31, 2012 – A record number of entries were submitted this year in the 17th annual Best in Business competition, conducted by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW).

A total of 1,030 entries will be considered for awards, bettering last year’s record entry total of 904.  Some 796 entries were submitted two years ago.

“We’re very gratified by this year’s unprecedented level of interest,” said SABEW’s president, Kevin Noblet, a managing editor at Dow Jones Newswires. “It clearly reflects the growing importance of financial and economic news, both to the public and inside the organizations that produce it.”

“We reshaped our contest a year ago to make the categories better fit with how news is now delivered, and we added new, separate categories for personal finance, real estate and international coverage. I think all that has had a positive impact,” Noblet added. “We’re seeing organizations entering the competition that never did before, and we’re seeing longtime participants submitting more entries.”

Teams of judges are now considering the work submitted by business journalists in print, digital, and radio and television categories.

Winners will be announced later in February, with the awards presented Saturday, March 17, at SABEW’s 49th annual spring conference in Indianapolis.  The conference will be at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

Members or guests can register for the conference on, or call SABEW at 602-496-7862. Hotel rooms are still available.

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.

This year’s contest coordinators are Lisa Gibbs of Money Magazine and Chris Peacock of CNN Money.

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