Best in Business 2015 FAQs

Posted By Spring Eselgroth

Here are some basic questions and answers regarding the 2015 BIB.

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” and from there you’ll be guided through the entry process.

Q: What’s new this year?

A: This year, the early-bird entry period saves you even more money! Get a head start on the contest and save $15 per entry when you enter between Dec. 1, 2015, 12:01 a.m. (EST) and Dec. 31, 2015, midnight (EST). This year, podcasts have been added to the Radio/TV division and categories within the Radio/TV/Podcast division have been updated.

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

A: Yes. At the time of submission, entrants must be either an individual member of SABEW or a journalist listed on a current institutional membership. If you are unsure if you’re a part of an institutional membership, please contact your organization’s SABEW representative or SABEW staff at

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 the publication’s M-F circulation provided by the Newspaper Association of America Alliance for Audited Media figures. You may also choose other publications you’re associated with, or other contributors, if they are not automatically provided. If you have a question or concern about your assigned publication, category or size group, please contact 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/Podcast entrants are asked to provide a permalink to a URL where judges can access their entries.

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’re able to see what you’ve already completed and make changes, if need be. Entries aren’t final until the submission payment process is completed.

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

A: Absolutely. Entries are stored in “My Contest Entries” if you need to take a break, gather more information, etc. You may resume the entry process at your convenience.

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

A: Yes. Your entries are stored under “My Contest Entries” until you’re ready to submit. Upon completion of all entries, 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. A few years ago, 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 what 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: Can the website 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.

Q: When will I find out if I won?

A: Winners will be notified mid-March and posted on the SABEW website shortly thereafter. Certificates will be presented at the BIB Awards Ceremony at our annual conference in Washington, D.C. May 19-21, 2016 and plaques will be shipped in late June allowing winners and finalists time to verify the wording and details of their plaques.

Still can’t find the answer?  SABEW can help. Contact us at or 602-496-7862.


(updated 11/17/2015)

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