Government Data: Discussion and Mixer

Posted By Crystal Beasley on Friday June 15, 2018

Maintaining the Quality and Integrity of US Government Data:
A Discussion and Mixer for Journalists and Economists

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
3:15 – 5:15 PM
Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, DC

Speakers:
Brian Moyer, Director, BEA
William Wiatrowski, Acting Commissioner, BLS
Stephanie Studds, Chief, Economic Indicators Division, U.S. Census Bureau

Timely and reliable economic statistics are key to the work of both economists and journalists as they endeavor to grasp and crystallize the ever-evolving economic situation for their audiences. Threats to high-quality economic statistics include insufficient budgetary funding for the federal statistical system, resulting in cuts to programs and survey samples, and reduced survey response rates.  The dynamic U.S. economy requires statistical agencies to constantly be modernizing, researching, and investing to ensure measurements keep pace.

Join SABEW and the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) for a free reception and panel discussion with senior officials from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the U.S. Census Bureau to learn how the agencies are innovating and evolving in a time of growing budgetary and political challenges. The panel discussion will end at 4:15 PM, and a networking reception hosted by The NABE Foundation and SABEW will follow.

Offered in conjunction with The NABE Foundation’s Economic Measurement Seminar, this panel discussion and reception are free of charge to NABE and SABEW members, Economic Measurement Seminar attendees, and government employees.

Register for the panel discussion and reception only.

SABEW members can take advantage of the NABE member registration rate of $500 for the full two-day Economic Measurement Seminar. To register visit www.nabe.com/ems2018.

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  • July 17, 2018: Maintaining the Quality and Integrity of US Government Data: A Discussion and Mixer for Journalists and Economists

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Tuesday May 29, 2018

    Tuesday, July 17, 2018
    3:15 – 5:15 PM
    Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, DC

    Speakers:
    Brian Moyer, director, BEA
    William Wiatrowski, acting commissioner, BLS
    Stephanie Studds, chief, Economic Indicators Division, U.S. Census Bureau

    Moderator:
    Lydia DePillis, economy reporter, CNNMoney

    Timely and reliable economic statistics are key to the work of both economists and journalists as they endeavor to grasp and crystallize the ever-evolving economic situation for their audiences. Threats to high-quality economic statistics include insufficient budgetary funding for the federal statistical system, resulting in cuts to programs and survey samples, and reduced survey response rates.  The dynamic U.S. economy requires statistical agencies to constantly be modernizing, researching, and investing to ensure measurements keep pace.

    Join SABEW and the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) for a free reception and panel discussion with senior officials from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the U.S. Census Bureau to learn how the agencies are innovating and evolving in a time of growing budgetary and political challenges. The panel discussion will end at 4:15 PM, and a networking reception hosted by The NABE Foundation and SABEW will follow.

    Offered in conjunction with The NABE Foundation’s Economic Measurement Seminar, this panel discussion and reception are free of charge to NABE and SABEW members, Economic Measurement Seminar attendees, and government employees.

    Register for the panel discussion and reception only.

    SABEW members can take advantage of the NABE member registration rate of $500 for the full two-day Economic Measurement Seminar. To register visit www.nabe.com/ems2018.

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  • First Amendment Initiative

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Tuesday November 14, 2017

    SABEW has launched an important initiative through our First Amendment Committee. We’re looking to accomplish several things:

    • Advocate for SABEW members and for the press (broadly defined). Too often, journalists are experiencing serious risks and threats, both externally and internally. The threats include verbal attacks and reduced access from government, violence abroad and continued disruption of news media business models.

    • Explore training and events related to press freedom, transparency and access to data.

    • Release public statements when appropriate.

    Public statements and events

    SABEW advocates for access to government experts, records

    SABEW statement on the role of the financial press

    Maintaining the Quality and Integrity of US Government Data

    SABEW calls on the Trump administration an d Congress to commit to providing adequate funds for statistical agencies

    SABEW welcomes the release of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

    SABEW joins Reuters in calling for imprisoned journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo to be freed

    SABEW expresses outrage over the arrest of two SABEW members covering a CA protest

    SABEW supports open government and Sunshine Week, March 10-16

    SABEW again urges all parties to end the government shutdown so journalists have access to data

    SABEW urges all parties to end the government shutdown so journalists have access to data

    SABEW is alarmed by the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

    SABEW stands with Reuters in condemning the sentencing of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo in Myanmar

    SABEW supports August 16th campaign defending press freedom

    Maintaining the Quality and Integrity of US Government Data: Discussion and Mixer

    SABEW offers condolences to the Capital Gazette newsroom

    SABEW along with journalism organizations decry seizure of NYT reporter’s records in a joint statement

    SABEW takes exception to Tesla’s Elon Musk accusations

    SABEW stands with Reuters in condemning the detentions of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

    SABEW urges the president and his administration to respect the First Amendment

    SABEW condemns Trump’s recent tweet on revoking broadcasting licenses

    SABEW protests Trump’s verbal assault on journalists

    Maintaining the Quality and Integrity of US Government Data Discussion

    FOIA at 51: Still going strong, but real improvements are needed

    SABEW stands with CNN in condemning violence against reporters

    First Amendment Statement from Mark Hamrick, president, SABEW, Washington Bureau Chief for Bankrate.com (regarding the attack on a reporter by Montana’s then-congressional candidate Greg Gianforte)

    World Press Freedom Day 2017

     

  • Membership

    Posted By admin on Monday July 24, 2017

    The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) has been promoting ethics and excellence in business journalism for more than 50 years. By joining, you’ll connect with a robust organization of more than 3,300 members throughout North America.

    Member benefits

    Contests and awards

    • The annual Best in Business Contest, now in its 25th year. This contest rewards superior coverage of breaking news and enterprise stories in newspaper business sections and pages, weekly business journals and wire services.

    • The Larry Birger Young Business Journalists contest, which annually recognizes outstanding work by a SABEW member 30 years old or younger.

    • The Distinguished Achievement Award, presented annually to an outstanding business journalist.

    Conference and training programs

    • An annual spring conference with hands-on sessions, panel discussions and newsmaker interviews.

    • An annual fall conference in New York City covering hot topics in business and economics.

    Timely virtual training programs with beat reporters and expert sources. There is a new virtual training almost every month.

    • Fellowship programs providing an in-depth look at topics, like government data, and hands-on experience using the information to improve reporting.

    We rely on the expertise of Professor Marty Steffens, our SABEW Endowed Chair in Business and Financial Journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Steffens provides experience, wisdom and hands-on curriculum development for programs like the Goldschmidt data immersion workshop.

    Other Networking Opportunities

    SABEW members are encouraged to use our Facebook page to announce local Meetup events they organize. On occasion, we partner with organizations like National Association for Business Economics (NABE) for a discussion and mixer.

    You are eligible for membership if a significant part of your occupation involves writing, reporting, editing or overseeing business, financial or economic news for newspapers, magazines, newsletters, journals, books, press or syndicated services, radio or television, online publications, or other media approved by the SABEW Board of Governors.

    You also can qualify if you’re a business journalism teacher, student or a business media subject at a recognized college, university or other organization approved by the board.

    Questions about new memberships or renewals may be directed to Tess McLaughlin, membership coordinator, at 602-496-5188, or tmclaughlin at sabew dot org.

    JOIN or RENEW.

  • 2014 BIB Winner’s list

    Posted By admin on Monday April 27, 2015

    Here are the 2014 BIB winners and finalists. Winners were announced at the 2014 BIB awards ceremony at SABEW’s spring conference in Chicago, April 25.  

     

    DIGITAL 

    DIGITAL BREAKING NEWS, Division 1

    Finalist- Amanda Levin, The Deal, for “Unsolicited bid puts Cleco on the block.”

    DIGITAL BREAKING NEWS, Division 2

    Winner- Dan Mangan, CNBC.com, for Affordable Care Act subsidies ruling coverage.

    Dan Mangan at CNBC.com was ready last July when two appeals courts issued split decisions about Obamacare subsidies. Within minutes of the July 22 ruling that ACA subsidies were unconstitutional, Mangan posted the news ahead of most other national outlets. What’s more, his story went well beyond the headline to provide analysis and context. It clearly explained the details of the very complex court decision. It was breaking news at its best.

    DIGITAL COMMENTARY, Division 1

    Winner- Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica, for “The Trade.”

    Jesse Eisinger’s sweeping critique of the failure of the Justice Department to hold bank executives accountable for the 2008 financial crisis stands above the other entries. Eisinger’s writing is fresh and free of jargon. He offers a powerful analysis of the Obama Administration’s tepid response to financial reform, and a penetrating look at how the industry successfully pushed back against regulators. By combining unique reporting with a deep understanding of how power and influence work in Washington, Eisinger shows how Wall Street and its defenders avoided criminal liability.

    DIGITAL COMMENTARY, Division 2

    Winner- Walt Mossberg, Re/code, for his technology columns.

    Walt Mossberg produced original and authoritative columns that overtly placed honesty and service to the reader over cheerleading and pandering. That’s a rare and welcome feat, particularly amid today’s (over)saturated tech and gadget coverage, and thus deserving of recognition.

    DIGITAL EXPLANATORY, Division 1

    Finalist- Rob Hotakainen, Takaaki Iwabu, Patrick Davison, Danny Dougherty, Tish Wells, Cheryl Diaz Meyer, McClatchy Washington Bureau, for “US exporters eye Japan.”

    This series amounts to a traditional business story that’s all grown up. The anecdotal approach enables readers to grasp the bigger picture of U.S.trade with Japan piece by piece. The stories are well edited and the images, pull quotes and maps that accompany them are engaging.

    Winner- Matt Drange, Susanne Rust, Andrew Donohue, The Guardian US, The Center for Investigative Reporting, for “Toxic Trail.”

    By following a single waste stream, the story was focused enough to help readers understand the subject. The depth of reporting was impressive. The interactive elements were well placed and expanded on the narrative. The “Six Things to Know” sidebar was additive, rather than repetitive. The follow-up story showed the reporting got the kind of attention it deserved.

    DIGITAL EXPLANATORY, Division 2

    Finalist– Elizabeth Gannes, Re/code, for “I want it and I want it now: The machine behind instant gratification.”

    Winner- Heesun Wee, Kevin Krim, Jeff Nash, CNBC.com, for “How millennials are shaking North Korea’s regime.”

    DIGITAL FEATURE, Division 1

    Winner- Eleanor Bell, Daniel Wagner, Center for Public Integrity, for “Time is Money.”

    Daniel Wagner and Eleanor Bell of The Center for Public Integrity took a deep dive into the math and mechanics of the prison-payments industry and came up with a compelling report on how financial companies are making big profits as the costs of incarceration increasingly are shifted to inmates’ families. Their report, Time is Money, exemplifies the spirit of public service journalism, showing how some of society’s more vulnerable residents are being squeezed – even though they themselves committed no crime. The center’s package harnessed the power of digital journalism through a top-notch documentary, compelling anecdotes, clear writing and helpful graphics. There’s ample evidence of tough questions and real digging throughout the package, which ultimately leads to a detailed portrait of certain government contracts, the businesses that win them and the people affected. In addition to the documentary, two accompanying reports offered deeper dives for readers who wanted to know more. Talk about impact: The Center for Public Integrity noted that regulators began investigating after their report was published. And six weeks later, Jpay, which performs money transfers for the bulk of U.S. offenders, said it had created a free way to transfer money for the families of 100,000 inmates.

    DIGITAL FEATURE, Division 2

    Finalist- Nellie Bowles, Re/code, for “Downtown Las Vegas is the great American techtopia.”

    Winner- Lawrence Delevingne, Kevin Krim, Jeff Nash, CNBC.com, for “The life and death of a master of the universe.”

    The judges felt this was a well-crafted, compelling story that not only presented a nuanced and sensitive portrait of prominent Africa investor Bruce Wrobel, but that also shed light on a number of important issues, including the challenges of balancing the need for infrastructure projects in Africa with environmental and cultural concerns. The story broke news, revealing Wrobel’s cause of death for the first time, and also placed Wrobel’s life, career, and suicide in a broader context.  The judges also were impressed with how beautiful photographs, graphics, videos and interactives were integrated into the story-telling, contributing to an immersive and memorable experience.

    DIGITAL GENERAL EXCELLENCE, Division 1

    Winner- The Deal Staff, The Deal

    The Deal offers coherent, well-researched news and analysis on the big topics affecting investors, including corporate hacking and the Scottish independence bid. A piece on the reality behind India’s much-hyped “pro-business” prime minister, Narendra Modi brought a nuanced assessment to what might have been the dreaded one-hand/other-hand chestnut. And by pegging a story on small business succession to the death of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, it turned a potentially dry piece into a readable drama.

    DIGITAL GENERAL EXCELLENCE, Division 2

    Winner- Quartz Staff, Quartz

    Judges chose Quartz a second consecutive year in this category for its smart news judgement (i.e. story on absurd number of Greek pharmacists as a window on its wider troubles) and strong journalism with a view (story making the case for paternity leave), as well as appealing presentation that integrated multiple graphics, an interactive visualization of every satellite in the skies, and beautiful photos taken by airline pilots in violation of FAA rules.

    DIGITAL INVESTIGATIVE, Division 1

    Finalist- Paul Kiel, Chris Arnold, ProPublica, National Public Radio for “The long life of debt.”

    Every health care reporter in the country should read this story. ProPublica did a great service in uncovering a practice where hospitals are going to incredible lengths to recoup money from patients. The profound effect on their lives is well-documented. This series of stories should create some change.

    Winner- Greg Gordon, Lydia Mulvaney, Deb Gruver, Paul Hampton, Tish Wells, Danny Dougherty, McClatchy Washington Bureau, for “Motorola’s lock on emergency communications equipment.”

    This series of stories is investigative journalism at its best. McClatchy uncovered Motorola’s attempts to corner the municipal public safety radio market. The work done by McClatchy was significant in uncovering contracts that were not in the taxpayers’ best interest. Instead, the stories offered strong examples, documents and more to show how Motorola has wielded influence across the country.

    We liked how the findings of the investigation and the life-and-death consequences of the monopoly it exposed were clearly laid out in the first piece and explained further throughout the series.

    DIGITAL INVESTIGATIVE, Division 2

    Finalist- Adam Feuerstein, TheStreet, for “Galena’s good reviews.”

    Dogged, tightly focused investigation of apparent corporate misconduct; the reporter’s efforts presaged an SEC probe and likely contributed to the firing of a CEO.

    Winner- David Sirota, International Business Times, for “Public Money, Private Profits.”

    Original, tenacious reporting that displayed a mastery of scouring documents, analyzing data and holding public officials accountable. The reporter took a locally inspired topic and turned it into a nationally significant series with demonstrable impact.

    ENERGY 

    Finalist- Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, for Chesapeake Energy coverage.

    These hard-hitting stories presented a fascinating look, based on intensive and enterprising reporting, at Chesapeake Energy, one of the country’s largest oil and gas companies. The stories were well organized, splendidly written, balanced, and thorough. They also were accompanied by clear and interesting art that helped clarify key points and that provided important background and context for non-experts.

    Finalist- Bruce Henderson, The Charlotte Observer, for energy coverage.

    Through a series of stories that continue to this day, The Charlotte Observer thoughtfully and persistently examined the potential impact of a coal-ash spill that put the drinking water for thousands at risk. In doing so, reporter Bruce Henderson revealed the prevalence of coal ash–and its toxic components–in the region and raised questions about the information utilities were allowed to keep hidden. The reporting helped spur a broad debate about how coal-ash is stored and galvanized a move to strengthen regulations of a substance that represents a threat to the environment and human health.

    Winner– Jeffrey Ball, Fortune, for “Mexico Black Gold.”

    It’s not easy to make an energy story sing–and even tougher when the main character is a state-run energy company. But with “The Drama of Mexico’s (Black) Gold,” Jeffrey Ball pulls off just that: a gripping and insightful piece about Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, Mexico’s national oil conglomerate. Through extensive reporting and a memorable cast of characters, Ball builds a compelling narrative of Mexico’s most important company—by far the biggest employer, accounting for more than one-third of the national budget—as it prepares for its biggest challenge in 76 years: the return of foreign oil companies to help exploit Mexico’s vast reserves. In his vivid telling, this business story becomes about much more than executives scrambling to transform a notoriously old-fashioned and inefficient company. It is the tale of a nation deciding to open up its energy markets to the world to stay competitive—and facing a very uncertain future.

    GOVERNMENT 

    Finalist- Ann Marsh, Scott Wenger, Kamrhan Farwell, Financial Planning for ”Could financial planning help stem the rate of military suicides?”

    Financial Planning senior editor Ann Marsh’s investigation into military suicide is an excellent example of journalism as mythbusting. As the entry emphasized: “Despite the prevailing belief that combat trauma drives the epidemic, Financial Planning’s investigation found that more than 80% of suicides in 2012 were among soldiers who did not see combat – and more than half of the suicides that year were among soldiers who never even deployed.”  This type of reporting is essential to understanding the true nature of the problem so that proper services can be provided.

    Finalist- Allan Sloan, Fortune, forPositively Un-American.”

    Allan Sloan’s Fortune cover story “Positively Un-American” explained how a little known part of the corporate tax code is costing the U.S. government dearly. Sloan wrote how companies, using a process known as an inversion, can acquire a smaller foreign company and relocate its headquarters overseas – even if the move is only on paper – and pay lower corporate tax rate of that nation.  As the entry noted: Sloan explained in clear and compelling prose how when corporations don’t pay their portion of taxes, the rest of the taxpayers have to pick up the slack

    Winner- Chloe Sorvino, May Jeong, Geoff Dyer, Victor Mallet, Financial Times, for “The Cost of War.”

    Geoff Dyer and Chloe Sorvino’s package of stories and graphics tells us what the U.S. government could not. How much the 13-year war in Afghanistan actually cost.  Using meticulous research of government documents supported by interviews with budget officials, this reporting team at the Financial Times reached a staggering conclusion: The war has cost more than $1 trillion. Details on the spending were coupled with excellent analysis of the U.S. involvement in the country and the likelihood of more spending to come.

    HEALTH CARE

    Finalist- Rita Price, Ben Sutherly, The Columbus Dispatch, forHome-care Crisis.”

    Finalist- Shannon Pettypiece, Jordan Robertson, Bloomberg News, forHealth Secrets for Sale.”

    Finalist- Nikhil Deogun, Meg Tirrell, Jodi Gralnick, CNBC, forDesperate Measures.”

    Winner- Beth Daley, Shan Wang, Samantha Costanzo, New England Center for Investigative Reporting, for “Unregulated Tests.”

    INNOVATION

    Finalist- Gregor Aisch, Wilson Andrews, Jeremy Ashkenas, Matthew Bloch, Mike Bostock, Shan Carter, Haeyoun Park, Alicia Parlapiano, Archie Tse, The New York Times, for a collection of economic tools and visualizations.

    The New York Times continues to do excellent and pioneering work in data visualization and interactive graphics. It has established itself as the preeminent venue for state-of-the-art economic data visualization. Its offerings in 2014 included tools that allowed users to dissect issues from foreclosed properties in Detroit to vehicle recalls nationally. A particular standout was “Can You Live on the Minimum Wage?, which expertly uses the personal to add perspective to a larger policy debate. Also — and this is much more unusual — it uses visual metaphor in an extremely affecting way. In the interactive, little blocks, each representing a single dollar, appear to “evaporate” off the screen after you key in how much money you spend on housing, utilities, and other living expenses. It actually hurts to watch it happen. Who doesn’t know it’s difficult to live on minimum wage? But when you start entering your finances, and watching your cash evaporate, and then your debt build, it really drives the point home. That’s what this new wave of journalism is all about.

    Finalist- Editorial Staff, Crain’s New York Business, for ”The 200 Most-Connected New Yorkers.”

    There is no shortage of “best-of,” “worst-of” and “most” lists in journalism. What made Crain’s New York’s 200 Most-Connected New Yorkers list standout was its ambitious scope and innovative use of algorithms to ferret out the web of interconnections that help make the powerful powerful. Crain’s New York’s clever use of big data — combining the publication’s resources with a firm that specializes in finding connections — allowed it to sort through 16,000 business and philanthropy leaders to determine those with the most access to influential people. Using billions of data points, the rankings resulted in a few surprises, including some leaders who topped executives with far more media attention. Crain’s New York’s effort hints at intriguing possibilities for how journalists might use such techniques on a wide range of projects tied to the interconnectedness of people.

    Winner- Donnelle Eller, Sharyn Jackson, Christopher Gannon, Des Moines Register, for “Harvest of Change.”

    The Des Moines Register reached into the future with a project on the far edge of innovation. The five-part package Harvest of Change explored the transformation of Iowa farm families. The centerpiece is a 3D, 360-degree video virtual-reality tour of one family’s farm. Optimally engineered for the Oculus Rift (a headset still so new as to have limited reach within the general public), the feature included Mac and Windows versions and was produced by a team from Gannett Digital that included a former Electronic Arts game developer. Turning a story into a virtual reality game to let readers explore a scene — rather than just setting it with prose, video or images — is a fascinating experiment for journalism in an age of basically unlimited technical potential. The Register’s package didn’t look like innovation for the sake of using fancy new features, but rather to help the reader understand a story at a deeper level. The package’s written component showed solid journalism with seamlessly integrated video and images as well as interactive graphics on the data behind the transformation of Iowa’s farms.

    INTERNATIONAL  

    INTERNATIONAL BREAKING NEWS

    Winner- Michael J. de la Merced, Neil Gough, Andrew Jacobs, Karl Russell, The New York Times, for Alibaba coverage.

    The reporters’ preparation, sourcing and writing resulted in a compelling package that humanized the biggest IPO of the year. The articles pulled back the curtain on a company, its historical and present impact in China and the meaning of its public offering – connecting the dots for readers in a refreshing and accessible way.

    INTERNATIONAL COMMENTARY

    Winner- John Gapper, Financial Times, for his columns.

    INTERNATIONAL EXPLANATORY

    Finalist- Peter Spiegel, Financial Times, for “How the Euro was saved.”

    Peter Spiegel elegantly and provocatively took readers behind the scenes to explain how the Euro was saved. Spiegel’s fine storytelling, underpinned by detailed reporting, made a difficult and important topic understandable and interesting.

    Winner- International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Center for Public Integrity, for “Offshore Secrets.”

    The Center for Public Integrity’s international consortium project is exemplary for its ability to explain a complex subject with ease, for intrepid reporting that placed some of its partners in grave harm, and for its willingness to hold businesses accountable for misdeeds

    INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

    Finalist- The Wall Street Journal Staff, The Wall Street Journal, for “Kowloon Walled City.”

    On the 20th anniversary of the destruction of the famous walled city in Hong Kong, the Wall Street undertook an ambitious project. The purpose was to recreate – through graphics, video, photographs, sound and text – this amazing city. Journal editors found unseen footage and told the story from the perspective of the unique residents – drug dealers, fish ball makers, children and musicians. In essence, a living museum has been created online that sets a new standard for engagement for journalism worldwide. History has been preserved forever.

    Winner- Lily Kuo, Quartz, for “The true implications of China’s North-South Water Transfer Project.”

    Kuo travels through China’s midsection to tell the story of one of history’s most massive water projects.  The goal is to provide water to northern China, where conservation measures are being ignored and consumption is unchecked. The end result, as reported by Kuo, is that China will likely face even greater water challenges in the future because of the short-sighted nature of the current undertaking. Well told and reported. Beautifully photographed and presented. Engaging graphics. This is story telling of the future.

    INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATIVE

    Finalist- Patricia Kowsmann, Margot Patrick, David Enrich, The Wall Street Journal, for “Fall of Espirito Santo.”

    Espirito Santo was a close runner-up that contained very serious reporting on a matter of massive public interest in Europe, and showed originality in uncovering malfeasance at an institution where few had suspected it. The EuroFin piece in particular was a strong scoop

    Winner- Stephen Grey and team, Reuters, for “Comrade Capitalism.”

    The Comrade Capitalism package boasted a very impressive investigation that combined both document trails and and shoe-leather reporting. The series of stories, efficiently told, showed very clearly how vast sums of money have been siphoned away from everyday Russians by people close to the top echelons of power. It also made good use of graphics. The railways story was particularly strong. All told, the reporting was wide-ranging and deep in scope, across a variety of industries. The reporters faced no easy task in taking on Putin’s friends

    NEWS AGENCIES

    NEWS AGENCIES COMMENTARY

    Winner- Reynolds Holding, Reuters’ Breakingviews, for his columns.

    Breakingviews’ Reynolds Holding explains the difficult legal concepts behind insider trading and offers clear views of the issues with an economy of words.

    NEWS AGENCIES EXPLANATORY

    Winner- Duff Wilson, Deborah Nelson, Bill Tarrant, Alister Doyle, Ryan McNeill, Reuters, for “Water’s Edge.”

    NEWS AGENCIES FEATURE

    Winner- Jeff Plungis, David Voreacos, Bloomberg News, for “Death on the Highway.”

    All three judges agreed this story was a clear winner in this category: Deeply researched and nuanced, the piece deftly weaves a story about one individual family’s tragedy – and one truck driver’s sage – into a in-depth examination of an issue with national implications. The story of is powerful and moving without being maudlin and the reporters did an excellent job of maintaining their objectivity despite a story that seemingly has “good” and “bad” actors. The accompanying graphics were strong and provided compelling visuals without detracting from the narrative. Everyone involved in this piece should be commended.

    NEWS AGENCIES GENERAL EXCELLENCE

    Winner- Michael Riley, Ben Elgin, Dune Lawrence, Carol Matlack, Patrick G. Lee, David Voreacos, Jeff Plungis, Martin Keohan, Mary Childs, Alexis Leondis, Charles Stein, Bloomberg News

    Bloomberg News for a package highlighted by its coverage of a major mutual fund management change, a massive retail hacking invasion and several unexpected elements of highway safety. The judges were impressed by the entry’s “ambition, scope and authority” and noted “the particularly deep reporting throughout.”

    NEWS AGENCIES INVESTIGATIVE

    Winner- Michael Riley, Ben Elgin, Dune Lawrence, Carol Matlack, Jordan Robertson, Bloomberg News, for “Cyber Wars.”

    PERSONAL FINANCE

    Finalist- Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Michael Corkery, The New York Times, for “Driven into Debt.”

    Reporters found auto lenders exploiting low-income borrowers desperate for auto transportation, in a mini-reprise of the subprime mortgage loan boom/bust that helped trigger the 2008 financial meltdown…in some cases, the borrowers were paying triple-digit annual interest rates. The lenders are the first cog in a system that includes Wall’s Street’s securitization machine, which pools these loans into bonds sold to big institutional investors. A particularly compelling story describes how lenders are using a new technology — “starter interrupt devices” — that shut off the ignition systems of borrowers’ cars automatically when they miss a payment. All told, a telling example of how, these days, our financial system does so much to favor capital over labor.  

    Finalist- Margaret Collins, Carol Hymowitz, Richard Rubin, Bloomberg News, for “The 401(k) Mirage.”

    This entry shows how, despite the claims of their advocates, 401(k) plans have not fully replaced traditional pensions as sources of financial security for retirees. It nails down the extent to which 401(k) participants have turned these retirement plans into short-term piggybanks by withdrawing money from them to ease immediate financial stress. The reporters trudged through history to discover the “true father” of 401(k)s and to show how the original intent of these plans has led to unforeseen consequences.

    Winner- Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, for “Surviving Detroit’s bankruptcy.”

    Exemplifies the best that daily local newspapers can provide their readers. With Detroit in bankruptcy, she slogged through complex bankruptcy documents, explained how people expecting pensions and other benefits would be impacted by cuts and prepared individuals to make the hard decisions that would have been overwhelming without her help.

     

    PRINT-DAILY NEWSPAPERS

    NEWSPAPERS BREAKING NEWS, Division 1

    Winner-  Robert Snell, Chad Livengood, David Shepardson, Detroit News, for “Bankruptcy breakthrough: Detroit reaches settlement in dispute with its fiercest holdout creditor.”

    The news of this breakthrough settlement was clearly of vital interest to Detroit and the importance of this one development in the entire complex of the Detroit bankruptcy was made quite clear by the breaking news article. While the legal story was potentially quite dull, the writers did a good job communicating the drama inherent in the situation, making the story a must-read for Detroiters.

    NEWSPAPERS BREAKING NEWS, Division 2

    Winner- Matthew Garrahan, Tim Bradshaw, Financial Times, for Apple Beats scoop and analysis.

    The scoop on Apple’s biggest acquisition to date was an accomplishment in itself, and the FT followed up with solid reporting and analysis. The reader is left with a clear and balanced picture of why Apple is buying Beats and of the challenge it will face in making the deal work.

    NEWSPAPERS BREAKING NEWS, Division 3

    Winner- Shalini Ramachandran, Dana Cimilluca, Brent Kendall, Gautham Nagesh, Rani Molla, Dana Mattioli, Martin Peers, The Wall Street Journal, for Comcast-Time Warner deal coverage.

    Fabulous, muti-faceted coverage driven by the WSJ’s 11 months of anticipation that a cable industry merger bombshell would explode. WSJ reporters seized the opportunity, quickly diving into multiple angles beyond the Comcast-TWC deal itself – everything from a story about how Comcast CEO Brian Roberts bested his mentor, to the regulatory hurdles ahead. A graphic that was Insightful and painstakingly researched added even more dimension to the coverage.

    NEWSPAPERS COMMENTARY, Division 1

    Winner- Daniel Howes, Detroit News, for his columns.

    NEWSPAPERS COMMENTARY, Division 2

    Finalist- Gillian Tett, Financial Times, for her columns.

    Winner- David Nicklaus, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, for his columns.

    David Nicklaus powerfully made bigger stories relevant at the voter/consumer level. His prose was highly readable and contextualized and didn’t lean on a crutch of common cliches, while his arguments stood out for their original insights and unique subject matter.

    NEWSPAPERS COMMENTARY, Division 3

    Winner- Eduardo Porter, The New York Times, for his columns.

    NEWSPAPERS EXPLANATORY, Division 1

    Finalist- Hugh Bailey, Connecticut Post, for “Ruins Reborn.”

    An ambitious and well-executed series that clearly explains the challenge of brownfield redevelopment. It advances the narrative by exploring successful projects. Crisp writing. Excellent use of graphics, videos and historic photographs in order to provide multiple entry points.

    Finalist- Jeff Adelson, Rebekah Allen, Mark Ballard, Gordon Russell, Richard Thompson, The Advocate, for “Giving away Louisiana.”

    A multi-part series on tax breaks that packs a big punch with snappy writing, detailed reporting and clever illustrations. An inspired example of explanatory journalism that informs civic debate

    Winner- Daniel Howes, Chad Livengood, David Shepardson, Gary Heinlein, Christine Ferretti, Brian J. O’Connor, Detroit News, for “Bankruptcy and Beyond.”

    A compelling in-depth read that, long after the headlines, truly fosters understanding of the circumstances and scope of Detroit’s stunning circumstances. The stories explain a complex, often dry topic even for business journalists – municipal bankruptcy – in a clear, riveting series the judges found a truly excellent read.

    NEWSPAPERS EXPLANATORY, Division 2

    Finalist- Adam Belz, Star Tribune, for “Left Behind.”

    Several newspapers submitted commendable packages of stories focusing on the plight of the unemployed and underemployed. This series stood out for its detailed reporting and strong narrative writing.

    Finalist- Jay Greene, Susan Jouflas, Kelly Shea, Mark Watanabe, Seattle Times, for “Amazon’s European Culture Clash.”

    A smart series of stories on the challenges facing a major local employer in its European businesses. From the lead story’s first lines, describing the challenges facing a Parisian bookseller who plies his trade on the banks of the Seine, we were hooked.

    Winner- Lillian Thomas, Sean D. Hamill, Kevin Crowe, Allan James Vestal, Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, for “Poor Health.”

    In a competitive field brimming with strong entries, this collaborative effort between the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette stood out. From its genesis to execution, this series surpassed the competition and made our selection for the top prize an easy choice.

    NEWSPAPERS EXPLANATORY, Division 3

    Finalist- Jennifer Levitz, Jon Kamp, Tom Burton, The Wall Street Journal, for “Deadly Medicine.”

    WSJ reporters shone a light on just how badly medical care can be delivered and the consequences of surgeons not re-thinking standards of care. This revealing series had huge impact: Surgeons are no longer using this device for hysterectomies and tumor removal, saving lives.

    Winner- Matt Richtel, Sabrina Tavernise, The New York Times, for “The New Smoke.”

    This powerful series tackled the thicket of health and regulatory issues around e-cigarettes, demystifying and humanizing an industry boom with major public health implications.

    NEWSPAPERS FEATURES, Division 1

    Winner- Sarah Kleiner Varble, The Virginian-Pilot, for “Then the walls closed in.”

    Deftly written after what was clearly a great deal of reporting. Intensely readable — the length was barely noticeable because the narrative was so compelling. The storytelling strategy was unusual — saving the “nut” until the end of the first story — but effective.

    NEWSPAPERS FEATURES, Division 2

    Winner- Adam Belz, Star Tribune, for “Left Behind.”

    A great job mixing strong anecdotes with nuanced data analysis, accessible graphics and intimate photography. Editors were disciplined in keeping the series from sprawling. The team paid special attention to spotlighting differences between this recession and past slumps, backing their reporting with data that demonstrated it’s more severe this time around for key demographic groups.

    NEWSPAPERS FEATURES, Division 3

    Winner- Nathan Bomey, John Gallagher, Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press, for “How Detroit was Reborn.”

    This is a fascinating, fast-paced story that grips you from the opening sentence and walks you through the complex maze of bankruptcy proceedings without losing you even for one moment. The reporting is spot-on, and the writing vivid and entertaining, making the arcania of the bailout easy to understand. It had just the right amount of color and some nice human touches that made it come alive without allowing it to become trite. And the tick-tock pacing of the story is as riveting as you’ll ever find. Finally, we want to acknowledge the sheer amount of work that went into this story, and to commend the Detroit Free Press for its commitment to long-form features and the value they bring to the human experience.

    NEWSPAPERS GENERAL EXCELLENCE, Division 1

    Finalist- Paul Delean, Lynn Moore, François Shalom, Mick Côté, Steve Faguy, Jeff Heinrich, Tracey Lindeman, Susan Semenak, The Gazette (Montreal Quebec)

    The Montreal Gazette’s entries were well-reported, crisply designed, fun to read and full of flair. The profile of a 95-year-old local business titan was fascinating and surprising — and shows that even a story about industrial valves can be a compelling read when the reporting is thorough and the presentation is sharp. The piece about the investing lessons you can learn from combing your hair was fresh and made us all laugh.

    Winner- Lynn Hicks, Donnelle Eller, Patt Johnson, Joel Aschbrenner, Matthew Patane, Marco Santana, Charles Flesher, The Des Moines Register

    The Des Moines Register’s entries shone with resourceful reporting, sharp writing, keen analysis and creative visual presentation. They brought home the human drama of business with sensitive portrayals of the individuals at the heart of stories,both large and small, global and local. And, like all good journalism, the stories swept out from the particular to the general, enlightening readers on the larger issues raised by the battle against “superweeds,” the crosscurrents of agriculture in China and Iowa, and the tragic murder of a local football coach. The judges felt unanimously that the Register’s submission was far and away the best of all the entries. Future entrants could benefit from studying what made it stand out.

    NEWSPAPERS GENERAL EXCELLENCE, Division 2

    Winner- Business News Staff, Star Tribune

    The Star Tribune covered an impressive range of stories with a thoroughness that stood out among the entrants. From the deep dive into the botched rollout of Minnesota’s health exchange to the surprising look at the dangers of ATVs and the layoffs at Target, they investigated issues of intense regional interest. The staff also found the local angle in important national stories, such as the booming and erratic elder-care business and the struggle of single parents. The quality of the work was consistently high and would be impressive for a paper of any size.

    NEWSPAPERS GENERAL EXCELLENCE, Division 3

    Winner- The Wall Street Journal staff, The Wall Street Journal

    Yes, the Wall Street Journal can extensively cover a big story from all angles and explain its significance. Yet these four entries also showcase an energetic and engaging mix of spot-news coverage, enterprise journalism and analysis of what matters most in business, finance and investing. If you are a news consumer who cares about business and the impact of business on people’s lives — for good or for bad — then these entries are your must-read above all others. Secondary and even tertiary inside stories could proudly anchor the business section front of any major metro daily. World-class photo editing and deceptively simple headline-writing work together with a one-two punch in examples like Saudi women being Uber’s most dedicated customer base or an Ebola fever outbreak sending commodity prices soaring. An infographic explaining the market share dynamics of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable is boldly executed and much more visually driven than most others’ attempts at such tale-telling. The people coverage excels, whether it’s a profile or simply an anecdote in a larger story. A reader closes the last page feeling so much smarter about business and finance. And those stock, bond and fund tables at the end actually offer useful information to investors beyond the latest closing prices.

    NEWSPAPERS INVESTIGATIVE, Division 1

    Finalist- Josh Salman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, for “Selling Hope.”

    Josh Salman delivered a compelling, ambitious project on the predatory behavior in the foreclosure market, relying on extensive databases, court records and on-the-ground reporting about the victims of rescue scams. He named those responsible for selling false hope, detailing the elaborate legal maneuvers that damage both lenders and consumers. The presentation was impressive, featuring an interactive database of schemes in Florida and several insightful graphs.

    Winner- John Russell, Steve Berta, The Indianapolis Star, for “Pets at Risk.”

    The series took a long-overdue look at the dangers and conflicts-of-interest in the fast-growing veterinary drug industry. The Star showed that companies are essentially experimenting on our family dogs with medications that receives little government-sanctioned testing or oversight. The Star documented inappropriate payments to prescribing vets, who act as a sales force for drug companies — subjecting owners to outrageous mark-ups and protecting themselves from legitimate competition from discount retailers. The hypocrisy of drug companies touting the value of companion animals while paying a pittance to bereaved dog owners was especially compelling. It was masterfully written, weaving stories of devastated families with tales of the industry. After poring over the photos of dead dogs, you’ll be much more wary when you visit the vet.

    NEWSPAPERS INVESTIGATIVE, Division 2

    Finalist- Mike Wereschagin, Pittsburgh Tribune-Reviewfor “The Invisible Threat.”

    An ambitious and comprehensive expose of the unseen danger of deteriorating natural gas pipelines in the paper’s local area, and across the country. The stories showed impressive and persistent reporting that in some cases gathered more information than many regulators had. Even more ominous, the series revealed that there are tens of thousands of miles of aging pipeline that don’t appear on any map. The paper did a convincing job illustrating how the fracking boom has exacerbated the situation, by vastly increasing traffic in the most dangerous and least regulated part of the pipeline system. An interactive map gives a powerful overview of the issue.

    Winner- Christine Willmsen, Lewis Kamb, Justin Mayo, Garland Potts, Mark Nowlin, Marcus Yam, Mark Harrison, Jim Neff, The Seattle Times, for “Loaded with lead: How gun ranges poison workers and shooters.”

    Very well done series on a topic I hadn’t seen covered before. Excellent, clear writing. Very good use of FOIA and the legal system to gather information. Obviously this wasn’t a completely fresh topic because many safety and health agencies had been concerned about lead at gun ranges before, but I doubt if anybody has taken such a comprehensive look.

    NEWSPAPERS INVESTIGATIVE, Division 3

    Finalist- Richard Marosi, Don Bartletti, Los Angeles Times, for “Product of Mexico.”

    The Los Angeles Times produced terrific reporting on the dark side of the human toll behind Mexico’s produce export boom, with the biggest U.S. supermarkets looking the other way in tacit complicity. The package included powerful visuals and text to reveal the exploitation in stunning detail.

    Winner- Danielle Ivory, Rebecca R. Ruiz, Hiroko Tabuchi, Bill Vlasic, Matthew L. Wald, The New York Times, for “Fatal Flaws.”

    The New York Times’ tenacious reporting and smart use of database research produced a memorable series that revealed failings by General Motors, suppliers and U.S. safety regulators on a deadly defect. The reporting included wrenching personal stories of families who had lost loved ones, and myriad red flags that were largely ignored as the death toll mounted. The stories had real impact, focusing the attention of lawmakers, regulators, and the public on the safety debacle, which led to millions of recalls and a personnel shakeup at the automaker.

    PRINT-MAGAZINE

    MAGAZINES COMMENTARY, Division 1

    Winner- Vitaliy Katsenelson, Institutional Investor, for his columns.

    Vitaliy Katsenelson must have had a rollicking good time putting together these online columns. Although his first language is Russian and his second is Wall Street, he has mastered the art of conversational written English, using jokes, asides, and metaphors to convey serious information. The stock market, he writes, is like a person who was overdosed with Novocaine. For a column on Vladimir Putin he watched only Channel One Russia and read only Pravda for a week, concluding: “Russian TV is so potent that you would not even want to watch anything else.”

    MAGAZINES COMMENTARY, Division 2

    Winner- Peter Coy, Bloomberg Businessweek, for his columns.

    We appreciate the deep reporting, context and analysis in Coy’s columns. Strong business journalism needs facts and data, but it also needs to be accessible. Not only do these columns have all three in spades, the data is easily digested in the text and in the visuals. Some columns offer advice but fail to explain how to implement it, leaving readers with more work to do. Though Coy’s columns are not advice columns, they educate and inform thoroughly, leaving the reader without the need to do more “homework.”

    MAGAZINES EXPLANATORY, Division 1

    Finalist- Frances Denmark, Institutional Investor, for “Life, Death & the Numbers.”

    A deeply reported and wide-ranging story about the trillion-dollar hole facing pension plans as people live longer than expected. Explanation of a complex issue, and possible solutions, was balanced and thorough.

    Winner- Margarida Correia, Lee Conrad, Bank Investment Consultant, for “Dementia.”

    Thoughtful, clear explanation of legal and privacy dilemmas facing investment advisors as clients lose ability to recall, analyze and judge. Timely story told with compassion. Enjoyed the tips for advisors dealing with families, too.

    MAGAZINES EXPLANATORY, Division 2

    Finalist- Janet Bodnar, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, for “Starting out/Guide to your money: How millennials can get ahead.”

    Winner- Allan Sloan, Fortune, for “Positively Un-American.”

    Stunning article on companies “leaving” the U.S. and the billions they save in U.S. taxes

    MAGAZINES FEATURE, Division 1

    Finalist– Hiten Samtani, The Real Deal, for “Doubling down on the Prince of Darkness.”

    “Doubling Down on the Prince of Darkness” examined the friendly relationship between New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York’s high-powered real estate interests — an ethically dubious situation that seems all the clearer when set against the contentious relationship the industry has developed with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. The judges felt the reporter might have gone even further to break ground on how Cuomo and the real estate industry have forged mutually beneficial ties and to explore the potentially long-term consequences. Still, the story is scrupulously evenhanded: It explains that the governor doesn’t always serve the industry’s interests, just as the mayor isn’t always hostile to them. Overall, it builds a persuasive case that Cuomo’s ties to the real estate elite bears close watching.

    Winner- Aaron Timms, Institutional Investor, for “The race to topple Bloomberg.”

    “The Race to Topple Bloomberg” is an exhaustively researched study of the ferocious competition Bloomberg L.P. faces to maintain a leading role in the financial data market. It illuminates from multiple angles the question of “whether subsisting on the terminal alone will be enough to allow Bloomberg to defend its market dominance.”

    MAGAZINES FEATURE, Division 2

    Finalist- Gary Rivlin, The New York Times Magazine/ The Investigative Fund, for “The cold, hard lessons of Mobile Home U.”

    We really enjoyed this one too. What we liked about it was the flat, non-judgmental way it approached some of the ethical knots at the heart of this business. It also had a really broad perspective, and used the business to talk about the large-structural changes in the US economy over time, which was really helpful.

    Finalist- Parmy Olson, Forbes, for “Calling the American Dream.”

    This story was a really colorful, detailed account of not only a landmark deal of 2014, but the characters who made it happen. It also sketched in really helpful backstory on the origins of Whatsapp, not to mention putting its astronomical growth into context. Very well done.

    Winner- Tom Foster, Will Bourne, Inc., for “Along came Lolly.”

    We really love this piece. It does so many things. First off, it fulfills a huge need for traditional business readers: Putting forward ideas about boosting revenue.

    But it does a ton more. It’s got a compelling—and female!—character at the core. It has really big sweep, touching on large-scale economic trends like deindustrialization, inequality and retail supply chain dynamics, among other things.

    And it’s beautifully written:

    “If traditional garment manufacturing is a pretty straightforward assembly-line affair, the seamstresses at Lolly work more like short-order cooks in a diner where the menu changes daily.”

    Just great.

    MAGAZINES GENERAL EXCELLENCE, Division 1

    Winner- Paul Jackson, Jacob Gaffney, HousingWire

    The judges felt the magazine did a good job of breaking the news into digestible parts and incorporating politics into the subject matter, as well as good diversity throughout. The editors and reporters landed some great interviews, and had a good blend of longer, more indepth pieces with quick, usable information on people in the business. The layout is full, yet approachable. Nice read!

    MAGAZINES GENERAL EXCELLENCE, Division 2

    Winner- Josh Tyrangiel, Bloomberg Businessweek

    MAGAZINES INVESTIGATIVE, Division 1

    Winner- David Beal, Sarah Lutman, Twin Cities Business, for “Whose legacy is it?”

    The “Legacy Fund” is by far my favorite story in this category. Its localization is so relevant and its angle is fresh and well defined. The magnitude of research and reporting that was used for this succinctly detailed investigative story is very impressive. And despite the scale of the data in the story’s background, readers are not overwhelmed. Rather, they are drawn into a rich telling of how state funding and appropriations can be carelessly left unchecked so that one organization benefits from money that was supposed to be earmarked for public good. While this sort of mishandling of public dollars is not new, this publication packages this issue in a context suitable for its readers.

    MAGAZINES INVESTIGATIVE, Division 2

    Winner- Ann Marsh, Scott Wenger, Kamrhan Farwell, Financial Planning, for “Could financial planning help stem the rate of military suicides?”

    Financial Planning’s extraordinary 11-month investigation debunked a tragic myth about military suicide. Rather than resulting from combat trauma, many deaths actually are linked to financial stress. The richly-reported story also showed, with detailed anecdotes, how the Pentagon made the problem worse with policies that blocked distressed soldiers from receiving critical financial help and punished financial planners who tried to provide help anyway. A month after publication, congressional legislation based on the article was drafted and later passed to address the myriad financial problems faced by soldiers and reservists. A very worthy public service. 

    PRINT-WEEKLIES AND BI-WEEKLIES

    WEEKLIES BREAKING NEWS

    Finalist- J.K. Wall, Indianapolis Business Journal, for “IU Health Merging Hospitals.”

    This good old-fashioned scoop helped put important community news before readers in a timely way, while addressing questions and implications of a major change in the local health-care sector.

    Winner- Albert Gallun, Crain’s Chicago Business, for “Poor families use ‘supervouchers’ to rent in city’s priciest buildings.”

    This well-executed scoop had impact and led competitors. By staying with the story, Crain’s helped bring about needed change.

    WEEKLIES COMMENTARY

    Finalist- Joe Cahill, Crain’s Chicago Business, for his columns.

    Winner- Mike Hendricks, The Business Review (Albany,NY), for his columns.

    Mike Hendricks’ columns for the Albany Business Review stood out because they’re full of informed commentary, backed up by on-the-ground reporting. He shows a real understanding of — and concern for — his subjects. The “human element” is always in the foreground. His writing is lively, polished and engaging, and his choice of subjects shows a keen eye for what makes a good commentary.

    WEEKLIES EXPLANATORY

    Finalist- Dennis Domrzalski, Dan Mayfield, Tina Orem, Rachel Sams, Damon Scott, Rachel Baca, Chan Avery, Randy Siner, Albuquerque Business First, for “Reinventing our City.”

    A clearly written and compelling call to arms to save an economy ravaged by cutbacks in federal spending and the failure to develop a thriving private sector. Illuminating numbers and statistics were brought to life by real world examples and thoughtful quotes. An impressive use of resources to involve the community in finding ways to expand the local economy.

    Finalist- E.J. Schultz, Advertising Age, for “Whatever happened to the ad war on drugs?”

    A revealing behind the scenes look at what happened to an iconic ad campaign and the surprising efforts to resuscitate it.

    Winner- Bill King, David Bourne, Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal, for “Soccer’s Growing Reach.”

    A financial and sociological exploration of the history of soccer in the U.S. with an eye towards explaining why the sport is poised to finally become a meaningful commercial entity in America. Artfully balanced with colorful scenes of fans, expert commentary and telling data.

    WEEKLIES FEATURE

    Finalist- Kate Kaye, Advertising Age, for “A Data Lab Rat in the Big City: Why trackers couldn’t trap this city dweller.”

    The creativity involved in this piece is a delight, as is the cleverness of its approach. Don’t we all wonder what companies do with all that data they gather on us? The piece nicely answers the question, giving us a few chuckles along the way, and may make readers pause and think about their use of loyalty cards, reward points and online access points.

    Finalist- Bill King, Tom Stinson, Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal, for “Man of Steel.”

    This piece is well reported and gracefully written. It can hold a reader’s attention even if the reader is not a sports fan. It puts us inside the room of negotiations with the team owners, for instance, and illustrates the scramble to pull together financing to maintain family control in a rare look at what it’s like to be a pro-ball team owner.

    Winner- Mike Hendricks, The Business Review (Albany,NY), for “The other side of Mohawk Harbor.”

    This piece is wonderfully written, using a narrative approach with a clear thread based on the company’s founders. We come to understand their passion for steel and their commitment to the region. The story also demonstrates a classic conflict motif, pitting two little guys against the push of national developers more interested in ROI and the siren lure of casino gambling than in the community’s sense of self. It nicely portrays the struggle to revive a declining American city and the tension between new development and old-school commerce.

    WEEKLIES GENERAL EXCELLENCE

    Finalist- Matthew Kish, Malia Spencer, Wendy Culverwell, Elizabeth Hayes, Jon Bell, Mason Walker, Andy Giegerich, Brandon Sawyer, Craig Spencer, Cathy Cheney, Steve Burton, Erik Siemers, Suzanne Stevens, Portland Business Journal 

    This publication deserves recognition for reporting on why Portland statistically has tightest market for commercial space in the country, with tech companies banging on the door to move in, and how an endless Superfund cleanup has tied up the best option for changing that.

    Finalist- Staff, Advertising Age

    It gives you the feeling you have to read every story. Consistently in front of trends across old and new media.

    Winner- Greg Andrews and staff, Indianapolis Business Journal

    The IBJ’s innovation and moxie shot it to the top of this very competitive category over publications with significantly more resources. The Interviews special section was an incredible surprise. The interviews were diverse and edgy — nothing puffy here — and they even pulled off doing one in the form of a cartoon. In another issue, the IBJ reported on an innovative hotel plan in the works, early talks by Indiana University to build a consolidated hospital, a public official’s license plate abuse, a young, well-connected tech entrepreneur iced out of a transit system contract, efforts by some executives to unplug while on vacation and the likely effect of the new NFL contract on the Colts’ finances; and for good measure, dared show empty seats at the sacred Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Another issue nailed a story of how a collections agency was being forced into bankruptcy because it wasn’t paying its own debts. Delicious.

    WEEKLIES INVESTIGATIVE

    Winner- Eric Martin, TradeWinds, for “Service Charge Included.”

    The story is well-executed and in-depth, with a wide range of interviewees and good analysis.

    It covers a significant topic, involving multiple shipping companies – in other words, has breadth. It questions the somewhat obscure practice of related-party payments, examining the potential for self-dealing and conflicts of interest.

    The sums involved aren’t trivial (several public companies pay “hundreds of millions” a year in fees and other charges to private interests associated with company founders who are also top executives or directors at these companies).

    Graphics showing the related-party payments at 10 major shippers are informative and easy to grasp.

    The piece presents both sides of the story – some readers might say too even-handedly. Yet the article is so detailed that readers can decide for themselves whether the arrangements it describes are reasonable and ethical – or not.

    RADIO/TELEVISION

    RADIO/TV BEST SERIES OR INVESTIGATIVE

    Winner- Nikhil Deogun, Mitch Weitzner, Phil LeBeau, Mary Noonan Robichaux, Wally Griffith, Deborah Camiel, Rich Gardella, Meghan Lisson, Jeff Pohlman, Meghan Reeder, James Segelstein, Michael Beyman, Christie Gripenburg, Patrick Ahearn, Rich Korn, Allison E. Stedman, Howard Ellis, Michael Sheehan, Steve Trevisan, Gary Vandenbergh, CNBC, for “Failure to Recall: Investigating GM.”

    In Failure to Recall, CNBC examined General Motors’ inaction on faulty ignition switches in millions of its vehicles despite knowing about the deadly defect for a decade. From compelling victim accounts to evidence of a corporate cover-up, this documentary had it all. Phil LeBeau’s test drive of the 2007 Chevy Cobalt illustrated the problem in a way that only TV can. Failure to Recall rises to the level of award-winning journalism by informing the public, promoting change and improvement, and holding responsible parties accountable.

    RADIO/TV FEATURE OR FIELD REPORT

    Winner- Nikhil Deogun, Mitch Weitzner, Harry Smith, Mary Noonan Robichaux, Na Eng, Meghan Lisson, James Segelstein, Christie Gripenburg, Patrick Ahearn, Allison E. Stedman, Kelly Laudien, Richard Korn, CNBC, for “Marijuana in America: Colorado’s Pot Rush.”

    CNBC’s “Marijuana in America: Colorado Pot Rush” went into great depth and breadth about the legalization of this once banned substance, with a variety of angles and information that no doubt surprised viewers nationwide.

    It wove together myriad strains surrounding the legalization issue often missing from other stories, covering both the economic and social implications. Through interviews with business owners, employees, customers and government officials, it made full use of the visual medium with segments on edible marijuana products, the challenges of dealing with an all-cash industry and the mixed reaction by municipalities about legalization by profiling two neighboring towns with very different policies.

    REAL ESTATE

    Finalist- Alison Fitzgerald, Jared Bennett, Center for Public Integrity, for “Florida’s Foreclosure Crisis.”

    Center for Public Integrity reporters Alison Fitzgerald and Jared Bennett uncover the shocking story of Florida homeowners in foreclosure who become victims of a court system where judges are obsessed with disposing of cases – often with complete disregard for due process – all in the interest of clearing a case backlog. The reporters’ deep reporting through databases, trial transcripts and interviews unravels a broken judicial foreclosure system and tells a sad story of homeowners with nowhere to turn for help. The result led to an initiative to ensure judges follow federal regulations protecting homeowners. Fitzgerald and Bennett are applauded for bringing this important issue to the public.

    Finalist- Daniel J. Sernovitz, Washington Business Journal, for coverage of Washington, D.C. real estate.

    The Washington Business Journal’s Daniel J. Sernovitz sheds light on the intricate state of commercial real estate in Washington. From the glimpse at the collapse of the area’s largest electrical contractor to the chief executive of a commercial real estate data firm who wants to take over the digital world and attempts by the federal government to improve its leasing decisions, Sernovitz offers an insider view of the complicated world that few know about and even fewer understand.

    Winner- Sarah Kleiner Varble, The Virginian-Pilot, for “Then the walls closed in.”

    The Virginian-Pilot’s four-part series, “Then the Walls Closed in,” is the dramatic story of three families whose lives were ruined by Chinese-made toxic drywall in their homes. Real Estate reporter Sarah Kleiner Varble captured the terror and heartbreak the families endured as they slowly discovered the source of their pain was hidden deep inside the one place they trusted as safe. Varble leaves the reader with shock and disbelief not only at the suffering the families endured but the futile efforts they faced when they sought help. It was the clear winner in an extremely tough competition.

    SMALL BUSINESS

    Finalist- Ruth Simon, Tom McGinty, Angus Loten, Ianthe Jeanne Dugan, The Wall Street Journal, for “The imbalance in small-business lending.”

    Winner-Tiffany Hsu, Chris Kirkham, Los Angeles Times, for coverage of California small business.

    SOCIAL MEDIA

    Winner- Scot Mayerowitz, Associated Press

    In judging the Social Media category, we looked for excellence in a body of work and found it in AP’s airline and travel reporter Scott Mayerowitz’s entry. His use of social media was highly interactive, kept his followers informed and used their feedback to develop more work, often big news stories on his beat. Mayerowitz’s posts also were entertaining and added value that went beyond the basic news story. In short, the entry speaks to all the things that social media represents. If you’re looking for a model for journalists effectively using social media, give his work a look.

    STUDENT – PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS

    Finalist- Jennifer Surane, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill for “General Cable getting cheaper beckons activists: Real M&A.” Published by Bloomberg News.

    This comprehensive report on a publicly-traded cable manufacturer had an immediate impact; the company’s stock closed up on the day of publication. The reporter used a wide range of sources, including the Bloomberg terminal, to produce a well-rounded story about General Cable Corp.

    Finalist- Jonathan LaMantia, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill for “Manhattan condos at half price reshape New York’s Harlem.” Published by Bloomberg News.

    This is an excellent example of robust reporting, antidotes and use of statistics. I came away from reading this piece with a real Thursday April 23- Sunday 26understanding of what is driving gentrification in Harlem. The story was well written.

    Winner- Brittany Elena Morris, Arizona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication for “NAFTA is an empty basket for southern Mexico farmers.” Published by the Arizona Daily Star.

    This detailed account of one farmer’s life in Mexico’s Chipas region brings home powerfully to readers the impact of NAFTA 20 years after its implementation. The reporter did a nice job of broadening the story with quotes from experts and trade data. The photograph of the farmer was an added bonus.

    STUDENT – STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

    Finalist- Samantha M. Sabin, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, for “Sugar Baby.”

    Great story with so many different threads. One sign of success is that I wished there had been more content presented, including some multimedia. Nevertheless there was excellent reporting and writing. A unique angle on a huge issue, namely sky-high tuition costs.

    Winner- Daniel Bauman, Webster University, for “The costs and benefits of an elite college chess game.”

    This is a remarkable series of stories overcoming difficult challenges and delivering true impact. The result is a story that deserves a national audience and recognition for the excellent work.

    TECHNOLOGY

    Finalist- Alex Kantrowitz, Advertising Age, for “Digital ad fraud.”

    Taking on an issue that’gs received surprisingly little coverage in the business media, Ad Age’s Alex Kantrowitz decided to dig deep into the very expensive problem of digital advertising fraud. Kantrowitz explains schemes such as injection ads and URL masking and examines why it’s so hard to close the fraudsters down completely. The result is a detailed and immersive series that sheds needed light on the invisible fraud operations that pop a Target ad on a Walmart site, say, or a BMW ad on a site suspected of copyright infringement. We award Ad Age the third prize in the Technology category.

    Finalist- The Wall Street Journal Staff, The Wall Street Journal, for “Open Sesame: Peering inside Alibaba.”

    As Alibaba prepared for what would be the world’s biggest IPO in history, the Wall Street Journal was serving up its own impressive accomplishment. News organizations were saturating the media with coverage of Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma and his mega successful e-commerce site, but WSJ stood out for all the best journalistic reasons: outstanding explanatory journalism polished with engaging, concise writing; innovative, interactive graphics that lured readers in to click and learn; and investigative reporting that made an impact by revealing potential conflicts of interest that drew the attention of the SEC. We award WSJ the second prize in the Technology category.

    Winner- Jennifer Gollan, Matt Smith, Adithya Sambamurthy, Michael Schiller, Amy Pyle, Robert Salladay, The Center for Investigative Reporting, for “Techsploitation.”

    In its year-long investigative series “Techsploitation,” the Center for Investigative Reporting examined the plight of Indian tech workers seeking jobs through the U.S. government’s H1B visa program. Lured to America by the promise of lucrative tech jobs at top firms, the workers fall prey to deceitful labor brokers who then leave their victims in limbo as they wait for jobs that were supposed to be guaranteed on arrival and then coerce them into signing contracts that threaten – and deliver — super high penalty fees and lawsuits if they quit. CIR used stunning personal stories, deep investigative reporting and even a poignant graphic novel to clearly and vividly document this underworld of worker exploitation and failed regulation, forcing the administration to take notice. We award CIR the first prize in the Technology category.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 2014 Best in Business Honorees

    Posted By admin on Tuesday March 10, 2015

    DIGITAL BREAKING NEWS – Division 1

    Finalist- Amanda Levin, The Deal, for “Unsolicited bid puts Cleco on the block.”

    DIGITAL BREAKING NEWS, Division 2

    Winner- Dan Mangan, CNBC.com, for Affordable Care Act subsidies ruling coverage.

    DIGITAL COMMENTARY, Division 1

    Winner- Jesse Eisinger, The New York Times for “The Trade.”

    DIGITAL COMMENTARY, Division 2

    Winner- Walt Mossberg, Re/code, for his technology columns.

    DIGITAL EXPLANATORY, Division 1

    Winner- Matt Drange, Susanne Rust, Andrew Donohue, The Guardian US, The Center for Investigative Reporting, for “Toxic Trail.”
    Finalist- Rob Hotakainen, Takaaki Iwabu, Patrick Davison, Danny Dougherty, Tish Wells, Cheryl Diaz Meyer,McClatchy Washington Bureau, for “US exporters eye Japan.”

    DIGITAL EXPLANATORY, Division 2

    Winner– Heesun Wee, Kevin Krim, Jeff Nash, CNBC.com, for “How millennials are shaking North Korea’s regime.”
    Finalist- Elizabeth Gannes, Re/code, for “I want it and I want it now: The machine behind instant gratification.”

    DIGITAL FEATURE, Division 1

    Winner- Eleanor Bell, Daniel Wagner, Center for Public Integrity, for “Time is Money.”
    Winner-
    Lawrence Delevingne, Kevin Krim, Jeff Nash, CNBC.com, for “The life and death of a master of the universe.”

    DIGITAL FEATURE, Division 2

    Winner-Lawrence Delevingne, Kevin Krim, Jeff Nash, CNBC.com, for “The life and death of a master of the universe.”
    Finalist-
    Nellie Bowles, Re/code, for “Downtown Las Vegas is the great American techtopia.”

    DIGITAL GENERAL EXCELLENCE, Division 1

    Winner- The Deal Staff, The Deal

    DIGITAL GENERAL EXCELLENCE, Division 2

    Winner- Quartz Staff, Quartz

    DIGITAL INVESTIGATIVE, Division 1

    Winner- Greg Gordon, Lydia Mulvaney, Deb Gruver, Paul Hampton, Tish Wells, Danny Dougherty.
    Finalist- Paul Kiel, Chris Arnold, ProPublica, for “The long life of debt.”

    DIGITAL INVESTIGATIVE, Division 2

    Winner- David Sirota, International Business Times, for “Public Money, Private Profits.”
    Finalist- Adam Feuerstein, TheStreet, for “Galena’s good reviews.”

    ENERGY

    Winner– Jeffrey Ball, Fortune, for “Mexico Black Gold.”
    Finalist- Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, for Chesapeake Energy coverage.
    Finalist- Bruce Henderson, The Charlotte Observer, for energy coverage.

    GOVERNMENT

    Winner- Chloe Sorvino, May Jeong, Geoff Dyer, Victor Mallet, Financial Times, for “The Cost of War.”
    Finalist- Ann Marsh, Scott Wenger, Kamrhan Farwell, Financial Planning for ”Could financial planning help stem the rate of military suicides?”
    Finalist- Allan Sloan, Fortune, forPositively Un-American.”

    HEALTH CARE

    Winner- Beth Daley, Shan Wang, Samantha Costanzo, New England Center for Investigative Reporting, for “Unregulated Tests.”
    Finalist- Rita Price, Ben Sutherly, The Columbus Dispatch, forHome-care Crisis.”
    Finalist- Shannon Pettypiece, Jordan Robertson, Bloomberg News, forHealth Secrets for Sale.”
    Finalist- Nikhil Deogun, Meg Tirrell, Jodi Gralnick, CNBC, forDesperate Measures.”

    INNOVATION

    Winner-Donnelle Eller, Sharyn Jackson, Christopher Gannon, Des Moines Register, for “Harvest of Change.”
    Finalist- Gregor Aisch, Wilson Andrews, Jeremy Ashkenas, Matthew Bloch, Mike Bostock, Shan Carter, Haeyoun Park, Alicia Parlapiano, Archie Tse for a collection of economic tools and visualizations.
    Finalist- Editorial Staff, Crain’s New York Business, for ”The 200 Most-Connected New Yorkers.”

    INTERNATIONAL  

    INTERNATIONAL BREAKING NEWS

    Winner- Michael J. de la Merced, Neil Gough, Andrew Jacobs, Karl Russell, The New York Times, for Alibaba coverage.

    INTERNATIONAL COMMENTARY

    Winner- John Gapper, Financial Times, for his columns.

    INTERNATIONAL EXPLANATORY

    Winner- International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Center for Public Integrity, for “Offshore Secrets.”
    Finalist- Peter Spiegel, Financial Times, for “How the Euro was saved.”

    INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

    Winner- Lily Kuo, Quartz, for “The true implications of China’s North-South Water Transfer Project.”
    Finalist- The Wall Street Journal Staff, The Wall Street Journal,for “Kowloon Walled City.”

    INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATIVE

    Winner- Stephen Grey and team, Reuters, for “Comrade Capitalism.”
    Finalist- Patricia Kowsmann, Margot Patrick, David Enrich, The Wall Street Journal, for “Fall of Espirito Santo.”

    NEWS AGENCIES COMMENTARY

    Winner- Reynolds Holding, Reuters’ Breakingviews, for his columns.

    NEWS AGENCIES EXPLANATORY

    Winner- Duff Wilson, Deborah Nelson, Bill Tarrant, Alister Doyle, Ryan McNeill, Reuters, for “Water’s Edge.”

    NEWS AGENCIES FEATURE

    Winner- Jeff Plungis, David Voreacos, Bloomberg News, for “Death on the Highway.”

    NEWS AGENCIES GENERAL EXCELLENCE

    Winner- Michael Riley, Ben Elgin, Dune Lawrence, Carol Matlack, Patrick G. Lee, David Voreacos, Jeff Plungis, Martin Keohan, Mary Childs, Alexis Leondis, Charles Stein, Bloomberg News

    NEWS AGENCIES INVESTIGATIVE

    Winner- Michael Riley, Ben Elgin, Dune Lawrence, Carol Matlack, Jordan Robertson, Bloomberg News, for “Cyber Wars.”

    PERSONAL FINANCE

    Winner- Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, for “Surviving Detroit’s bankruptcy.”
    Finalist- Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Michael Corkery, The New York Times, for “Driven into Debt.”
    Finalist- Margaret Collins, Carol Hymowitz, Richard Rubin, Bloomberg News, for “The 401(k) Mirage.”

    NEWSPAPERS BREAKING NEWS, Division 1

    Winner-  Robert Snell, Chad Livengood, David Shepardson, Detroit News, for “Bankruptcy breakthrough: Detroit reaches settlement in dispute with its fiercest holdout creditor.”

    NEWSPAPERS BREAKING NEWS, Division 2

    Winner- Matthew Garrahan, Tim Bradshaw, Financial Times, for Apple Beats scoop and analysis.

    NEWSPAPERS BREAKING NEWS, Division 3

    Winner- Shalini Ramachandran, Dana Cimilluca, Brent Kendall, Gautham Nagesh, Rani Molla, Dana Mattioli, Martin Peers, The Wall Street Journal, for Comcast-Time Warner deal coverage.

    NEWSPAPERS COMMENTARY, Division 1

    Winner- Daniel Howes, Detroit News, for his columns.

    NEWSPAPERS COMMENTARY, Division 2

    Finalist- Gillian Tett, Financial Times, for her columns.

    Winner- David Nicklaus, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, for his columns.

    NEWSPAPERS COMMENTARY, Division 3

    Winner- Eduardo Porter, The New York Times, for his columns.

    NEWSPAPERS EXPLANATORY, Division 1

    Winner- Daniel Howes, Chad Livengood, David Shepardson, Gary Heinlein, Christine Ferretti, Brian J. O’Connor, Detroit News, for “Bankruptcy and Beyond.”
    Finalist- Hugh Bailey, Connecticut Post, for “Ruins Reborn.”
    Finalist- Jeff Adelson, Rebekah Allen, Mark Ballard, Gordon Russell, Richard Thompson, The Advocate, for “Giving away Louisiana.”

    NEWSPAPERS EXPLANATORY, Division 2

    Winner- Lillian Thomas, Sean D. Hamill, Kevin Crowe, Allan James Vestal, Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, for “Poor Health.”
    Finalist- Adam Belz, Star Tribune, for “Left Behind.”
    Finalist- Jay Greene, Susan Jouflas, Kelly Shea, Mark Watanabe, Seattle Times, for “Amazon’s European Culture Clash.”

    NEWSPAPERS EXPLANATORY, Division 3

    Winner- Matt Richtel, Sabrina Tavernise, The New York Times, for “The New Smoke.”
    Finalist- Jennifer Levitz, Jon Kamp, Tom Burton, The Wall Street Journal, for “Deadly Medicine.”

    NEWSPAPERS FEATURES, Division 1

    Winner- Sarah Kleiner Varble, The Virginian-Pilot, for “Then the walls closed in.”

    NEWSPAPERS FEATURES, Division 2

    Winner- Adam Belz, Star Tribune, for “Left Behind.”

    NEWSPAPERS FEATURES, Division 3

    Winner- Nathan Bomey, John Gallagher, Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press, for “How Detroit was Reborn.”

    NEWSPAPERS GENERAL EXCELLENCE, Division 1

    Finalist- Paul Delean, Lynn Moore, François Shalom, Mick Côté, Steve Faguy, Jeff Heinrich, Tracey Lindeman, Susan Semenak, The Gazette (Montreal Quebec)

    Winner- Lynn Hicks, Donnelle Eller, Patt Johnson, Joel Aschbrenner, Matthew Patane, Marco Santana, Charles Flesher, The Des Moines Register

    NEWSPAPERS GENERAL EXCELLENCE, Division 2

    Winner- Business News Staff, Star Tribune

    NEWSPAPERS GENERAL EXCELLENCE, Division 3

    Winner- The Wall Street Journal staff, The Wall Street Journal

    NEWSPAPERS INVESTIGATIVE, Division 1

    Winner- John Russell, Steve Berta, The Indianapolis Star, for “Pets at Risk.”
    Finalist- Josh Salman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, for “Selling Hope.”

    NEWSPAPERS INVESTIGATIVE, Division 2

    Winner- Christine Willmsen, Lewis Kamb, Justin Mayo, Garland Potts, Mark Nowlin, Marcus Yam, Mark Harrison, Jim Neff, The Seattle Times, for “Loaded with lead: How gun ranges poison workers and shooters.”
    Finalist- Mike Wereschagin, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, for “The Invisible Threat.”

    NEWSPAPERS INVESTIGATIVE, Division 3

    Winner- Danielle Ivory, Rebecca R. Ruiz, Hiroko Tabuchi, Bill Vlasic, Matthew L. Wald, The New York Times, for “Fatal Flaws.”
    Finalist- Richard Marosi, Don BartlettiLos Angeles Times,for “Product of Mexico.”

    MAGAZINES COMMENTARY, Division 1

    Winner- Vitaliy Katsenelson, Institutional Investor, for his columns.

    MAGAZINES COMMENTARY, Division 2

    Winner- Peter Coy, Bloomberg Businessweek, for his columns.

    MAGAZINES EXPLANATORY, Division 1

    Winner- Margarida Correia, Lee Conrad, Bank Investment Consultant, for “Dementia.”
    Finalist- Frances Denmark, Institutional Investor, for “Life, Death & the Numbers.”

    MAGAZINES EXPLANATORY, Division 2

    Winner- Allan Sloan, Fortune, for “Positively Un-American.”
    Finalist- Janet Bodnar, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, for “Starting out/Guide to your money: How millennials can get ahead.”

    MAGAZINES FEATURE, Division 1

    Winner- Aaron Timms, Institutional Investor, for “The race to topple Bloomberg.”
    Finalist– Hiten Samtani, The Real Deal, for “Doubling down on the Prince of Darkness.”

    MAGAZINES FEATURE, Division 2

    Winner- Tom Foster, Will Bourne, Inc., for “Along came Lolly.”
    Finalist- Gary Rivlin, The New York Times Magazine/ The Investigative Fund, for “The cold, hard lessons of Mobile Home U.”
    Finalist- Parmy Olson, Forbes, for “Calling the American Dream.”

    MAGAZINES GENERAL EXCELLENCE, Division 1

    Winner- Paul Jackson, Jacob Gaffney, HousingWire

    MAGAZINES GENERAL EXCELLENCE, Division 2

    Winner- Josh Tyrangiel, Bloomberg Businessweek

    MAGAZINES INVESTIGATIVE, Division 1

    Winner- David Beal, Sarah Lutman, Twin Cities Business, for “Whose legacy is it?”

    MAGAZINES INVESTIGATIVE, Division 2

    Winner- Ann Marsh, Scott Wenger, Kamrhan Farwell, Financial Planning, for “Could financial planning help stem the rate of military suicides?”

    WEEKLIES BREAKING NEWS

    Winner- Albert Gallun, Crain’s Chicago Business, for “Poor families use ‘supervouchers’ to rent in city’s priciest buildings.”
    Finalist- J.K. Wall,Indianapolis Business Journal,for “IU Health Merging Hospitals.”

    WEEKLIES COMMENTARY

    Winner- Mike Hendricks, The Business Review (Albany,NY), for his columns.
    Finalist- Joe Cahill, Crain’s Chicago Business, for his columns.

    WEEKLIES EXPLANATORY

    Winner- Bill King, David Bourne, Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal, for “Soccer’s Growing Reach.”
    Finalist- Dennis Domrzalski, Dan Mayfield, Tina Orem, Rachel Sams, Damon Scott, Rachel Baca, Chan Avery, Randy Siner, Albuquerque Business First, for “Reinventing our City.”
    Finalist- E.J. Schultz, Advertising Age, for “Whatever happened to the ad war on drugs?”

    WEEKLIES FEATURE

    Winner- Mike Hendricks, The Business Review (Albany,NY), for “The other side of Mohawk Harbor.”
    Finalist- Kate Kaye, Advertising Age, for “A Data Lab Rat in the Big City: Why trackers couldn’t trap this city dweller.”
    Finalist- Bill King, Tom Stinson, Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal, for “Man of Steel.”

    WEEKLIES GENERAL EXCELLENCE

    Winner- Greg Andrews and staff, Indianapolis Business Journal
    Finalist- Matthew Kish, Malia Spencer, Wendy Culverwell, Elizabeth Hayes, Jon Bell, Mason Walker, Andy Giegerich, Brandon Sawyer, Craig Spencer, Cathy Cheney, Steve Burton, Erik Siemers, Suzanne Stevens, Portland Business Journal
    Finalist- Staff, Advertising Age

    WEEKLIES INVESTIGATIVE

    Winner- Eric Martin, TradeWinds, for “Service Charge Included.”

    RADIO/TV BEST SERIES OR INVESTIGATIVE

    Winner- Nikhil Deogun, Mitch Weitzner, Phil LeBeau, Mary Noonan Robichaux, Wally Griffith, Deborah Camiel, Rich Gardella, Meghan Lisson, Jeff Pohlman, Meghan Reeder, James Segelstein, Michael Beyman, Christie Gripenburg, Patrick Ahearn, Rich Korn, Allison E. Stedman, Howard Ellis, Michael Sheehan, Steve Trevisan, Gary Vandenbergh, CNBC, for “Failure to Recall: Investigating GM.”

    RADIO/TV FEATURE OR FIELD REPORT

    Winner- Nikhil Deogun, Mitch Weitzner, Harry Smith, Mary Noonan Robichaux, Na Eng, Meghan Lisson, James Segelstein, Christie Gripenburg, Patrick Ahearn, Allison E. Stedman, Kelly Laudien, Richard Korn, for “Marijuana in America: Colorado’s Pot Rush.”

    REAL ESTATE

    Winner- Sarah Kleiner Varble,The Virginian-Pilot,for “Then the walls closed in.”
    Finalist- Alison Fitzgerald, Jared Bennett, Center for Public Integrity, for “Florida’s Foreclosure Crisis.”
    Finalist- Daniel J. Sernovitz, Washington Business Journal, for coverage of Washington, D.C. real estate.

    SMALL BUSINESS

    Winner-Tiffany Hsu, Chris Kirkham, Los Angeles Times, for coverage of California small business. Finalist- Ruth Simon, Tom McGinty, Angus Loten, Ianthe Jeanne Dugan, The Wall Street Journal, for “The imbalance in small-business lending.”

    SOCIAL MEDIA

    Winner- Scot Mayerowitz, Associated Press

    STUDENT – PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS

    Winner- Brittany Elena Morris, Arizona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication for “NAFTA is an empty basket for southern Mexico farmers.” Published by the Arizona Daily Star.
    Finalist- Jennifer Surane, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill for “General Cable getting cheaper beckons activists: Real M&A.” Published by Bloomberg News.
    Finalist- Jonathan LaMantia, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill for “Manhattan condos at half price reshape New York’s Harlem.” Published by Bloomberg News.

    STUDENT – STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

    Winner- Daniel Bauman, Webster University, for “The costs and benefits of an elite college chess game.”
    Finalist- Samantha M. Sabin, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, for “Sugar Baby.”

    TECHNOLOGY

    Winner- Jennifer Gollan, Matt Smith, Adithya Sambamurthy, Michael Schiller, Amy Pyle, Robert Salladay, The Center for Investigative Reporting, for “Techsploitation.”
    Finalist- Alex Kantrowitz, Advertising Age, for “Digital ad fraud.”
    Finalist- The Wall Street Journal Staff, The Wall Street Journal,for “Open Sesame: Peering inside Alibaba.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 2011 BIB Award Winners

    Posted By admin on Friday March 30, 2012

    Complete list of winners in SABEW’s 17th annual Best in Business Awards

    Click here to read awards list with judges’ comments.

     

    DIVISION: DIGITAL


    BLOG

    Digital: All sizes

     

    Repowatch.org

    Mary Fricker

    Financial Crisis


     

    BREAKING NEWS

    Digital: All sizes

     

    FINS.com:

    Julie Steinberg, Aaron Lucchetti

    MF Global


     

    CNNMoney.com

    Chris Peacock and CNNMoney Staff

    Dow Plunges 635 Points on August 8


     

    CREATIVE USE ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

    Digital: 500,000 to 2.5 million

     

    GlobalPost

    Ioan Grillo, John Dickie, Sarah Childress, Mark Scheffler

    Narconomics

     

    Digital: More than 2.5 million

    CNNMoney.com

    Gabrielle Solomon

    Best Places to Live

     

    CNNMoney.com

    Blake Ellis, Jordan Malter

    America’s Biggest Boomtown


    MSNBC.com

    Allison Linn, Martin Wolk, Jim Seida, John Brecher, John Makely

    We are the median

     

    EXPLANATORY

    Digital: Fewer than 500,000

    ClimateWire

    Tiffany Stecker

    Europe’s Cap-and-Trade System Brings Jobs to Georgia


     

    ClimateWire

    Joel Kirkland

    China’s Energy

     

    Digital: 500,000 to 2.5 million

     

    GlobalPost

    Patrick Winn, Emily Lodish

    Burma Rebooted


     

    Digital: More than 2.5 million

    The Motley Fool

    Alex Dumortier, Dari FitzGerald

    “Low-Risk” Trade That Brought Down MF Global

     

    CNNMoney.com

    David Goldman

    The Cybercrime Economy

     

    CNNMoney.com

    Steve Hargreaves

    Military’s War on Oil

     

    FEATURE

    Digital: Fewer than 500,000

     

    ClimateWire

    Tiffany Stecker

    Europe’s Cap-and-Trade System Brings Jobs to Georgia

     

    InsuranceQuotes.com

    John Egan, Lisa Shidler

    Medical Bills Can Mount for Shooting Victims

     

    Digital: 500,000 to 2.5 million

     

    GlobalPost

    Sarah Childress, Simeon Tegel, Girish Gupta, Nadja Drost, John Otis

    The Scramble For El Dorado

     

    GlobalPost

    Emily Lodish, Patrick Winn, Kathleen E. McLaughlin, Jason Overdorf, Justin McCurry, Tristan McConnell, Kate Lamb, Nicholas Dynan

    Rice 2.0


     

    Digital:  More than 2.5 million

     

    CNNMoney.com

    David Goldman

    Android’s law

     

    Bankrate.com

    Claes Bell, Katherine Lewis, Janna Herron, Marcie Geffner, Stephen Pounds

    Financial Reform, One Year Later

     

    CNBC.com

    Jeff Cox

    Occupy Wall Street

     

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE

    Digital: Fewer than 2.5 million

     

    FINS.com

    Editorial staff of FINS.com

     

    PolitiFact

    Bill Adair, Martha Hamilton, Louis Jacobson

     

     

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE

    Digital: More than 2.5 million

     

    CNET News

    CNET Editorial Staff

     

    MarketWatch

    MarketWatch Staff

     

    CNNMoney.com

    CNNMoney Staff

     

    INVESTIGATIVE

     

    Digital: Fewer than 500,000

    Center for Public Integrity

    Michael Hudson

    The Great Mortgage Cover-Up

     

    ProPublica

    Paul Kiel, Olga Pierce

    Foreclosure Crisis

     

    Texas Watchdog

    Steve Miller

    The Hurricane Insurance Hustle

     

    Digital: More than 500,000

     

    GlobalPost

    Patrick Winn, Emily Lodish

    Burma Rebooted

     

    GlobalPost

    Kathleen E. McLaughlin, Sharron Lovell, Emily Lodish, Mark Scheffler

    Relocation Nation


     

     

    OPINION/COLUMN

    Digital: Fewer than 500,000

     

    ProPublica

    Jesse Eisinger

    The Trade Columns

     

    Xconomy.com

    Luke Timmerman

    Biotech columns

     

    Reuters

    Rob Cox, Jeffrey Goldfarb, Robert Cyran, Agnes T. Crane, Antony Currie

    Breakingviews Columns

     

    Digital: 500,000 to 2.5 million

     

    GlobalPost

    Thomas Mucha

    Mucha Columns

     

    Digital: More than 2.5 million

     

    CNNMoney.com

    Paul R. La Monica

    The Buzz

     

    MarketWatch

    Rex Nutting

    Columns

     

    TheStreet.com

    Adam Feuerstein

    Pharma Fraud

     

    DIVISION: INTERNATIONAL


    BLOG

    Financial Times

    Staff

    FTAlphaville

     

    BREAKING NEWS

     

    Financial Times

    Financial Times staff

    The Eurozone crisis

     

    Reuters

    Reuters Staff

    The Libyan Revolution

     

    Financial Times

    Jonathan Soble, Louise Lucas, Lindsay Whipp

    The Olympus Accounting Scandal

     

    CREATIVE USE ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

     

    The (Toronto) Globe and Mail

    Kevin Carmichael, Greg Keenan, Moe Doiron, Claire Neary, Adriano Valentini

    Remade in Canada – The Future of Factories

     

    Financial Times

    Christine Spolar, Jeff Gerth (ProPublica), Megan Murphy, Vanessa Houlder, Johanna Kassel, Benjamin Freese

    Tax Wars Series

     

    GlobalPost

    Thomas Mucha, David Case, Emily Lodish, Kathleen E. McLaughlin, Justin McCurry, Michael Goldfarb, Jon Jensen, Mark Scheffler

    7 Deadly Stories

     

    FEATURE

     

    Fortune Magazine

    James Bandler

    Afghan Gold

     

    GlobalPost

    Sarah Childress, Alex Leff, Nick Miroff

    Gangsters’ Paradise

     

    The (Toronto) Globe and Mail

    Mark Mackinnon

    The Empire Sino-Forest Built

     

    EXPLANATORY

     

    The Wall Street Journal

    Phred Dvorak, Peter Landers Yuka Hayashi, Norihiko Shirouzu, Chester Dawson, Juro Osawa, Yumiko Ono, Mitsuru Obe

    Fukushima Daiishi: Causes and Consequences

     

    Bloomberg Markets

    Michael Smith, Daryna Krasnolutska, David Glovin

    Lethal Commerce

     

    The Wall Street Journal

    Marcus Walker, Charles Forelle, Stacy Meichtry, Chirstopher Rhoads, Brian Blackstone, Matthew Karnitschnig

    Europe Disunion


     

    INVESTIGATIVE

     

    Bloomberg Markets

    Michael Smith, Daryna Krasnolutska, David Glovin

    Lethal Commerce


    Financial Times

    Christine Spolar, Jeff Gerth (ProPublica), Megan Murphy, Vanessa Houlder, Johanna Kassel, Benjamin Freese

    Tax Wars Series

     

    The Wall Street Journal

    Phred Dvorak, Peter Landers Yuka Hayashi, Norihiko Shirouzu, Chester Dawson, Juro Osawa, Yumiko Ono, Mitsuru Obe, Andrew Morse

    Fukushima Daiishi: Causes and Consequences

     

    OPINION/COLUMN

     

    Financial Times

    Wolfgang Münchau

     


     

     

    DIVISION: NEWS AGENCIES


    BREAKING NEWS

    Bloomberg News

    Tom Schoenberg, Sara Forden, Jeff Bliss, Cornelius Rahn, Zachary Mider

    Blocking a Deal

     

    Bloomberg News

    Katherine Burton

    Soros to End Four Decades as Hedge Fund Leader by Returning Investor Cash

     

    The Associated Press

    David Koenig, Scott Mayerowitz, Samantha Bomkamp, Dave Carpenter, Joshua Freed

    American Airlines Bankruptcy


     

    CREATIVE USE ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

     

    Bloomberg News

    Cam Simpson

    Victoria’s Secret Revealed in Child Picking Burkina Faso Cotton

     

    Bloomberg News

    Vernon Silver, Ben Elgin, Alan Katz

    Wired for Repression

     

    Bloomberg News

    Bradley Keoun, Phil Kuntz, Bob Ivry, Craig Torres, Scott Lanman, Christopher Condon, Donal Griffin, Greg Stohr and Matthew Winkler

    The Fed’s Trillion-Dollar Secret


     

    EXPLANATORY

    Bloomberg News

    Cam Simpson, Alan Katz, Simon Clark, Heather Walsh

    Anything But Fair

     

    Reuters

    Scot Paltrow

    Robo-Signing Redux

     

    Bloomberg News

    Bradley Keoun, Phil Kuntz, Bob Ivry, Craig Torres, Scott Lanman, Christopher Condon, Donal Griffin, Greg Stohr and Matthew Winkler

    The Fed’s Trillion-Dollar Secret

     

    FEATURE

     

    Reuters

    Scot Paltrow

    The Congressman with Banks on the Side

     

    The Associated Press

    Bernard Condon

    Farmland Boom

     

    The Associated Press

    Bernard Condon, Randy Herschaft

    Madoff Victim’s Lawyer


     

    INVESTIGATIVE

    The Associated Press

    Jeff Donn

    Aging Nukes

     

    Scripps Howard News Service

    Isaac Wolf, Thomas Hargrove

    Grave Mistakes

     

    Bloomberg News

    Peter Waldman

    Preparing Americans for Death Lets Hospices Neglect End of Life

     

    OPINION/COLUMN

    Reuters

    Jack Schafer

    Jack Shafer Columns

     

    Dow Jones Newswires

    Al Lewis

    Al’s Emporium Column

     

    Dow Jones Newswires

    Neal Lipschutz

    Point of View Column

     

    PERSONAL FINANCE

     

    Money Magazine

    Lisa Gibbs

    Consumer Protection


     

    The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer

    Teresa Dixon Murray

    On Money

     

    The Wall Street Journal

    Jason Zweig

    The Intelligent Investor

     

     

    DIVISION: PRINT – DAILY NEWSPAPERS

     

    BLOG

    Dailies: 25,000 to 100,000

     

    The (Quincy, Mass.) Patriot Ledger:

    Jon Chesto

    Mass. Market blog

     

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

     

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Elisabeth Ponsot, Laura Olson, Erich Schwartzel, Laura Malt Schneiderman, Steve Mellon


    Pipeline

     

    The Des Moines Register

    Philip Brasher, Dan Piller

    Green Fields

     

    Hartford Courant

    Matthew Sturdevant

    Insurance Capital Blog

     

    Dailies: 200,000 to 500,000

     

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Tom Daykin

    Land and Space blog

     

    The Orange County (Santa Ana, Calif.) Register

    Jonathan Lansner, Jeff Collins, Marilyn Kalfus

    Lansner on Real Estate

     

    Charlotte Observer

    Andrew Dunn, Kirsten Valle Pittman

    Bank Watch


     

    Dailies: More than 500,001

     

    Houston Chronicle

    Dwight Silverman

    TechBlog

     

    BREAKING NEWS

    Dailies: 25,000 to 100,000

     

    Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune

    Michael Braga, Matthew Doig

    14 Indicted in Major Flipping Conspiracy

     

    Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune

    Michael Pollick, Doug Sword

    Jackson Lab Picks Sarasota County

     

    Ventura County (Ventura, Calif.) Star

    Stephanie Hoops

    Feds Take Over Debt Collection Business


     

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

     

    The Detroit News

    David Shepardson

    CAFE Standards

     

    Honolulu Star-Advertiser

    Andrew Gomes, Rob Perez

    Hawaiian Electric Suitor

     

    The Detroit News

    Jaclyn Trop

    Final Chapter for Borders

     

    Dailies: 200,000 to 500,000

     

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    Andrea Ahles, Bob Cox, Gordon Dickson, Scott Nishimura, Mitchell Schnurman

    American Airlines Bankruptcy

     

    The Seattle Times

    Dominic Gates

    Boeing, Union Seal Deal

     

    The Boston Globe

    The Boston Globe Business staff

    Stock Plunge


     

    Dailies: More than 500,001

    The New York Times

    The New York Times Staff

    MF Global Bankruptcy

     

    CREATIVE USE ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

    The (Memphis, Tenn.) Commercial Appeal

    Daniel Connolly, Amos Maki, Michael Erskine, Grant Smith

    Landing Electrolux

     

    Dailies: 200,000 to 500,000

     

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Dan Chapman, Michael Kanell

    Atlanta Forward

     

    The Boston Globe

    Jenn Abelson, Beth Daley

    Fishy Business

     

    Dailies: More than 500,001

     

    (Minneapolis) StarTribune

    Staff

    Ford Plant Shutdown

     

    The Wall Street Journal

    Jason Bellini, Jonathan Cheng, Mary Pilon

    Anticipating a Downgrade of U.S. Debt


     

    EXPLANATORY

    Dailies: 25,000 to 100,000

     

    The Roanoke (Va.) Times

    Matt Chittum, Megan Schnabel

    Food Deserts Parch Roanoke Residents of Nutrition


     

    Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune

    Michael Pollick

    In Foreclosure, Fees That Haunt

     

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

     

    The Providence Journal

    Tom Mooney, Paul Edward Parker, Barbara Polichetti

    Understanding R.I.’s Pension Puzzle

     

    The (Memphis, Tenn.) Commercial Appeal

    Ted Evanoff

    Genius at Work

     

    The Detroit News

    David Shepardson, Christina Rogers

    GM: A Chastened Detroit Icon Claws Its Way Back

     

    Dailies: 200,000 to 500,000

     

    The Boston Globe

    Jenn Abelson and Beth Daley

    Fishy Business

     

    The Arizona Republic

    Ronald J. Hansen

    Business Taxes

     

    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

    Lou Kilzer

    China Syndrome

     

    Dailies: More than 500,001

     

    Washington Post

    Lori Montgomery, Brady Dennis, Alec McGillis
    Running in the Red – U.S Debt

     

    Los Angeles Times

    Ken Bensinger

    Wheels of Fortune

     

    The New York Times

    Ian Urbina

    Drilling Down—Natural Gas

     

    FEATURE

     

    Dailies: 25,000 to 100,000

     

    (Melbourne, Fla.) Florida Today

    Patrick Peterson

    Scrap Daddy

     

    Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.)

    Denise Allabaugh

    Winds of Change

     

    (Melbourne, Fla.) Florida Today

    Patrick Peterson

    Bright Idea Man


     

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

     

    The Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)

    Bryan Painter

    Drought


     

    The Providence (R.I.) Journal

    Alex Kuffner

    The Toll Oil Prices Take


     

    The (Montreal) Gazette

    Lynn Moore

    Playing with Chance

     

     

    Dailies: 200,000 to 500,000

     

    Financial Times

    David Gelles, Gillian Tett

    Madoff Spins His Story

     

    The Boston Globe

    Jenn Abelson and Beth Daley

    Fishy Business

     

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Cary Spivak

    Demise of Marshall & Ilsley Corporation

     

    Dailies: More than 500,001

     

    The New York Times

    David Segal

    The Dirty Little Secrets of Search

     

    Detroit Free Press

    Katherine Yung

    Work Wanted – Desperately


     

    Los Angeles Times

    Alana Semuels

    Down but Not Out


     

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE

    Dailies: 25,000 to 100,000

     

    The (Quincy, Mass.) Patriot Ledger

    Steve Adams, Jon Chesto, Shaunna Gately, Alex Spanko, Patrick Ronan

     

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

    The Detroit News

    Joanna Firestone, Alan Derringer, Richard Burr, Greg Tasker, Mary Bailey, Daniel Howes, Scott Burgess, David Shepardson, Bryce Hoffman, Louis Aguilar, Melissa Burden, Brian O’Connor and Jaclyn Trop

     

    The (Montreal) Gazette

    Jeff Blond, Paul Delean, Jay Bryan, Francois Shalom, Lynn Moore, Allison Lampert, Jason Magder, Alison MacGregor


     

    Dailies: 200,000 to 500,000

    Financial Times

    The Financial Times staff

     

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Journal Sentinel Business News Staff

     

    U-T San Diego

    Nirmala Bhat, Dean Calbreath, Mike Freeman, Janet LaVelle, Morgan Lee, Lily Leung, Tanya Mannes, Diana McCabe, Greg Schmidt, Roger Showley, Jim Watters, Lori Weisberg

     

    Dailies:  More than 500,001


     

    The New York Times

    The New York Times Staff

     

    Los Angeles Times

    Los Angeles Times Business Staff

     

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

    Star Tribune Business Staff


     

    INVESTIGATIVE

    Dailies: Under 25,000

     

    American Banker/SourceMedia

    Jeff Horwitz, Kate Berry

    Revolving Door

     

    American Banker/SourceMedia

    Jeff Horwitz

    Kickbacks

     

    American Banker/SourceMedia

    Kate Berry

    Robo-Signing


     

    Dailies: 25,000 to 100,000

     

    The News-Press (Fort Myers)

    Dick Hogan


    Flopping: Fraud Runs Rampant

    Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune

    Michael Braga, Matthew Doig

    First Priority’s Collapse


     

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

     

    The (Memphis, Tenn.) Commercial Appeal

    Daniel Connolly and Amos Maki

    Landing Electrolux

     

    Knoxville News Sentinel

    Josh Flory

    Down the Drain

     

    The Providence (R.I.) Journal

    Paul Edward Parker, Tom Mooney

    Uncovering Unfunded Pension Liabilities in Rhode Island


     

    Dailies:  200,000 to 500,000

     

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Raquel Rutledge, Rick Barrett, John Diedrich, Ben Poston

    Shattered Trust

     

    The Seattle Times

    Michael Berens and Ken Armstrong

    Methadone and the Politics of Pain

     

    The Orlando Sentinel

    Jim Stratton

    Workforce Central Florida

     

    Dailies: More than 500,001

     

    The Wall Street Journal

    Paul Sonne, Steve Stecklow, Matt Bradley, Farnaz Fassihi, Loretta Chao, Margaret Coker

    Censorship, Inc.

     

    The Wall Street Journal

    Brody Mullins, Susan Pulliam, Steve Eder, Michael Rothfeld, Jenny Strasburg, Vanessa O’Connell, David Enrich, Dana Cimilluca, Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Jeannette Neumann, Michael Siconolfi

    Inside Track

     

    USA Today Money Section

    Thomas Frank

    Public-Sector Pensions


     

    OPINION/COLUMN

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

    The Providence (R.I.) Journal

    John Kostzrewa, assistant managing editor

     

    Hartford Courant

    Dan Haar

     

    The Detroit News

    Brian J. O’Connor


     

    Dailies:  200,000 to 500,000

     

    The Baltimore Sun

    Columns by Jay Hancock

     

    Financial Times

    Columns by John Gapper

     

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    Columns by Mitchell Schnurman

     

    Dailies: Over 500,001

    The New York Times

    Gretchen Morgenson

    Fair Game

     

    Washington Post

    Ezra Klein

     

    The New York Times

    David Carr

    The Media Equation

     

    CATEGORY: PRINT – MAGAZINES

    BLOG

     

    SmartMoney Magazine

    SmartMoney staff

     

    Blog

     

    CREATIVE USE ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

    Magazines: Over 500,000

    Forbes

    Tom Post, Matthew Schifrin, Jenna Goudreau

    Private Equity Chief Lynn Tilton


     

    EXPLANATORY

    Magazines: Less than 75,000

    HousingWire

    HousingWire editorial staff



     

    Magazines 2: 75,000 to 500,000

    New York Magazine

    Steve Fishman

    Madoff on Madoff: The Madoff Tapes


     

    Bloomberg Markets

    Yoolim Lee, Ruth David

    When Microfinance Goes Wrong

     

    Bloomberg Markets

    Stephanie Baker

    Shaking Up the Old Boys Club


     

    Magazines:  Over 500,001

     

    Bloomberg Businessweek

    Felix Gillette, Businessweek staff

    Casino

     

    Fortune Magazine

    Adam Lashinsky

    Inside Apple

     

    SmartMoney Magazine

    Matt Heimer, Reshma Kapadia

    Investing Reinvented

     

    FEATURE

    Magazines: Less than 75,000

    Columbia Journalism Review

    Dean Starkman

    Confidence Game: Limited Vision of the News Gurus

     

    Mortgage Banking

    Terry Sheridan

    Short on Results

     

    D CEO

    Glenn Hunter

    Gold Metal Recyclers


     

    Magazines 2: 75,000 to 500,000

    New York Magazine

    Steve Fishman

    Madoff on Madoff: The Madoff Tapes

     

    Institutional Investor

    Alexander Osipovich

    Browder’s War

     

    Bloomberg Markets

    Michael Smith

    Lethal Commerce


     

    Magazines: Over 500,001

    Forbes

    Steven Bertoni

    Agent of Disruption

     

    Fortune Magazine

    David Whitford

    Sandler

     

    SmartMoney Magazine

    Anne Kadet

    Cashathon


     

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE

    Magazines: Less than 75,000

     

    D CEO Magazine

    Glenn Hunter, Christine Perez

     

    Magazines: Over 500,001

     

    Bloomberg Businessweek

    Josh Tyrangiel


     

    Fortune

    Andy Serwer


     

    Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine

    Knight A. Kiplinger, Kevin McCormally, Janet Bodnar

     

     

    INVESTIGATIVE

    Magazines: 75,000 to 500,000

     

    Barron’s

    Bill Alpert

    The Troubles at Fairholme Fund

     

    Bloomberg Markets

    Asjylyn Loder, David Evans, Leigh Baldwin, Angela Cullen, Elisa Martinuzzi

    The Secret Sins of Koch Industries

     

    Bloomberg Markets

    Michael Smith, Daryna Krasnolutska, David Glovin

    Global Black Market Human Organs

     

    Magazines: Over 500,001

    Fortune Magazine

    Peter Elkind, Jennifer Reingold, Doris Burke

    Pfizer

     

    OPINION/COLUMN

     

    Magazines: Less than 75,000

     

    D CEO

    Mitchell Schnurman

    Bottom Line Columns


     

    Magazines:  More than 500,001

     

    Bloomberg Businessweek

    Peter Coy

     

    SmartMoney Magazine

    Dyan Machan

    Smart Ideas


     

    PRINT – WEEKLIES / BIWEEKLIES


    BLOG

    Indianapolis Business Journal

    Anthony Schoettle

    The Score

     

    Crain’s New York Business

    Aaron Elstein

    In The Markets

     

    BREAKING NEWS

    Crain’s Detroit Business

    Daniel Duggan, Chad Halcom, Nancy Kaffer, Bill Shea, Sherri Welch

    Light Rail Derails

     

    Pacific Coast Business Times

    Marlize van Romburgh

    San Luis Trust Bank Fails

     

    Portland Business Journal

    Matthew Kish

    Wiederhorn Battles Creditors


     

    CREATIVE USE ACROSS ALL PLATFORMS

    Crain’s Chicago Business

    Steve Hendershot, Lisa Leitner, Erik Unger, Danny Ecker, Jason McGregor, Jeff Hartvigsen, Karen Freese

    State of Small Business


     

    Indianapolis Business Journal

    J.K. Wall, Francesca Jarosz, Mason King, Perry Reichandter
    Testing Reform Online


    EXPLANATORY

    Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal

    Bill King, Eric Fisher, David Bourne, Brandon McClung,

    Second Thoughts: Secondary Market Redefines Ticket Business

     

    Los Angeles Business Journal

    Richard Clough

    Money Machine

     

    Mainebiz

    Jackie Farwell, Carol Coultas; Jan Holder, Matt Selva

    Absolute control


     

    FEATURE


     

    Advertising Age

    E.J. Schultz

    Williston, The Town the Recession Forgot

     

    Crain’s New York Business

    Elizabeth MacBride, Glenn Coleman, Xana Antunes

    The Great Escape

     

    Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal

    Bill King, Tom Stinson,

    Power of the Ring


     

     

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE

     

    Crain’s Chicago Business

    Crain’s Chicago Business Staff

     

    Los Angeles Business Journal

    Los Angeles Business Journal staff

     

    Crain’s New York Business

    Crain’s New York Business staff


     

    INVESTIGATIVE

     

    Richard Clough

    Los Angeles Business Journal

    Risky Business

     

    Crain’s Chicago Business

    Steve Daniels, Paul Merrion

    Higher Risk Education: State’s prepaid tuition plan

     

    Portland Business Journal

    Matthew Kish

    Oregon’s Predatory Lending Industry


     

    OPINION/COLUMN

    Charlotte Business Journal

    Erik Spanberg

    Queen City Agenda Column

     

    Portland Business Journal

    Rob Smith

    Opinions


     

    RADIO / TV


    BLOG

    CNBC

    Patti Domm

    Market Insider with Patti Domm


     

    BREAKING NEWS

    CNBC

    Mary Thompson, Melissa Lee, Carl Quintanilla, Jim Cramer, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Sue Herera, John Harwood , Simon Hobbs, Brian Sullivan, Bill Griffeth, Maria Bartiromo, Steve Liesman, Sharon Epperson, Scott Cohn, Nikhil Deogun, Matthew Quayle, Todd Bonin, Chris Sheridan, Robert Fasbender, Sanford Cannold, Han-Ting Wang, Lulu Chiang

    Downgrade Day

     

    CREATIVE USE ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

     

    CNBC

    Stacy Eisner, Alexandra Privitera, Mary Catherine Wellons, Gina Francolla, Mark Koba, Eamon Javers, Nikhil Deogun

    Your Money Your Vote: The Republican Presidential Debate


     

    EXPLANATORY

    CNBC

    Kate Kelly; Jesse Bergman, Nikhil Deogun

    Trading on Twitter

     

    MarketWatch Radio Network

    John Wordock, Andrew O’Day, Larry Kofsky, Adrienne Mitchell, Steve Orr

    Wall Street’s Wild Week — S&P Downgrade, the Fed and Historic Stock Swings


     

    FEATURE

    CNBC

    Mitch Weitzner,  Lori Gordon-Logan,  Michael Beyman,  Patrick Ahearn, Richard Korn, Michael Sheehan, Allison Stedman, Lester Holt, Ray Borelli

    Pepsi’s Challenge

     

    REAL ESTATE

     

    The Baltimore Sun

    Jamie Smith Hopkins, Scott Calvert

    Taxing Baltimore

     

    Denver Post

    David Migoya

    Public Trustee – Foreclosure Reporting

     

    The Miami Herald

    Toluse Olorunnipa

    Real Estate Coverage

     

    STUDENT

    Stories Written for Student Publications

     

    Elvina Nawaguna-Clemente, Arizona State University

    Deteriorated Properties Prompt Battles Between Struggling Towns, Professor

    Cronkite News

     

    Honorable Mention

     

    Robson Abbott, University of Missouri

    Les Bourgeois Becoming Force in Missouri Wine Industry

    Columbia Missourian

     

    Daniel Wiser, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Unsustainable Path

    The Daily Tar Heel

     

     

    Stories Written for Professional Publications

     

    Sarah Frier, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Jefferson County Agony Means Higher Borrowing Costs for Alabama Taxpayers

    Bloomberg News

     

    Honorable Mention

    Tarini Parti, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Tobacco companies adjusting strategies to remain prominent political players

    OpenSecrets.org

     

  • Best in Business 2011 contest-judges’ comments

    Posted By admin on Tuesday March 13, 2012

    JUDGES’ COMMENTS

    about the winners of SABEW’s 17th annual Best in Business Awards*

    *For winners without judges’ comments, judges did not provide them.

    = = =

     

    DIVISION: DIGITAL

    BLOG

    Digital: More than 2.5 million unique monthly visits

    Repowatch.com

    Mary Fricker

    Financial Crisis

    With passion for her subject and attention to detail, Mary Fricker has created an impressive and important blog devoted to an esoteric and overlooked risk factor in the modern economy: the institutional repo loan market. RepoWatch is hardly light reading, but it is invigorated by Fricker’s shout-from-the-rooftops fervor that the public, and journalists, need to understand how the post-crisis financial landscape remains fraught with perils. Among them: the little understood market in which large financial institutions borrow trillions of dollars from each other and from central banks every day, using securities as collateral. Things went bad in 2008 in this market, and Fricker points out another disaster, last year’s collapse of MF Global, was also hastened by repo loans. Fricker’s blog deserves plaudits for committed reporting and analysis of a crucial component of the financial system.

     

     

     

    BREAKING NEWS

    Digital all sizes

     

    FINS.com

    Julie Steinberg, Aaron Lucchetti

    MF Global

    FINS.com used its small staff to great effect in the coverage of MF Global’s implosion, finding an angle that hadn’t been covered – the firing of the company’s chief risk officer more than a year earlier. FINS did a nice analysis not only of what that event meant for MF and its employees, but broadened it out to lessons that would be useful for the entire industry.

     

     

    CNNMoney.com

    Chris Peacock and CNNMoney Staff

    Dow Plunges 635 Points on August 8

    The CNNMoney team covered the market turmoil of Aug. 8 from an impressive variety of angles. It was impressive that, so soon after the big news of the U.S.’s credit-rating downgrade by S&P, the group had so many different articles and videos to help readers understand the market impact and what could come next.

     

     

    CREATIVE USE ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

    Digital: 500,000 to 2.5 million

     

    GlobalPost

    Ioan Grillo, John Dickie, Sarah Childress, Mark Scheffler

    Narconomics

    We found the website to be very interactive and creative. The stories were inspiring and deeply reported. Given the subject matter, we know the reporters faced an element of risk in filming the video series and they did a superb job.

    ]

    Digital: More than 2.5 million

    CNNMoney.com

    Gabrielle Solomon

    Best Places to Live

    Dynamic use of data to create a tool that is useful year-round. But it also uses that data to build good editorial features, such as the lists of “top earners” and such. It’s a little bit more of a tool first than a story that finds creative ways to leverage technology, but it still stands as a good example of how other newsrooms should think about what’s possible.

    CNNMoney.com

    Blake Ellis, Jordan Malter

    America’s Biggest Boomtown

    This entry makes use of various media to provide layer after layer of information that shows the oil boom in North Dakota in stunning color and complexity. Video provides a frame, stories a landscape and slideshows give close-ups of individual characters.

    MSNBC.com

    Allison Linn, Martin Wolk, Jim Seida, John Brecher, John Makely

    We are the median

    What’s it like to have a median family income? TODAY’s Life Inc. blog (on MSNBC.com) asked its readers and was overwhelmed with responses. Stories were packaged into a series that included a chat, polls, poll comments, text, photos, video and the use of social media on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. The package made heavy use of poll and poll comments and, even a month after the series, stories from families continued to pour in.

     

     

    EXPLANATORY

    Digital: More than 500,000

    ClimateWire

    Tiffany Stecker

    Europe’s Cap-and-Trade System Brings Jobs to Georgia

    Judges felt this article was “compelling” and “surprising” in describing how regional green policies are having an impact on international trade. They also noted that it uses a concrete, data-driven example. It was informative, well-written and comprehensive, providing easy ways to look at complex issue such as carbon offsets and carbon debts.

     

    ClimateWire

    Joel Kirkland

    China’s Energy

    This package of stories provided excellent reporting and great narrative detail.

    Digital: 500,000 to 2.5 million

     

    GlobalPost

    Patrick Winn, Emily Lodish

    Burma Rebooted

    The judges applaud the initiative, imagination and courage shown in focusing on change in Burma, where for too many years truth has been negotiable and criticism of government unwelcome. Patrick Winn investigates recent changes with energy and due skepticism, while allowing the facts to speak for themselves. He writes with zest, humor, and occasional streaks of descriptive brilliance, as in this street scene: “Children dusted head-to-toe in black soot wander downtown like Dickensian chimney sweeps. Dark mold nibbles on colonial structures left behind by the British. The currency is so frayed that shopkeepers offer change in tissues and cigarettes.”

     

    Digital: More than 2.5 million

    The Motley Fool

    Alex Dumortier, Dari FitzGerald

    “Low-Risk” Trade That Brought Down MF Global

    MF Global was a great tight package. Alex Dumortier did a fine job of translating a dense subject into something a layman can understand. One example is the analogy describing the trades to pocketing the difference between the mortgage and what a renter would pay. The straightforward sequential graphics of how the trades should have gone vs. how they actually went down showed what went wrong. The article also provided a good flavor of Corzine’s personality.

    CNNMoney.com

    David Goldman

    The Cybercrime Economy

    Cybercrime was ambitious in its week-long scope and it lived up to that by offering insights into a phenomenon that affects consumers, businesses and national security. This entry shed light on a subject that matters enormously and yet is difficult to explain. The compelling video reports augmented the text well. And the graphics added to the storytelling.

    CNNMoney.com

    Steve Hargreaves

    Military’s War on Oil

    Military offers great insights into technology that may be unfamiliar to many viewers. It provides a great service by peeling back the fringe image to showcase how sensible people make dollars-cents-and-lives calculations to go green. The piece also broke the stereotype of the military as non-innovative. And the life-or-death angle was compelling.

     

     

    FEATURE

    Digital: More than 500,000

     

    ClimateWire

    Tiffany Stecker

    Europe’s Cap-and-Trade System Brings Jobs to Georgia

    A quirky idea that was well researched. We liked the ambition in making cap-and-trade a local economic story that questioned the staying power of Georgia’s mushrooming wood-pellet industry.

    InsuranceQuotes.com

    John Egan, Lisa Shidler

    Medical Bills Can Mount for Shooting Victims

    A victim’s own research into the cost of his recovery from a shooting spree in a Colorado church provided a different look at how people can be victimized all over again when left with huge medical bills their insurers won’t cover.

     

     

    Digital: 500,000 to 2.5 million

    GlobalPost

    Sarah Childress, Simeon Tegel, Girish Gupta, Nadja Drost, John Otis

    The Scramble For El Dorado

     

    GlobalPost

    Emily Lodish, Patrick Winn, Kathleen E. McLaughlin, Jason Overdorf, Justin McCurry, Tristan McConnell, Kate Lamb, Nicholas Dynan

    Rice 2.0

     

     

    Digital:  More than 2.5 million

     

    CNNMoney.com

    David Goldman

    Android’s law

    Well-reported and nicely written, this was a nice overview of the rapidly changing market for those not already well-versed in the intricacies of cell phone technology. Good use of graphics to enhance the reportin

     

    Bankrate.com

    Claes Bell, Katherine Lewis, Janna Herron, Marcie Geffner, Stephen Pounds

    Financial Reform, One Year Later

    A thorough report on which financial reforms are having an impact and which have fallen short a year later, nicely presented.

     

    CNBC.com

    Jeff Cox

    Occupy Wall Street

    Excellent work burrowing into a complex topic to dispel some of the myths about who the 1 percent really are.

     

     

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE

    Digital: 2.5 million

     

    FINS.com

    Editorial staff of FINS.com

    If I were employed (or unemployed) in the financial industry, this would be a must-visit site daily for me. Its combination of original material and aggregated previously published content provides a focused look at the issues driving employment trends in finance. Impressive numbers for such a narrowly defined subject.

     

    PolitiFact

    Bill Adair, Martha Hamilton, Louis Jacobson

    That we have a web site like PolitiFact illustrates how important business and economic issues are to politics. It also shows the extent to which politicians will bend the truth in pursuit of being elected. PolitiFact should be required reading for anyone who takes politics and public policy seriously. Its assertions on the truth or falsehood of public statements are always well-documented and backed up with links to original source materials.

     

     

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE

    Digital: More than 2.5 million

     

    CNET News

    CNET Editorial Staff

    CNET continues to be one of the dominant forces in covering technology. The writing is sharp, and the journalism strong.

     

    MarketWatch

    MarketWatch Staff

    MarketWatch continues to demonstrate that it is a “go to” source for retail investors seeking everything from a stock quote to investing advice and real-time news. It pulls news from a variety of sources, and does not waste readers’ time.

    CNNMoney.com

    CNNMoney Staff

     

    INVESTIGATIVE

     

    Digital: More than 500,000

    Center for Public Integrity

    Michael Hudson

    The Great Mortgage Cover-Up

    The reporting is incredibly deep and Michael Hudson has done a marvelous job of storytelling. The role of GE in the subprime meltdown has not been described in such detail. The housing meltdown was such an enormous catastrophe that only with the passage of time could the story be put in perspective.

     

    ProPublica

    Paul Kiel, Olga Pierce

    Foreclosure Crisis

    Timely reporting that held banks and government agencies to account for incompetence, malfeasance and foot dragging.

     

    Texas Watchdog

    Steve Miller

    The Hurricane Insurance Hustle

    Texas Watchdog has done some fine work in exposing the connections that greased the wheels for powerful people to profit from the Hurricane Ike insurance fund. A pickup truck as part of a severance agreement? Perhaps only in Texas would this be business as usual, but it makes us wish every state had a Watchdog this effective.

     

     

    Digital: More than 500,000

     

    GlobalPost

    Patrick Winn, Emily Lodish

    Burma Rebooted

     

    GlobalPost

    Kathleen E. McLaughlin, Sharron Lovell, Emily Lodish, Mark Scheffler

    Relocation Nation

     

     

     

    OPINION/COLUMN

    Digital: More than 500,000

     

    ProPublica

    Jesse Eisinger

    The Trade Columns

    Tight writing and smart sentiments. A compelling blend of reporting and opinion. Clear, writerly approach.

     

    Xconomy.com

    Luke Timmerman

    Biotech columns

    Engagingly written. We wanted to read these columns to the end, even though we had no special interest in the biotech area. Interesting context on the industry’s history and current situation as relates to the topics at hand.

     

     

    Reuters

    Rob Cox, Jeffrey Goldfarb, Robert Cyran, Agnes T. Crane, Antony Currie

    Breakingviews Columns

    Engaged with strong writing and editing.

     

    Digital: 500,000 to 2.5 million

     

    GlobalPost

    Thomas Mucha

    Mucha Columns

    Smart, fluent analysis.

     

    Digital: More than 2.5 million

     

    CNNMoney.com

    Paul R. La Monica

    The Buzz

    Paul LaMonica goes beyond just spouting his opinion and uses reporting to back up what he’s saying. His opinion is clear and reasoned, and he is persuasive, which is what commentary should be about.

     

    MarketWatch

    Rex Nutting

    Columns

    Nutting does a great job of explaining the significance of the economic numbers that come out of Washington on a regular basis, and he explains their significance to the average person in a way they can understand.

     

    TheStreet.com

    Adam Feuerstein

    Pharma Fraud

    A great series of articles about a major issue many people should care about — fraudulent statements from a publicly traded company. Feuerstein went beyond the press releases to actually check the facts the company was giving everyone and discovered that many of them were complete fabrications.

     

     

    CATEGORY: INTERNATIONAL

    BLOG

    Financial Times

    Staff

    FTAlphaville

    Entries showed eager, timely coverage followed by multidimensional commentary and analysis. It’s intelligent, insightful and addictive.

     

    BREAKING NEWS

     

    The Financial Times

    Financial Times staff

    The Eurozone crisis

    This topic, ultimately, was more important than any other last year. Comprehensive in scope and rich in detail, this was easily the world’s best series on the eurozone crisis.

     

    Reuters

    Reuters Staff

    The Libyan Revolution

    The Libyan revolution wasn’t easily understandable to Americans. Videos showing the death of Gaddafi did little to explain the sea change taking place in the Middle East. This package, however, shed light on the event from many perspectives in large and small ways.

     

    The Financial Times

    Jonathan Soble, Louise Lucas, Lindsay Whipp

    The Olympus Accounting Scandal

    Sometimes simplicity works best. A video interview with an executive reveals not only the issue at hand, but also the entirety of Japanese financial culture. Letting the eloquent subject do most of the talking was key in this interview. Less is more.

     

    CREATIVE USE ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

     

    The Globe and Mail

    Kevin Carmichael, Greg Keenan, Moe Doiron, Claire Neary, Adriano Valentini

    Remade in Canada – The Future of Factories

    The ambition of this project was staggering. For non-Canadians, this is the one package that explains it all without resorting to inside baseball.

    The Financial Times

    Christine Spolar, Jeff Gerth (ProPublica), Megan Murphy, Vanessa Houlder, Johanna Kassel, Benjamin Freese

    Tax Wars Series

    What could have been a confusing package on accounting ended up being a well-told tale on simple tax dodging — something that happens day in, day out right under governments’ noses.

    GlobalPost

    Thomas Mucha, David Case, Emily Lodish, Kathleen E. McLaughlin, Justin McCurry, Michael Goldfarb, Jon Jensen, Mark Scheffler

    7 Deadly Stories

    Last year was eventful on many fronts — politics, economics, world disasters. These journalists saw that 2011 was extraordinary and sought to do something about it. Timely, grand and well-executed, this package had a lot to say — and much to teach.

     

    FEATURE

     

    Fortune Magazine

    James Bandler

    Afghan Gold

    What great business journalism is all about: Take a great character, a unique and dangerous location, and complex business dealings and turn it into a story the reader can’t wait to finish. It sings with details.

    GlobalPost

    Sarah Childress, Alex Leff, Nick Miroff

    Gangsters’ Paradise

    Here is a story that goes beyond the statistics. The reporting is strong. The details are great. The author puts a face on drug use. Combined with the Q&A, these three stories make a strong feature package.

     

    The Globe and Mail

    Mark Mackinnon

    The Empire Sino-Forest Built

    From its terrific lead, the author weaves a story of history, business, potential massive fraud, and the impact on the people of rural China. This story is an example of a journalist shining a light where it needs to be shone.

     

    EXPLANATORY

     

    The Wall Street Journal

    Phred Dvorak, Peter Landers Yuka Hayashi, Norihiko Shirouzu, Chester Dawson, Juro Osawa, Yumiko Ono, Mitsuru Obe

    Japan Nuclear International

    This series brought strong investigative and explanatory journalism to the nuclear crisis in Japan. Informational graphics and writing helped explain a complex story that went way beyond the human tragedy and pointed out potential solutions. Journal reporters detailed how fateful choices dating back to the 1960s made the complex vulnerable to an accident. The stories revealed the chaos and delays in decision-making after the accident began and showed how the large-scale radiation release and effects of the accident continues to haunt the country and will for decades to come.

     

    Bloomberg Markets

    Michael Smith, Daryna Krasnolutska, David Glovin

    Cash, Crime and Human Organs

    A tremendous enterprise series that shows the inside story of the human transplant business and the criminal industry spanning four continents that has risen to provide healthy organs to those in the richest countries. A team of 13 reporters in nine countries tracked impoverished people left humiliated, maimed and killed by organ traffickers. It is worth noting that Bloomberg reporter Michael Smith was tailed by secret police in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine while researching this story. Smith even stayed on in Azerbaijan for two weeks in defiance of the police to find more victims of multinational criminal gangs who pay cash for kidneys.

     

    The Wall Street Journal

    The Wall Street Journal Staff

    Europe International

    Beyond explaining how and why the economic crisis occurred in Europe, The Wall Street Journal showed the impact on the average European citizen through compelling photos, graphics and stories. The series took us from the financial institutions to the politicians to the common man, giving context and reader engagement. The complexity of the subject meant expertise was needed in a wide array of areas including economics, politics, banking, social policy and the financial markets. But the Journal’s coverage met that challenge and excelled – repeatedly breaking news, explaining the scope and causes of the emergency and helping readers to make judgments about what might lie in store. Journal reporters also deployed all the tools of modern journalism to get the story out – breaking news in real-time, contributing to live blogs and frequently appearing on WSJ.com via live video that helped readers stay updated as the unfolding crisis rocked financial markets on a daily, and often hourly, basis.

     

     

    INVESTIGATIVE

     

    Bloomberg Markets

    Michael Smith, Daryna Krasnolutska, David Glovin

    Cash, Crime and Human Organs

    The dark world of human-organ trafficking comes to light in a frightening and heart-wrenching investigative story. The story uncovers multinational criminal gangs that deal in cash for kidneys, dying patients driving demand, and impoverished donors selling their organs in hopes of a better life. Powerful writing, provocative illustration and illuminating graphics and photography make this package stand out. The writers provided plenty of compelling human detail and did an excellent job laying out the larger issues that have created this underground economy.

     

    Financial Times

    Christine Spolar, Jeff Gerth (ProPublica), Megan Murphy, Vanessa Houlder, Johanna Kassel, Benjamin Freese

    Tax Wars Series

    Captivating readers with a tale of tax avoidance is no easy feat, making the The Financial Times’ “Tax Wars” series all the more impressive. The FT teamed up with ProPublica to reveal how banks took advantage of gaps in two countries’ tax laws and how the U.S. government lost billions in the process. A highly readable take on a complex subject, exposing a serious issue in a way that is interesting and understandable to a broad audience. “Tax Wars” is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the corporate tax debate raging in the U.S. today.

     

    The Wall Street Journal

    Phred Dvorak, Peter Landers Yuka Hayashi, Norihiko Shirouzu, Chester Dawson, Juro Osawa, Yumiko Ono, Mitsuru Obe

    Japan Nuclear International

    News organizations aspire to “own the story” — to break news, delve deeper and stay ahead of the competition. The Wall Street Journal did this in its coverage of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. The Journal’s team of reporters revealed to readers the nuclear plant’s vulnerabilities, the mishandling of the accident, and the disaster’s effect on the country. WSJ’s Japan nuclear investigation is a stellar example of the value in continuing to dig deep when most other media have headed home.

     

     

    OPINION/COLUMN

     

    Financial Times

    Wolfgang Münchau

    Wolfgang Münchau uses a vivid writing style to dig into the hard issues of Europe’s sovereign debt crisis. His knowledgeable columns manage to inform an expert audience as well as the general reader with sophisticated and fact-based analysis.

     

     

    DIVISION: NEWS AGENCIES

    BREAKING NEWS

    Bloomberg News

    Tom Schoenberg, Sara Forden, Jeff Bliss, Cornelius Rahn, Zachary Mider

    Blocking a Deal

     

    Bloomberg News

    Katherine Burton

    Soros to End Four Decades as Hedge Fund Leader by Returning Investor Cash

     

    The Associated Press

    David Koenig, Scott Mayerowitz, Samantha Bomkamp, Dave Carpenter, Joshua Freed

    American Airlines Bankruptcy

    Most thorough, comprehensive coverage of all the entries. Context was on the mark, and reporters did a great job of providing historical data. Elements like the timeline added spark.

     

     

    CREATIVE USE ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

     

    Bloomberg News

    Cam Simpson

    Victoria’s Secret Revealed in Child Picking Burkina Faso Cotton

    Through the story of a child laborer, 13-year-old Clarisse, who is forced to pick the fair trade organic cotton destined to end up in Victoria’s Secret underwear, Simpson reveals all the “accomplices to exploitation.” This is great storytelling, with heart-wrenching details delivered in controlled prose. The writer assembles the facts and lets them speak for themselves. A video interview with Clarisse, who unemotionally talks about her plight, and vivid photography make this an unforgettable package. The reader can’t look at feel-good marketing that accompanies fair trade products in the same way. At the end of story, nothing has changed for Clarisse, but the reader is left with the hope that her story will help others like her.

     

    Bloomberg News

    Vernon Silver, Ben Elgin, Alan Katz

    Wired for Repression

    Bloomberg’s “Wired for Repression” takes the reader to the dark heart of the Arab Spring where “Western surveillance sales to authoritarian regimes” result in terror, repression and death. The level of detail and the breadth and depth of the investigation makes for jaw-dropping reading and underscores the dangers of a world without privacy. Bloomberg tracks the players and names names of the Western companies benefitting from the “commerce of death.” Wired for Repression is an exhaustive work with the detail of a spy thriller. Video, photography and graphics enhance strong writing. The package also offers an unsettling “glimpse of what the future might hold.”

     

    Bloomberg News

    Bradley Keoun, Phil Kuntz, Bob Ivry, Craig Torres, Scott Lanman, Christopher Condon, Donal Griffin, Greg Stohr and Matthew Winkler

    The Fed’s Trillion-Dollar Secret

    Bloomberg’s “Fed’s Trillion Dollar Secret” digs up the facts the Federal Reserve Bank was determined to hide and every American deserved to know: What banks were benefitting from $1.2 trillion dollars in bailout money and how much did they get. It took a FOIA request, a lawsuit and a Supreme Court decision to begin to get answers — in 29,000 pages of documents — testament to the reporters’ dogged pursuit of the truth. In the process, the reporting uncovers a trail of misinformation and lies from both the government and the banks. This is a tour de force, a tale of desperation and greed told with patience and clarity. This package of 20 stories — backed by databases, graphics, photography and explanatory videos — strikes a blow against government secrecy. It is a tribute to reporter Mark Pittman who began the investigation but didn’t live to see the result. His team of colleagues deserves high praise for their unwavering commitment to complete the task.

     

     

    EXPLANATORY

    Bloomberg News

    Cam Simpson, Alan Katz, Simon Clark, Heather Walsh

    Anything But Fair

    This series illustrates how the right personal stories can bring to life a complex issue. It clearly explains how the international fair-trade agreement works, why there is so much at stake for those involved, and how the system’s flaws prevent it from improving the lives of the farmers and laborers it’s designed to help. The judges appreciated the range of perspectives these stories, photos and videos captured. The farmers, the child laborers, the corporations, the consumers and those hoping to change the system – all were represented through patient and thorough reporting.

     

    Reuters

    Scot Paltrow

    Robo-Signing Redux

    The judging panel appreciated the detail and clarity of these features, which explain the process of robo-signing, as well as other dubious practices, that helped produce thousands of illegal documents that in turn were used by banks to foreclose on home loans. Clear prose, good art and design, and solid reporting and story-telling with an emphasis on the consumer combine for a broad, thorough and vibrant explanation of a timely and important topic.

     

    Bloomberg News

    Bradley Keoun, Phil Kuntz, Bob Ivry, Craig Torres, Scott Lanman, Christopher Condon, Donal Griffin, Greg Stohr and Matthew Winkler

    The Fed’s Trillion-Dollar Secret

    This entry excelled at unpacking a massive amount of complex data and thoroughly explaining its importance. Before this series, the public could only guess at the scale of the Federal Reserve’s actions to keep some of the big banks afloat during the 2008 financial crisis. It’s a tremendous effort notable not just for the thoroughness of its analysis and reporting, but also for its related impact on the Fed’s transparency.

     

     

    FEATURE

    Reuters

    Scot Paltrow

    The Congressman with Banks on the Side

    A crisply written, painstakingly reported account of the way banking really works in a place like Georgia.  In the process, Paltrow has also done a public service, unearthing evidence that Representative Phil Gingrey of the state’s 11th congressional district may have violated House ethics rules barring members from serving as paid directors of corporate boards.

     

    The Associated Press

    Bernard Condon

    Farmland Boom

    Kudos to Bernard Condon for uncovering a man bites dog story on the cornfields of Michigan. Here is the tale of a software engineer who plowed so much money into the purchase of hundreds of acres of farmland that people who actually grow corn for a living were left shaking their heads. Welcome to the world of the new breed of gentlemen farmers.

     

    The Associated Press

    Bernard Condon, Randy Herschaft

    Madoff Victim’s Lawyer

    Irving Picard, the court-appointed trustee seeking the return of money to the victims of Bernard Madoff, likes to keep a low profile. This AP feature uses interviews with people who know him to tell the evocative tale of Picard’s often thankless task.

     

     

    INVESTIGATIVE

    The Associated Press

    Jeff Donn

    Aging Nukes

    This is an ambitious series about a topic of increasing significance: the life cycle of first-generation nuclear power plants. Each story in the series carried its weight, adding up to a well-written, accessible set of articles that deftly tested real-time claims against the historical record.

     

    Scripps Howard News Service

    Isaac Wolf, Thomas Hargrove

    Grave Mistakes

    The analysis of the abuse of government data was enterprising and impressive, and the human consequences of that abuse were richly documented and told in a crisp, concise fashion. A timely and powerful series that included much-needed protective advice for consumers.

     

    Bloomberg News

    Peter Waldman

    Preparing Americans for Death Lets Hospices Neglect End of Life

    A gripping topic addressed with impressive enterprise and compelling anecdotes. Careful but painful accounts of current abuses were woven into the history of this evolving industry, adding insights and depth to our understanding of the issue.

     

    OPINION/COLUMN

     

    Reuters

    Jack Schafer

    Jack Shafer Columns

    Shafer is a delight to read; feisty, humorous, lively detail.

     

    Dow Jones Newswires

    Al Lewis

    Al’s Emporium Column

    Lewis moves the reader quickly through an engaging story.

     

    Dow Jones Newswires

    Neal Lipschutz

    Point of View Column

    Lipschultz’s columns are important and readable.

     

     

    PERSONAL FINANCE

     

    Money Magazine

    Lisa Gibbs

    Consumer Protection

    Thorough body of work on how older Americans are often vulnerable to unscrupulous operators. It could just as well be your mom or dad or your grandparents, and they might not tell you what they’ve done with their money out of pride and independence. Gibbs navigated through a sea of complexity to expose bad practices and then come up with ways to identify and deal with them. The scamming of seniors is a running story everyone can relate to, no matter what age or level of personal wealth.

     

    The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

    Teresa Dixon Murray

    On Money

    Dixon Murray did her due diligence. Anyone who can pore over 30,000 pages of boilerplate, user-unfriendly Fed documents and come out of it with a thorough, readable story on the health of their local banks deserves our respect. She dug into widespread debit card fraud in Ohio and, unlike similar stories we read, persisted with heavily sourced, well-explained material. That made for a compelling series. Most notably, she nailed a serious flaw in the system when she signed for her own credit card purchases with names like “Daffy Duck” and “Mother Nature” — nobody asked any questions. How much more personal does finance get than a debit or credit card?

     

    The Wall Street Journal

    Jason Zweig

    The Intelligent Investor

    His succinct, sharply written columns are informative and accessible, and he’s clearly not afraid to rattle some cages. He gave us a warning about the silver crash, punctured exaggerated claims for funds’ returns, showed how investors vacillated over the debt-ceiling crisis last summer just as much as Congress did and documented how the Occupy Movement’s protests about Wall Street practices are actually rather mild by the measure of similar protests a century and more ago. While some personalities use their platforms for self-promotion, Zweig uses his to scrutinize what they say and to truth-squad them if necessary.

     

    DIVISION: PRINT – DAILY NEWSPAPERS

     

    BLOG

    Dailies: 25,000 to 100,000

     

    The (Quincy MA) Patriot Ledger:

    Jon Chesto

    Mass. Market blog

     

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

     

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Elisabeth Ponsot, Laura Olson, Erich Schwartzel, Laura Malt Schneiderman, Steve Mellon

    Pipeline

     

    The Des Moines Register

    Philip Brasher, Dan Piller

    Green Fields

     

    Hartford Courant

    Matthew Sturdevant

    Insurance Capital Blog

     

    Dailies: 200,000 to 500,000

     

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Tom Daykin

    Land and Space blog

    Daykin’s aggressive reporting and accessible, explanatory writing make him a must-read for his tight-knit and highly engaged audience. Daykin uses the blog medium effectively with frequent updates to keep his readers informed in real-time and connecting and engaging with them in the comments.

     

    The Orange County Register

    Jonathan Lansner, Jeff Collins, Marilyn Kalfus

    Lansner on Real Estate

    “Lansner on Real Estate” demonstrates how a blog serves its readers with news-driven coverage that is both fierce and fun. The blog delivers a mix of surprising topics, strong local reporting and regular statistical analysis. Lansner and Collins seem to have an intimate sense of what their readers want; and they deliver with substance and wit.

     

    Charlotte Observer

    Andrew Dunn, Kirsten Valle Pittman

    Bank Watch

    Dunn and Pittman power their blog with the immediacy, smarts, skepticism and engagement their readers demand.

     

     

    Dailies: More than 500,000

     

    Houston Chronicle

    Dwight Silverman

    TechBlog

    Silverman does what blogs should do. He delivers breaking news straight from sources, not from the work of other journalists, He writes with a distinctive voice, provides smart analysis and is accessible to readers without his obvious command of the subject. He makes good use of multimedia — charts, pictures, screen grabs, videos — to show what he’s telling.

     

    BREAKING NEWS

    Dailies: 25,000 to 100,000

     

    Sarasota Herald-Tribune

    Michael Braga, Matthew Doig

    14 Indicted in Major Flipping Conspiracy

    Phenomenal visual packaging of a complex, deeply reported story, and smart pairing of the straight news coverage with a community-impact article.

     

    Sarasota Herald-Tribune

    Michael Pollick, Doug Sword

    Jackson Lab Picks Sarasota County

    Jobs are the main local story, and this represents an appropriate amount of effort on an important subject.

     

    Ventura County Star

    Stephanie Hoops

    Feds Take Over Debt Collection Business

    Hard work and tenacity paid off for this reporter. Detailed, easy to read, nicely done.

     

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

     

    The Detroit News

    David Shepardson

    CAFE Standards

    A genuine scoop on a widely relevant topic. The author did an excellent job of explaining to readers why they should care, what the likely impact would be on the cost of owning a car and how the news fit into the broader context of the conflict between environmentalists and automakers.

     

    Honolulu Star-Advertiser

    Andrew Gomes, Rob Perez

    Hawaiian Electric Suitor

    A compelling package that takes a rumor/wire flash and chases down the story in a timely and comprehensive fashion. A skeptical and incisive analysis of Kuokoa’s plan to take over Hawaiian Electric Industries, along with useful background on Roald Marth, the man behind Kuokoa.

     

    The Detroit News

    Jaclyn Trop

    Final Chapter for Borders

    A compelling, crisply written narrative that chronicled the demise of bookstore chain Borders and the last-ditch effort to keep the business solvent. A graphic timeline of the company’s rise and fall was a smart and useful accompaniment. Quotes from Borders customers and the company’s president, the investors who tried to buy the chain, the mayor of Ann Arbor and an unsympathetic small bookstore owner all breathed life and local interest into what otherwise might have been a dry, straightforward account.

     

    Dailies: 200,000 to 500,000

     

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    Andrea Ahles, Bob Cox, Gordon Dickson, Scott Nishimura, Mitchell Schnurman

    American Airlines Bankruptcy

    Really nice job exploring the local angles of the AMR bankruptcy, like what this bankruptcy could mean to another big local employer – the DFW airport. The report delved into the role labor unions played in AMR’s demise and took a shot at defining what the airline might look like going forward, among other stories. A very comprehensive package.

     

    The Seattle Times

    Dominic Gates

    Boeing, Union Seal Deal

    The Seattle paper took apart the Boeing labor pact announcement and explained the historical significance of it – not the least of which was the role it could play in helping the Puget Sound region get back on its economic feet.

     

    The Boston Globe

    The Boston Globe Business staff

    Stock Plunge

    Excellent explanation of the effect of the stock market tumble on the lives of ordinary people, not just the 1%, putting the economic ramifications into context. Readers got many sides to the story, not just a recounting of the numbers. What financial reporting on the effects of the stock market should be. Great job all around.

     

    Dailies: More than 500,001

     

    The New York Times

    The New York Times Staff

    MF Global Bankruptcy

    This report on not just of the bankruptcy of MF Global but the startling discovery that hundreds of millions of dollars of customer money invested with the brokerage firm had gone missing exemplifies breaking news coverage at its finest. The New York Times dominated the fast-breaking coverage of this major news story, which remained in the headlines throughout the last quarter of 2011.

     

    CREATIVE USE ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

     

    The (Memphis, TN) Commercial Appeal

    Daniel Connolly, Amos Maki, Michael Erskine, Grant Smith

    Landing Electrolux

    Good package of data, documents, and reporting.

     

    Dailies: 200,000 to 500,000

     

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Dan Chapman, Michael Kanell

    Atlanta Forward

    So much for Hotlanta. This ambitious, comprehensive and servicey project used every trick imaginable — scorecards, video, even a game — to examine Atlanta’s viability, painting a picture of a city now crumbling in a post-Olympic haze. Traffic, resources, education and jobs all weigh heavily on Atlanta’s future to move forward. The judges were wowed by its interactive, and, truly creative, scope.

     

    The Boston Globe

    Jenn Abelson, Beth Daley

    Fishy Business

    We had no idea something fishy was going on with our fish until we read this gorgeously executed package. But we were hooked by the smart, extensive slideshow of restaurants serving cheap substitutes. The high-quality reportage in the video added to the project’s lure. Kudos for keeping this undertaking fresh with a recent update on state regulations.

     

    Dailies: More than 500,000

     

    StarTribune (Minneapolis)

    Staff

    Ford Plant Shutdown

    The team used every journalistic resource to turn what could have been a simple story of a plant shutdown into a complex look at our economy, providing insight and pointing to solutions.

     

    The Wall Street Journal

    Jason Bellini, Jonathan Cheng, Mary Pilon

    Anticipating a Downgrade of U.S. Debt

    Great work taking a complicated and much-covered story and make it understandable “even to my mother” in the words of one judge. “They took a process story and by dynamic reporting made people care about it,” said another.

     

     

    EXPLANATORY

    Dailies: 25,000 to 100,000

     

    The Roanoke Times

    Matt Chittum, Megan Schnabel

    Food Deserts Parch Roanoke Residents of Nutrition

    This deeply reported story transcended the daily business formula. The reporter brought to life economic and demographic data, showing the wide variety of health and business issues that result from the lack of food options in needy neighborhoods — all framed within one family’s grocery run.

     

    Sarasota Herald-Tribune

    Michael Pollick

    In Foreclosure, Fees That Haunt

    In economical, straightforward prose, the reporter explains a lesser-known development in the foreclosure crisis.

     

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

     

    The Providence Journal

    Tom Mooney, Paul Edward Parker, Barbara Polichetti

    Understanding R.I.’s Pension Puzzle

    Rhode Island lies near the center of the U.S. public pension crisis and the Providence Journal devoted substantial reporting and editing resources to quantifying and qualifying the funding problem in “The Pension Puzzle.” Paul Edward Parker and colleagues performed in journalism’s noblest tradition to wrest this story to the ground, including taking pains to collect audited statements for each of Rhode Island’s public plans. Reaction was swift: “New R.I. pension tab leaves many local leaders stunned.” Inspiring body of work.

     

    The (Memphis, TN) Commercial Appeal

    Ted Evanoff

    Genius at Work

    Morgan Keegan’s rise and fall offered a golden opportunity for grounding a big story in the low-rise Mid-South. Fund manager Jim Kelsoe, the math wiz left alone by his boss to make cash stockpiles multiply, is introduced as an inviting character through whom to tell this story as the subprime balloon burst. And billionaire John Paulson, who bet against the house and won, ending up with a big stake in Morgan’s corporate parent, Regions Financial, is somebody for the reader to keep score by. Congratulations on stepping back from the daily news grind to polish the big picture for readers.

     

    The Detroit News

    David Shepardson, Christina Rogers

    GM: A Chastened Detroit Icon Claws Its Way Back

    The Detroit News elevated the daily story of GM’s comeback so that it becomes part of the central narrative in the city’s socio-economic history. The CEO interview was particularly insightful and effective.

     

    Dailies: 200,000 to 500,000

     

    The Boston Globe

    Jenn Abelson and Beth Daley

    Fishy Business

    A national eye-opener. The investigation was broad and fair, capturing a number of businesses in white lies; some even corrected their menus. This series should inform our fish buying and eating habits.

     

    The Arizona Republic

    Ronald J. Hansen

    Business Taxes

    Great job of reporting and explaining, especially the thoroughness of 15 years of data to show the trend.

     

    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

    Lou Kilzer

    China Syndrome

    Terrific reporting on China business interests informed by a wide swath of sources in business, analysis and government. Impressive.

     

    Dailies: More than 500,000

     

    Washington Post

    Lori Montgomery, Brady Dennis, Alec McGillis
    Running in the Red – U.S Debt

    This series from The Washington Post was superbly reported, beautifully written and brought to life a difficult and potentially dull topic — the escalating U.S. federal deficit. The series wrestled a serious and consequential subject to the ground and analyzed it from a variety of perspectives, examining the historical, the political, the economic and the human elements.

     

    Los Angeles Times

    Ken Bensinger

    Wheels of Fortune

    A stunning series about how, through entirely legal practices, an entire sub-industry of used car dealers is taking advantage of poor people with poor credit ratings. Through what are called Buy Here Pay Here dealerships, desperate buyers are purchasing worn-out cars for exorbitant prices and agreeing to borrowing terms with rates sometimes above 20 percent. The buyers often can’t keep up their payments, the dealers quickly repossess the cars, resell them at inflated prices and then sue to force full payment of the original contract. This well-written and illuminating series illustrates clearly just how far some consumers will go in extremely difficult economic circumstances, and at the same time, how far some businesses will go to make a profit.

     

    The New York Times

    Ian Urbina

    Drilling Down—Natural Gas

    The New York Times has taken an important local topic, but one with national energy and economic implications, and used explanatory and investigative reporting to break new ground on the crucial energy issues facing the U.S. The Times examined the health, regulatory, economic, political and human impact of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. Bolstering the series were consistently stellar graphics, which helped explain industry practices, inherent risks and dangers and other key aspects of gas exploration and acquisition. Throughout the series, the reporting was careful, thoughtful and thorough — masterful work that will no doubt have a continuing impact on regulators, drillers and consumers.

     

    FEATURE

     

    Dailies: 25,000 to 100,000

     

    Florida Today

    Patrick Peterson

    Scrap Daddy

    Fascinating microcosm of the economy that spoke to the levels of entrepreneurship people display when faced with diversity. Incredible gripping elements of what people have to do to make it, what people are willing to do to survive. Shows on a local level how global demand is pushing up prices for these metals and giving people economic incentive to collect and recycle.

     

    Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.)

    Denise Allabaugh

    Winds of Change

    Well-balanced take on a controversial topic. Showed the tension between environmental concerns and the need for energy and government revenue, a debate being played out all over the country. A useful, educational piece.

     

    Florida Today

    Patrick Peterson

    Bright Idea Man

    Engaging and entertaining writing about a quirky character that also offered insight for potential investors about a company’s prospects.

     

     

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

     

    The Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)

    Bryan Painter

    Drought

     

    The Providence (RI) Journal

    Alex Kuffner

    The Toll Oil Prices Take

     

    The (Montreal) Gazette

    Lynn Moore

    Playing with Chance

     

     

    Dailies: 200,000 to 500,000

    The Financial Times

    David Gelles, Gillian Tett

    Madoff Spins His Story

    When the Financial Times’ David Gelles and Gillian Tett got one of the first prison interviews with the Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff, they did much more than let Madoff tell his side of the story of his $65 billion fraud. Through their contextual reporting, and their cinematic writing about the interview itself, they let the reader assess the man and his motives. Without taking a position themselves, Gelles and Tett gave readers 6,000 highly readable words on which to draw their own conclusions.

     

    The Boston Globe

    Jenn Abelson, Beth Daley

    Fishy Business

    A literal tale of bait and switch. In this case, the bait was fish, which reporters found was being widely misrepresented on restaurant menus and in markets in Massachusetts. The two turned their five-month investigation, based on DNA testing and interviews with dozens of merchants, into a compelling and well-written feature. The piece led to federal and state investigations, as well as changes in practices by more than a dozen supermarkets and restaurants. We were hooked from the first graf.

     

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Cary Spivak

    Demise of Marshall & Ilsley Corporation

    A strong story for the historical record, one that told of the sad decline of a Milwaukee and Wisconsin institution. The story underscored how changes in risk exposure and in leadership, if not the right ones, can undermine even a venerable, longstanding bank such as Marshall & Ilsley. The report also reminds readers how companies that are intertwined with a state’s history and social fabric have a responsibility to guard that position.

     

    Dailies: More than 500,001

     

    The New York Times

    David Segal

    The Dirty Little Secrets of Search

    A well-written, well researched story about the flaws in the search process most readers probably were not aware of. The writer offered some great examples of how the search process had been compromised.

     

    Detroit Free Press

    Katherine Yung

    Work Wanted – Desperately

    Unemployment — especially long-term unemployment — was the most critical economic issue of 2011. This series of articles offers some good character stories about the impact on individuals and families. It also seeks to dispel some of the myths about people who have been out of work for months or years.

     

    Los Angeles Times

    Alana Semuels

    Down but Not Out

    The housing crisis was at the root cause of the steep recession, but finally there are some faint signs of life in the residential housing market in one of the hardest hit areas. This story, written at a time when most of news about housing remained grim, was prescient in its ability to find some evidence of revival in one of the hardest hit markets in the country. The story is well written and well-constructed.

     

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE

    Dailies: 25,000 to 100,000

     

    The Patriot Ledger

    Steve Adams, Jon Chesto, Shaunna Gately, Alex Spanko, Patrick Ronan

    Sections had a good quantity of staff-written articles on a nice variety of subjects. Stories of local interest, from farmers’ markets to presents for dogs to profiles of area companies, received intelligent and relevant treatment and were delivered in a visually attractive and enjoyably readable style.

     

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

    The Detroit News

    Joanna Firestone, Alan Derringer, Richard Burr, Greg Tasker, Mary Bailey, Daniel Howes, Scott Burgess, David Shepardson, Bryce Hoffman, Louis Aguilar, Melissa Burden, Brian O’Connor and Jaclyn Trop

    By any measure, The Detroit News delivered excellent business coverage in 2011. It’s natural to expect the News to own the auto beat, but how many newspapers still live up to lofty expectations? On tight deadlines, the staff produced definitive reports on the labor talks that reshaped the auto industry, including a leaked memo from the Chrysler CEO. Clear writing and strong graphics were constants, and the solid news judgment was sometimes surprising. The judges loved an enterprising report on a spike in land prices in a blighted part of downtown; the motive and buyer remained a mystery, but the News delivered a must-read by asking the right questions and following every thread. This is an organization that still has impressive resources. More important, The Detroit News knows what to do with them.

     

    The Gazette (Montreal)

    Jeff Blond, Paul Delean, Jay Bryan, Francois Shalom, Lynn Moore, Allison Lampert, Jason Magder, Alison MacGregor

     

    Dailies: 200,000 to 500,000

    The Financial Times

    The Financial Times staff

    The standard was very high throughout, and the topics are timely and relevant. Whether it’s breaking news on the European Central Bank or analysis of the American political climate, the FT does a great job covering its core area.

     

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Journal Sentinel Business News Staff

    The investigative efforts from this entry were impressive, with real and interesting people profiled, dots connected in the narratives and stand-out stories overall. The visual layout and the photographs were also quite good.

     

    The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Nirmala Bhat, Dean Calbreath, Mike Freeman, Janet LaVelle, Morgan Lee, Lily Leung, Tanya Mannes, Diana McCabe, Greg Schmidt, Roger Showley, Jim Watters, Lori Weisberg

    Content such as a strong executive-pay package and quality profiles of local businesspeople helped distinguish this entry. The amount of staff-written content was impressive as well.

     

     

    Dailies:  More than 500,000

     

    The New York Times

    The New York Times Staff

    Simply in a class by itself, it has more people, more space, more stories, more talent than any competing general interest daily. It blankets economics, finance, political economy, regulation, international. Its stable of columnists is awesome: in this sampling alone, Morgenson, Lieber, Leonhardt, Stewart, Carr and others. And it does investigative work, probing the tax avoidance strategies of Ron Lauder.

     

    Los Angeles Times

    Los Angeles Times Business Staff

    On any given day, it’s still as good as anyone, despite enormous staff cuts. The focus is local (Stuart Pfeiffer’s pursuit of fatal weight-loss lap-band surgery), national (Bank of America’s huge layoff plans) and international, particularly Pacific Rim (China’s new rich guys display their status flaunting leather man-bags to carry their dual cell phones and bulging billfolds). In Columnist Mike Hiltzik, it may have a worthy successor to Allan Sloan as the nation’s sharpest-tongued exposer of bad business behavior.

     

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

    Star Tribune Business Staff

    It punches far above its weight, blanketing and penetrating the industries and big companies most relevant to its upper Midwest readership. Mike Hughlett provides searching insights into how the region’s top purveyors of processed meats and breakfast cereals strive to squeeze out salt and sugar but still keep their stuff seductively tasty. David Phelps exposes financial misbehavior by the scion of one of the region’s richest families.

     

     

    INVESTIGATIVE

    Dailies: Under 25,000

     

    American Banker/SourceMedia

    Jeff Horwitz, Kate Berry

    Revolving Door

    In revealing some questionable ties between a government official and the industry it regulates, this piece exemplifies excellent investigative reporting drawn from documents, good use of FOIA and also good sourcing. The reporters clearly waded through a lot of material, but the piece remains focused. The follow-up, holding a former public official accountable for his record, using the measure he used to defend himself, is an excellent example of accountability journalism, and a strong supporting piece for the original.

     

    American Banker/SourceMedia

    Jeff Horwitz

    Kickbacks

    A thoroughly reported piece that provides insight into a pernicious, long-standing problem that few outside the industry knew about, and which regulators had done little to fight (until recently). It also provides good insight into the process by which a promising government investigation can wither on the vine.

     

    American Banker/SourceMedia

    Kate Berry

    Robo-Signing

    A new wrinkle on the robo-signing mortgage scandal is revealed in a compelling way that clarifies and doesn’t confuse. A balanced report that raises questions about backdated documentation to facilitate foreclosures but doesn’t pass judgment.

     

    Dailies: 25,000 to 100,000

     

    The News-Press (Fort Myers)

    Dick Hogan

    Flopping: Fraud Runs Rampant

    An examination of real-estate transactions uncovered a wave of deals in Southwest Florida in which real-estate agents profited as banks unloaded foreclosed properties at below-market costs. The story used industry voices, a database search and graphics to show readers how the process works, and who wins and loses. It gave readers a fresh perspective on the ongoing distress in the housing market. The piece impressed us with how thoughtfully it investigated an issue of great concern right now that has implications for a variety of stakeholders, from taxpayers to homeowners to banks, yet that has gone under reported because of the “gray area” nature of these transactions. It took on the ethical and legal ambiguities of such practices with clarity, and with an eye toward the human significance of the data that was being unearthed.

     

    Sarasota Herald-Tribune

    Michael Braga, Matthew Doig

    First Priority’s Collapse

    More than a year after Florida’s first bank failure, the Sarasota newspaper used documents and interviews to tell a story about what happened at the four-year-old bank before it was seized by regulators. The autopsy of the bank’s failure gave readers a rare, fascinating, and frightening look behind the scenes and showed how regulators are seeking to recoup the losses incurred on the failure.

     

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

     

    The (Memphis, TN) Commercial Appeal

    Daniel Connolly and Amos Maki

    Landing Electrolux

    Fascinating package that details economic incentives package Electrolux received for its new Memphis plant that sat vacant for 25 years. Well-written accompanying articles on company’s leaders and strategies; good behind-the-scenes anecdotes; impressive online goodies.

     

    Knoxville News Sentinel

    Josh Flory

    Down the Drain

    Comprehensive, detailed package gives readers a sense of problems involving the state’s 182 water utility districts, factors behind their issues, and their impact. Fantastic graphics.

     

    The Providence Journal

    Paul Edward Parker, Tom Mooney

    Uncovering Unfunded Pension Liabilities in Rhode Island

    Effectively put in perspective a complicated issue. These stories explored every angle, looked back and ahead, answered every question. Sheer volume of research alone makes this entry worthy of recognition.

     

    Dailies:  200,000 to 500,000

     

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Raquel Rutledge, Rick Barrett, John Diedrich, Ben Poston

    Shattered Trust

    A perfectly executed specimen of investigative reporting, pairing the heart-rendering tale of a child’s death with a huge-size-and-scope examination of the Food and Drug Administration’s failures to safeguard the public interest. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has done it again. Outstanding, exceptional work.

    The Seattle Times

    Michael Berens and Ken Armstrong

    Methadone and the Politics of Pain

    Brilliant, shoe-leather reporting combined with smart, innovative data analysis changed state policy and undoubtedly saved lives. The Seattle Times has served the public well. Bravo!

     

    The Orlando Sentinel

    Jim Stratton

    Workforce Central Florida

    A wonderful example of the impact reporters can have when they start to peel back the layers of a truly rotten onion. Great results. Great digging. These are the types of corruption stories all government beat reporters should be on the lookout for.

     

    Dailies: More than 500,000

     

    The Wall Street Journal

    Paul Sonne, Steve Stecklow, Matt Bradley, Farnaz Fassihi, Loretta Chao, Margaret Coker

    Censorship, Inc.

    We were impressed by not just the stories but the degree of difficulty encountered in doing the research. Freedom of information requests don’t work in the Middle East and with western businesses, meaning the reporters had to rely on doing this the old-fashioned way — sources. This series was a public service to the world.

     

    The Wall Street Journal

    The Wall Street Journal Staff

    Inside Track

    The writers pull back the curtain on dirty dealings on Wall Street and in Washington in a detailed, colorful fashion that leaves the reader both outraged and intrigued.

     

    USA Today Money Section

    Thomas Frank

    Public-Sector Pensions

    The judges agreed that the writer took on a monumental task: there are hundreds of public pension systems in the country and he examined most if not all of them to bring together this expose about how the public servants we put our trust in manipulate the system for their own benefit.

     

     

    OPINION/COLUMN

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

    The Providence Journal

    John Kostzrewa, assistant managing editor

     

    Hartford Courant

    Dan Haar

     

    The Detroit News

    Brian J. O’Connor

     

    Dailies:  200,000 to 500,000

     

    The Baltimore Sun

    Columns by Jay Hancock

    Strong voice combined with reporting.

     

    Financial Times

    Columns by John Gapper

    Very strong writing, well-reasoned, persuasive. Makes you care.

     

    Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

    Columns by Mitchell Schnurman

    Forceful, brings passion to local issues that matter.

     

    Dailies: Over 500,000

    The New York Times

    Gretchen Morgenson

    Fair Game

    Morgenson combines her astute journalism with terrific character-based narratives to deliver hard-hitting columns that teach, inform and entertain readers.

     

    Washington Post

    Ezra Klein

    There is no one better at writing about health care issues than Ezra Klein. And he’s pretty strong in other areas, too. Very powerful material.

     

    The New York Times

    David Carr

    The Media Equation

    David Carr is fearless. He combines great investigative reporting with lively writing. The pieces are beautifully crafted and quite thoughtful.

     

    CATEGORY: PRINT – MAGAZINES

    BLOG

     

    SmartMoney Magazine

    SmartMoney staff

    Blog

    A series of well-written personal finance pieces devoted to helping readers make sense of the breaking business and financial news. The value delivered is impressive in its brevity and timeliness.

     

    CREATIVE USE ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

    Magazines: Over 500,000

    Forbes

    Tom Post, Matthew Schifrin, Jenna Goudreau

    Private Equity Chief Lynn Tilton

    With smart mix of multiple interlinking original posts and Web source material, Goudreau skillfully engaged readers in the journey she undertook as she unraveled the mysterious tale of Lynn Tilton, a self-proclaimed, self-made billionairess. The result is a fascinating look at the story behind the story, as the subject of this piece unsuccessfully tried to manipulate its telling. Forbes showed creativity and resourcefulness and wound up with a fascinating package that really rewarded attention across two platforms. It felt not just comprehensive, but exciting and fun.

     

     

    EXPLANATORY

    Magazines: Less than 75,000

     

    HousingWire

    HousingWire editorial staff

    The Elephant in the Room

    Comprehensive and straightforward examination of the mess that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are now and the alternatives for cleaning them up. Nicely reported, with quotes that consistently advanced the narrative. Great layout, featuring graphics that captured the scope of this far-reaching economic and political challenge.

     

    Magazines 2: 75,000 to 500,000

    New York Magazine

    Steve Fishman

    Madoff on Madoff: The Madoff Tapes

    This dramatic, compelling and highly readable story was the result of remarkably tenacious and ingenious work. The author offered fascinating glimpses into the psyche of Bernie Madoff, now in prison for the largest Ponzi scheme in history. He also wove in intriguing insights on other significant topics, such as the Madoff family and his own process of contacting Madoff.

     

    Bloomberg Markets

    Yoolim Lee, Ruth David

    When Microfinance Goes Wrong

    This eye-opening article ripped the veil of rosy press coverage from the phenomenon of micro-lending in India. Micro-lending has been widely hailed as a model for helping poor people throughout the world, including in the U.S. The story put a human face on both ends of the equation – the micro-lenders and their clients, some of whom get in far over their heads. The article added significant perspective, background and context on an important issue.

     

    Bloomberg Markets

    Stephanie Baker

    Shaking Up the Old Boys Club

    This profile of a woman’s crusade to bring about significant change personalizes the struggle to against discrimination, and in doing so, shines new light on the problem. A fascinating, deeply reported piece about a continued problem.

     

    Magazines:  Over 500,000

     

    Bloomberg Businessweek

    Felix Gillette, Businessweek staff

    Casino

    Sharp, tight, thorough, balanced, insightful, this report had tons of great facts and anecdotes that only come from smart on-the-ground reporting.

     

    Fortune Magazine

    Adam Lashinsky

    Inside Apple

    This article manages a difficult task: Saying something new about one of the most-watched and most-analyzed companies in the world.

     

     

    SmartMoney Magazine

    Matt Heimer, Reshma Kapadia

    Investing Reinvented

     

    FEATURE

    Magazines: Less than 75,000

    Columbia Journalism Review

    Dean Starkman

    Confidence Game: Limited Vision of the News Gurus

     

    Mortgage Banking

    Terry Sheridan

    Short on Results

     

    D CEO

    Glenn Hunter

    Gold Metal Recyclers

     

    Magazines 2: 75,000 to 500,000

    New York Magazine

    Steve Fishman

    Madoff on Madoff: The Madoff Tapes

    The story behind the story detailing how the writer got the interview with Madoff is as compelling as the article itself. But the execution of the profile, especially how it is structured, makes it a brilliant read, even amid all the profiles of Madoff that have been written so far.

     

    Institutional Investor

    Alexander Osipovich

    Browder’s War

    A striking example of great on-the-record sourcing, and a real sense of authority in the story telling.

     

    Bloomberg Markets

    Michael Smith

    Lethal Commerce

     

    Magazines: Over 500,000

    Forbes

    Steven Bertoni

    Agent of Disruption

    Good use of the first-person, amazing access that clearly took some real work to get. Best of all, some really interesting insights into a fascinating figure in American business. This piece was not only well-written and enjoyable, it tackled a subject who is difficult to pin down, giving the reader insight into someone who is at once well-known and greatly misunderstood. It was well constructed and went well below the surface to reveal a lot about a complex subject.

     

    Fortune Magazine

    David Whitford

    Sandler

    A very powerful and moving piece of journalism on a tough guy who rose to an incredible challenge. The style and tone are so unexpected, and they work beautifully. The writer stepped in some thorny bushes with this story – taking on the idea of profiting from the tragedy of Sept. 11 – and he did it so matter-of-factly and bravely that it took the story to a much deeper level. This story managed to elicit strong emotions while also giving good insights about the company to a business reader.

     

    SmartMoney Magazine

    Anne Kadet

    Cashathon

    Before Susan G. Komen recently blew up, this piece was already looking under the hood of the big-event charity-athon movement. It marries solid investigation with entertaining story-telling. Good topic that touches everyone and solid findings.

     

     

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE

    Magazines: Less than 75,000

     

    D CEO Magazine

    Glenn Hunter, Christine Perez

    D CEO had a nice, professional presentation and clearly understands its audience. The articles had strong points of view and gave readers new insight into some of the most powerful and interesting people in the Dallas area.

     

    Magazines: Over 500,000

     

    Bloomberg Businessweek

    Josh Tyrangiel

    The revitalized weekly magazine showcased substantive content. It had strong pieces on areas where the rest of the media wasn’t looking, such as why bond investors like Ireland and how the Mississippi is still prone to flooding. The art is original and the covers are striking. Strong opening remarks column by Romesh Ratnesar on the meaning of 9/11.

     

    Fortune

    Andy Serwer

    The magazine showcased a surprising diversity of subjects, from the flagship Fortune 500 to James Bandler’s article on JPMorgan’s hunt for gold in Afghanistan, which included stunning photos. Roger
    Parloff’s story on investing in lawsuits was troubling, built on hard-to-dig-up information.

     

    Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine

    Knight A. Kiplinger, Kevin McCormally, Janet Bodnar

    The magazine had smart writing with get-to-the-point advice with useful packages.

     

    INVESTIGATIVE

    Magazines: 75,000 to 500,000

     

    Barron’s

    Bill Alpert

    The Troubles at Fairholme Fund

    A wonderfully detailed reporting job about the fall of superstar fund manager Bruce Berkowitz and his ill-advised reliance on Charles Fernandez, an inexperienced cohort with a troubled past.

     

    Bloomberg Markets

    Asjylyn Loder, David Evans, Leigh Baldwin, Angela Cullen, Elisa Martinuzzi

    The Secret Sins of Koch Industries

    A meticulous, well-organized report that documents decades of price fixing, theft, bribery and environmental violations by one of the world’s largest privately held companies. Offers a staggering amount of information about a private corporation, through both internal documents and on-the-record interviews. The result: A mind-boggling litany of crimes and misdeeds by an unrestrained, unrepentant conglomerate.

     

    Bloomberg Markets

    Michael Smith, Daryna Krasnolutska, David Glovin

    Global Black Market Human Organs

    A haunting package of stories about people on four continents who have been kidnapped, maimed and killed by organ traffickers and the doctors with whom they work. “Cash, Criminals and Human Organs” exposes transplant rings supplying wealthy Americans, Europeans and Israelis with kidneys – at the expense of the impoverished donors. It’s a sad, human story of suffering, broken dreams and greed.

     

    Magazines: Over 500,000

     

    Fortune Magazine

    Peter Elkind, Jennifer Reingold, Doris Burke

    Pfizer

    An enthralling tale of jealousy, ambition, revenge and betrayal at the top of the world’s largest drug company. Combining impressive reporting and gripping narrative, the Fortune team leads readers through the halls of Pfizer, where they see first-hand how human failings and shoddy management led a giant organization astray.

     

    OPINION/COLUMN

     

    Magazines: Less than 75,000

     

    D CEO

    Mitchell Schnurman

    Bottom Line Columns

    Schnurman’s skewering of Rick Perry is a great example of what smart economic and business journalists can do. It reveals hypocrisy and punctures political rhetoric through a careful examination of the facts. Smart, sophisticated stuff.

     

    Magazines:  More than 500,000

     

    Bloomberg Businessweek

    Peter Coy

    Coy is arguably the best economic journalist in the business today. He brings to bear an analytical mind, a potent intellect and a keen knowledge of the field. He also understands the intersection of economics and politics and grasps the limits of ideology. Data drive him, rather than preconceived notions or a rigid worldview. He represents the best of the old BusinessWeek in its new wrapping.

     

    SmartMoney Magazine

    Dyan Machan

    Smart Ideas

    Machan’s work is a welcome breath of fresh air. She handles complex topics with a breezy style that could set a standard for business writers. Her piece on ADHD is smart, balanced and intriguing. Her work on the China manufacturing challenge is insightful and based in shoe-leather journalism. Her deft touch includes a sharp sense of humor — breast-pump bras?! She can make peas and carrots taste like crème brulee.

     

     

     

    PRINT – WEEKLIES / BIWEEKLIES

    BLOG

    Indianapolis Business Journal

    Anthony Schoettle

    The Score

    Offers a fresh look at the business of sports, and the well-written entries grab readers. Its originality makes it the kind of blog that people would want to visit with regularity – whether they’re a sports lover or not.

     

    Crain’s New York Business

    Aaron Elstein

    In The Markets

    Judges liked Elstein’s clear writing style and distinct voice while explaining complex financial issues. The blog’s tight focus makes this a must-read for people who follow the markets closely.

     

    BREAKING NEWS

    Crain’s Detroit Business

    Daniel Duggan, Chad Halcom, Nancy Kaffer, Bill Shea, Sherri Welch

    Light Rail Derails

    Comprehensive coverage of the late night news event. Nice inclusion of behind the scenes decisions and implications of the event.

     

    Pacific Coast Business Times

    Marlize van Romburgh

    San Luis Trust Bank Fails

    Notable for its on-the-scene reporting.

     

    Portland Business Journal

    Matthew Kish

    Wiederhorn Battles Creditors

     

     

    CREATIVE USE ACROSS ALL PLATFORMS

    Crain’s Chicago Business

    Steve Hendershot, Lisa Leitner, Erik Unger, Danny Ecker, Jason McGregor, Jeff Hartvigsen, Karen Freese

    State of Small Business

    Crain’s Chicago deserves recognition for turning what is in essence a basic regional business package into compelling content. The use of narrative, interactive elements and company material paints a detailed picture of the state of small firms in the Windy City. Nice use of the web as well.

     

    Indianapolis Business Journal

    J.K. Wall, Francesca Jarosz, Mason King, Perry Reichandter
    Testing Reform Online

    Excellent reporting and solid use of cross platform technologies gave this look into local education real journalistic integrity. The time and pacing of stories was also excellent. And we were impressed with how each piece of this package advanced the complex narrative. Thorough reporting on a topic of high public interest, good use of graphics and video online that connected to the themes as a strong package.

     

    EXPLANATORY

    Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal

    Bill King, Eric Fisher, David Bourne, Brandon McClung,

    Second Thoughts: Secondary Market Redefines Ticket Business

    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.

     

    Los Angeles Business Journal

    Richard Clough

    Money Machine

    A fascinating explanation of how well-connected buyers of IndyMac Bank are making millions while the FDIC lost billions on the deal. A classic example of how to turn monthly banking reports into blockbuster stories. Exhaustively reported and well written; it’s a complex story told in plain English.

     

    Mainebiz

    Jackie Farwell, Carol Coultas; Jan Holder, Matt Selva

    Absolute control

    A look into the alcohol laws in Maine that benefit a private entity, and allow the state to set the price of every bottle sold in Maine. This story cuts deep and explains a complex system to readers who pay for this control on alcohol. This entry has some nice examples, like the local distillery that ships booze to the capital before making what would have been a two-mile trip to the retailer.

     

     

    FEATURE

     

    Advertising Age

    E.J. Schultz

    Williston, The Town the Recession Forgot

    This piece has it all: Good pacing, a serious and important subject, a creative take, and evocative examples and telling details. Great sidebar that benefits from the first person without being overshadowed by it.

     

    Crain’s New York Business

    Elizabeth MacBride, Glenn Coleman, Xana Antunes

    The Great Escape

    Well written and compelling, with a good mix of anecdotes and broadening analysis/stats. It’s a great example of how you can tell a good and meaningful story about a small trend.

     

    Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal

    Bill King, Tom Stinson,

    Power of the Ring

    Several great yarns woven together, some real insight into the mechanics of a little-known but fascinating business (from the industry level to the company level), and good art too. If all sports business stories were this good, we’d read a lot more of them.

     

     

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE

     

    Crain’s Chicago Business

    Crain’s Chicago Business Staff

     

    Los Angeles Business Journal

    Los Angeles Business Journal staff

    Good balance of stories, giving comprehensive coverage of a diverse, sprawling community. Emphasizes local coverage without being parochial.

     

    Crain’s New York Business

    Crain’s New York Business staff

     

     

    INVESTIGATIVE

     

    Richard Clough

    Los Angeles Business Journal

    Risky Business

    Clough managed to get in front of a federal investigation of alleged wrongdoing at Wilshire State Bank by obtaining documents and interviewing insiders, competitors, analysts and the people brought in to clean up the mess.

     

    Crain’s Chicago Business

    Steve Daniels, Paul Merrion

    Higher Risk Education: State’s prepaid tuition plan

    Daniels’s report on shortfalls in Illinois’s pre-paid tuition program and the aggressive investing used to recoup losses led to the ouster of its chief.

     

    Portland Business Journal

    Matthew Kish

    Oregon’s Predatory Lending Industry

    Kish uncovered the unintended consequences of Oregon’s anti-usury law. Solid revelations about illegal activity and failed legislation. Timely topic presented in a compelling way. Good balance of data and anecdotes to humanize the issues.

     

     

    OPINION/COLUMN

    Charlotte Business Journal

    Erik Spanberg

    Queen City Agenda Column

    Spanberg brings a relevant local perspective to his readers, tackling issues by framing them around people in his community. His take on same-sex marriage, for instance, explores a national controversy through the eyes of a gay furniture company executive, and brings the story home. Solid writing and reporting with just the right mix of opinion.

     

    Portland Business Journal

    Rob Smith

    Opinions

    Short, straight-for-the-jugular editorials leave little readers little room to disagree. Wells Fargo’s debit fee “a shameless ripoff.” Insurance industry response to a bill seeking transparency is simply “strange” and “curious.” These editorials call it like it is in just a few well-chosen words that sure to resonate with a local audience.

     

     

    RADIO / TV

    BLOG

    CNBC

    Patti Domm

    Market Insider with Patti Domm

    Through her blog, Domm shows her authority on the subject of financial markets. Her blog is very informative, it is multisourced and impressive given the frequency of posting. With the addition of graphics and visuals, Domm’s blog becomes a very useful tool for online readers.

     

    BREAKING NEWS

    CNBC

    Mary Thompson, Melissa Lee, Carl Quintanilla, Jim Cramer, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Sue Herera, John Harwood , Simon Hobbs, Brian Sullivan, Bill Griffeth, Maria Bartiromo, Steve Liesman, Sharon Epperson, Scott Cohn, Nikhil Deogun, Matthew Quayle, Todd Bonin, Chris Sheridan, Robert Fasbender, Sanford Cannold, Han-Ting Wang, Lulu Chiang,

    Downgrade Day

    A great accounting of a dramatic day, telling the story as it happened and providing a great real-time explanation of events. CNBC played to its strengths, bringing a range of live analysis that over the course of a day presented a mix of views on a major market/economic event. The variety of angles was nice, including the analysis of the gold market. The touches of humor were also welcome.

     

    CREATIVE USE ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

     

    CNBC

    Stacy Eisner, Alexandra Privitera, Mary Catherine Wellons, Gina Francolla, Mark Koba, Eamon Javers, Nikhil Deogun

    Your Money Your Vote: The Republican Presidential Debate

    CNBC pioneered the use of the financial ticker in broadcast television decades ago. And deserves credit for doing interesting ticker work today. The business broadcaster integrated Tweets into its bottom-of-screen graphic feed to create a so-called “Twicker.” Live tweets and comments that ran during a recent Republican debate. This content was further integrated with rich Web and Social media material into a compelling new media package.

     

     

    EXPLANATORY

    CNBC

    Kate Kelly; Jesse Bergman, Nikhil Deogun

    Trading on Twitter

    In a strong category, Kate Kelly’s piece on Twitter investing was distinguished by original reporting and exceptionally clear writing and presentation. Months later, it continues to be fresh and informative.

     

    MarketWatch Radio Network

    John Wordock, Andrew O’Day, Larry Kofsky, Adrienne Mitchell, Steve Orr

    Wall Street’s Wild Week — S&P Downgrade, the Fed and Historic Stock Swings

    Covering the wild days that followed the downgrading of U.S. debt, these series of reports were clear and informative on a complicated issue and always engaging.

     

    FEATURE

    CNBC

    Lester Holt, Mitch Weitzner, Lori Gordon-Logan, Michael Beyman, Patrick Ahearn, Richard Korn, Michael Sheehan, Allison Stedman, Ray Borelli

    Pepsi’s Challenge

    Very well-done, thoroughly reported and visually compelling entry.

     

    REAL ESTATE

     

    The Baltimore Sun

    Jamie Smith Hopkins, Scott Calvert

    Taxing Baltimore

    Undeterred by bureaucrats who deemed copying a database too cumbersome, Baltimore Sun reporters did what journalists are supposed to do: They dug. Armed with data scraped from the city’s own website, the reporters analyzed the effects of Maryland’s homestead property tax exemptions, uncovering millions of dollars in lost revenue and prompting a legislative review of a broken system. The project also had strong interactive elements on the Web. In this era of shrinking newsroom budgets, projects like this one give us hope.

     

    Denver Post

    David Migoya

    Public Trustee – Foreclosure Reporting

    The total package — compelling storytelling, exhaustive research, a unique and fresh view of an otherwise well-worn topic, and a public service.

     

    The Miami Herald

    Toluse Olorunnipa

    Real Estate Coverage

    Olorunnipa offered an in-depth look at issues likely to weigh on local and national real estate markets for years to come. He explained how the “shadow inventory” of millions of unsold and foreclosed homes is slowing the real estate recovery; how “negative equity” is hurting American homeowners; how local developers who used government money to build affordable housing have jacked up rents so much that they are now unaffordable to many; and how mortgage fraud and unscrupulous lawyers forced one Jamaican immigrant to lose her home of 14 years in Miami Gardens.

     

    STUDENT

    Stories Written for Student Publications

     

    Elvina Nawaguna-Clemente, Arizona State University

    Deteriorated Properties Prompt Battles Between Struggling Towns, Professor

    Cronkite News

    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.

     

    Honorable Mention

     

    Robson Abbott, University of Missouri

    Les Bourgeois Becoming Force in Missouri Wine Industry

    Columbia Missourian

    Good example of a multimedia package that consists of a strong print story and a slideshow of photos that correspond to an interview with the winery owners. Lots of good reporting here, particularly the industry leaders and other winery owners. Readers come away with a good sense of Les Bourgeois Vineyards and how it fits into the larger Missouri industry.

     

    Daniel Wiser, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Unsustainable Path

    The Daily Tar Heel

    A thoughtful and thorough story on an issue of national concern with a local flavor. Solid reporting, a number of good sources, starts out very strong with a personal example. Graphics support story well.

     

    Stories Written for Professional Publications

     

    Sarah Frier, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Jefferson County Agony Means Higher Borrowing Costs for Alabama Taxpayers

    Bloomberg News

    This student entry showed the sophistication of an experienced and seasoned reporter. She used the Bloomberg database to analyze the data and reach a thesis that the financial plight of Jefferson County, Ala. was a negative drag on the rest of the state. Then she conducted smart interviews and used the quotes sparingly and smartly.

     

    Honorable Mention

    Tarini Parti, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Tobacco Companies Adjusting Strategies to Remain Prominent Political Players

    OpenSecrets.com

    Good investigative reporting from this student entry showed clearly that Big Tobacco continues to channel funds to politicians through less obvious organizations in hopes of garnering favors. Well reported. Well written.

     

  • 2011 Best in Business Honorees

    Posted By admin on Friday February 17, 2012

    Complete list of winners in SABEW’s 17th annual Best in Business Awards

    Click here to read awards list with judges’ comments.

    Click here to register for the 49th annual SABEW spring conference and the Best in Business Awards reception.

    DIVISION: DIGITAL


    BLOG

    Digital: All sizes

     

    Repowatch.org

    Mary Fricker

    Financial Crisis


     

    BREAKING NEWS

    Digital: All sizes

     

    FINS.com:

    Julie Steinberg, Aaron Lucchetti

    MF Global


     

    CNNMoney.com

    Chris Peacock and CNNMoney Staff

    Dow Plunges 635 Points on August 8


     

    CREATIVE USE ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

    Digital: 500,000 to 2.5 million

     

    GlobalPost

    Ioan Grillo, John Dickie, Sarah Childress, Mark Scheffler

    Narconomics

     

    Digital: More than 2.5 million

    CNNMoney.com

    Gabrielle Solomon

    Best Places to Live

     

    CNNMoney.com

    Blake Ellis, Jordan Malter

    America’s Biggest Boomtown


    MSNBC.com

    Allison Linn, Martin Wolk, Jim Seida, John Brecher, John Makely

    We are the median

     

    EXPLANATORY

    Digital: Fewer than 500,000

    ClimateWire

    Tiffany Stecker

    Europe’s Cap-and-Trade System Brings Jobs to Georgia


     

    ClimateWire

    Joel Kirkland

    China’s Energy

     

    Digital: 500,000 to 2.5 million

     

    GlobalPost

    Patrick Winn, Emily Lodish

    Burma Rebooted


     

    Digital: More than 2.5 million

    The Motley Fool

    Alex Dumortier, Dari FitzGerald

    “Low-Risk” Trade That Brought Down MF Global

     

    CNNMoney.com

    David Goldman

    The Cybercrime Economy

     

    CNNMoney.com

    Steve Hargreaves

    Military’s War on Oil

     

    FEATURE

    Digital: Fewer than 500,000

     

    ClimateWire

    Tiffany Stecker

    Europe’s Cap-and-Trade System Brings Jobs to Georgia

     

    InsuranceQuotes.com

    John Egan, Lisa Shidler

    Medical Bills Can Mount for Shooting Victims

     

    Digital: 500,000 to 2.5 million

     

    GlobalPost

    Sarah Childress, Simeon Tegel, Girish Gupta, Nadja Drost, John Otis

    The Scramble For El Dorado

     

    GlobalPost

    Emily Lodish, Patrick Winn, Kathleen E. McLaughlin, Jason Overdorf, Justin McCurry, Tristan McConnell, Kate Lamb, Nicholas Dynan

    Rice 2.0


     

    Digital:  More than 2.5 million

     

    CNNMoney.com

    David Goldman

    Android’s law

     

    Bankrate.com

    Claes Bell, Katherine Lewis, Janna Herron, Marcie Geffner, Stephen Pounds

    Financial Reform, One Year Later

     

    CNBC.com

    Jeff Cox

    Occupy Wall Street

     

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE

    Digital: Fewer than 2.5 million

     

    FINS.com

    Editorial staff of FINS.com

     

    PolitiFact

    Bill Adair, Martha Hamilton, Louis Jacobson

     

     

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE

    Digital: More than 2.5 million

     

    CNET News

    CNET Editorial Staff

     

    MarketWatch

    MarketWatch Staff

     

    CNNMoney.com

    CNNMoney Staff

     

    INVESTIGATIVE

     

    Digital: Fewer than 500,000

    Center for Public Integrity

    Michael Hudson

    The Great Mortgage Cover-Up

     

    ProPublica

    Paul Kiel, Olga Pierce

    Foreclosure Crisis

     

    Texas Watchdog

    Steve Miller

    The Hurricane Insurance Hustle

     

    Digital: More than 500,000

     

    GlobalPost

    Patrick Winn, Emily Lodish

    Burma Rebooted

     

    GlobalPost

    Kathleen E. McLaughlin, Sharron Lovell, Emily Lodish, Mark Scheffler

    Relocation Nation


     

     

    OPINION/COLUMN

    Digital: Fewer than 500,000

     

    ProPublica

    Jesse Eisinger

    The Trade Columns

     

    Xconomy.com

    Luke Timmerman

    Biotech columns

     

    Reuters

    Rob Cox, Jeffrey Goldfarb, Robert Cyran, Agnes T. Crane, Antony Currie

    Breakingviews Columns

     

    Digital: 500,000 to 2.5 million

     

    GlobalPost

    Thomas Mucha

    Mucha Columns

     

    Digital: More than 2.5 million

     

    CNNMoney.com

    Paul R. La Monica

    The Buzz

     

    MarketWatch

    Rex Nutting

    Columns

     

    TheStreet.com

    Adam Feuerstein

    Pharma Fraud

     

    DIVISION: INTERNATIONAL


    BLOG

    Financial Times

    Staff

    FTAlphaville

     

    BREAKING NEWS

     

    Financial Times

    Financial Times staff

    The Eurozone crisis

     

    Reuters

    Reuters Staff

    The Libyan Revolution

     

    Financial Times

    Jonathan Soble, Louise Lucas, Lindsay Whipp

    The Olympus Accounting Scandal

     

    CREATIVE USE ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

     

    The (Toronto) Globe and Mail

    Kevin Carmichael, Greg Keenan, Moe Doiron, Claire Neary, Adriano Valentini

    Remade in Canada – The Future of Factories

     

    Financial Times

    Christine Spolar, Jeff Gerth (ProPublica), Megan Murphy, Vanessa Houlder, Johanna Kassel, Benjamin Freese

    Tax Wars Series

     

    GlobalPost

    Thomas Mucha, David Case, Emily Lodish, Kathleen E. McLaughlin, Justin McCurry, Michael Goldfarb, Jon Jensen, Mark Scheffler

    7 Deadly Stories

     

    FEATURE

     

    Fortune Magazine

    James Bandler

    Afghan Gold

     

    GlobalPost

    Sarah Childress, Alex Leff, Nick Miroff

    Gangsters’ Paradise

     

    The (Toronto) Globe and Mail

    Mark Mackinnon

    The Empire Sino-Forest Built

     

    EXPLANATORY

     

    The Wall Street Journal

    Phred Dvorak, Peter Landers Yuka Hayashi, Norihiko Shirouzu, Chester Dawson, Juro Osawa, Yumiko Ono, Mitsuru Obe

    Fukushima Daiishi: Causes and Consequences

     

    Bloomberg Markets

    Michael Smith, Daryna Krasnolutska, David Glovin

    Lethal Commerce

     

    The Wall Street Journal

    Marcus Walker, Charles Forelle, Stacy Meichtry, Chirstopher Rhoads, Brian Blackstone, Matthew Karnitschnig

    Europe Disunion


     

    INVESTIGATIVE

     

    Bloomberg Markets

    Michael Smith, Daryna Krasnolutska, David Glovin

    Lethal Commerce


    Financial Times

    Christine Spolar, Jeff Gerth (ProPublica), Megan Murphy, Vanessa Houlder, Johanna Kassel, Benjamin Freese

    Tax Wars Series

     

    The Wall Street Journal

    Phred Dvorak, Peter Landers Yuka Hayashi, Norihiko Shirouzu, Chester Dawson, Juro Osawa, Yumiko Ono, Mitsuru Obe, Andrew Morse

    Fukushima Daiishi: Causes and Consequences

     

    OPINION/COLUMN

     

    Financial Times

    Wolfgang Münchau

     


     

     

    DIVISION: NEWS AGENCIES


    BREAKING NEWS

    Bloomberg News

    Tom Schoenberg, Sara Forden, Jeff Bliss, Cornelius Rahn, Zachary Mider

    Blocking a Deal

     

    Bloomberg News

    Katherine Burton

    Soros to End Four Decades as Hedge Fund Leader by Returning Investor Cash

     

    The Associated Press

    David Koenig, Scott Mayerowitz, Samantha Bomkamp, Dave Carpenter, Joshua Freed

    American Airlines Bankruptcy


     

    CREATIVE USE ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

     

    Bloomberg News

    Cam Simpson

    Victoria’s Secret Revealed in Child Picking Burkina Faso Cotton

     

    Bloomberg News

    Vernon Silver, Ben Elgin, Alan Katz

    Wired for Repression

     

    Bloomberg News

    Bradley Keoun, Phil Kuntz, Bob Ivry, Craig Torres, Scott Lanman, Christopher Condon, Donal Griffin, Greg Stohr and Matthew Winkler

    The Fed’s Trillion-Dollar Secret


     

    EXPLANATORY

    Bloomberg News

    Cam Simpson, Alan Katz, Simon Clark, Heather Walsh

    Anything But Fair

     

    Reuters

    Scot Paltrow

    Robo-Signing Redux

     

    Bloomberg News

    Bradley Keoun, Phil Kuntz, Bob Ivry, Craig Torres, Scott Lanman, Christopher Condon, Donal Griffin, Greg Stohr and Matthew Winkler

    The Fed’s Trillion-Dollar Secret

     

    FEATURE

     

    Reuters

    Scot Paltrow

    The Congressman with Banks on the Side

     

    The Associated Press

    Bernard Condon

    Farmland Boom

     

    The Associated Press

    Bernard Condon, Randy Herschaft

    Madoff Victim’s Lawyer


     

    INVESTIGATIVE

    The Associated Press

    Jeff Donn

    Aging Nukes

     

    Scripps Howard News Service

    Isaac Wolf, Thomas Hargrove

    Grave Mistakes

     

    Bloomberg News

    Peter Waldman

    Preparing Americans for Death Lets Hospices Neglect End of Life

     

    OPINION/COLUMN

    Reuters

    Jack Schafer

    Jack Shafer Columns

     

    Dow Jones Newswires

    Al Lewis

    Al’s Emporium Column

     

    Dow Jones Newswires

    Neal Lipschutz

    Point of View Column

     

    PERSONAL FINANCE

     

    Money Magazine

    Lisa Gibbs

    Consumer Protection


     

    The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer

    Teresa Dixon Murray

    On Money

     

    The Wall Street Journal

    Jason Zweig

    The Intelligent Investor

     

     

    DIVISION: PRINT – DAILY NEWSPAPERS

     

    BLOG

    Dailies: 25,000 to 100,000

     

    The (Quincy, Mass.) Patriot Ledger:

    Jon Chesto

    Mass. Market blog

     

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

     

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Elisabeth Ponsot, Laura Olson, Erich Schwartzel, Laura Malt Schneiderman, Steve Mellon


    Pipeline

     

    The Des Moines Register

    Philip Brasher, Dan Piller

    Green Fields

     

    Hartford Courant

    Matthew Sturdevant

    Insurance Capital Blog

     

    Dailies: 200,000 to 500,000

     

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Tom Daykin

    Land and Space blog

     

    The Orange County (Santa Ana, Calif.) Register

    Jonathan Lansner, Jeff Collins, Marilyn Kalfus

    Lansner on Real Estate

     

    Charlotte Observer

    Andrew Dunn, Kirsten Valle Pittman

    Bank Watch


     

    Dailies: More than 500,001

     

    Houston Chronicle

    Dwight Silverman

    TechBlog

     

    BREAKING NEWS

    Dailies: 25,000 to 100,000

     

    Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune

    Michael Braga, Matthew Doig

    14 Indicted in Major Flipping Conspiracy

     

    Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune

    Michael Pollick, Doug Sword

    Jackson Lab Picks Sarasota County

     

    Ventura County (Ventura, Calif.) Star

    Stephanie Hoops

    Feds Take Over Debt Collection Business


     

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

     

    The Detroit News

    David Shepardson

    CAFE Standards

     

    Honolulu Star-Advertiser

    Andrew Gomes, Rob Perez

    Hawaiian Electric Suitor

     

    The Detroit News

    Jaclyn Trop

    Final Chapter for Borders

     

    Dailies: 200,000 to 500,000

     

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    Andrea Ahles, Bob Cox, Gordon Dickson, Scott Nishimura, Mitchell Schnurman

    American Airlines Bankruptcy

     

    The Seattle Times

    Dominic Gates

    Boeing, Union Seal Deal

     

    The Boston Globe

    The Boston Globe Business staff

    Stock Plunge


     

    Dailies: More than 500,001

    The New York Times

    The New York Times Staff

    MF Global Bankruptcy

     

    CREATIVE USE ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

    The (Memphis, Tenn.) Commercial Appeal

    Daniel Connolly, Amos Maki, Michael Erskine, Grant Smith

    Landing Electrolux

     

    Dailies: 200,000 to 500,000

     

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Dan Chapman, Michael Kanell

    Atlanta Forward

     

    The Boston Globe

    Jenn Abelson, Beth Daley

    Fishy Business

     

    Dailies: More than 500,001

     

    (Minneapolis) StarTribune

    Staff

    Ford Plant Shutdown

     

    The Wall Street Journal

    Jason Bellini, Jonathan Cheng, Mary Pilon

    Anticipating a Downgrade of U.S. Debt


     

    EXPLANATORY

    Dailies: 25,000 to 100,000

     

    The Roanoke (Va.) Times

    Matt Chittum, Megan Schnabel

    Food Deserts Parch Roanoke Residents of Nutrition


     

    Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune

    Michael Pollick

    In Foreclosure, Fees That Haunt

     

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

     

    The Providence Journal

    Tom Mooney, Paul Edward Parker, Barbara Polichetti

    Understanding R.I.’s Pension Puzzle

     

    The (Memphis, Tenn.) Commercial Appeal

    Ted Evanoff

    Genius at Work

     

    The Detroit News

    David Shepardson, Christina Rogers

    GM: A Chastened Detroit Icon Claws Its Way Back

     

    Dailies: 200,000 to 500,000

     

    The Boston Globe

    Jenn Abelson and Beth Daley

    Fishy Business

     

    The Arizona Republic

    Ronald J. Hansen

    Business Taxes

     

    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

    Lou Kilzer

    China Syndrome

     

    Dailies: More than 500,001

     

    Washington Post

    Lori Montgomery, Brady Dennis, Alec McGillis
    Running in the Red – U.S Debt

     

    Los Angeles Times

    Ken Bensinger

    Wheels of Fortune

     

    The New York Times

    Ian Urbina

    Drilling Down—Natural Gas

     

    FEATURE

     

    Dailies: 25,000 to 100,000

     

    (Melbourne, Fla.) Florida Today

    Patrick Peterson

    Scrap Daddy

     

    Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.)

    Denise Allabaugh

    Winds of Change

     

    (Melbourne, Fla.) Florida Today

    Patrick Peterson

    Bright Idea Man


     

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

     

    The Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)

    Bryan Painter

    Drought


     

    The Providence (R.I.) Journal

    Alex Kuffner

    The Toll Oil Prices Take


     

    The (Montreal) Gazette

    Lynn Moore

    Playing with Chance

     

     

    Dailies: 200,000 to 500,000

     

    Financial Times

    David Gelles, Gillian Tett

    Madoff Spins His Story

     

    The Boston Globe

    Jenn Abelson and Beth Daley

    Fishy Business

     

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Cary Spivak

    Demise of Marshall & Ilsley Corporation

     

    Dailies: More than 500,001

     

    The New York Times

    David Segal

    The Dirty Little Secrets of Search

     

    Detroit Free Press

    Katherine Yung

    Work Wanted – Desperately


     

    Los Angeles Times

    Alana Semuels

    Down but Not Out


     

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE

    Dailies: 25,000 to 100,000

     

    The (Quincy, Mass.) Patriot Ledger

    Steve Adams, Jon Chesto, Shaunna Gately, Alex Spanko, Patrick Ronan

     

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

    The Detroit News

    Joanna Firestone, Alan Derringer, Richard Burr, Greg Tasker, Mary Bailey, Daniel Howes, Scott Burgess, David Shepardson, Bryce Hoffman, Louis Aguilar, Melissa Burden, Brian O’Connor and Jaclyn Trop

     

    The (Montreal) Gazette

    Jeff Blond, Paul Delean, Jay Bryan, Francois Shalom, Lynn Moore, Allison Lampert, Jason Magder, Alison MacGregor


     

    Dailies: 200,000 to 500,000

    Financial Times

    The Financial Times staff

     

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Journal Sentinel Business News Staff

     

    U-T San Diego

    Nirmala Bhat, Dean Calbreath, Mike Freeman, Janet LaVelle, Morgan Lee, Lily Leung, Tanya Mannes, Diana McCabe, Greg Schmidt, Roger Showley, Jim Watters, Lori Weisberg

     

    Dailies:  More than 500,001


     

    The New York Times

    The New York Times Staff

     

    Los Angeles Times

    Los Angeles Times Business Staff

     

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

    Star Tribune Business Staff


     

    INVESTIGATIVE

    Dailies: Under 25,000

     

    American Banker/SourceMedia

    Jeff Horwitz, Kate Berry

    Revolving Door

     

    American Banker/SourceMedia

    Jeff Horwitz

    Kickbacks

     

    American Banker/SourceMedia

    Kate Berry

    Robo-Signing


     

    Dailies: 25,000 to 100,000

     

    The News-Press (Fort Myers)

    Dick Hogan


    Flopping: Fraud Runs Rampant

    Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune

    Michael Braga, Matthew Doig

    First Priority’s Collapse


     

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

     

    The (Memphis, Tenn.) Commercial Appeal

    Daniel Connolly and Amos Maki

    Landing Electrolux

     

    Knoxville News Sentinel

    Josh Flory

    Down the Drain

     

    The Providence (R.I.) Journal

    Paul Edward Parker, Tom Mooney

    Uncovering Unfunded Pension Liabilities in Rhode Island


     

    Dailies:  200,000 to 500,000

     

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Raquel Rutledge, Rick Barrett, John Diedrich, Ben Poston

    Shattered Trust

     

    The Seattle Times

    Michael Berens and Ken Armstrong

    Methadone and the Politics of Pain

     

    The Orlando Sentinel

    Jim Stratton

    Workforce Central Florida

     

    Dailies: More than 500,001

     

    The Wall Street Journal

    Paul Sonne, Steve Stecklow, Matt Bradley, Farnaz Fassihi, Loretta Chao, Margaret Coker

    Censorship, Inc.

     

    The Wall Street Journal

    Brody Mullins, Susan Pulliam, Steve Eder, Michael Rothfeld, Jenny Strasburg, Vanessa O’Connell, David Enrich, Dana Cimilluca, Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Jeannette Neumann, Michael Siconolfi

    Inside Track

     

    USA Today Money Section

    Thomas Frank

    Public-Sector Pensions


     

    OPINION/COLUMN

    Dailies: 100,000 to 200,000

    The Providence (R.I.) Journal

    John Kostzrewa, assistant managing editor

     

    Hartford Courant

    Dan Haar

     

    The Detroit News

    Brian J. O’Connor


     

    Dailies:  200,000 to 500,000

     

    The Baltimore Sun

    Columns by Jay Hancock

     

    Financial Times

    Columns by John Gapper

     

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    Columns by Mitchell Schnurman

     

    Dailies: Over 500,001

    The New York Times

    Gretchen Morgenson

    Fair Game

     

    Washington Post

    Ezra Klein

     

    The New York Times

    David Carr

    The Media Equation

     

    CATEGORY: PRINT – MAGAZINES

    BLOG

     

    SmartMoney Magazine

    SmartMoney staff

     

    Blog

     

    CREATIVE USE ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

    Magazines: Over 500,000

    Forbes

    Tom Post, Matthew Schifrin, Jenna Goudreau

    Private Equity Chief Lynn Tilton


     

    EXPLANATORY

    Magazines: Less than 75,000

    HousingWire

    HousingWire editorial staff



     

    Magazines 2: 75,000 to 500,000

    New York Magazine

    Steve Fishman

    Madoff on Madoff: The Madoff Tapes


     

    Bloomberg Markets

    Yoolim Lee, Ruth David

    When Microfinance Goes Wrong

     

    Bloomberg Markets

    Stephanie Baker

    Shaking Up the Old Boys Club


     

    Magazines:  Over 500,001

     

    Bloomberg Businessweek

    Felix Gillette, Businessweek staff

    Casino

     

    Fortune Magazine

    Adam Lashinsky

    Inside Apple

     

    SmartMoney Magazine

    Matt Heimer, Reshma Kapadia

    Investing Reinvented

     

    FEATURE

    Magazines: Less than 75,000

    Columbia Journalism Review

    Dean Starkman

    Confidence Game: Limited Vision of the News Gurus

     

    Mortgage Banking

    Terry Sheridan

    Short on Results

     

    D CEO

    Glenn Hunter

    Gold Metal Recyclers


     

    Magazines 2: 75,000 to 500,000

    New York Magazine

    Steve Fishman

    Madoff on Madoff: The Madoff Tapes

     

    Institutional Investor

    Alexander Osipovich

    Browder’s War

     

    Bloomberg Markets

    Michael Smith

    Lethal Commerce


     

    Magazines: Over 500,001

    Forbes

    Steven Bertoni

    Agent of Disruption

     

    Fortune Magazine

    David Whitford

    Sandler

     

    SmartMoney Magazine

    Anne Kadet

    Cashathon


     

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE

    Magazines: Less than 75,000

     

    D CEO Magazine

    Glenn Hunter, Christine Perez

     

    Magazines: Over 500,001

     

    Bloomberg Businessweek

    Josh Tyrangiel


     

    Fortune

    Andy Serwer


     

    Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine

    Knight A. Kiplinger, Kevin McCormally, Janet Bodnar

     

     

    INVESTIGATIVE

    Magazines: 75,000 to 500,000

     

    Barron’s

    Bill Alpert

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    D CEO

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    Bloomberg Businessweek

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    SmartMoney Magazine

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    Crain’s New York Business

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    The Great Escape

     

    Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal

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    Power of the Ring


     

     

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    Crain’s New York Business

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    Risky Business

     

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