Best in Business

March 2019

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Commentary/Opinion; Small

Winner - Fast Company: Rick Wartzman opinion/commentary Contributor - Rick Wartzman Judges’ Comments - Rick Wartzman injects fresh thinking into some of the defining business and political economy topics of our time. His arguments are thought-provoking and bolstered by context and his writing is clear.  In this category, the judges selected two honorable mentions. Honorable Mention ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Markets; Large

Winner - The New York Times: Explaining the financial markets Contributors - Matt Phillips, Peter Eavis Judges’ Comments - These stories showed the value of explanatory journalism in highlighting areas of the financial markets that are often overlooked in daily coverage. They were well-timed reports, written with extraordinary clarity and simplicity. The deft use of charts consistently helped ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Travel/Transportation; Medium

Winner - CNN Business: Uber sexual assault investigation Contributors - Sara Ashley O’Brien, Nelli Black, Curt Devine, Drew Griffin Judges’ Comments - Over seven months of stories, reporter Sara Ashley O’Brien and her CNN Business colleagues documented and exposed that 103 Uber drivers and 18 Lyft drivers in 20 major U.S. cities had been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Feature; Small

Winner - Nashville Business Journal: Mapping the new Nashville Contributor - Eleanor Kennedy Judges’ Comments - Census data was the launching point for this feature package (and interactive map) about the areas of Nashville that experienced the most change as well as those slated for the most change. It was an ambitious effort with several well-written stories by reporter Eleanor Kennedy ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

International Reporting; Small

Winner - A collaboration of ICIJ, Norbert Zongo Cell for Investigative Journalism in West Africa (CENOZO) and 11 media partners from West Africa: West Africa Leaks Judges’ Comments - This impressive series, which shows how government officials, corporations and others in West Africa used offshore tax havens to divert millions of dollars from poor countries, is the very definition of impact journalism. ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Innovation; Medium

Winner - GateHouse Media: Failure to deliver Contributor - Emily Le Coz, Josh Salman, Lucille Sherman, Tony Elkins, Mara Corbett, Tyson Bird, Jennifer Borresen Judges’ Comments - Midwifery and out-of-hospital births are often held up as a solution to high maternal and infant mortality rates in the U.S. In other countries, midwives are fully integrated into the medical system. But as the reporting ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Newsletter; Medium

Winner - Barron’s: Review & Preview Contributors - Alex Eule, Nicholas Jasinski Judges’ Comments - This series of daily updates provided subscribers with a crisply written briefing that skillfully balances depth and breadth. An informative update with a snappy, engaging tone, these examples were well presented with a nice mix of data, visuals, sourced and original content....[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Explanatory; Large

Winner - Reuters: Ocean shock Contributors - Maurice Tamman, Matthew Green, Mari Saito, Sarah Slobin, Maryanne Murray Judges’ Comments - Impressive use of data, graphics, illustrations, video and writing to explain the many ways climate change is impacting our oceans. Comprehensive and compelling, this package delivered story after story. In this category, the judges selected two honorable ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Breaking News; Small

Winner - American Banker: Comerica scrambles to address fraud in prepaid benefits program Contributor - Kate Berry,  Joe Adler Judges’ Comments - This story laid out how veterans had suffered at the hands of bad actors who compromised Comerica’s operations. It also demonstrates how a breaking news scoop can rouse lawmakers to action and potentially lead to changes that have a direct impact ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Real Estate; Small

Winner - Nashville Business Journal Contributors - Adam Sichko, Meg Garner Judges’ Comments - Both are outstanding enterprise features. For the “Project Stella” piece, there’s a wonderful narrative led and great sourcing. Nice use of infographics, ranging from the map, the bar chart to the sidebar graphic. Honorable Mention - Realtor.com: Life in the flood zone Contributor - ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Audio; All News Organizations

Winner - Indianapolis Business Journal: The IBJ Podcast Contributors - Mason King, Lesley Weidenbener Judges’ comments - The judges were uniformly impressed with this entry — the anchor’s presentation, the quality and pacing of the production and especially the engaging nature of the content. Honorable Mention - The Wall Street Journal: The Next Battlefield Contributors - Jennifer ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Technology; Medium

Winner - Politico: The least connected people in America Contributor - Margaret Harding McGill Judges’ Comments - Politico, with painstaking detail gleaned from consummate on-the-ground reporting, highlights how the lack of broadband internet access is disproportionately harming Native American populations and how — once again for this historically oppressed group — poor federal policy ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Small Business/Management/Career; Medium

Winner - Fortune: Second to none, but still number two Contributor - Leigh Gallagher Judges’ Comments - Fortune tackled a sensitive, important question with nuance, reached out to the often-slighted world of women experts to inform its analysis and told the story in a precise but approachable way. It was all packaged in a vibrant layout with engaging photography. It deftly used humor here ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Complete list of BIB winning entries and newsrooms

Review the names of the winning contributors.   Audio; All News Organizations Winner - Indianapolis Business Journal: The IBJ podcast Honorable Mention - The Wall Street Journal: The next battlefield Banking/Finance; Large Winner - Bloomberg: Sign here to lose everything Honorable Mention - Los Angeles Times: The hidden costs of high-interest rate installment lending Banking/Finance; ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Government; Large

Winner - Reuters: Ambushed at home Contributors - Joshua Schneyer, Michael Pell, Andrea Januta, Deborah Nelson Judges’ Comments - Dogged reporting paid off for this team of Reuters reporters who didn’t stop at one story. The team published over a dozen stories on how military families, who shouldn’t have to worry about the roofs over their heads, have battled top brass and the contractors ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

General Excellence; Industry/Topic-Specific Publications

Winner - American Banker Contributors - Editorial Staff Judges’ Comments - American Banker’s effort on Comerica was clear, deeply reported and well-organized. The online presentation has a look that shows it knows who its audience is and demonstrates firm command of the subject matter....[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Energy/Natural Resources; Large

Winner - Reuters: Ocean shock Contributor - Maurice Tamman Judges’ comments - This in-depth look at global warming’s effect on ocean life was well reported and written. The multimedia presentation was graphically intense. The series goes beneath the surface of the sea for its examination of what’s going on in that 70 percent of our world. Could the dramatic effects on sea creatures be ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Media/Entertainment; Large

Winner - The New York Times: Moonves and CBS exposed Contributors - Rachel Abrams, James B. Stewart, Ellen Gabler, Edmund Lee, John Koblin Judges’ Comments - This story continues to reverberate in the media word — exposing how the powerful chief of CBS tried to silence a woman accusing him of sexual misconduct. It was packed with amazing detail, damning text messages and rich storytelling. ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Economics; Large

Winner - The New York Times: The trade equation Contributor - Nelson Schwartz, Jim Tankersley, Natalie Kitroeff Judges’ Comments - This three-part series, superbly illustrated with detailed reporting from factory floors, offers fresh insights on the topics of global trade and tariffs and consequences of Trump administration policies about them. The journalists went to Columbia Sportswear ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Investigative; Medium

Winner - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Bad medicine Contributor - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Judges’ Comments - Has your doctor ever been banned from practicing medicine? This investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today found that at least 500 physicians across the country who have been publicly disciplined, chastised or barred from practicing by one state have just moved ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Banking/Finance; Small

Winner - American Banker: Bank CEO’s fire-and-rehire maneuver reaps windfall at taxpayer expense Contributors - Kevin Wack, Alan Kline Judges’ Comments - An ambitious and deeply sourced investigative piece from American Banker’s Kevin Wack. It reveals in stunning detail how Stephen Calk, the head of $265 million-asset Federal Savings Bank, executed an apparently legal but questionable ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

International Reporting; Large

Winner - The Associated Press: China’s internment camps Contributors - Dake Kang, Martha Mendoza, Yanan Wang Judges’ Comments - This series offers a compelling narrative that exposes the impact of slave labor by tracing sportswear produced by Chinese detainees to the sales racks of American college bookstores. The reporters employed an impressive array of digital journalism tools along ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Retail; Small  

Winner -  Capital & Main: The ‘Amazon Tax’ Ruling: Disrupting the Disruptors?  Contributor- David Dayen  Judges’ Comments-The reporter cuts through the popular perception that Amazon has become a responsible corporate citizen on the sales tax front, illustrating both how easy it would be for the company to make its third-party sellers comply and the obstacles states face in ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Investigative; Large

Winner - The Wall Street Journal: The fall of Steve Wynn Contributors - Alexandra Berzon, Chris Kirkham, Elizabeth Bernstein, Kate O'Keeffe Judges’ Comments - The Wall Street Journal’s reports on Steve Wynn’s “decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct” laid bare what had been an open secret among those working for the Wynn Resorts CEO. It took the Journal’s meticulously documented ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Explanatory; Medium

Winner - Fortune: What the hell happened at GE? Contributor - Geoff Colvin Judges’ Comments - Geoff Colvin deftly pieces together the downfall of General Electric and shows how even the biggest and best companies can be brought down by bad leadership. So, what the hell went wrong? in two words — capital allocation. In this category, the judges selected two honorable mentions. Honorable ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Commentary/Opinion; Large

Winner - Financial Times: Tech and policies Contributor - Rana Foroohar Judges’ Comments - Rana Foroohar’s work stood out because they are convincingly argued and eloquently written. In pushing for a new antitrust vision, Foroohar took on the most powerful companies of the age, with clear, crisp prose and a deft use of historical context. She found in Apple a microcosm of the financial ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Travel/Transportation; Small

Winner - The Information: The limits and dangers of self-driving cars Contributor - Amir Efrati Judges’ Comments - Amir Efrati’s work on the state of self-driving cars is enterprising, enlightening and, most importantly, a little frightening. It demonstrated the depth of his sources inside the companies that are trying to bring autonomous driving to our streets and the problems facing the ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Student Journalism; Stories produced for Student News Organizations

Winner - Cronkite News by ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication: Hurricane provides opportunity for Puerto Rico’s battered tourism industry Contributor - Cronkite News is the news division of Arizona PBS. The daily news products are produced by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU. Contributor - Andres Guerra Luz, Arizona State ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Health/Science; Medium

Winner - ProPublica:  Health Insurance Hustle Contributor - Marshall Allen Judges’ Comments - Kaiser Health News’ incisive reporting and use of its proprietary database brought an important issue to light and moved politicians to action. It showed a depth and breadth that made it a clear winner in this category. Marshall Allen's series used narrow, gripping stories to tackle some of the ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Markets; Medium

Winner - Bloomberg Law: SEC Wall Street cops see staff drop since Trump election Contributors - Andrew Ramonas, Jennifer Bennett Judges’ Comments - The story sheds light on changes to one aspect of the regulatory/enforcement environment. The fact that the reporters used a FOIA request to unearth non-public information demonstrates reporting initiative. The story is important because there ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Real Estate; Large

Winner - The New York Times: Trump taxes Contributors - David Barstow, Susanne Craig, Russ Buettner Judges’ Comments - “Trump taxes” was a superior example of great reporting in the realms of public records, private documents and interviewing hard-to-find subjects on an extremely competitive topic, the president’s finances. Follow-up stories showed the impact of the stories and provided ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Small Business/Management/Career; Small

Winner - McClatchy DC Bureau: Merchant cash death spiral Contributor - Ben Wieder Judges’ Comments - “Merchant cash death spiral” investigates a little-known, unregulated world in business and finance. Journalists at McClatchy DC reviewed hundreds of court and bankruptcy cases and interviewed business owners to both get at the scope of issues arising in the industry and put human faces ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Technology; Small

Winner - The Weekly Standard: Telemarketers, ahoy Contributor - Tony Mecia Judges’ Comments - A fresh look at a ubiquitous annoyance that addressed the question: Why, after all these years, does the problem seem to be getting even worse, and isn’t there anything else that can shut this down? This was a story in the true sense of the word, with a top section that grabbed and held you, and ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Newsletter; Small

Winner - Communications Daily on 911 Contributor - Adam Bender Judges’ Comments - Top honors go to coverage that exposed that in 2016, six states diverted 911 call fees to fund budget items unrelated to public safety. The reporting had great impact, leading state legislators and regulators to convene hearings to address the problem....[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Government; Medium

Winner - Politico: Investigation of Ryan Zinke Contributors - Ben Lefebvre, Nick Juliano Judges’ Comments - Politico’s Ben Lefebvre and Nick Juliano used business records, lobbying disclosure forms, IRS documents, business registrations, FEC filings and source interviews to describe a Montana real estate deal that pointed to a conflict of interest by then Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Banking/Finance; Large

Winner - Bloomberg: Sign here to lose everything Contributors - Zachary Mider, Zeke Faux, David Ingold, Demetrios Pogkas Judges’ comments - An important series that exposes the disturbing practice by certain lenders to use a loophole to quickly seize assets from borrowers — even while some are still making required payments. The series showed the horrifying consequences on small business ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

General Excellence; Large

Winner - Financial Times Contributors - Arash Massoudi, James Fontanella-Khan, Madison Marriage, Steven Bernard, Sujeet Indap, Amy Kazmin Judges’ Comments - Top honors go to the Financial Times for the skill and breadth of its reporting and effectiveness of its presentation. The President’s Club story exposed in detail a tawdry exploitation of young women as a way of helping draw leading ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Media/Entertainment; Medium

Winner - Fortune: Tronc chairman sexual harassment Contributors - Kristen Bellstrom, Beth Kowitt Judges’ Comments - “Breach of Trust” is a deeply reported story that brings to life the devastating #MeToo struggles of two women at the hands of Tronc’s Michael Ferro. The twist here is that the women are high-powered executives in their own right, but they suffer personally and professionally ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Health/Science; Small

Winner - Kaiser Health News: Drug price shenanigans Contributor - Jay Hancock, Sarah Jane Tribble, Emily Kopp, Sydney Lupkin, Elizabeth Lucas Judges’ Comments - Kaiser Health News’ incisive reporting and use of its proprietary database brought an important issue to light and moved politicians to action. It showed a depth and breadth that made it a clear winner in this category. Honorable ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Explanatory; Small

In this category, the judges selected two winners and two honorable mentions. Winner - InsideClimate News: Harvesting peril  Contributors - Georgina Gustin, Neela Banerjee, John H. Cushman Jr., Paul Horn, Anna Belle Peevey Judges’ Comments - This stunning series takes you inside agriculture’s role as perpetrator and victim of climate change. Exceptionally well done, including a look ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Retail; Large

Winner - The New York Times: The human side of the retail shakeout Contributors - Michael Corkery, Nelson D. Schwartz Judges’ Comments - Three engaging stories about the widespread impact of the shift to online retail and slow demise of brick-and-mortar shopping. This was the human aspect covered in a fresh way — how a former worker now “lives” at the closed Macy’s store that’s ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Economics; Medium

Winner - Mother Jones: Frozen assets Contributor - Katia Savchuk Judges’ Comments - Katia Savchuk traveled to Alaska to explore the politics and life-changing features of the Permanent Fund Dividend, which she presents as a corollary to Universal Basic Income. She opens her story swiftly, moving from a family waiting for their PFD check to how UBI has become a topic of global interest for ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Energy/Natural Resources; Medium

Winner - CNN: Dirty energy Contributor - Nima Elbagir, Dominique van Heerden, Eliza Mackintosh Judges’ Comments - This entry showcased both enterprise and courage, tackling an urgent topic with attention to the big picture and on-the-ground details. The reporters braved threats from people eager to cover up the reality of child labor in the cobalt industry. They showed how the euphemistically ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Breaking News; Large

Winner - Los Angeles Times: Toyota held accountable for a defect in its Prius Contributor: Ralph Vartabedian Judges’ comments - The L.A. Times series on the Prius recall is a showcase for the best of breaking news: This scoop forced a major corporation to change its behavior. It began as a metro story about a local car dealer and the problems he encountered with Toyota’s Prius, particularly ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Personal Finance; Medium

Winner - The Chronicle of Higher Education: Drew Cloud is a well-known expert on student loans. One problem: He isn't real. Contributors - Chris Quintana, Dan Bauman Judges’ Comments - The Chronicle of Higher Education breaks news with impact on a beat where it is very hard to score a scoop. It was enjoyably clever, and shows intrepid reporting in exposing a widely quoted source on student ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Video; Medium and Small

Winner - The Story Exchange: A Sandy Hook mom’s nonprofit hopes to stop school shootings Contributors- Victoria Wang, Sue Williams, Christina Kelly, Jerry Risius, Noel Flego, Colleen DeBaise Judges’ Comments - This Story Exchange video addressed the Sandy Hook tragedy in a meaningful way. The story was heartfelt and personal. The visuals were engaging — they drew you into this mom’s ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Student Journalism; Projects and Collaborations

Winner - Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY) and Dollars & Sense of   Maine Contributors - Caroline Leddy, Victoria Merlino, Anne Ehart, Andre Beganski, Anderson Calderon, Bruce Dent, Polina Fishof, Edgar Llivisupa, Rommel Ojeda, Jonathan Sperling, Phoebe Taylor-Vuolo Judges’ Comments - The pieces hung together, were well written and had some interesting graphic elements ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Investigative; Small

Winner - A collaboration of The New Republic and Type Investigations: Political corruption and the art of the deal Contributor - Anjali Kamat Judges’ Comments - Anjali Kamat’s fresh and groundbreaking reporting on corrupt practices in Trump Organization real-estate projects in India dove deep into the murky world of Indian politics and business. It emerged with a colorful and compelling ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Video; Large

Winner - Bloomberg: The drone delivery operator in Rwanda Contributor - Aki Ito, Gloria Kurnik, Leila Hussain, Alan Jeffries, Victoria Blackburne-Daniell, David Nicholson Judges’ Comments - This beautifully shot and artfully edited story explains how Rwanda uses drones to deliver critical medical supplies to remote hospitals. It also illuminates the role of the young man who trained to operate ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Travel/Transportation; Large

Winner - The Wall Street Journal: The middle seat Contributor - Scott McCartney Judges’ Comments - Scott McCartney’s “The middle seat” stands out because it is creative, engaging and fun for readers. The writer clearly owns the airline transportation beat and his stories are so polished and well done that you have to marvel at what you are reading. The entry includes a wonderful first-person ...[Read More]

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