Best in Business

March 2019

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Breaking News; Medium

Winner - Forbes: The Inside Story Of Papa John’s Toxic Culture Contributor - Noah Kirsch Judges’ Comments - Noah Kirsch’s scoop on Papa John’s founder John Schnatter’s offensive comments had a sweeping, immediate impact on a famous brand. His reporting was so airtight that Schnatter couldn’t dispute it. After Schnatter’s previous comments on the NFL, many reporters were trying ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Personal Finance; Small

Winner - The Marshall Project: Petty charges, princely profit Contributor - Joseph Neff Judges’ Comments - The entry offered a deep analysis of the inner workings of the bail bond industry, about which little is known publicly. It made good use of data and provided a clear, interesting explanation of what might have been a complicated, dull topic. Memorable and impactful, The Marshall Project ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Media/Entertainment; Small

Winner - The Center for Public Integrity: The NBA and MLB quietly hustle for a cut of the sports betting jackpot Contributors - Rui Kaneya Judges’ Comments - The work, which detailed how Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association sought to get a piece of the sports betting game, was impressive, deftly combining local reporting with national scope. The influence campaign ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Student Journalism; Stories Written for Professional Publications

Winner - Washington and Lee University published in the Tampa Bay Times: SunPass investigation Contributors - Hannah Denham, Washington and Lee University Judges’ Comments - Hannah Denham showed impressive initiative and persistence in researching and writing multiple stories examining major problems with Florida’s SunPass, the state’s prepaid toll program. Denham followed the money carefully. ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

General Excellence; Small

Winner - Nashville Business Journal Contributor - Lori Becker Judges’ Comments - In a competitive category, the Nashville Business Journal was very impressive. An investigation into the checkered history of two brothers who emerged as powerful behind-the-scenes players in Nashville’s nightclub scene stood out. The reporting, writing and editing were worthy of a national publication. The ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Feature; Medium

Winner - Minneapolis Star Tribune: Legal war engulfs 3M device Contributor - Joe Carlson Judges’ Comments - The Star Tribune’s story on the legal war over a 3M hospital device was compelling and informative, shining a light on an important medical issue that’s not widely known. Judges were impressed by the colorful interviews with the device’s founder, clear and concise explanations ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

2018 Health/Science; Large

Winner - A collaboration of ICIJ, Avrotros, NBC News Investigative Unit, The Associated Press and more than 50 media partners: The implant files Contributor - Reporting & Data Teams Judges’ Comments - In a year full of health-related investigations, this effort was in a league of its own. The depth of reporting to uncover the hidden dangers of medical devices and the lax oversight that ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Journalists Honored in SABEW’s 24th Annual Best in Business Awards

The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) announces the results of its 24th annual Best in Business competition, which recognizes outstanding business journalism of 2018. Panels of judges selected 74 winners and 48 honorable mentions from 946 entries. Submissions came from 175 news organizations across all platforms representing the breadth of business journalism, from international, ...[Read More]
Monday, March 18th, 2019

2018 Best in Business Judges

Jennifer Ablan, Reuters Saqib Iqbal Ahmed, Reuters Anjuman Ali, The Washington Post Bill Alpert, Barron's Susan Antilla, The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute Xana Antunes, Quartz and SABEW Board Member Doug Banks, Boston Business Global Robert Barba, The Wall Street Journal and SABEW Board Member Emily Barrett, Bloomberg News David Beal, Past SABEW President Ben Berkowitz, WNBC Rob ...[Read More]

March 2016

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Journalists Honored in SABEW’s 21st Annual Best in Business Awards

PHOENIX — The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) today announces winners and finalists in its 21st annual Best in Business (BIB) Awards competition, which recognizes outstanding business journalism that was published or aired in 2015. Adding up winners and finalists, Bloomberg led with seven honors, while The New York Times earned six honors — all winners. A diverse group ...[Read More]

November 2015

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Division XI: Real Estate

This division is format- and platform-agnostic. Entries will be judged against each other. Judges will weigh the missions and sizes of entrants. An entry will consist of up to five pieces of work, including side elements such as videos and graphics. Submit entries as PDFs or permalink URLs. A one-page, double-spaced cover letter may be submitted as a PDF with entries. (Style the PDF title ...[Read More]
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Division XII: Social Media

Select 10-15 posts published on Twitter or Facebook or a combination of both from one account over the course of 2015. Consideration will be given to breaking news, news value, creativity and “what makes an account worth following.” Judging will take into account different approaches to social-media use. Submit entries as PDFs or permalink URLs. A one-page, double-spaced cover letter ...[Read More]
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Division V: Innovation

Stories, projects, and initiatives that exemplify creativity and originality. Judges will interpret this category broadly. Examples might include unique uses of multimedia elements, mobile apps or data visualization projects that debuted in 2015. It could be a package of stories that use nontraditional storytelling techniques. The division is format- and platform-agnostic. Entries will be judged ...[Read More]
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Division Highlights

Digital: Eligible entrants’ primary business activity is disseminating news and information through a digital platform (online, mobile, etc.). Energy: Energy reporting and/or commentary from any source. Government: Government reporting and/or commentary from any source. Health Care: Health care reporting and/or commentary from any source. Innovation: Stories, projects, initiatives that ...[Read More]
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Division IV: Health Care

This division is format- and platform-agnostic. Entries will be judged against each other. Judges will weigh the missions and sizes of entrants. An entry will consist of up to five pieces of work, including side elements such as videos and graphics. Submit entries as PDFs or permalink URLs. A one-page, double-spaced cover letter may be submitted as a PDF with entries. (Style the PDF title ...[Read More]
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

General Rules

ELIGIBILITY: Best in Business is open to regular members of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in good standing as of the date of entry. Regular membership is defined by SABEW’s constitution and bylaws, particularly Article III. (View at https://sabew.org/about/constitution-and-bylaws.) Good standing means SABEW received your membership dues and your membership is current ...[Read More]
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Division I: Digital

Group Digital 1: Up to 2.5 million unique visitors per month. Group Digital 2: More than 2.5 million unique visitors per month Unless otherwise noted, entries may include up to five elements, including but not limited to stories, videos and graphics. Submit entries as permalink URLs. A one-page, double-spaced cover letter may be submitted as a PDF with entries. (Style the PDF title like ...[Read More]
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Division X: Personal Finance

This division is format- and platform-agnostic. Entries will be judged against each other. Judges will weigh the missions and sizes of entrants. An entry will consist of up to five pieces of work, including side elements such as videos and graphics. Submit entries as PDFs or permalink URLs. A one-page, double-spaced cover letter may be submitted as a PDF with entries. (Style the PDF title ...[Read More]
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Division III: Government

This division is format- and platform-agnostic. Entries will be judged against each other. Judges will weigh the missions and sizes of entrants. An entry will consist of up to five pieces of work, including side elements such as videos and graphics. Submit entries as PDFs or permalink URLs. A one-page, double-spaced cover letter may be submitted as a PDF with entries. (Style the PDF title ...[Read More]
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Division VII: News Agencies

Eligible entrants: Primary business activity is distributing news-to news organizations and other business entities. Unless otherwise noted, entries may include up to five elements, including but not limited to stories, videos, and graphics. Submit entries as PDFs or permalink URLs. A one-page, double-spaced cover letter may be submitted as a PDF with entries. (Style the PDF title like this: ...[Read More]
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Division VI: International

This division is open to media organizations based outside the United States, as well as work by U.S.-based organizations that is datelined outside the U.S. This division is platform-agnostic. Unless otherwise noted, entries may include up to five elements, including but not limited to stories, videos, and graphics. Submit entries as PDFs or permalink URLs. A one-page, double-spaced cover ...[Read More]
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Division IX: Radio/TV/Podcast

Unless otherwise noted, entries may include up to five elements, including but not limited to stories, videos, and graphics. Please note: Content from an organization's website, even if online-only, should be entered in these categories. Submit entries as permalink URLs. A one-page, double-spaced cover letter may be submitted as a PDF with entries. (Style the PDF title like this: yournamecoverletter.pdf) 1. ...[Read More]
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Category Highlights

 All or some of the following categories are within each division. General Excellence: A news organization’s quality, strength and consistency over the contest year. Breaking News: Coverage of a single news event in the 24 hours after it breaks. Can be reactive reporting of news that breaks, or proactive news broken by a reporter or news organization’s reporting staff. Judges will be asked ...[Read More]
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Division XV: Technology

This division is format- and platform-agnostic. Entries will be judged against each other. Judges will weigh the missions and sizes of entrants. An entry will consist of up to five pieces of work, including side elements such as videos and graphics. Submit entries as PDFs or permalink URLs. A one-page, double-spaced cover letter may be submitted as a PDF with entries. (Style the PDF title ...[Read More]
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Division XIV: Student

This division honors the best student business reporting of 2015. An entry will consist of any story or package of stories written or produced by a college or university student who is a member of SABEW. Work done for school news organizations will be judged separately from work done for professional news organizations. An entry will consist of up to five pieces of work, including side elements ...[Read More]
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Division XIII: Small Business

This division is format- and platform-agnostic. Entries will be judged against each other. Judges will weigh the missions and sizes of entrants. An entry will consist of up to five pieces of work, including side elements such as videos and graphics. Submit entries as PDFs or permalink URLs. A one-page, double-spaced cover letter may be submitted as a PDF with entries. (Style the PDF title ...[Read More]
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Division II: Energy

This division is format- and platform-agnostic. Entries will be judged against each other. Judges will weigh the missions and sizes of entrants. An entry will consist of up to five pieces of work, including side elements such as videos and graphics. Submit entries as PDFs or permalink URLs. A one-page, double-spaced cover letter may be submitted as a PDF with entries. (Style the PDF title ...[Read More]

April 2015

Monday, April 27th, 2015

2014 BIB Winner’s list

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 ...[Read More]
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Meet the 2015 Student Newsroom team

Participating schools & reporters:     Siyuan Du is a business reporter and videographer with Medill News Service. She graduated with a B.A. in Finance from Hunan University. And she is interested in retailing and derivatives. She also produces video story focusing on arts, cultures and business.   Andrew Fowler is a business reporter with an interest in European politics ...[Read More]

February 2014

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

2013 BiB Winners’ List

Best in Business 2013 Winners List Winners in the 19th annual Best in Business competition for work done in 2013. This year, only one winner is named in each category division. In many instance, judges chose to recognize one or two finalists. Awards will be presented March 29 at the 51st annual SABEW conference in Phoenix. DIGITAL CATEGORY DIGITAL BREAKING NEWS, Division 2 Finalist:  CNNMoney ...[Read More]

March 2012

Friday, March 30th, 2012

2011 BIB Award Winners

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 ...[Read More]

February 2012

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Winners announced in SABEW’s Best in Business Contest

Click here for a complete list of winners with judges' comments.   Click here for a complete list of winners. Click here to register for the 49th annual SABEW spring conference and the Best in Business Awards reception.   SABEW Staff Report PHOENIX, Feb. 17, 2012 — The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) has announced winners of its 17th Best ...[Read More]

January 2012

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

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

President cites contest entry upgrade....[Read More]

March 2011

Friday, March 18th, 2011

32 additional winners announced in SABEW Best in Business competition

Added to original list of 168 announced March 18....[Read More]

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