Business North Carolina named best biz magazine

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Business North Carolina was named the best regional business magazine in the country by the Alliance of Area Business Publications at its annual conference this past weekend in Milwaukee.

The judges wrote, “Great writing is its hallmark, the output of skilled reporting and impeccable editing. The stories are interesting to read even for people who aren’t interested in business reporting. For the state, sensitivity to its geographical and demographic diversity makes the magazine an important resource.”

The best newspaper, small tabloids, went to the Baton Rouge Business Report, while the best newspaper, large tabloids winner was Crain’s New York Business.

The judges wrote that the Baton Rouge paper’s “editorial content is a rich mix of news, columns and profiles that address contemporary topics with authority and a clear eye. A piece on Louisiana’s tax credits, for example, shows how they have been successful but at the expense of the state’s fiscal footing. The business journal also takes firm, insightful stands in its Viewpoint section, including a well-reasoned discussion about the quagmire of reapportionment in Louisiana.”

As for Crain’s New York, the judges wrote, “This is a paper that’s really hitting on all cylinders. Great mix of photography with illustrations contribute to a strong design. Excellent coverage of a wide type of stories. Reporting is solid throughout, and the writing is engaging. Makes itself a must-read for businesspeople in the five boroughs.”

Crain’s Chicago was named the most improved publication. The judges noted, “Crain’s Chicago Business rebuilt its publication essentially from the ground up, addressing format, design and content. The result is a winning combination of stylish presentation and engaging stories. Recognizing the need to simplify, the business journal streamlined its cover by removing ineffective promos and simplifying the layout.”

See all of the winners here.