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NYSSCPA names financial journalism award winners


The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants announced the winners of its 2014 Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards.

The nationwide contest — the 31st annual this year — recognizes reporters from the national and local press whose work was published, posted or broadcast in 2013 and contributed to a better and balanced understanding of business or financial topics. Winners were selected by judges from the NYSSCPA and the New York Financial Writers Association who ranked submissions on accuracy, quality and thoroughness of research.
This year’s winners will be honored during a luncheon ceremony May 1 in New York City.
Book – Business/Financial:
Gregory Zuckerman for  “The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the Billionaire Wildcatters” (Portfolio/Penguin). In five years, the United States has seen a historic burst of oil and natural gas production, easing our insatiable hunger for energy. A new drilling process called fracking has made us the world’s fastest growing energy power, on track to pass Saudi Arabia by 2020. But despite headlines and controversy, no previous book has shown how the revolution really happened.
Print & Online:
Trade Press Category – News/Investigative:  David Evans, Bloomberg Markets, for “Fleeced by Fees.” Even as Wall Street has found countless ways to trick and profit excessively from its customers, the fees charged by managed futures funds are outrageous by all standards— and hidden.
Trade Press Category – Features: Janet Hewitt, Mortgage Banking, for “That Other American Dream” an in-depth look at the senior management and business strategy behind Ellie Mae, a unique company in the mortgage technology field that has found a way to be a success story in the face of epic headwinds.
Trade Press Category – Opinion: Kenneth Silber, Research, for “Who’s Kidding Whom?” a piece that focused on the risks of financial advisors “living in a bubble” and filtering out adverse information about public opinion and the political climate.
Consumer Press Category – News/Investigative: Cam Simpson, Bloomberg Businessweek, for “Stranded”  which follows the incredible tale of 1,500 Nepalese men as they are recruited in their homeland by job brokers who charge fees for the service, then flown to Malaysia where they’ll work at a Flextronics plant assembling cameras for the new phone. Once there, they’re stranded when Apple moves assembly to another plant.
Consumer Press Category – Features:  Peter Elkind and Doris Burke, Fortune,for “Amazon’s (Not So Secret) War on Taxes,” where the pair reveal how Jeff  Bezos’ company successfully battled to preserve his company online sales-tax exempt status by demanding, wheedling, suing, threatening, and negotiating—and how new alliances and strategies among Amazon’s enemies finally began turning the tide.
Consumer Press Category – Opinion: Dan Primack, Fortune, for “Where is Calpers’s Governance When You Need It?”, in Fortune, in this, one of his ongoing commentaries about private equity, venture capital, Wall Street, mergers and acquisitions, and other deal-related topics, Primack chides the corporate watchdog for its complicity in allowing a third-party “placement agent” to channel Calpers’s investments toward a private equity fund, all the while portraying itself as an unwitting victim
Category – Segment Running 10 Minutes or Less: Richard Quest, CNN International – In the summer of 2013 Richard Quest travelled to Texas to investigate both the day-to-day work of fracking, and its long-term economic impact.
Category – Segment Running More than 10 Minutes: Scott Cohn, CNBC, for “Critical Condition: Saving America’s Cities,” the historic bankruptcy of the city of Detroit in 2013 was not an isolated incident. As this series shows, no major city is without at least some of the same issues that sent Detroit over the edge.
Category – Segment Running 10 Minutes or Less:  Alisa Parenti with producer Tracy Johnke, Marketwatch.com Radio for “Housing on Fire: Tips for Buyers and Sellers” – As the housing market started to heat up again, Parenti and Johnke had a very simple goal: To help buyers and sellers maximize their positions in the finally-improving real estate market.
Category – Segment Running More than Ten Minutes: Gordon Deal, Wall Street Journal This Morning, 16-day segment series decoded the government shutdown’s impact on real people, the economy and business.

WSJ now seven years without Pulitzer for reporting


Joe Strupp of Media Matters for America examines why The Wall Street Journal has not won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting since it was acquired by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. in 2007.

Strupp writes, “But for a newspaper of the Journal‘s size and stature, such a long stretch may be a sign of its goals. Murdoch has reportedly made clear that he does not prioritize the kind of in-depth, long form journalism that often wins these awards.

“Such an approach sparked an exodus of some of the Journal‘s best news people almost immediately after Murdoch took over, including some who had won Pulitzers and others who went on to win elsewhere.

“Over the years, many media observers have even speculated to me (often absent any particular evidence) that the 19-person Pulitzer Board — whose members included Journal Editorial Page Editor Paul Gigot — is against Murdoch.

“It is odd, however, that in the National Reporting category, won by The Gazette of Colorado Springs, the Journal took two of the three finalist nods. That makes ten Journal finalists who were not awarded Pulitzers under Murdoch’s ownership. This could say something about how the full board views the paper – but whether it’s a criticism of the paper’s leadership or a judgment that the paper’s best reporting no longer measures up is impossible to say.”

Read more here.

Reuters Pulitzer

Reuters editor in chief Adler on its first Pulitzer


Reuters editor in chief Steve Adler sent out the following statement on Monday:

We are thrilled that Jason Szep, Andrew R.C. Marshall and team have been recognized by the Pulitzer Prize committee for their important work. For two years, Reuters reporters have tirelessly investigated terrible human-rights abuses in a forgotten corner of the Muslim world, bringing the international dimensions of the oppressed Rohingya of Myanmar to global attention. We are immensely proud that this high-impact series was selected as Reuters’ first-ever Pulitzer Prize win for text reporting.

The photo is of enterprise editor Michael Williams, Adler, and Reuters staff at a toast in honor of the win in the Reuters New York newsroom.


Down year for Pulitzers in business journalism


The number of Pulitzer Prize winners Monday that revolved around business and financial journalism fell in 2014.

There appears to be two Pulitzers this year for a business and financial topic, and two finalists. In 2013, there were three Pulitzer Prizes handed out for business and financial journalism, and three finalists in business and financial journalism.

In the investigative reporting category, a Pulitzer was awarded to labor and environmental reporter Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C., for his reports on how some lawyers and doctors rigged a system to deny benefits to coal miners stricken with black lung disease, resulting in remedial legislative efforts.

In the editorial writing category, a Pulitzer was awarded to the editorial staff of The Oregonian, Portland, for its lucid editorials that explain the urgent but complex issue of rising pension costs, notably engaging readers and driving home the link between necessary solutions and their impact on everyday lives.

In the national reporting category, The Wall Street Journal was a finalist twice.

Nominated finalists in this category were John Emshwiller and Jeremy Singer-Vine of The Journal for their reports and searchable database on the nation’s often overlooked factories and research centers that once produced nuclear weapons and now pose contamination risks; and Jon Hilsenrath of The Journal for his exploration of the Federal Reserve, a powerful but little understood national institution.

Read about all of the winners and finalists here.

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FT Business Book of the Year contest accepting entries


The Financial Times Business Book of the Year contest is now accepting entries.

This annual award aims to identify the book that provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues, including management, finance and economics. The judges will give preference to those books whose insights and influence are most likely to stand the test of time.

The winner will receive an award of £30,000, and shortlisted authors will receive £10,000 each. A shortlist of up to six titles will be announced in early autumn, and the winner will be announced at an award dinner on Nov. 11, 2014 in London. Submissions are invited from publishers or bona fide imprints based in any country.

Titles must be published for the first time in the English language, or in English translation, between Nov. 16, 2013, and Nov. 15, 2014. There is no limit to the number of submissions from each publisher, provided they fit the aim of the award. Titles from all genres are eligible, but anthologies will not be considered. There are no
restrictions of gender, age or nationality of authors.

Authors who are current officers, employees or contractors of the Financial Times Group or McKinsey, or the close relatives of such officers, employees or contractors, are not eligible.

By submitting an entry for the award, publishers agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge that failure to comply with them may result in disqualification.

To apply, go here.

Fast Company

Fast Company is finalist for Magazine of the Year


Fast Company was named Thursday as one of five finalists for Magazine of the Year by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

The National Magazine Awards will be presented on Thursday, May 1, at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Bloomberg Businessweek and Money also received two nominations, while Wired received five nominations, including a nomination in the design category.

Bloomberg Businessweek is a finalist in the single-topic category for “Five Years From the Brink,” Sept. 16-22.

Money is a finalist twice in the personal service category for for “The Massachusetts Experiment,” June; “Worker, Heal Thyself,” August; and “Obamacare: Game (Really) On,” October, by Amanda Gengler; and for “101 Ways to Build Wealth,” May.

Wired is a finalist in the leisure interest category for “Crazy Good! Locos Tacos, Umami Burgers, Fake Meat, and the Miracle of Processed Food,” October.

Bloomberg Businessweek and Wired are also finalists in the tablet category, while Wired is a finalist in the multimedia category for “Vision Quest,” by Clive Thompson, September print issue and at wired.com.

Fortune is a finalist in the public interest category for “Dirty Medicine,” May 15, “Maker of Generic Lipitor Pleads Guilty to Selling ‘Adulterated Drugs,’” May 13, and “The Latest to Claim Fraud at Generic Lipitor Maker Ranbaxy: Its Owners,” May 23, by Katherine Eban.

Finally, Wired is a finalist in the feature writing category for “Dangerous,” by Joshua Davis, January.

See all of the finalists here.

Mossberg and Swisher

Re/code founders Mossberg, Swisher to receive award


Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, who recently launched the independent technology news and reviews site Re/code, will be honored by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at the eighth annual Mirror Awards ceremony, to be held June 4 in New York City.

The pair, who earlier created and produced All Things D, will receive the i-3 award for impact, innovation and influence.

Mossberg was the author and creator of the weekly Personal Technology column in The Wall Street Journal, which appeared every week from 1991 through 2013.

With Kara Swisher, he was also the co-creator and co-producer of the technology industry’s most prestigious annual conference, D: All Things Digital, and the co-executive editor of the technology website allthingsd.com, which extended the experience of the D Conference to the web.

The i-3 award is given to individuals or organizations that have made a profound impact on the media landscape or have captured the public’s imagination about the potential or importance of the media in a unique way. Past recipients include the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (2012); Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai, co-founders of Foursquare (2011); Twitter (2010); Obama for America New Media Department/Blue State Digital (2009); and CNN/YouTube (2008).

The Mirror Awards are the most important awards for recognizing excellence in media industry reporting. Established by the Newhouse School at Syracuse University in 2006, the awards honor the reporters, editors and teams of writers who hold a mirror to their own industry for the public’s benefit.


NAREE contest deadline is Wednesday


The National Association of Real Estate Editors has extended the deadline to enter the 64th Annual Real Estate Journalism Competition to Wednesday, March 5, for work published, posted or broadcast in 2013.

Entries need to be submitted on www.naree.org  by  Wednesday at 11:59 PM or  postmarked by March 5 and received in the NAREE office by mail no later March 10.

The National Association of Real Estate Editors offers 25 categories to recognize excellence in the extremely broad field of real estate journalism which runs the gamut from residential, commercial and mortgage finance to public policy, sustainable urban and home design, among others.
The Gold Award for Best Freelance Collection comes with a $500 cash prize.  The Platinum Award for Best Overall Entry includes a $1,000 cash prize.
Investment, mixed-used and high-rise development; transit-oriented projects; redevelopment of historic properties; real estate on Wall Street — securitized mortgages, publicly traded builders and REITs; commercial transactions; online real estate; short sales; multifamily; hotel and resort development; green building and remodeling are among the topics journalists may consider as they select their entries covering the constantly evolving filed of real estate. Staff writers, freelancers, columnists, bloggers and editors are eligible to enter their work. More categories are open this year for teams of journalists and digital journalists.

Commercial real estate writers, columnists, bloggers and editors – both staff and freelance – along with those covering the business of real estate brokerage, luxury housing and the mortgage market, should consider entering.

To enter, go here.


SABEW names Best in Business winners


The Society of American Business Editors and Writers announced honorees in its 19th Best in Business competition, which honors excellence in business journalism across all news platforms.

The 150 honored works represent all corners of financial news, from the Albany (NY) Business Review to Fortune magazine and National Public Radio, from CNBC to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Wall Street Journal.

Bloomberg News and its related media outlets, including Bloomberg Markets, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Bloomberg TV, led with 13 honors; The New York Times had eight, Reuters had seven, American Banker had six, and the Los Angeles Times and ProPublica had five each.

“We congratulate the winners, and more broadly, contest entrants, for submissions that really highlighted the strength of American business reporting. With so many strong entries, picking a winner was a tough proposition for many judges,” said Kevin G. Hall, SABEW president and chief economics correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers.

For the first time, the contest singled out a winner in each category.  “Based on feedback from members, we altered the contest this year to reduce the number of finalists in favor of a single winner in most categories,” Hall said. “This represents a big change for the organization, and we intend to engage the membership to determine whether we should continue down this road or modify the contest further.” The judges also chose to name one or two finalists in many categories, as warranted by the quality of entries.

Awards will be presented during ceremonies Saturday, March 29, at the Sheraton Phoenix Hotel, the closing event of SABEW’s 51th annual conference. The conference will be March 27-29 at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in downtown Phoenix, and features headliners author Michael Lewis, Quartz editor-in-chief Kevin Delaney, and GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons.

More than 200 working journalists and academics served as judges, sifting through a record 1,123 entries from 181 news outlets across 72 categories. “I’d like to extend a special thank-you to all our volunteer judges, who gave hundreds of hours of their time to make this the best and highest-quality contest it could be,” said Joanna Ossinger of Bloomberg News, who served as judging coordinator. “We couldn’t have done it without them.”

The honored work reflected the challenges as well as the progress in the world economy in 2013.  A sampling of winners included ProPublica’s investigation into continued problems in the payday lending industry, and GlobalPost’s series on the emergence of the newly democratic Myanmar, where child labor remains a critical issue. Several publications earned recognition for “why it happened reporting,” from the Detroit Free Press series on why Detroit went broke to the Globe and Mail’s examination of corporate and government oversight failures that led to the derailment of an oil train and resulting fire that killed 47 in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec.

View the full list here.

Mina Kimes

Kimes wins SABEW young business journalist award


Mina Kimes, 28, an enterprise investigative reporter for Bloomberg News, is the inaugural winner of the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize, honoring journalists under age 30. She will receive her award March 29 at the 51st SABEW Annual Conference in Phoenix.

The judging panel also chose to honor four finalists:

  • Chris Kirkham, 30, projects reporter, the Huffington Post
  • Sean Sposito, 29, reporter and data journalist, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Max Abelson, 29, Wall Street reporter, Bloomberg News
  • Kristen Painter, 28, airline and aerospace reporter, The Denver Post

Made possible by a $5,000 gift from rbb Public Relations of Miami, Fla., the award commemorates Birger, a former Miami Herald business editor who led SABEW as president in 1977.  Birger was later a principal in rbb until his death in 1998. “Larry was a business-minded person who explored business solutions and communications,” said Christine Barney, CEO of rbb, who will present the award to Kimes in Phoenix. “We want this to a be a reminder of the importance of good journalism.”

Kimes joined Bloomberg in 2013, after eight years at Fortune magazine, first working for its Small Business publication before moving to Fortune. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale University, where she studied English.

The judges noted Kimes’ stellar work over her seven-year career, including her “Bad to the Bone” investigation for Fortune that details abuses in the medical device industry. Kimes’ piece for Fortune in 2010 attributed a spate of product recalls by consumer giant Johnson & Johnson to reorganization and cost-cutting.

The Columbia Journalism Review has called the piece “a virtual case study in the deterioration of a once-exemplary corporate culture and one of the better-reported business stories you’ll see.”   More recently, Kimes wrote two pieces for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, “King Cat” and “The Sun Tzu at Sears.” The stories revealed how CEOs of two iconic American companies, Caterpillar Inc.’s Doug Oberhelman and Sears Holding Corp.’s Eddie Lampert, exploit underlings in the quest for profit.