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by Chris Roush
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.
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.
by Chris Roush
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.
by Chris Roush
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.
by Chris Roush
The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is now accepting entries for the Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism.
Named for two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Don Barlett and Jim Steele, the awards were first given in 2007 and have featured a gold award of $5,000 and a silver prize of $2,000. Due to the growing number of exceptional submissions each year, a bronze award of $1,000 was added in 2011.
Entries for the 2014 award must have appeared in the year ending June 30, 2014. Each media outlet may submit no more than two entries. Submission deadline is Aug. 1, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. PT.
Applications will be accepted only online and from editors or the contest coordinator designated by your news organization. Applicants will need to provide the following on the Barlett & Steele Contest Entry Form.
- Contact information for the editor submitting the entry.
- An editor’s letter outlining any (a) obstacles in reporting, (b) reforms or impact after publication and (c) corrections or challenges to accuracy. It can be submitted as a Word document (.doc) or an Adobe Acrobat PDF (.pdf) file.
- Up to four articles, submitted as either an active URL or as a Word document (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat PDF (.pdf). A sidebar counts as an article.
Applicants do not have to file all elements in one sitting, but all elements must be uploaded before the application is submitted for consideration.
by Chris Roush
Three journalists have won awards for in-depth stories that used databases to explore financial topics across the United States.
The award winners were among reporters who participated in a 12-week database program administered by International Center for Journalists and funded by The McGraw-Hill Companies on database reporting.
Steph Guinan, a writer and data visualization journalist living in Asheville, N.C., won first place for a story examining unemployment and poverty issues in North Carolina.
Gene Siudut, assistant editor of La Gaceta in Tampa, won second place for a story examining baby boomers going into retirement.
Third place went to Mary Annette Pember, whose entry focused on sexual violence in North )Dakota because of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Honorable mention was awarded to Frederick Reese for a story on minimum wage and Walmart and Robbie Ward for a story examining improvements in a Tupelo, Miss., neighborhood.
The winners were honored at a dinner in New York on March 12. The stories were judged by editors and writers at Marketwatch.com.
DISCLOSURE: I was one of the instructors of the ICFJ course, and these were some of my students.
by Chris Roush
The George Polk Award for Business Reporting will go to Alison Fitzgerald, Daniel Wagner, Lauren Kyger and John Dunbar of The Center for Public Integrity for “After the Meltdown,” a three-part series demonstrating that regulators and prosecutors have failed to hold a single major player on Wall Street accountable for the reckless behavior that sparked the 2008 financial crisis, allowing them to live lavishly in its aftermath and permitting some to resume the sort of investment activity that plunged the nation into a deep and debilitating recession.
In “After the Meltdown” the Center for Public Integrity revisits the subprime lenders, Wall Street banks and government regulators that were most responsible for the crash — and finds few if any have been held accountable.
The George Polk Awards in Journalism are conferred annually to honor special achievement in journalism. The awards, which place a premium on investigative and enterprise reporting that gains attention and achieves results, were established in 1949 by LIU to commemorate George Polk, a CBS correspondent murdered in 1948 while covering the Greek civil war.
The 2013 George Polk Awards will be presented at a luncheon at The Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan Friday, April 11. All of the winners can be seen here.
Read the Center’s story about the series here.
by Chris Roush
The Society of American Business Editors and Writers‘ Best in Business competition has again attracted a record number of entries — 1,123.
“SABEW is absolutely thrilled with the record number of entries. The number slightly improved on last year’s record (1,120), set during our 50th anniversary when publicity was greater,” said Kevin G. Hall, the group’s 2013-2014 president, who works for McClatchy.
Winners of the contest, the largest of its kind, will be announced soon, with the presentation of awards at SABEW’s 51st annual conference March 29 at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Phoenix.
The competition was created in 1995 to recognize the best work in business journalism. This year’s contest included entries from 181 companies, institutions and individuals, one of the highest totals ever.
“The submissions represent a wonderfully diverse group of publications and people. We’re looking forward to starting the judging process and selecting the very best from all the great business-journalism work done in 2013,” said Joanna Ossinger of Bloomberg News, who chairs the Best in Business Awards committee.
Some other highlights from the entry period:
- Bloomberg had the most entries – 71. Second-highest total was The New York Times (31), followed by CNN Money (30) and The Associated Press (26).
- The contest included 39 student entries from five universities.
- New to the contest were the New Yorker, BBC, LinkedIn and various local radio stations and specialty websites.
The BIB awards will be given out during a dinner at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix Hotel on the final night of the conference.
by Chris Roush
Paul Steiger, the managing editor of The Wall Street Journal from 1991 to 2007, has been named the winner of the 2014 William Allen White Foundation National Citation.
Steiger was the founding editor-in-chief, CEO and president of ProPublica from 2008 through 2012. As executive chairman beginning in 2013, he remains actively involved in strategic issues, development, representing ProPublica in public venues, and consulting with management on business and editorial issues as needed. Before his work at ProPublica, Steiger was managing editor of the Wall Street Journal from 1991 to 2007, during which members of the newsroom staff were awarded 16 Pulitzer Prizes. In addition, ProPublica reporters received the first Pulitzer Prizes for online journalism in May 2010 and 2011.
Steiger serves on the steering committee for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, based in Arlington, Va., which provides free legal assistance to journalists. He is a trustee of the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which funds efforts to enhance journalism and the functioning of American communities. From 2005 to 2011, Steiger was chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based nonprofit that advocates for press freedom around the globe. From 1999 to 2007, he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, serving as its chairman in his final year. He also worked for 15 years as a reporter, the Washington economics correspondent and the business editor for the Los Angeles Times.
His previous honors include the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award for Business and Financial Reporting, the Columbia Journalism Award, the University of Missouri Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism, the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center, and the Gerald Loeb Award for lifetime achievement from the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
The Society of American Business Editors and Writers has extended its deadline for the Best in Business competition until Monday afternoon.
The new deadline is Feb. 3, 6 p.m. Eastern time for the competition, which is entirely conducted online.
Warren Watson, executive director, said this additional time will enable dozens of companies and individuals to comfortably enter their best work. The contest featured a number of new categories this year after adding some new wrinkles a year ago.
The competition includes a variety of new personal writing divisions (open to all), in addition to new social media and blogging categories.
For more information, contact Watson at 1-602-496-5186 or email email@example.com.
by Chris Roush
The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards is now accepting submissions for its 2014 contest.
The program honors professional and student journalists for distinguished reporting that cultivates, promotes and disseminates understanding of accounting, finance and business topics.
All original entries must have been published, broadcast or posted online by a U.S.-based news organization during the contest year of Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013. Go to https://nysscpa.nonprofitcms.org/awards for more information about the contest and to enter. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2014.
This is the 31st year the NYSSCPA – the nation’s first state society of trusted accounting professionals with more than 30,000 members – has held its contest.
For more information, contact Alonza Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 719-8405.