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by Chris Roush
Diana B. Henriques, an award-winning financial journalist and author of The Wizard of Lies, the New York Times bestseller about the Bernie Madoff scandal, will receive the Distinguished Achievement Award this year from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the organization announced.
The award, which is SABEW’s highest honor, is given annually to someone who has made a significant impact on the field of business journalism and who has served as a nurturing influence on others in the profession.
“We could think of no one who meets this criteria more than Diana,” said Kevin Noblet, chair of the selection committee. “Her investigative reporting sets a high standard for all of us in terms of rigor and relevance. And she has been so generous to those who ask her help to become better professionals.”
Henriques will receive the award Sept. 27, during SABEW’s annual fall conference at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.
A reporter for The New York Times since 1989, Henriques has largely specialized in investigative reporting on white-collar crime, market regulation and corporate governance. She was a member of The New York Times’ reporting teams that were Pulitzer Prize finalists for coverage of the 2008 financial crisis and the aftermath of the Enron scandals.
She was also a member of a team that won a 1999 Gerald Loeb Award for covering the near-collapse of Long Term Capital Management, a hedge fund whose troubles rocked the financial markets in September 1998. And she was one of four reporters honored in 1996 by the Deadline Club, the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, for a series on how wealthy Americans legally sidestep taxes.
After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Henriques and another reporter at The Times, David Barstow, covered the management of billions of dollars in charity and victim assistance as part of the paper’s award-winning section, “A Nation Challenged.” She also chronicled the fate of Cantor Fitzgerald, the Wall Street firm that suffered the largest death toll in the World Trade Center attacks.
But she is proudest of her 2004 series exposing the exploitation of American military personnel by financial service companies. Her work prompted legislative reform and cash reimbursements for tens of thousands of defrauded service members, drawing recognition and thanks from military lawyers and families across the country. For that series, she was a Pulitzer finalist in 2005 and received a George Polk Award, Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and the Worth Bingham Prize.
by Chris Roush
A story on its website states, “‘It’s hard to get better than that—being named both the best local business newspaper and best local business website in the country,’ said Crain’s Editor Glenn Coleman. ‘It’s a testament to our newsroom’s talents.’
“Crain’s New York won five more gold honors in the contest: Best Editorial (on behind-closed-doors dealmaking in Albany); Best Body of Work by a Single Reporter (for Wall Street stories by Aaron Elstein); Best Use of Photography/Illustration; Best Special Section Design (for the 2011 ’40 Under 40′ feature package) and Best Overall Design.
“Two silver honors were awarded to Barbara Benson for Best Online Scoop and Best Investigative Reporting, for stories on Peninsula Hospital’s bankruptcy. Ms. Benson’s and Gale Scott’s Crain’s Health Pulse newsletter also won silver for Best Industry-Specific E-newsletter.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
Get your entry in for the 2012 Barlett and Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism, which offers $8,000 in prizes, as the deadline to apply is Aug. 1.
“Don and I have an informal motto: ‘Tell the reader something they don’t know,’” said Steele. “It sounds simple. Yet a lot of journalism is a rehash of what people already know.”
Entries must have appeared in print or online in the year ended June 30, 2012.
Apply here. The awards are organized and managed by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University.
by Chris Roush
Steve Adler, the editor in chief at Reuters, sent out the following award announcement on Thursday to the staff:
I’m pleased to report that Reuters has been named a winner of a prestigious National Press Club Award, which honor the best of U.S. journalism.
The Shell Games series was awarded first prize in the Consumer Journalism, Periodicals category. Judges cited the series’ “comprehensive reporting on an issue of national importance” and noted that the “authors took the complex subject of shell corporations and explained the impact on people — especially in holding companies accountable.”
This honor marks the fourth award that our shell games coverage has received. The series also picked up a Gerald Loeb Award and a New York Press Club Award, and the first story in the series was awarded a London Foreign Press Association Award last year.
Please join me in congratulating Brian Grow, Kelly Carr, Laurence Fletcher, Nanette Byrnes, Matthew Bigg, Joshua Schneyer, Sara Ledwith, and Cynthia Johnston on their National Press Club Award win.
by Chris Roush
The Boston Globe won a national award for online journalism for its series on the mislabeling of fish at restaurants and grocery stores in the 2012 National Press Club Journalism Contest, the National Press Club announced this week.
Colin A. Yoing of The Globe writes, “Reporters Jenn Abelson and Beth Daley won the Joan M. Friedenberg Online Journalism Award for their ‘Fishy Business’ series, which was published last October. The award is given to reporters who have ‘done original reporting and have taken advantage of online technology in order to provide a thorough and graphically attractive report,’ according to the National Press Club.
“‘It’s terrific for reporters Jenn Abelson and Beth Daley to receive recognition from their peers for their outstanding work that showed consumers were being cheated,’ said Globe health and science editor Gideon Gil. ‘For the Globe, winning in the online category is especially gratifying because it validates our success as a multimedia journalism enterprise.’
“The series was the result of a five-month investigation that found Massachusetts consumers routinely and unknowingly overpay for less desirable fish. DNA testing of samples collected from more than 100 restaurants, grocery stores, and seafood markets found that 48 percent of 183 samples turned out to be a different species than what was advertised.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE
Spencer Soper of The Allentown Morning Call in Pennsylvania received a Gerald Loeb Award last week for his coverage of working conditions at an Amazon.com warehouse in the state.
He joined The Morning Call in 2005. Soper previously worked as a reporter for newspapers in California and New York.
Soper talked this weekend by e-mail with Talking Biz News about the series of stories. What follows is an edited transcript.
Why did you decide to write about the Amazon warehouse?
I wrote a story about openings at the Amazon warehouse in the summer, which resulted in a tip about some snafus in the hiring process with Amazon and its temporary staffing firm. That tip resulted in this story. That story prompted more tips about working conditions, and we hit it from there.
How did you find the employees that talked to you?
Various methods. After we heard from a couple of people about working conditions, we wanted to make sure we didn’t have one common denominator between all of our sources. I heard from a few people based on the above story, and called around others I knew which led to more sources. Some of it was banging on doors at night when phone calls alone didn’t work.
Did you use any strategies to get them to speak specifically about their experiences?
One strategy for all stories. Being upfront about what I was doing. A lot of people were reluctant to speak on the record. I just started a conversation with people and asked them about their experiences. Anyone who wasn’t comfortable going on record, even with anonymity, we left it open ended. I’d call them back after a few days to see what they thought. A lot of people fell off and we didn’t use them, but many more stayed with it, allowing me to check their pay stubs and go on the record. Some we allowed with anonymity since they still worked at the warehouse or because they expected to return.
When in the process did you realize you had a good story?
I don’t remember. I just remember wanting to know more and more and speak to as many people as possible. And the determination got stronger with each interview.
How much time did you spend reporting before you started writing?
I usually start writing as soon as I’m taking notes. Then flesh out the background and context later. This story came together pretty quickly. A couple of months from start to finish.
You used a lot of OSHA records and photos to tell the story. Explain their usefulness.
They helped to corroborate what workers were telling us and provided some specificity. We got a lot more from Amazon through its response to OSHA inquiries than we did from their response to our inquiries.
Your story had minimal reaction from ISS, the temporary agency, and Amazon. How hard did you try to get them to respond?
We didn’t waterboard them or beg them, but we let them know everything that was coming and gave them ample opportunity to respond. They didn’t dispute anything we discovered in our reporting. And Amazon’s response to OSHA, which we obtained through FOIA, corroborated a lot of the story for us. We were comfortable moving ahead with their limited statements.
You don’t see much coverage about warehouses in business news publications. Why do you think that’s the case?
That’s a good question for business publications. I think it is a subject where proximity is important. The Morning Call is in Allentown, which is a big shipping hub for the East Coast. You can’t schmooze an Amazon PR rep and get this story and you won’t hear about warehouse working conditions if you’re working sources on Wall Street. You have to build it from the ground up. I was in a good position to do the building.
Was there anything about the reporting and writing of this story that you had to learn while doing it?
I had to bone up on the temp industry. That’s a good subject for any business reporter to learn more about since they are likely to encounter it no matter which companies they cover.
After the story ran, what kind of follow-up stories did you write?
This was our first big investigation. and here was the first follow story. Hre was the second follow. I had heard some things about this in our first story, but not enough to nail it. After first story ran, I got enough to nail it down.
Here was third follow. We spent about as much time on this follow as we did on initial investigation since Amazon wouldn’t say much, initially, about the air conditioning system being installed and we had to obtain warehouse building permits using the Pennsylvania right to know law. Then we had to figure out how to make sense of warehouse construction drawings.
Did this story open the door to other stories?
The Morning Call has a solid reputation for watchdog reporting. Still, I think the Amazon series helped me gain worker trust to nail this story about a cardboard manufacturing company that outsourced its trucking department after learning a union drive was underway.
What is the last thing you bought on Amazon?
I don’t shop much, Chris. I get new things at the supermarket, hardware store and auto parts store. Otherwise, I buy used and hit thrift stores. You can learn more about that side of me here.
by Chris Roush
TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE
Business North Carolina was named the best regional business magazine in the country last week at the Alliance of Area Business Publications meeting in Milwaukee.
It is the first time that the magazine, based in Charlotte, has won the national award. Runners-up for best magazine were D CEO in Dallas and Twin Cities Business in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Talking Biz News asked David Kinney, the editor for the past 25 years and majority owner since 1998, about winning the award.
Here is what he had to say:
Since the magazine was founded in 1981, Business North Carolina has won more than 100 national awards for its writing, reporting and design, but this one was the biggest by far.
We had won the silver and bronze awards for best magazine a few times, but — considering some of the competition we were up against and the relative sizes of our staffs and budgets — winning the gold took me by surprise.
I really liked what the judges, members of the University of Missouri journalism faculty, had to say about the magazine in their comments: “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.”
We’ve always put a premium on writing at BNC. As a monthly magazine, we can’t be as timely as daily or weekly newspapers, not to mention broadcasting outlets or Web publishers and social media. People might not have to read us, so we’ve got to do everything in our power to make them want to read us.
And if you can do that, there’s still a demand — and appreciation — for the kind of journalism we produce. But to deliver that product, you’ve got to attract a strong staff, abetted by a talented stable of freelancers.
People work for BNC because they’re drawn to long-form journalism. They get to do the kind of stories you’ll find only in magazines, mostly magazines published in much larger markets. Take Ed Martin, for instance. He started writing for us as a freelancer after nearly 30 years of working for dailies, then spent more than a decade on our staff. Now retired, he’s our senior contributing editor and still doing great work. Not only was he a big reason we won best magazine, but he got the gold prize for best body of work by a magazine writer, the sixth time he’s taken the top honor in that category.
He also won gold prizes this year for best magazine feature, best magazine personality profile and best local spin on a national business/economics story in the open category, open to both newspapers and magazines.
“Martin,” the judges wrote, “excels as a business magazine writer because of his story choice and story execution — fueled by in-depth reporting, elegant writing and first-person observations. Whether he is writing about the biggest farm east of the Mississippi River or an aging speedboat mogul, Martin captures the flavor of his subjects with the use of telling, specific details and a compelling narrative arc.”
And it’s not just the veterans who make this happen. We won the silver prize for best headlines, one of which was written by Spencer Campbell, a young editor who came to work for us just last year from a magazine in Florida — with the stated purpose of becoming the next Ed Martin.
DISCLOSURE: I was a contributing editor to Business North Carolina from June 2004 to September 2007, writing a monthly sports business column and other stories.
by Chris Roush
Bill Dedman of MSNBC.com — who earlier this week got Bloomberg TV to backtrack from an ad claiming anchor Betty Liu was a Pulitzer nominee — has now gotten Fox Business Network to withdraw similar information from the bio of reporter Charles Gasparino.
“But the news organizations don’t choose the Pulitzer nominees, any more than the record studios choose Grammy nominees. By Gasparino’s reckoning, thousands of journalists each year could sell books and earn speaking fees by calling themselves ‘Pulitzer nominees.’
“Later Tuesday, Fox changed its online bio of Gasparino, keeping the P word but dropping any claim to a nomination, saying instead that his work ‘was submitted for the Pulitzer.’
“A Fox spokeswoman also sent over a statement:
“‘The Wall Street Journal submitted Charlie Gasparino’s reporting of Wall Street research scandals to the Pulitzer Board in 2002,’ said the statement from Kevin Magee, executive vice president of Fox Business Network. ‘While Fox Business never claimed he was a finalist for the award, we’ve clarified his bio to reflect the submission as opposed to a nomination.’
“Neither Fox nor Gasparino would answer the question: Why include a ‘submission’ in a bio at all if it didn’t make the finals?”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
Salmon won in the blogging category. Reuters also won in the news service category for “Shell Games” by Brian Grow, Kelly Carr, Laurence Fletcher, Nanette Byrnes, Matthew Bigg, Joshua Schneyer, Cynthia Johnston and Sara Ledwith.
Mark Maremont, Tom McGinty, Jon Keegan, Palani Kumanan, Sarah Slobin and Neil King Jr. were the team at the Journal who won for “Jet Tracker” in the online enterprise category.
Walter Isaacson won in the book category for his Steve Jobs biography. Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo received an honorable mention in the book category for “Poor Economics.”
Brent Snavely, Greg Gardner and Chrissie Thompson for “GM-UAW Contract Negotiations” in Detroit Free Press won in the breaking news category.
In medium and small newspapers, there were two winners: Raquel Rutledge, Rick Barrett, John Diedrich, Ben Poston and Mike de Sisti for “Shattered Trust” in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Spencer Soper and Scott Kraus for “Inside Amazon’s Warehouse” in The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa.
The Journal Sentinel’s John Fauber won in the beat reporting category for “‘Side Effects’ Beat Reporting.“
Peter Elkind, Jennifer Reingold and Doris Burke won the Loeb in the magazine category for “Inside Pfizer’s Palace Coup” in Fortune.
Penelope Wang, Kim Clark and Lisa Gibbs won the Loeb in the personal finance category for “‘Protecting Your Parents’ Series“ in Money.
Zanny Minton Beddoes, Edward Carr, John Peet, Patrick Foulis and John O’Sullivan won the Loeb in the commentary category for “Euro Zone” in The Economist.
In the broadcast enterprise category, the winner is Laura Sydell and Alex Blumberg for “When Patents Attack,” a collaboration between NPR and This American Life.
“60 Minutes” won in the explanatory category, while Ken Bensinger for “Wheels of Fortune” in the Los Angeles Times won in the large newspaper category.
The awards are being handed out at a dinner in New York, and this prestigious award program recognizes and honors journalists who have made significant contributions to the understanding of business, finance and the economy.