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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.


Barlett & Steele Awards now accepting entries


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.

Questions? Email Andrew Leckey, Reynolds Center president, or call 602-496-9186.


ICFJ names winners of database biz reporting


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.

Polk AWards

Center for Public Integrity wins Polk Award for biz reporting


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.


SABEW’s Best in Business sets entry record


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.

Paul Steiger

Steiger, former WSJ ME, to receive William A. White award


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.


SABEW extends Best in Business deadline to Feb. 3


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 watson@sabew.org.


Financial journalism contest seeks entries


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 journoawards@nysscpa.org or call (212) 719-8405.


IRE names Phil Meyer Award winners


Three major investigative reports that used social science research methods to expose thousands of medical professionals who exploit Medicare for more money, shine a light on the growing gap between the rich and poor in the U.S., and uncover the tactics of Washington’s shadowy world of “political intelligence” firms were named Thursday as winners of the 2013 Philip Meyer Journalism Award.

First place is awarded to “The Prescribers” by Tracy Weber, Charles Ornstein, Jennifer LaFleur, Jeff Larson and Lena Groeger of ProPublica. After reviewing four years of Medicare prescription records, the team found that the drive to get drugs into patients’ hands overshadowed monitoring safety.

Second Place is awarded to Reuters’ “The Unequal State of America” by Deborah Nelson, Kristina Cooke, David Rohde, Himanshu Ojha and Ryan McNeil. This team of reporters offered startling insight into the nature of inequality in the United States and the role played by government in exacerbating or alleviating it.

Third Place is awarded to “Leaky Washington” by The Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins with Susan Pulliam, Tom McGinty, Michael Rothfeld, Jenny Strasburg, Scott Patterson and Christopher Weaver. For a year, the team delved deeply to reveal the extent of insider information provided sometimes unwittingly by the federal government to eager Wall Street traders.

The Meyer Award recognizes the best uses of social science methods in journalism. The awards will be presented on March 1 in Baltimore at the 2014 Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference. The first-place winner will receive $500; second- and third-place winners will receive $300 and $200, respectively. T

Loeb Award

Gerald Loeb Awards now accepting entries


UCLA Anderson School of Management and the G. and R. Loeb Foundation invite journalists from print, online and broadcast media to submit entries in 14 competition categories and nominations for two career achievement awards for the 2014 Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism.

The Gerald Loeb Awards are the most prestigious honor in business journalism nationwide and were established in 1957 by the late Gerald Loeb, founding partner of E.F. Hutton, to recognize writers, editors and producers who make significant contributions to the understanding of business, finance and the economy for both the private investor and the general public. UCLA Anderson had been presenting the awards since 1973.

All competition categories are classified into either Platform Neutral or Platform Specific groups. Consideration is limited to entries that were published or broadcast in the United States during the calendar year 2013. All entries must be submitted online at www.loeb.anderson.ucla.edu by 11:59:59 p.m. PST on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.

Nominations will also be accepted for: (1) the Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes exceptional career contributions in the field of business, financial and economic news; and (2) the Lawrence Minard Editor Award, which recognizes career contributions in business journalism editing.