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CBS, PBS win Emmys for business reporting


Winners of the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards were announced Tuesday by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The News & Documentary Emmy Awards were presented at a ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Center in New York City.

The CBS Evening News won the Emmy for best business and economic reporting in a regularly scheduled newscast for “Cancer Drug Shortages.” The executive producer of the segment was Patricia Shevlin.

For the Emmy for outstanding business and economic reporting in a news magazine, the winner was CBS’ “60 Minutes” for “A Hard Landing.” The executive producer was Jeff Fager. The correspondent was Scott Pelley.

The Emmy for outstanding business and economic reporting long form was PBS’ “Frontline” for “Money, Power and Wall Street.” The executive producer was David Fanning.

See all of the winners here.

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Florida paper wins top Barlett & Steele award


A Tampa Bay Times investigation of America’s worst charities has earned top honors in the Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism.

A story on its website states, “Times staff writer Kris Hundley, 63, and Kendall Taggart, 27, of the Center for Investigative Reporting won the gold award and $5,000 for the joint project.

“‘Reporters identified charities that steered as much as 95 percent of donations to boiler-room operations and direct-mail companies,’ the award announcement noted, ‘leaving only a token amount to help those in need.’

“The three-judge panel praised the Times/CIR project for creating an interactive online database allowing readers to examine the 50 worst charities and state actions against thousands of others with troubled records.

“Second-place honors went to the New York Times for an investigation into the tax breaks that local governments offer to recruit businesses. The Wall Street Journal earned a third-place award for articles revealing how corporate executives benefit from trading their company’s stocks.

“Since the Times/CIR investigation published in June, Florida regulators have announced plans to strengthen the regulation of charities. A recent state raid of the Police Protective Fund, listed as one of the worst charities, led to the arrest of four managers overseeing the charity’s phone rooms who were accused of hiring felons to solicit funds.”

Read more here.

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Canadian biz reporter wins award for steel coverage


Senior business reporter Steve Arnold of the Hamilton Spectator in Canada has won this year’s SONG Labour Journalism Award for his reporting on how foreign domination has impacted Hamilton’s steel industry and its workers.

A story on the Spectator’s website states, “Arnold’s reporting took readers ‘into the inner worlds of multinational steel giants ArcelorMittal Dofasco and U.S. Steel, and into the living rooms of steelworkers worried about their pensions, job security and meaningful employment,’ said Paul Morse, president of Unifor Local 87-M, Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild.

“Morse gave credit to Arnold’s eye for detail. The business journalist tracked down employees, former executives, politicians and union representatives to create a full picture of the company’s ownership changes and their impacts on labour relations.

“Randy Kitt, national chair of Unifor’s Media Industry Council said the series ‘speaks to the realities of globalization on our national economy.’

“Unifor is the new national super-union born of the merger of Canada’s two largest private-sector unions, the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.”

Read more here. Read Arnold’s steel industry coverage here.

Book finalists

Finalists names for business book of the year


The Financial Times and Goldman Sachs have named the six books selected as finalists for Business Book of the Year 2013.

They are:

  • The Alchemists: Inside the Secret World of Central Bankers (UK subtitle); Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire (US subtitle) by Neil Irwin
  • Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier
  • The Billionaire’s Apprentice: The Rise of The Indian-American Elite and The Fall of The Galleon Hedge Fund by Anita Raghavan
  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Making it Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the Men Who Blew Up the British Economy by Iain Martin

The winner will be named Nov. 18 at an awards dinner in London.


Biz journal founder receives entrepreneurship award


Henry Dubroff, the founder, editor and chairman of the Pacific Coast Business Times, recenly received the Joe Nida Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.

A story on the paper’s website states, “The award recognizes exception work promoting entrepreneurship on the South Coast. ‘Henry has been at the heart of the success of so many entrepreneurs, businesses, and organizations throughout our region — including our own,’ California Coast Venture Forum CEO Jerry Knotts said in a statement. ‘We are extremely honored to present The Joe Nida Spirit Award to Henry, to acknowledge his exhaustive efforts on behalf of entrepreneurs and to salute him as an example of entrepreneurship and clean business growth.’

“Dubroff founded the Business Times, the largest financial and business news publication between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, in 2000 after serving as the editor of the Denver Business Journal and as business editor at The Denver Post. He received a bachelor’s degree from Lafayette ZCollege and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. He is a longtime board member and past president of the board of governors of the Society of American Business Writers and Editors, is a member of the council of advisors for the dean of the California Luthern University School of Management and serves on the boards of the United Way of Santa Barbara County, Ventura County Economic Development Association and the San Luis Obispo County Economic Vitality Corp. His previous awards include winning the Small Business Journalist of the Year and American City Business Journals’ General Excellence Award.”

Read more here.


SABEW to recognize top young business journalist


The Society of American Business Editors and Writers will honor the nation’s top young business journalist with a new award named after one of its past presidents.

The Larry Birger Young Business Journalist Award will be presented March 29 at SABEW’s annual spring conference at the Cronkite School in Phoenix.

Made possible by a $5,000 gift from rbb Public Relations of Miami, Fla., the award will commemorate Birger, the 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. “We want this to a be a reminder of the importance of good journalism.”

The award is defined for professional journalists up to age 30.

“We’re pleased to do this in Larry’s honor,” said Kevin G. Hall, SABEW president. “This supports the next generation of great business journalists. More than ever, we are committed to spotlighting the best in business journalism.”

The initial award will be decided by a panel of four judges – a SABEW officer and three others — and presented at the 2014 SABEW conference.  SABEW will award a cash prize of $500 to the winner and pay for that journalist’s expenses to pick up the award. Consideration will be for an individual’s body of work.

Applicants will be asked to write a letter detailing their work.  They would also be asked to include a letter of recommendation from a supervising editor.

Jurors would consider applicants during January and determine the winner the first week of February.

“Besides this being a fitting tribute to Larry Birger, this is a recognition of the essential role that journalists (and journalism) play in our business, in our society and in our everyday life,” said Lisa Ross, president at rbb.

Respected by his peers and revered by younger journalists who worked with him, the cigar-chomping Birger was a pioneer in business journalism, recalled Gail DeGeorge, a later SABEW president who also was business editor at the Herald.

Passionate about the importance of covering the local business community, Birger launched Business Monday at the Herald in July 1980, creating a publication whose format was copied by dozens of newspapers across the country.

“He was a guy who wasn’t afraid to pound his fist on the table with the higher-ups to devote more resources to local business coverage,’’ said David Satterfield, who worked as a reporter at the business section for Birger and later became business editor. “He was a very strong proponent of local business coverage.”

He also mentored many. That aspect of his personality surprised Bruce Rubin after Birger became a partner in Rubin Barney & Birger the precursor to rbb in 1994.  Rubin remembers young associates at the firm, many of whom had never worked at newspapers, spending sessions with Birger on Friday mornings in the conference room.  “You could have blown me over with a feather how the young kids and Larry liked each other,” said Rubin.

Shortly after being diagnosed with cancer, Birger died Dec. 18, 1998, at age 71. The conference room at rbb still bears his name and a scholarship at the School of Business at the University of Miami was established in his honor.


Nation’s top personal finance reporters named


Tennessee television reporter Don Dare, along with National Public Radio senior editor Uri Berliner and CNNMoney.com personal finance writer Blake Ellis, are being recognized for outstanding reporting on personal finance issues.

A story on the website of WATE, the television station where Dare works, states, “The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) named Dare one of the winners of the 2013 RTDNA/NEFE Award for Personal Finance Reporting.

“The organization announced the award winners Wednesday. Dare and two other winners will be honored in a presentation later this month in Anaheim, Calif. at the national convention of RTDNA, the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

“Dare, along with National Public Radio Senior Editor Uri Berliner and CNNMoney.com Personal Finance Writer Blake Ellis, are being recognized for outstanding reporting on personal finance issues.

“Each winner receives a $1000 cash prize. They will present a training seminar entitled Excellence in Financial Reporting: How Award-Winning Journalists Get it Done at the Anaheim conference.

“Dare is the only winner for television reporting. His award is for a series of 6 On Your Side reports on debt issues, options and answers.”

Read more here.

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Deadline for Barlett & Steele is approaching


There’s still time to submit your work for the 2013 Barlett and Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism, which offer $8,000 in prizes.

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 must have appeared in print or online in the year ended June 30, 2013.

The deadline to apply online is Aug. 1. The awards are operated by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

Last year’s winners were The New York Times, USA Today and a joint project by The Charlotte Observer and The (Raleigh) News & Observer, which won gold, silver and bronze awards, respectively.

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Bloomberg’s Secunda in charge of technological revolution


Bloomberg co-founder Tom Secunda was ranked No. 1 on Institutional Investor’s Tech 50 list, which recognizes innovators in the financial services industry.

Institutional Investor writes, “Secunda and his team 3,000 technologists, meanwhile, have continuyed to produce and product innovations at a breakneck — and accelerating pace.

“Last November, Bloomberg launched its App Portal for third parties such as software companies, financial firms and academics to offer data analysis, visualization and other tools. Secunda, vice chairman and global head of financial products and services, sees it as a way “to embrace innovation and fuel creativity” and to “enhance the user experience and grow the value of the Bloomberg Professional service.”

“Other recent developments include integrating Twitter feeds into the terminal work flow; filing to to serve as a swap execution facility; releasing Instant Bloomberg Dealing, a chat-based platform for foreign exchange trading; and announcing Bloomberg Beta, a $75 million venture capital fund with a handful of high-tech start-ups in its portfolio.”

Read more here.


ABC, CBS, CNBC and PBS nominated for biz Emmys


ABC and CBS were each nominated twice for outstanding business and economic reporting in a regularly scheduled newscast on Thursday when the 34th Annual  News and Documentary Emmy Awards were announced by the  National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

In the category of outstanding business and economic reporting in a news magazine, CBS and PBS received two nominations, while NBC received one nomination. Both of the CBS nominations in this category came from “60 Minutes.”

Meanwhile CNBC, CNN, HBO and PBS were the nominees for outstanding long form business and economics reporting. The CNBC nomination was for “The Costco Craze” with Carl Quintanilla.

Bloomberg TV’s nomination was in the outstanding graphic design and art direction category for “The Economy of Caterpillar.”

The winners will be announced Oct. 1 at a ceremony at  Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln  Center, located in the Time Warner Center in New York City.

To see all of the nominees, go here.