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by Chris Roush
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.
by Chris Roush
Christine Perez is managing editor of D CEO magazine in Dallas and founding editor of its D Real Estate Daily news site.
Prior to joining D, she was a longtime commercial real estate reporter for the Dallas Business Journal and served as a columnist for National Real Estate Investor magazine. Before that she worked for various business publications in Kansas City and Minneapolis. She’s also the author of a book on the Corrigans, a notable real estate family in Dallas.
Perez has been recognized with national and regional journalism awards—two for a report on former HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson, which sparked a federal investigation. Most recently she earned a bronze award in the “Best Body of Work by a Single Writer” category in AABP’s 2013 Editorial Excellence Awards.
D CEO won five gold awards at the AAPB conference last weekend in Nashville, including best magazine, best feature and best profile.
Talking Biz News asked Perez about the magazine’s approach to business journalism. Here is what she told us:
So how does a city magazine go about covering business in a way that’s unique to other media in its market? At D CEO, the business title of D Magazine Partners in Dallas, we do it by focusing in-depth on top North Texas executives. Through our intimate storytelling approach, readers learn how the experiences of these c-level execs help shape their leadership strategies—and the companies they run.
In the current issue, for example, Steve Jacob writes about Bert Marshall, the new CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and how he’s bringing a public-health sensibility to the post. Readers get solid information on the company, as well as rich details about Marshall’s upbringing as the son of a nomadic oil executive:
Marshall vividly recalls the shantytowns outside the Libyan capital of Tripoli, a landscape dominated by clapboard lean-to tin-roof dwellings. It was his first glimpse of abject poverty. Such early experiences “and travel inevitably shape you,” he says. As a result, he adds, “I am a firm believer in diversity. I embrace different cultures and people.”
A member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Marshall himself is a member of a minority group. His great-great grandmother was named Green Feather. Although he’s only 1/64th Native American, his unbroken lineage gives him Cherokee voting rights. So it’s not so surprising that an Indian headdress and shield are mounted on the wall of his 15th-floor office in Richardson.
In another story, D CEO Executive Editor Glenn Hunter gives readers an inside look at two well-known families (one of which is notoriously press-shy) that own iconic Dallas shopping centers. He writes about their intense rivalry, as they battle for affluent consumers and luxury tenants like Valentino, Versace, Dior and Chanel.
A third feature is a collection of shorter profiles on all 48 Dallas area Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year contenders, plus Ross Perot and Ross Perot Jr., who were presented with a special award as part of the program. For this story, I was able to spend more than four hours with the Perots. We didn’t have enough space in D CEO for some of the fun nuggets that emerged during the interview—like stories about the time young Ross Jr. and his father were on a U.S. military submarine, trying to outrun the Russians; or how Ross Sr. managed to get out of paying our lunch bill—so we ran a separate story in D Magazine.
Along with three or four longer (2,500- to 4,000-word) features, each issue of D CEO includes regular industry columns (commercial real estate, law, and technology; healthcare will launch in October), plus a number of standing features — Breakfast With D CEO, You Need to Know, My Office, and Meet the CEO — as well as a back-page Bottom Line column written by Steve Kaskovich, a business editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Launched in 2006, D CEO comes out nine times a year (up from eight in 2012); we combine the Jan/Feb, May/June, and July/August issues. We may go up to 10 at some point, but nine is a schedule that seems to work well for everyone for now.
We have a lean editorial staff — essentially, two editors and an editorial assistant. Regular columnists write the industry columns; for other stories, we rely on a stable of talented freelancers. A team of three interns helps with fact-checking and writing briefs for our news sites, D Real Estate Daily and D Healthcare Daily, another important part of our business media platform.
D CEO is not afraid to invest time, resources, or pages to achieve desired results. Features may take three or four or even six months to pull together. For a report on U.S. Trade Representative and former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk, we flew the writer to Washington, D.C. I’m heading to California next month to interview a Dallas CEO who has a number of business interests there.
That being said, Glenn and I have learned to work within budgetary constraints — as has our art director, Hamilton Hedrick, whose creativity and impact cannot be overstated.
In the May/June issue, for example, we profiled ReelFX CEO Steve O’Brien. Hamilton came up with the idea of incorporating characters from an upcoming ReelFX movie into the photos, taken by our outstanding in-house photographer, Elizabeth Lavin. (I especially love the shot of the turkeys photocopying their “butts.”)
For a story on the CEO of a sports memorabilia company, Hamilton recruited two other employees to give their boss a Gatorade-style trading card “shower.” And for a feature on our Top Financial Executives Awards program, which could easily have veered into “boring” territory, Hamilton and Elizabeth scouted estate sales and found an old desk and adding machine, and built the creative concept around that.
The resulting photos, shot at our office, are dramatic — and cohesive. Overall, D CEO strives for a luxury magazine feel.
Along with our magazine and two news verticals, D CEO also hosts a number of events, most of which are invite-only, to help preserve the quality of the networking experience and to align with our mission of connecting c-level execs.
One key strategy: D CEO intentionally practices collective ambition. Our entire group (editorial, art, production, sales, audience development, and marketing) meets as a team every other week to share information and ideas. We try to take a collaborative approach to everything we do, while at the same time respecting the sales-editorial divide and other boundaries.
D CEO began holding the biweekly meetings about 18 months ago, and the results from rowing in the same direction are now being realized. Ad sales are up significantly in 2013, we’re continuing to add staff, and we’ve launched several new initiatives — with others in the works.
We think there’s a real need for a magazine like D CEO in Dallas, not only because of the region’s size and prominence, but because it’s a top corporate relocation market, with new executives moving in on a regular basis. D CEO helps them get to know the local leadership class.
Our readers tell us they view the magazine as a peer. It all comes back to the connecting and the storytelling. We’re fortunate to be in an area where there’s no shortage of interesting executives and companies to cover.
by Chris Roush
Mandy Locke was born and reared in Shelbyville, Tenn., where she started her journalism career as a high school student covering the Tennessee walking horse industry.
After graduating from the University of Virginia, she worked at the Vineyard Gazette in Edgartown, Mass., before joining The (Raleigh) News & Observer in 2004 to report on the criminal justice system. She has won numerous North Carolina Press Association awards for breaking news and investigations.
On Tuesday, Locke and her News & Observer colleague David Raynor won a national Gerald Loeb Award for their three-part series “Ghost Workers.” Loeb Awards are the highest award to receive in business journalism.
Lock and Raynor revealed the competitive trick many contractors in North Carolina have used to win bids: they cheat. The series details the ways in which worker misclassification and other tax and labor law violations hurt not only construction workers but contractors and the state itself. Sadly, lax enforcement and poor inter-agency communication has allowed the cheaters to win, and has threatened the future of contractors who do play by the rules.
In part one of the series, “Cheating Businesses Make It Tough for Honest Employers,” Locke tells the story of an honest contractor who is losing business because he won’t cheat. Part two, “Injured Worker Pays for Employer’s Gamble,” profiles Clemente Hernandez Gonzalez, who was paralyzed in an accident at work but must now fight for just compensation because his employer misclassified him as an independent contractor. In the final third part of the series, “Inept Bureaucracy Lets Dishonest Businesses Win,” Locke and Raynor report that segmented information and bureaucratic “silos” have helped create a bidding environment in which cheaters win.
Locke spoke Thursday with Talking Biz News about the series and how it was reported and written. What follows is an edited transcript.
My work on these issues began earlier in 2012 and quite innocently. I was writing a story for Sunshine Week about the trend of private companies using the public records law to get information from government. One of the companies I learned about had been wrestling with the state Industrial Commission to get its database of companies and their workers’ comp policies. I wondered why, so I called the company’s owner. His business model wasn’t particularly interesting or relevant to my reporting, but he told me that he thought North Carolina had a big problem. He couldn’t account for as many policies as there should be based on the number of companies in our state requires to carry insurance.
I decided to take a look myself. We got a copy of the database, and Raynor worked hard to clean it and account for individual policies. Then, we used some simple math. There should have been at least 170,000 companies carrying it. The database revealed only 140,000. I double checked with the Rate Bureau (which collects the data) to make sure our count was accurate.
The problem of uninsured employers had plagued the Industrial Commission for years, though little had been done to stop it. I talked to current and former employees of the commission and searched their database of cases to find some compelling examples. It was a problem in plain sight.
We had a pretty good run of stories about this issue in April and May. State leaders promised reform, and the IC woke up.
During this collection of stories, I started to hear from all sorts of business people about all sorts of problems. I heard from Doug Burton, a masonry company owner. (He was highlighted in day one of the series). He was the first person to mention to me the problem of misclassification, though I’d seen the issue of subcontractors arise in some of the workers comp cases I had studied. The more I learned, the more I realized this was an important story.
I also heard from other employers who told me about the scheme of ghost policies. I got busy searching the database for a good case to explore and found the Worrell/ Gonzalez case.
I convinced Mr. Burton to let me use his business struggles to tell readers about the problem of misclassification. He eventually agreed and opened up his business records and schooled me on the masonry business.
Where did you begin your reporting?
As I mentioned above, my first entree was Doug Burton. I studied his business and spent quite a bit of time with him in those early days. I read all I could about the problem and what other states were doing to tackle it. I spoke with an expert at SAS. I knew very little about payroll taxes and profit margins in the construction industry, so my early weeks were spent talking to as many people as I could who could educate me.
How did you find contractors willing to talk on the record?
My main characters like Burton came to me because of my workers’ compensation stories. A few others, like the Baker brothers, had written a letter to the editor after some of my stories. The others I found by scouring workers compensation cases. For as many as were willing to speak openly and freely with me, many, many more weren’t. Business people like to guard their personal details, and I needed complete disclosure.
You used a lot of paystubs and other paper documents that aren’t public record. How did you get those?
After we decided to focus on masonry to explain the scheme of misclassification, sources directed me to Martin’s Bricklaying, a big player whom they had heard was misclassifying workers. Another source introduced me to a former employee of Martin’s, and that worker became my ambassador to other bricklayers. He shared pay stubs he had from time working with Martin’s and contacted old coworkers to do the same.
Because of their immigration status, some were too scared to speak, but they were willing to share paperwork through my ambassador. Also, Martin’s bricklaying had a pending workers compensation claim from a former employee. While none of those records were at a public stage at the Industrial Commission, I convinced the employee’s lawyer to share paystubs from that worker. In short, I had to navigate a network of undocumented workers, quickly earn their trust and convince them of the value of my story. Some days were particularly challenging, and I had the weight of trying to ensure I wasn’t endangering them by using them as subjects.
Some contractors were not willing to talk to you. What steps did you take to try to get them on the record?
I worked really hard to try to get the owner of Martin’s Bricklaying, and I started early in the process. I called him multiple times, and spoke to his wife two of those times. She assured me she would share a message. I got his cell phone number and left messages there. I went to his home, and while he wasn’t there, I left a message with a relative. I went to worksites where I was told I might find him.
Finally, I sent a registered letter explaining to him what I wanted to talk with him about and what the stories would say. I had the great benefit of hearing about his business in his own words from his application to become a Historically Underutilized Business with the state. I’m confident he knew I wanted to speak to him and that he had every opportunity to connect with me.
The only other contractor I can recall that I wasn’t able to capture was one of the masonry contractors who often hired Martin’s. I left multiple phone messages with his assistant on his cell and home phones over a course of weeks. She assured me he’d received the messages and would call if he liked. I also emailed both him and his son, I seem to recall.
How long did the reporting take? And then the writing and editing?
I spent most of April writing and reporting exclusively about workers’ compensation problems. In May, I started to explore these other issues. June and July were devoted to more reporting and juggling a few other unrelated stories. I spent four days writing the stories. Steve Riley and I took a week to edit, then it was off to copy editors and designers who worked for another week, while Steve and I did massive fact checking and polishing. The stories ran mid-August.
How did you use state databases to improve the storyline?
The database of employers and workers comp policies was critical to both the April stories as well as our August series. In August, we used the database to illustrate missed opportunities with state officials who do health and safety inspections for businesses. We compared OSHA records with the database to show how many possible opportunities there may have been to detect employers without insurance. I simply wanted to illustrate lost opportunities for how agencies could work together to find cheating businesses.
Also, the IC has a searchable database of opinions rendered in contested workers’ compensation cases. I found a great many uninsured cases there once I figured out some key words to use in searches.
Has anything been done about the “ghost policies”?
The governor appointed a task force after our series to explore all of these issues. That group recommended ghost policies be eliminated. That effort, though, hasn’t been spearheaded at the legislature.
What was the most surprising thing you found out in your reporting?
I was surprised at how blatantly some employers broke the laws and how easily they avoided detection. I think we all expect some of this would happen in the free market, but even with government funded projects with a fairly high level of scrutiny, this still occurred.
How did you and David work together in putting the series together?
David was a huge support in analyzing and cleaning the databases we studied. The insurance policy database was pretty dirty, so he worked hard to make sure we were making sound conclusions.
Some news researchers at the paper also contributed. What did they do?
News researchers offered help in trying to find alternate contacts (phone, email) for some of the people I needed to track down.
by Chris Roush
David Barboza and Sharon LaFraniere of the New York Times received the Gerald Loeb Award Tuesday evening in international reporting for “China’s Secret Fortunes,” the first of three Loebs that the paper received for its business journalism.
The Times also won in the images/interactives category for “Economy Interactives” and in the investigative category for David Barstow, Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab and Stephanie Clifford‘s work for “Wal-Mart Abroad.”
Two other news organizations received multiple Loebs.
Brian Grow, Anna Driver, Joshua Schneyer, Janet Roberts, Jeanine Prezioso, David Sheppard and John Shiffman of Reuters won in the news service category for “Inside Chesapeake Energy.” (Grow was named the Talking Biz News co-business journalist of the year in 2012 for his work on Chesapeake. The other co-winner was Barstow of the New York Times.)
Tom Bergin of Reuters won in the beat reporting category for his “Corporate Taxation” series.
In the small and medium newspaper category, there were two winners: Mandy Locke and David Raynor of The (Raleigh) News & Observer for “Ghost Workers” and Ames Alexander, Karen Garloch, Joseph Neff and Raynor of The Charlotte Observer and The (Raleigh) News & Observer for “Prognosis: Profits.”
The awards, which are administered by the UCLA Anderson School of Management, are considered the Pulitzers in business journalism. They were announced at a dinner in New York on Tuesday evening.
There were also two winners in the magazine category: Connie Bruck of The New Yorker for “Cashier du Cinema” and Robert Capps of Wired magazine for “Why Things Fail.”
The online category winner was Alison Young and Peter Eisler of USA Today for “Ghost Factories.”
Thomas Lee, David Phelps, Janet Moore, Paul McEnroe, Tony Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy and Eric Wieffering of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune won in the breaking news category for for “Best Buy CEO Resigns Under Cloud.”
Byron Harris, Billy Bryant, Jason Trahan and Mark Smith of WFAA-TV won in the broadcast category for “Denticaid: Medicaid Dental Abuse in Texas.”
Mike McGraw and Alan Bavley of the Kansas City Star won in the explanatory category for “Beef’s Raw Edges.”
In the large newspaper category, the winner was Patricia Callahan, Sam Roe and Michael Hawthorne of the Chicago Tribune for “Playing With Fire.”
by Chris Roush
The Alliance of Area Business Publications presented 108 awards to newspaper and magazine business periodicals this weekend during its three-day annual Summer Conference in Nashville.
The winners were:
- Best Magazine went to D CEO. The judges wrote, “Great design, layout and illustrations highlight solid, well-reported, and well-written stories. A dynamic array of features, profiles, news stories, and briefs reveals the business community to its audience, packaging information in a way that enhances that content.”
- Best Newspaper: Small Tabloids went to BizTimes Milwaukee. The judges wrote, “The judges agreed that inspired ideas in tandem with strong design and a fluent writing style made this a winner. A report on Wisconsin’s return to traditional economic anchors — agriculture, mining and manufacture — to drive future growth is an apt illustration. It is well reported, well designed and well written. The publication makes a real effort to be accessible, with headings, lists and breakouts to help the reader navigate each section. Columnists weigh-in on subjects that apply to nearly all business sectors. A great deal of thought and planning clearly goes into every edition.”
- Best Newspaper: Large Tabloids went to Los Angeles Business Journal. The judges wrote: “This publication clearly knows its audience and delivers to it on every possible topic. The publication has a huge reach in a complicated demographic and town. It seems like the staff is ahead of the curve with content that’s densely packed with information. There are good headlines throughout the sections, a good mix of graphics and photography to support, enhance the text.”
- Best Cover, Magazine went to Twin Cities Business
- Best Front Page, Newspaper went to New Orleans CityBusiness.
- Most Improved Publication is Inside Business.
- Best Website went to Crain’s Detroit Business.
- Best Online Scoop went to Indianapolis Business Journal.
- Best Staff-Generated Blog went to The Business Journal, Fresno.
- Best Multimedia Story/Editorial Feature went to Crain’s New York Business.
- Best Daily E-Mail went to Crain’s Detroit Business
- Best Industry Specific E-Newsletter went to Crain’s New York Business.
There were 573 entries from 44 publications in the competition this year. That number is down from 657 entries in 2012, but up over 487 in 2011.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Alliance is a nonprofit national organization representing 64 independent magazine and newspaper members in the United States, Canada and Australia.
by Chris Roush
Tara Joseph, executive producer, Asia of Reuters Insider has been elected president of Hong Kong’s prestigious Foreign Correspondents’ Club.
Joseph has served on the club’s board for the past three years, and taken an active role in overseeing the club’s professional committee, along with organizing and introducing speakers at lunches and events.
Joseph has been a Reuters journalist for two decades, with news reporting experience in both TV and print. She has more than 10 years experience reporting and presenting for TV in Asia. Before moving to Asia, Joseph was the main presenter and global editor for Reuters Financial TV based in London.
Joseph is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism, and Smith College in the United States.
by Chris Roush
The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) recognized Bloomberg News with four awards and three honorable mentions in the SOPA 2013 Awards for Editorial Excellence.
SOPA named Bloomberg News reporter Mehul Srivastava “Journalist of the Year” for a five-part series on how corruption in India is depriving its people of food. The “Mother India Starving Her Children” series showed how India’s people are eating less now than they did two decades ago, even after the country has seen record economic growth and bumper harvests.
The series was also awarded “Excellence in Human Rights Reporting” and “Excellence in Explanatory Reporting.” Reporters and editors contributing to the stories included Adi Narayan, Andrew MacAskill, Ben Richardson and Anne Swardson.
“We are grateful to be recognized by our peers in Asia for exceptional reporting,” said Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief Matthew Winkler in a statement.
Jason Gale, Adi Narayan and Bloomberg Markets senior editor Gail Roche were given the SOPA “Excellence in Feature Writing” award for “The Scourge of the Superbugs.” The story, published in the June 2012 issue of Bloomberg Markets magazine, takes readers on a global tour of the science, medicine, people and politics behind a new bacteria-altering gene dubbed NDM-1 that’s empowering germs to resist the most powerful antibiotics.
The SOPA Awards for Editorial Excellence are administered by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of the University of Hong Kong and were presented on June 6.
by Chris Roush
Baruch College’s Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions announced the launch of the Ratner Distinguished Visiting Business Journalist Program, which will start in Fall 2013 with Fortune senior editor Allan Sloan.
The Ratner Visiting Business Journalist Program, created with a gift from Forest City Ratner Cos., the real estate developer, and Bruce Ratner, will bring to Baruch College each semester a distinguished business journalist to work with journalism students and faculty. This initiative will help to better educate students about the ethical, intellectual and professional obligations of contemporary business journalists.
Sloan will spend a week in residence at Baruch College, teaching classes and mentoring students.
Sloan joined Fortune in 2007, after serving as Wall Street editor for Newsweek for 12 years. His Fortune columns also appear in The Washington Post; and he appears on the Marketplace Morning Report on American Public Media radio.
He has won seven Loeb awards (the highest honor in business journalism) in four different categories — newspapers, magazines, commentary and lifetime — for five different employers — The Detroit Free Press, Forbes, Newsday, Newsweek and Fortune – over four decades. Among the awards is the Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sloan has also been honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the nation’s largest organization of business journalists.
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
The National Association of Real Estate Editors announced Friday the winners of its 63rd Annual Journalism Awards, recognizing excellence in reporting, writing and editing stories about residential and commercial real estate.
Daniel DiClerico with Robert Tiernan, Andrea Rock, Martin Romm and Anna Veksler from Consumer Reports magazine received NAREE’s Platinum Award for Best Individual Entry.
Andrea Brambila of Inman News was honored with the Gold Award for the Ruth Ryon Best Entry by a Young Journalist; Eliot Brown of the Wall Street Journal earned the Silver Award.
The President’s Gold Award for Best Freelance Collection went to Matt Hudgins, Freelance/New York Times, with Katherine Salant earning the Silver Award for her freelance work.
A panel of expert judges from the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University selected all award winners. Professor Patrick S. Washburn, a former news reporter and editor, chaired the panel.
The category winners are:
Category 1: Best Breaking News Report
Gold Award: Matthew Goldstein and Jennifer Ablan, Reuters
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “The reporters examined a new approach to the U.S. housing crisis: allowing government officials to use their eminent domain powers to restructure home mortgages. As the writers noted, this long-time government power may be a new approach to addressing underwater mortgages. It is written in such a way that a complex process is explained clearly.”
Category 2: Best Investigative Report or Investigative Series
Gold Award: Andrea Brambila, Inman News
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “This story uncovered some of the problems associated with the National Association of Realtors’ property data base that is used by the group’s one million members as well as many consumers. The reporter obtained information using internal NAR documents and interviews, making for a compelling and disturbing story.”
Category 3: Best Column
Gold Award: Katherine Salant, Freelance
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “This columnist writes about diverse topics with equal ease. The stories would be of wide interest to consumers and her writing style is crisp and concise.”
Category 4: Best Series by an Individual
Gold Award: Randyl Drummer, CoStar News
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “The reporter’s stories reported on the interesting phenomenon of the gap between strong and weak mall properties, which prompted a sell-off of weaker properties, leading to the redevelopment or the repurposing of some of them. The question is who wants to buy a dying mall, and these stories answered that. The writing is clear and avoids jargon and explains the developments in a way that both lay people and developers can understand.”
Category 5: Best Collection of Work by an Individual
Gold Award: Nancy Keates, Wall Street Journal
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “In the contest’s largest category, this reporter stood out with stories about expensive homes of college head football coaches, a reclusive billionaire and his huge amounts of property, and more and more city owners building glass homes. The article about the football coaches was particularly noteworthy because of the amount of detail and the interesting writing. As for the glass houses story, it stood out because it was about an unreported national trend.”
Category 6: Best Home & Design Feature
Gold Award: Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “This was a new angle on the rich and the famous: how they are building more and more bathrooms in expensive houses as a status symbol and a style statement. The reporter looked closely at the home of Adrian Beltre, a former member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and noted that his home has sixteen bathrooms, which his wife said are all used. The reporter provided an excellent example of what all newspaper reporters are told: Keep the reader turning the page.”
Category 7: Best Residential Real Estate Report in a Daily Newspaper
Gold Award: Jamie Smith Hopkins, Baltimore Sun
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “This story illustrated the paradox of unsold Baltimore condominiums that are taxed as if they are empty lots, playing a role in the city losing a large amount of much-needed tax money. It is gracefully written, clearly structured, and packs a punch.”
Category 8: Best Mortgage or Financial Real Estate Report in a Daily Newspaper
Gold Award: Pete Carey, San Jose Mercury News
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “The reporter chronicled a house stuck with more than a dozen adults as well as pets; the tenants were unaware that the house was foreclosed and they faced eviction. Using objective and highly interesting reporting, the story laid out the details and in effect told how the foreclosed house became ‘a mini-motel.’”
Category 9: Best Commercial Real Estate Report in a Daily Newspaper
Gold Award: Eliot Brown, Wall Street Journal
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “This story focused on an entertainment district that was supposed to revive downtown Kansas City but ended up costing the city unexpected millions in debt service. In the bigger picture, this revealed problems in a federal urban development program. The reporter does a good job of explaining how a well-intended effort could go wrong.”
Category 10: Best Report in a Daily Newspaper under 150,000 Circulation
Gold Award: Alicia Wallace, Boulder Daily Camera
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “After repeated efforts to enter the Boulder, Colo., market, Walmart had always been met with opposition from local citizens. The reporter used various methods to determine the owner of a new building in the city. The methods included checking paint samples and building designs of Walmart grocery stores in the Denver area. Then, she wrote an engaging and enterprising story about what she had found, thus rendering a valuable public service.”
Category 11: Best Report in a Weekly Business Newspaper
Gold Award: Jeanne Jones, Puget Sound Business Journal
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “A spectacular dissection of the rise and fall of a Seattle-area real estate king, this story showed not only how he built his empire but how it collapsed, resulting in him finally being apprehended by the French police after sixteen months in hiding. The story outlined the ripple effects of his actions across the U.S. It is crisply written in a high-impact style.”
Category 12: Best Residential, Mortgage or Financial Real Estate Report in a Magazine
Gold Award: Camilla McLaughlin, Freelance/Unique Homes
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “This story examined the effect of government regulations in Asia, focusing on luxury real estate in six geographic regions. It was a comprehensive and interesting look at something in the real estate area that most Americans probably know little about.”
Category 13: Best Trade Magazine Report on Residential Real Estate, Mortgage/Finance, or Home Building/Residential Development Industries
Gold Award: Ted Cushman, Builder Magazine
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “Using interviews with not only builders but volunteers and people who lost homes, this reporter gave a graphic picture of rebuilding Joplin, Mo., after it was hit by a tornado that killed 161 people. The story illustrated the impact that a natural disaster can have on a town. The reporter particularly was able to make the story vivid because he visited Joplin after the disaster.”
Category 14: Best Trade Magazine Report on the Commercial Real Estate Industry
Gold Award: Adam Pincus, Real Deal
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “Using tax records, the reporter developed the first-ever ranking of how much money the top-ranking New York City landlords made in one year. These never-before published figures illustrated a crucial part of the real estate business in Manhattan. The story stood out because of the initiative shown by the reporter.”
Category 15: Best Residential Mortgage or Financial Real Estate Report or Feature
Gold Award: Paul Hagey, Inman News
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “This story examined the implications of Minnesota’s large brokerage firm, Edina Realty, withholding listings from national web sites. The reporter examined in detail the ramifications of this decision, all of those affected, and the benefits to the firm. Inman News is to be complimented for giving the reporter enough space to cover the story in a detailed manner.”
Category 16: Best Commercial Real Estate Report
Gold Award: David Levitt, Bloomberg News
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “This was a highly interesting story about a New York City landmark, the Empire State Building, and the jousting over control of the property. The story illustrated not only the financial aspects but the very human dimensions of the dispute. The writing makes for compelling reading.”
Category 17: Best Blog
Gold Award: Candace Evans, Joanna England, CandysDirt.com
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “This is a sassy look at some of the most expensive housing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The writing is breezy without being flippant.”
Category 18: Best Broadcast Report—Online, Radio or Television—on Local, Network or Cable Channels
Gold Award: Valerie Kellogg, Newsday
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “This ‘inside tour’ of high-priced homes for sale on Long Island shows beautifully what it is like to live with the rich if you can afford that type of housing. The comments fit well with the visuals.”
Category 19: Best Team Report
Gold Award: John Gittelsohn and Prashant Gopal, Bloomberg News
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “This was a complicated topic that was made very readable and interesting. Examining the severe housing default levels in New Jersey, the reporters humanized the topic with numerous interviews. It made good use of hard data to present a true slice of life.”
Category 20: Best Newspaper Real Estate or Home Section
Gold Award: Emily Gitter, Wall Street Journal
Judges’ Comment on Gold award: “This section is a sophisticated mix of story topics, packaged in a pleasing manner. It is quality, not fluff. It would appeal to a broad audience, not just those interested in real estate.”
Category 21: Best Design, Home or Shelter Magazine
Gold Award: Veronica Chao, Susann Althoff, Greg Klee, Josue Evilla, Marni Elyse Katz, Jaci Conry, Christie Matheson, Carol Stocker and JoeAnn Hart, Boston Globe Magazine
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “This represents a real investment in reporting, editing, and design talent by the newspaper. There is a solid mix of topics for a broad variety of readers.”
Category 22: Best Residential Trade Magazine
Gold Award: Denise Dersin, Gillian Berenson, Teresa Burney, John Caufield, Brian Wilson, Amy Albert, Nigel Maynard, Deborah Leopold and Rich Binsacca, Builder Magazine
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “This is a beautifully designed magazine with a lot of content. The page tabs, which had to be expensive to use, are a nice touch and very helpful for readers who are navigating the content.”
Category 23: Best Commercial Trade Magazine
Gold Award: Stuart Elliott, Jill Noonan and Candace Taylor, The Real Deal Magazine
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “This magazine is very practical with striking graphics and a tremendous amount of information. The design is strong and engages the reader.”
Category 24: Best Newsletter
Gold Award: Andrea Waitrovich, Institutional Real Estate Letter
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “This is a nicely designed, highly readable compilation of the week’s key stories in a variety of areas. The information is presented in a graphically pleasing format.”
Category 25: Best Web Site Solely Devoted to Residential, Commercial or Financial Real Estate and/or Home Design
Gold Award: Stuart Elliott, The Real Deal Magazine
Judges’ Comment on Gold Award: “This web site is easy to navigate, graphically pleasing to the eye, and contains useful and interesting material. It obviously has strong audience appeal.”
by Chris Roush
The recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lawrence Minard Editor Award were named Thursday by the G. and R. Loeb Foundation Inc. and the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
The 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is John Huey, former editor-in-chief at Time Inc. This annual award recognizes an individual whose career exemplifies the consistent and superior insight and professional skills necessary to further the understanding of business, financial and economic issues.
Before that, Huey was editor of the Fortune Group since February 2001. Previously, he was managing editor of Fortune since 1995. In 1997, while running Fortune, Huey was named Advertising Age’s Editor of the Year. In 1998, he was named Adweek’s Editor of the Year; and, under his leadership, Fortune was named to Advertising Age’s list of the best magazines in both 1999 and 2001. Also in 2001, Fortune was ranked No. 1 on Adweek’s “Hot List” of the industry’s top 10 magazines. Huey was named one of the top 10 magazine editors in the country by the Columbia Journalism Review.
A native of Atlanta, Huey graduated from the University of Georgia and served in the U.S. Navy as an intelligence officer before embarking on his journalistic career at a small weekly newspaper, the DeKalb New Era. He worked briefly at the Atlanta Constitution before joining the Dallas bureau of The Wall Street Journal in 1975. After a stint as the Journal’s Atlanta bureau chief, Huey moved to Brussels in 1982 to help launch the Journal’s European edition as its founding managing editor and later its editor.
Huey joined Fortune in 1988. In 1989, he was founding editor of Southpoint Magazine, a Time Inc. regional monthly that folded in 1990. In 1992, he co-authored Sam Walton: Made in America, the autobiography of the late founder of Wal-Mart. The book was on The New York Times best-seller list for several months.
Michael Williams, global enterprise editor at Reuters, will receive the 2013 Lawrence Minard Editor Award, named in memory of Laury Minard, founding editor of Forbes Global and a former final judge for the Loeb Awards. This award honors excellence in business, financial and economic journalism editing, and recognizes an editor whose work does not receive a byline or whose face does not appear on the air for the work covered.
Williams was formerly page one editor at The Wall Street Journal.
Before being page one editor, Williams was the editor of the Journal’s Europe edition. An 18-year veteran of the Journal, Williams was previously based in Paris where he was the Journal’s Southern Europe bureau chief. As head of the Europe edition, Williams was responsible for coverage of Europe, the Middle East and Africa for all editions of the Journal.
A Harvard graduate, Williams joined the Journal’s Tokyo bureau in 1992 as news editor and later became Japanese economy and political correspondent. In 1996, he moved to New York as assistant foreign editor for the Journal, returning to Japan as Tokyo bureau chief in 1999.
Huey and Williams will receive their career achievement awards at the 2013 Gerald Loeb Awards dinner on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Capitale in New York City, where the Gerald Loeb Awards will celebrate 40 years with UCLA Anderson