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Biz journalism finalists for Online Journalism Awards


At least four online business journalism ventures in the past year are finalists for the Online Journalism Awards, which are given out by the Online News Association and the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

Al LewisDenver Post business columnist Al Lewis is a finalist in the Online Commentary category for medium-sized publications for his blog “Talk Back to Al.” Lewis won a SABEW Best in Business Award earlier this year for his column.

Consumer Reports investigation into the nursing home industry is a finalist in the service journalism category for large web sites.

CNET News is a finalist in the beat reporting category for large web sites for its special report coverage of Microsoft and its Vista software.

And the Miami Herald’s “House of Lies” series on the problems with developers and local housing for the poor is a finalist for the Knight Foundation Award for Public Service.

The complete list of finalists can be found here. If I have missed a business-related story, please let me know.

Magazines of the year named by ASPBE


Builder Magazine and Public CIO took honors as the Magazines of the Year, and PCWorld.com was named Web Publication of the Year at the 29th Annual Azbee Awards of Excellence presented by the American Society of Business Publication Editors.

Public CIOThe ceremony was held at New York City’s Roosevelt Hotel Thursday, the first day of the 43-year-old organization’s two-day National Editorial Conference.

The group’s Stephen Barr Award for feature writing went to David McClintick, an investigative reporter and author, for his feature article “How Harvard Lost Russia” in the January 2006 Institutional Investor. McClintick examined Harvard University’s disastrous contract to help privatize financial markets in parts of the former Soviet Union.

Azbees Awards are given in 56 print, digital, and multi-platform categories, for editorial and graphic excellence, recognizing both large and smaller publications. This year, 41 Golds were given to organizations in editorial fields, and 31 Golds were awarded for graphics.

The biggest winners included CFO Magazine, CIO Magazine and Computerworld, with 11 national awards each. CFO took home an evening’s record nine Golds in categories from print editorial and graphics to Website to multi-platform.

For its work in 2006, Builder was recognized as the top magazine among those of 80,000 circulation or larger, while Public CIO, was honored in the under-80,000-circulation category.

Large-circulation magazines given honorable mention in the Magazine of the Year category were BusinessWeek and Teacher. In the under-80,000-circulation category, ASBPE gave honorable mentions to QSR, a magazine covering for those in the quick-service restaurant industry, and Residential Architect.

For honorable mention in the Web Publication of the Year competition won by PCWorld.com, ASBPE named CFO.com, eWeek.com, and Macworld.com.

White to receive lifetime achievement award


The American Society of Business Publication Editors has named publication designer, author, teacher and consultant Jan White as its 2007 Lifetime Achievement honoree. The 79-year-old White will receive his award at the Azbee Awards of Excellence banquet the evening of Aug. 2 at New York City’s Roosevelt Hotel.

The banquet also will honor individuals and their business-to-business publications in 57 magazine, newsletter, and digital editorial and design categories. Among ASBPE’s most coveted awards in B2B publishing are its designations of Magazine of the Year and Web Site Publication of the Year.

White has been a leading voice for understanding between editors and art staff about the role they play together in the success of publications. A major White tenet is that “word people must think visually and picture people must think verbally.”

Says White: “Our work may be judged by its excellence as splendid writing, innovative creativity, emotive image-making, but those are just secondary qualities, essential though they be. Our value to clients depends on how good we are at interpreting their problem, because that’s the very root from which our verbal or visual communication-solution grows.”

Jan White’s views lead him into promoting service journalism with verbal and design components. Past honoree Don Ranly, professor emeritus at University of Missouri School of Journalism, says of ASBPE’s 2007 winner: “Jan White has always taught that the purpose of design is to enhance the message — nothing more, nothing less. No one, no one has done or taught that better.”

Wall Street Journal wins two Loeb Awards


The Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Marketwatch, The New York Times and Syracuse Post-Standard were winners of the 2007 Gerald Loeb Awards given out Monday evening in New York.

Charles Fishman of Fast Company magazine and columnist Steve Bailey of the Boston Globe also received awards, considered the Pulitzer Prizes of business journalism.

The Journal won two awards. Its series of articles last year on the backdating of stock options, which earlier this year won a Pulitzer Prize, was the winner in the large newspaper category, while Ann Davis, Henny Sender and Gregory Zuckerman of The Journal won in the deadline writing category for a story about the implosion of a highflying hedge fund.

Loeb AwardsThe Sun reporters Chiaki Kawajiri, Gady A. Epstein and Stephanie Desmonwon won in the medium newspaper category for a series of stories that judges said was a “well-written tale of Maryland’s storied blue crab artfully woven into a saga of globalization and entrepreneurship, revealing both the winners and losers of outsourcing, fueled by the American consumer’s demand for cheap products.”

Mike McAndrew and Michelle Breidenbach of The Post-Standard in Syracuse, N.Y. won in the small newspaper category for a series that revealed New York’s appallingly mismanaged Empire Zone program of tax incentives designed to promote and expand businesses, and exposed millions of dollars in waste. Despite fierce resistance from the city, the reporters crafted a classic piece of investigative journalism by scouring property records, federal securities disclosures and other public records.

Fishman won in the magazine catagory for “How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take to Change the World? One,” a story about energy conservation and personal responsibility. 

Bailey was the commentary category winner while Heather Landy of the Star-Telegram won in the beat reporter category for “Radio Shack CEO’s Resume in Question.”

Alistair Barr of MarketWatch won in the news service and online category for “Who Are the Short Sellers?,” while Louis Uchitelle of The New York Times was the feature writing winner for “Rewriting the Social Contract.”

NBC News and CBS’ “60 Minutes” won in the television categories, while Chris Anderson was the business book winner for “The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More” published by Hyperion Books.  

Detroit News biz columnist is funny


Detroit News personal finance editor Brian J. O’Connor on Saturday won the first-place award for humor columns — yes, humor columns — published in large newspapers by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

Brian O'ConnorA story on the News web site stated, “O’Connor, whose column runs Saturdays in The News business section, was cited for a Father’s Day column on the money lessons children teach their parents; a column on working over the Fourth of July weekend; and a third on an uptick in divorce filings after summertime family vacations.

“The humor category was judged by Emily Swartzlander, a former Associated Press editor and reporter who also managed the Thurber Prize for American Humor, the nation’s highest honor in the art of humor writing.

“‘Anyone who can make business and the workplace this funny is a winner in my book,’ Swartzlander wrote in the judge’s comments. ‘This column is engaging and fun.’”

Read more here. O’Connor joined the News in October 2004 and has been penning his column since May 2005. He is a 1978 graduate of the Roeper School in Bloomfield Hills and holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College. O’Connor also earned a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University, where he was a 2001 Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business. 

Submission deadline approaches for Barlett & Steele award


The submission deadline for the inaugural Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism is Aug. 1, 2007.

Print and online entries for these awards, named for the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative business journalist team of Don Barlett and Jim Steele, are being accepted by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, which funds the awards.

First-place prize is $5,000 and runner-up $2,000, to be awarded annually. Each print publication or online organization is limited to two entries.

Entries must have appeared between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007. Visit here to download the rules and guidelines and access the entry form.

Barlett and Steele, who won two Pulitzers with The Philadelphia Inquirer and two National Magazine Awards at Time, have worked together more than three decades. They are contributing editors to Vanity Fair.

“We’d like to see journalists who keep the bigger picture in mind,” Steele said. “Someone who brings an understanding of complex issues that have not been properly explained. Don and I have an informal motto: Tell the reader something they don’t know about. It sounds simple. Yet a lot of journalism is a rehash of what people already know.”

Recipients of the awards will be announced in fall 2007.

Backdating of stock options, coal mine safety win National Press Club awards


The Wall Street Journal series on backdating of stock options, which two months ago received a Pulitzer Prize, as well as the Louisville Courier-Journal’s examination of safety of coal mines are among the winners of the 2007 National Press Club Awards.

National Press ClubThe Washington-based NPC, the world’s most renowned press club, evaluated 193 entries in a total of 25 categories.

James Carroll of the Courier-Journal won the Washington Correspondence Award for his articles on coal mine safety. Carroll used databases and shoeleather reporting to examine unpaid fines levied on mines by federal safety regulators. His stories prompted Congress to give the Mine Safety and Health Administration new powers to collect fines.

The Journal team of Charles Forelle, James Bandler, Mark Maremont and Steve Stecklow won the Consumer Journalism Award for its series exploring the abuses of stock options in pay packages for corporate executives.

The other winners can be found here. The awards will be formally presented at a dinner on Monday, July 16, at the National Press Club, which has 3,500 members who work in journalism and communications.

Crain's Chicago, Marketwatch win Eppy Awards


The web sites for Crain’s Chicago Business and Marketwatch won in the business categories at the Annual Eppy Awards, which are sponsored by Editor & Publisher and MediaWeek magazines and honor the top media-affiliated Web sites in 33 categories.

Crain's ChicagoCrain’s Chicago won in the best business web site with less than 1 million unique visitors per month category, while Marketwatch won in the category for web sites with more than 1 million unique visitors per month.

In addition, the FT Alphaville blog from The Financial Times won for the best business blog.

Fast Company magazine won in the category for best national magazine-affiliated web site.

See all of the winners here. 

Loeb finalists, award winners named


The UCLA Anderson School of Management, which administers the Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, named finalists and award winners on Tuesday.

Matt WinklerThe 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Matthew Winkler, editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News. 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.

Dan Kelly, the news editor of page one at the Wall Street Journal, will receive the 2007 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.

Winkler and Kelly will receive their career achievement awards at the 2007 Loeb Awards dinner, Monday, June 25, in New York City. Winners in the 12 competition categories, including the new feature writing category, will be announced from among the following finalists, which were chosen from among a record 433 entries.  

The finalists in the large newspapers category (circulation of more than 350,000) are:

  • Gretchen Morgenson, Julie Creswell, Geraldine Fabrikant and Louis Uchitelle for “Gilded Paychecks” in The New York Times;
  • Alan Murray, Steve Stecklow, Charles Forelle, John R. Wilke, Rebecca Buckman, Peter Waldman, Joann S. Lublin, George Anders, Pui-Wing Tam and John R. Emshwiller for “The Hewlett-Packard Spying Scandal” in The Wall Street Journal;
  • Charles Forelle, James Bandler, Mark Maremont and Steve Stecklow for “The Secretive Backdating of Option Awards for Corporate Executives” in The Wall Street Journal;
  • Dan Morgan, Gilbert M. Gaul and Sarah Cohen for “Harvesting Cash” in The Washington Post.

Read more of the finalists here.

Henriques to receve Elliott Bell Award


Diana Henriques of The New York Times will receive the Elliott V. Bell Award from the New York Financial Writers’ Association next month at its annual dinner. The award is given “to an outstanding journalist for a significant long-term contribution to the profession of financial journalism.â€?

Diana HenriquesThe dinner will be June 1 at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square in New York. The keynote address will be given by Congressman Charles Rangel, chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee.

Past winners of the Bell Award, named after a former editor of BusinessWeek, include CNN’s Myron Kandel, Bloomberg News’ Matt Winkler and the Wall Street Journal’s Barney Calame.

Henriques joined The Times in October 1989 as a financial reporter. Before that, from July 1986, she was a writer for Barron’s.  Since joining The Times, she has specialized in reporting on financial fraud, white-collar crime and corporate governance issues.

After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Henriques worked with the Metro reporter David Barstow, covering the management of billions of dollars in charity and victim assistance as part of the paper’s award-winning section “A Nation Challenged,”  and chronicling the fate of Cantor Fitzgerald, the Wall Street firm that suffered the largest death toll in the attacks.

She was a member of The Times reporting team that was a Pulitzer finalist in 2003 for its coverage of  the business scandals of the previous year. She was also a member of the reporting team that won the 1999 Gerald Loeb Award for deadline reporting, in the large newspaper division, for coverage of the near-collapse of Longterm Capital Management, a hedge fund whose troubles rocked the financial markets in September 1998.

And she was one of four reporters honored for a 1996 series on how wealthy Americans can legally sidestep taxes; the four reporters were finalists, in the large newspaper division, for the 1996 Loeb Award, and were winners of the large newspaper division prize for investigative reporting awarded by the Deadline Club, the New York City chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists.

Previously, Henriques worked for The Trenton Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer.