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Crain’s New York named best paper, website

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Crain’s New York Businesswon 13 editorial awards from the Alliance of Area Business Publications last month, including top honors for Best Newspaper in the Large Tabloid category and Best Website.

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.  

The Crain’s New York redesign

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Here is what the redesigned Crain’s New York Business looks like:

Here’s the older design:

Business North Carolina named best biz magazine

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Business North Carolina was named the best regional business magazine in the country by the Alliance of Area Business Publications at its annual conference this past weekend in Milwaukee.

The judges wrote, “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. For the state, sensitivity to its geographical and demographic diversity makes the magazine an important resource.”

The best newspaper, small tabloids, went to the Baton Rouge Business Report, while the best newspaper, large tabloids winner was Crain’s New York Business.

The judges wrote that the Baton Rouge paper’s “editorial content is a rich mix of news, columns and profiles that address contemporary topics with authority and a clear eye. A piece on Louisiana’s tax credits, for example, shows how they have been successful but at the expense of the state’s fiscal footing. The business journal also takes firm, insightful stands in its Viewpoint section, including a well-reasoned discussion about the quagmire of reapportionment in Louisiana.”

As for Crain’s New York, the judges wrote, “This is a paper that’s really hitting on all cylinders. Great mix of photography with illustrations contribute to a strong design. Excellent coverage of a wide type of stories. Reporting is solid throughout, and the writing is engaging. Makes itself a must-read for businesspeople in the five boroughs.”

Crain’s Chicago was named the most improved publication. The judges noted, “Crain’s Chicago Business rebuilt its publication essentially from the ground up, addressing format, design and content. The result is a winning combination of stylish presentation and engaging stories. Recognizing the need to simplify, the business journal streamlined its cover by removing ineffective promos and simplifying the layout.”

See all of the winners here.

Crain’s New York launches redesign

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Crain’s New York Business has unveiled a redesigned paper, writes Glenn Coleman, the editor.

Coleman writes, “My former boss Xana Antunes started this remake of Crain’s New York Business, and I finished it after being promoted into her job. Good thing we both had the irreplaceable Steve Krupinski as our art director during the redesign process — and have so many creatively minded reporters, editors and designers who helped the entire newsroom rethink, refresh and reinvent many of this paper’s longstanding features.

“The goal was to reboot the paper as it inevitably transitions toward the digital page. There were many, many meetings. Drinks were had one night. OK, maybe two nights. More meetings, more revisions and, ta-da, here it is: a Crain’s that showcases our famously enterprising reporting and reaffirms our commitment to covering — as no one else can — the local news, issues and personalities that matter most to business owners and professionals in the five boroughs.

“Our strength at Crain’s has always been the middle market, the midsize companies that link the city’s mighty Fortune 500 headquarters with its legions of small businesses. (Check out pages 17 to 38, where we profile 50 of the area’s fastest-growing private companies.) This redesigned Crain’s drives our readers deeper into the boroughs and gets inside the vital array of city businesses that other New York media ignore (or simply don’t understand). Then there’s the reimagined New York, New York column, which we’ve made an entire section. It’s a helluva town, as the old song goes. Our mission here is to give you a helluva paper to read all about it.”

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Advertising for independent, smart journalism

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Robert Feder of Time Out Chicago writes about the new advertising campaign promoting Crain’s Chicago Business.

Feder writes, “On Monday, Crain’s will launch its first new branding campaign since 2008 and begin rolling out a series of ads that will appear in print, outdoor media and on radio through the fall. Featuring bold white headlines on dark red backgrounds, the first three ads say:

  • Become A Former Member of the 99%.
  • Contains Accelerants.
  • Raising Tax Brackets Since 1978.

“‘A continued investment in our newsroom, along with our stable family ownership, has increasingly made Crain’s the primary print and online news source for Chicago’s opinion leaders,’ Crain’s publisher David Snyder told me. ‘This new campaign will help us introduce our brand of independent, smart journalism to a new generation.’

“Lisa Emerick, marketing director of Crain’s, said the campaign was created by Mitch Gordon, group creative director at Ogilvy & Mather, and Steve Silver, who left Ogilvy after starting the project and has since gone out on his own. ‘We think the ads are clever and will help re-introduce us to a group of young professionals who may not have grown up with Crain’s,’ Emerick said. ‘The message hasn’t really changed: Crain’s helps you succeed.’”

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Crain’s Chicago names new managing editor

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Steve Reiss, who has been assistant managing editor at Crain’s Chicago Business, has been promoted to managing editor.

A story on its website states, “Mr. Reiss joined Crain’s in February from the Washington Post, where he was enterprise editor, helping develop and edit stories for the paper’s front page and the home page of its website. In more than two decades at the Post, Mr. Reiss worked with the paper’s metro, national, investigative and features departments; he also was deputy assistant managing editor of its Style section. Before joining the Post, he was a reporter and editor at the Miami Herald.

“‘Steve proved himself immediately to be an exceptional editor and manager as assistant managing editor of our Business of Life features department,’ Crain’s Editor Michael Arndt says. ‘He’ll now bring those talents to the entire publication.’

“Mr. Reiss, 55, is a native of Ohio. He received a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Princeton University in 1979.”

Read more here.

Crain’s Chicago to start online subscription plan this week

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Crain’s Chicago Business will introduce a metered subscription plan starting Thursday for its website, ChicagoBusiness.com.

A story on the paper’s website states, “Crain’s has been charging for the weekly print issue online since 2001, but with this introduction, all users will be able to view up to 12 Crain’sarticles per month at no charge and after that will be asked to pay $59 for an annual digital subscription. Current digital subscribers will see no change in their subscription rate.

“New combined print and digital subscriptions will now be available for $99 annually. For a limited time, current Crain’s print subscribers will be able to upgrade their subscriptions to include digital access free of charge.

“The majority of users will see no change.

“‘We have enhanced the user experience and instituted a subscription model that is current and fair. It satisfies the power user’s need for deeper Crain’s content while leaving other users’ access to the site unaffected,’ Crain’s Publisher David Snyder says.”

Read more here.

Crain’s Chicago Business to add paywall

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Crain’s Chicago Business will introduce a metered subscription plan for its website starting June 14,

A story on its website states, “With the new plan, for the first time ChicagoBusiness.com will offer readers full access to all Crain’s content. Every story, video and blog post, the complete weekly issue, plus 15 years of Crain’s archives will be available.

“Crain’s has been charging for the weekly print issue online since 2001, but with this introduction, all users will be able to view up to 12 Crain’s articles per month at no charge and after that will be asked to pay $59 for an annual digital subscription. Current digital subscribers will see no change in their subscription rate.

“New combined print and digital subscriptions will now be available for $99 annually. For a limited time, current Crain’s print subscribers will be able to upgrade their subscriptions to include digital access free of charge.

“The majority of users will see no change.”

Read more here.

Crain’s Chicago chief named editor of Sun-Times

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Jim Kirk, the chief of editorial operations at Crain’s Chicago Business, has been named editor of the daily newspaper Chicago Sun-Times.

A Crain’s Chicago story states, “‘In his time here, Jim has done an outstanding job restructuring our newsroom to better reflect a digital-first news strategy, while at the same time upholding our tradition for producing the best journalism in the city,’ said Crain’s Publisher David Snyder.

Michael Arndt will remain editor of Crain’s Chicago Business.

“‘Michael, who has demonstrated superb leadership in his role as editor, will continue to guide the newsroom following Jim’s departure,’ Mr Snyder said. ‘Crain’s is doing some of our best work ever and that can be largely attributed to Michael’s great leadership and instinctive feel for what makes a great CCB story — in print and online.’

“Prior to joining Crain’s, Mr. Kirk had been managing editor of the Chicago News Cooperative. Before that, he was a U.S. government team leader at Bloomberg News in Washington and associate managing editor for finance at the Chicago Tribune for five years.

“Mr. Kirk had worked as a business reporter at the Sun-Times from 1995 to 1997, when he moved to the Tribune.”

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Coleman named new editor at Crain’s New York

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Glenn Coleman, the managing editor at Crain’s New York for the past three years, has been naed its editor.

He replaces Xana Antunes, who was dismissed on Monday.

A Crain’s New York story states, “Mr. Coleman has had a long history with Crain Communications, which is headquartered in Detroit and Chicago. He was founding editor of InvestmentNews, which targets the financial advice industry, as well as of FinancialWeek, which folded in late 2008. He also spent seven years at Crain’s Chicago Business, where he rose from features editor to managing editor.

“In New York, the 51-year-old Mr. Coleman has overseen coverage of the economy, Wall Street, banking, health care and small business.

“‘I have the utmost confidence in Glenn’s ability to lead our talented editorial team,’ Rance Crain, owner and editor-in-chief of Crain’s New York Business, said in a statement. ‘He did a superb job as startup editor of FinancialWeek, and I know he will infuse his keen knowledge and understanding of the needs and concerns of our core reader into Crain’s New York Business.’”

Read more here. Talking Biz News broke the news earlier this week about Antunes leaving the paper.