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New York Times takes most awards in SABEW’s Best in Business contest

The New York Times captured the most awards – 13 — in the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ 15th annual Best in Business Journalism contest for 2009.

There were 163 winners out of 796 entries, the second-highest entry total  in the contest’s history

Each winning entry is now considered for SABEW’s Best of the Best awards, honoring the very best of business journalism produced at newspapers, magazines and Web sites. Best of the Best winners will be announced and all the awards will be presented March 20 during SABEW’s 47th annual conference in Phoenix.

The conference will run from March 19-21 at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  Only a few spots remain in the conference’s multimedia track, sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism; it starts March 18.

“Some contend that good business journalism is dying. Judging by the winners of the contest, nothing could be further from the truth,” said Greg McCune, SABEW president and Thomson Reuters training manager. “Study this list of winners, and you may notice the emergence of a fresh and vigorous online business media, as well as continuing excellence from some traditional media we rely on.”

 Overall excellence

 Giant Newspapers
(Average daily circulation above 325,000)

              Chicago Tribune

               Financial Times

               The New York Times  

               USA Today          

 Large Newspapers

(circulation from 225,000 to 325,000)  

               Detroit Free Press

               Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

               The Dallas Morning News

 Mid-sized Newspapers

(circulation from 125,000 to 224,999)

               San Jose Mercury News 

              The Des Moines Register 

               The Detroit News 


Small Newspapers

(circulation under 125,000)

               The Salt Lake Tribune

               The State (Columbia, SC)

               Wichita Eagle

Weekly Business Newspapers

               Los Angeles Business Journal

               Puget Sound Business Journal

               Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal  

 Small Magazines

(circulation under 500,000)

               Bloomberg Markets 

               CFO magazine

 Large Magazines

(circulation 500,000 and over)

               Bloomberg BusinessWeek

              Fast Company

               Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

         Small Web sites

(up to 500,000 average monthly unique visitors)




Mid-sized Web sites

(500,000-2.5 million average monthly unique visitors)

               Dallas Business Journal



Large Web sites

(more than 2.5 million average monthly unique visitors)



               The New York Times

Business News Reporting

Breaking News


Giant Publications

Star Tribune: “Petters Found Guilty”

The New York Times: “”The G.M. Bankruptcy”

The Wall Street Journal: “Inside-Trade Probe Snares ‘Octopussy’”

Large Publications

The Detroit Free Press: “Auto plans shredded”

The Detroit Free Press: “GM bankruptcy”

Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Feds Seize Amtrust Bank”                             

Mid-sized Publications

               The Detroit News: “GM enters bankruptcy”

               San Jose Mercury News: “Bartz named Yahoo CEO”

               Las Vegas Sun: “CityCenter Saga”             

Small Publications

               Sarasot a(Fla.) Herald-Tribune: “Nadel Ponzi Scheme”

               Honolulu (Hawaii) Star-Bulletin: “The last haul”

               The Daily Herald (Everett, Wash.): “The First Flight of Boeing’s 787”

Weekly Publications

               Business First of Louisville (Ky.): Ice storm stories

            The Denver Business Journal: “Rocky Mountain News Shuts Down”

            Washington Business Journal: Hilton Hotels’ move to Washington, D.C.

Real-time News Organizations

            Associated Press: “Wells Fargo Junket”

               Dow Jones Newswires: “Deep Coverage On Drug Deal”

               Reuters: “H1N1 Flu: The Global Story”


Giant Publications

               The New York Times: “The Burger That Shattered Her Life”

               The Wall Street Journal: “New York Fed Chairman’s Ties”

               (Minneapolis) Star Tribune: “Wasteland”

 Large Publications

               The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee: “Community Bank”

               The Denver Post: “Survivor’s tale”

               The Boston Globe: “Harvard”

 Mid-sized Publications

Las Vegas Sun: “Lessons Las Vegas can learn from the Rust Belt”

               The (Nashville) Tennessean: “Life on Hold”

               The Charlotte Observer: “How a Board Lost a Bank”

 Small Publications

               Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune: “Contaminated Chinese drywall”   

The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.): “SSU foundation’s private land loans”

The State (Columbia, S..C): “How the Boeing deal was done”

 Weekly Publications

Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle, Wash.): “Why WaMu”

Indianapolis Business Journal: “Simon says, city does”

Pittsburgh Business Times: “Eli Lilly details payments to docs”

 Real-time News Organizations

               Bloomberg News: “”Diamonds Post-Lehman Have No Aura as Buffett Can’t See Recovery””

               Associated Press: “Geithner’s Bankers”

               Dow Jones Newswires: “US Treasury Doesn’t Disclose Bailout Tally”


 Giant Publications

               David Leonhardt, The New York Times

Martin Wolf, Financial Times       

               David Carr, The New York Times

 Large Publications

            Karin Price Mueller, The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)

               Dean Calbreath, The San Diego Union-Tribune

     Eileen Ambrose: The Baltimore Sun

Mid-sized Publications

               Mitchell Schnurman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

               Chris O’Brien, San Jose Mercury News

               Bill Virgin, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

 Small Publications

            Josh Brodesky, Arizona Daily Star

               Betty Lin-Fisher, Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal

               Jon Chesto, The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.)

 Weekly Publications

 Greg Hinz, Crain’s Chicago Business

                Greg David, Crain’s New York Business

                Mike Hendricks, The Business Review (Albany, N.Y.)

 Real-time News Organizations

               Jonathan Weil, Bloomberg News

               Matthew Goldstein, Thomson Reuters

               Al Lewis, Dow Jones Newswires


 Giant Publications

               The New York Times: “Toxic Waters”

               The New York Times: “Driven to Distraction”

               The Wall Street Journal: “Beyond the Bubble”

 Large Publications

               Dallas Morning News: “The Cost of Care”

               The Seattle Times: “Inside the collapse of WaMu”

               The Denver Post: “New Frontier Bank”

 Mid-sized Publications

               The Miami Herald: “Cuba”           

               The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer: “Charity starts at the top”

               Detroit News: “Grand Experiment”

 Small Publications

               Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune: “Flipping Fraud”

               The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette: “Grants, Graft and Greed at Workforce West Virginia”

               Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Ariz.): “Giving Tree”

 Weekly Publications

               Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle, Wash.): “WaMu’s Final Days”          

               Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle, Wash.): “Foreclosed: One week inside the crisis”

               Indianapolis Business Journal: “Durham insider loans pile up”

 Real-time News Organizations

               Scripps Howard News Service: “Forgive Us Our Debts”

               Bloomberg News: “Lehman’s Lessons”

               Reuters: “Lifting the Veil on High-Frequency Trading”

               Reuters: “Route to Recovery”

 Magazine Enterprise


            Sports Illustrated: “How (And Why) Athletes Go Broke”

               Forbes: “Gilt-Edged Pensions”

               SmartMoney Magazine: “My Battle for a Sales Job”


               Bloomberg Markets: “Big Pharma’s Crime Spree”

               Traders Magazine: “Flash Point: Equities Industry Clashes over Flash and Step-Up Orders”

               Bloomberg Markets: “Plundering the Amazon”

 Online Excellence

 Breaking News

 Large Web sites

(more than 2.5 million average monthly unique visitors)

               The New York Times: “The G.M. Bankruptcy”

               Bloomberg BusinessWeek.com: “Allen Stanford Coverage”

 Medium Web sites

(500,000-2.5 million average monthly unique visitors)

               The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer: “Moynihan is BofA CEO”

               AdAge.com: “Domino’s Boogergate”

              Small Web sites

(up to 500,000 average monthly unique visitors)

InvestmentNews: “American International Group”

pacbiztimes.com: “Affinity Bank and the Jesusita Fire”

St. Louis Business Journal: “Katz suit vs. Anheuser-Busch”


 Large Websites

               CNBC.com: “Boom, Bust & Blame: The Inside Story of America’s Economic Crisis”

               The Associated Press: “AP Stress Index”

               The New York Times: “Living With Less”

 Mid-sized Web sites

(500,000-2.5 million average monthly unique visitors)

               GlobalPost: “Living in the Shadows”

               The (Nashville) Tennessean: “Life On Hold”

GlobalPost: “Silicon Sweatshops”

 Small Web sites

(up to 500,000 average monthly unique visitors)

               CBSMoneyWatch.com: “After the Great Recession”

               CBSMoneyWatch.com: “Ultimate Job Security Guide”

               chicagobusiness.com: “Road to Recovery”

Audio/Video Reports

 Large Web sites

               The New York Times: “Flipped: Inside the Private Equity Game”

               The New York Times: “The Card Game: The Deal With Overdrafts”

               The Wall Street Journal: “A Crisis Without Precedent”

 Mid-sized Web sites

(500,000-2.5 million average monthly unique visitors)

               Financial Times: “Short View Special: Anniversary of the Collapse of Lehman


 Small Web sites

            CrainsNewYork.com: “The Making of a New York Dress”

               Chicagobusiness.com: “Entrepreneurs in Action”


 Large Web sites

               The Wall Street Journal: “Real Time Economics”

The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.): “Lansner on Real Estate”

Bankrate.com: “Mortgage Matters”

 Mid-sized Web sites

            Financial Times: “Alphaville”

            The Dallas Morning News: “Airline biz”

               Financial Times: “Technology”

Small Web sites

            CBSMoneyWatch, Devil in the Details, Kathy Kristof

            mutualfundreform.com: Building a More Secure Financial Future

               talkingbiznews.com: Chris Roush 

 Creative Use of Online

 Large Web sites

          The New York Times: “Flipped: Inside the Private Equity Game”

               CNN Money.com: “Obama’s Money Moves”

               MSNBC.com: “Adversity Index”

 Mid-sized Web sites

            CreditCards.com: “Comprehensive Guide to the Credit CARD Act”

               The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.): “Fleetwood: An Inland Icon”

               The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer: “The Merger with Merrill”

 Small Web sites

            Investigative Reporting Workshop: “BankTracker”

               CBSMoneyWatch.com: “Ultimate Job Security Guide”

               Breakingviews.com: “Downloadable Calculators”


 Large Web sites

          BNET.com: “Navigating Through Uncertainty”

               MarketWatch: “The New Gold Bugs”

               MSNBC.com: “The View From the Auto Mall Darkens”

 Mid-sized Web sites

          GlobalPost: “World of Trouble”


Large Web sites

Felix Salmon, Reuters

               Carl Bialik, The Wall Street Journal

               Eve Tahmincioglu, MSNBC.com

 Mid-sized Web sites

               Ryan Sager, SmartMoney

               Thomas Mucha, GlobalPost

               Randall Forsyth, Barron’s

 Small Web sites

               Jim Jubak, MoneyShow.com

               Evan Cooper, investmentnews.com

          Morgan Housel, The Motley Fool

 Student Contest

 For stories written for professional publications

            – Andrew Dunn, Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, “Home scam stings owners”

 For stories written for student publications

               — Matthew Lynley, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Town lacking ‘big box’ stores”

 Questions? Contact SABEW Executive Director Warren Watson at watson@sabew.org or 602-496-5186.

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  1. In this post we got to know about Society of American Business Editors and Writers Awards through as the post was captured by New York Times.Awards was basically focused on Journalism.The post is good & informative thanks.

  2. Mark says:

    I agree with the previous poster. I work for a nonprofit that hosts its own small business award, mostly focused on employee engagement as a means for revenue generation, and ours attracts some smaller entities in the publishing space, so it’s nice to hear of other programs that recognize these firms.

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