Business Writing Awards Announced, Giving San Jose Paper 6-Year Streak

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(AP) The San Jose Mercury News of California won an award for overall excellence for the sixth straight year and Bloomberg News and Crain’s Chicago Business won three prizes each in the annual Best of Business contest of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

USA Today won an overall excellence award for the fifth year in a row. The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, Calif., Crain’s Chicago Business, and The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., won the same distinction for the fourth straight year. The awards were announced Tuesday.

Bloomberg won two awards for special projects and one for breaking news. Crain’s Chicago Business received two enterprise awards, as well as the overall excellence prize. Eight news organizations won two awards each: The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, the Cincinnati Business Courier, The Detroit News, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Puget Sound (Wash.) Business Journal, The Washington Post ,and USA Today.

The Associated Press was among the winners for enterprise.

The society, known by its acronym SABEW, began the awards contest in 1995.

A list of this year’s winners, by category and alphabetical order:

Overall excellence

Giant newspapers: Star Tribune of Minneapolis; Newsday of Long Island, N.Y.; USA Today.

Large newspapers: Detroit Free Press; Fort Worth Star-Telegram; San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News.

Medium newspapers: The Charlotte Observer; The Hartford (Conn.) Courant; The News & Observer; The Record of Hackensack, N.J.; St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press.

Small newspapers: The Oakland (Calif.) Tribune; The Press Democrat; The State of Columbia, S.C.; The Times of Northwest Indiana.

Weekly business newspapers: Cincinnati Business Courier; Crain’s Chicago Business; Los Angeles Business Journal; Philadelphia Business Journal; Puget Sound Business Journal.

Breaking news coverage

Giant newspapers: Chicago Tribune for Sears/Kmart deal; Houston Chronicle for the indictment of former Enron Chairman Ken Lay; The Washington Post for Fannie Mae coverage.

Large newspapers: The Sun of Baltimore, “End of the Line: GM to Close Plant”; The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, “A Steel Giant Is Born”; Rocky Mountain News of Denver, “New Beer Buddies.”

Medium newspapers: The Charlotte Observer, USAirways bankruptcy; The Honolulu Advertiser, Aloha Airlines bankruptcy.

Small newspapers: The Intelligencer of the Philadelphia suburbs, “Practices of DVI Highly Suspect”; The Times of Northwest Indiana, “Steel: Two Left Along the Lake”; Telegram & Gazette of Worcester, Mass., “St. Vincent Hospital For Sale.”

Weekly newspapers: The Business Journal of Kansas City (Mo.), Sprint-Nextel merger; Charlotte (N.C.) Business Journal, Bank of America naming rights for NFL stadium; Orlando (Fla.) Business Journal, Hurricane Charley’s destruction.

Real-time news organizations: Bloomberg News, Merck’s decision to pull Vioxx; Dow Jones Newswires, Kmart-Sears deal.

Enterprise

Giant newspapers: The Denver Post, “The High Cost of Gold” by Michael Riley and Greg Griffin; The Wall Street Journal, “Embassy Row” by Glenn R. Simpson; The Washington Post, “D.C. Slow to Reduce Its Ranks of Jobless” by Neil Irwin.

Large newspapers: The Detroit News, “Driven Abroad” by Ron French; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Displaced Pelton Workers Forge New Lives” by Rick Romell and Joel Dresang; The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, “A Family’s Quest for Answers” by Stewart Yerton.

Medium newspapers: Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, “Wheel of Fraud” by Steve Jordan; South Florida Sun-Sentinel, “Pirates Still Prey on Small Firms” by Doreen Hemlock; The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, “A Formula for Disaster” by Baird Helgeson and Doug Stanley.

Small newspapers: Mobile (Ala.) Register, “The Condo Game” by Ryan Dezember; The Roanoke (Va.) Times, “Facing the Ax” by Lois Caliri; York (Pa.) Daily Record, “Shopping Around” by Sharon Smith.

Weekly newspapers: Atlanta Business Chronicle, “A $19 Million Problem for Georgia Tech’s Biz School” by Mary Jane Credeur; Crain’s Chicago Business, “Why Can’t Wrigley Make No-Stick Gum” by Julie Jargon; Crain’s Chicago Business, “Money Left on Table” by Steve Daniels.

Real-time news organizations: The Associated Press, “The First Whistleblower” by Adam Geller; Bankrate.com, “Home Ownership and Bush’s Second Term” by Holden Lewis; TheStreet.com, “Weighing Biovail’s Claims” by Adam Feuerstein.

Special projects

Giant newspapers: The Boston Globe, “Closed for Business: Deals but No Debate in Congress”; USA Today, “Internet Security.”

Large newspapers: The Detroit News, “Danger Overhead”; Star-Telegram of Fort Worth, Texas, “Regulation of Refineries”; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Dream Derailed.”

Medium newspapers: Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal, “Life and Debt”; The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., “J.D. Byrider”; The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, Tenn., “A Future Foreclosed.”

Small newspapers: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, “Alaska Attorney General Under Fire”; Wisconsin State Journal of Madison, Wis., “Threat from Brazil”; Portland (Maine) Press Herald, “Smuggling a Deadly Virus.”

Weekly newspapers: Cincinnati Business Courier, “Wal-Mart Is Coming: Should You Be Happy?”; Puget Sound Business Journal, “Nonprofit Payoff”; San Francisco Business Times, “Business Crack the Code.”

Real-time news organizations: Bloomberg News, “Bowling for Palestine”; Bloomberg News, “Investment Conflict on Wall Street”; CNET News, “Breaking Digital Deadlock.”

Student Contest: The Daily Tar Heel, University of North Carolina, “Rising Tensions Lead CIO to Resign” by John Frank and Emily Steel; Dollars & Sense Magazine, Baruch College, “First Down in Midtown” by Rosa Caballero and Karah Woodward; Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill., “Learning Curve, Exchange Traders Give Up Jobs to Go Back to School” by Hilary Potkewitz.

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