Newspapers Honored for Business Coverage

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(AP) Nineteen daily and weekly publications were honored for overall excellence, including the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News for the fourth straight year, for articles on topics ranging from corporate wrongdoing to botched mergers in the ninth annual “Best in Business” contest sponsored by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW).

Winners of the contest, which recognized the best overall publications and best breaking news and spot enterprise in 2002, were announced Tuesday. There was also a new category: projects, to recognize comprehensive, long-term reporting efforts.

Judges chose from a record 604 entries, up from 570 the previous year.

Other repeat winners in the general excellence category included USA Today, The Oregonian of Portland, The Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post, The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Crain’s Chicago Business.

In the breaking news category, The Plain Dealer of Cleveland and The Washington Post were repeat winners among 10 organizations recognized.

Sixteen organizations won in the spot enterprise category, with Bloomberg News, The Wall Street Journal, The Detroit News, and Dow Jones Newswires repeat winners.

Awards will be presented Monday, April 28, at The Boston Globe auditorium during SABEW’s 40th annual conference. Winning sections will be on display at the hotel. Judges’ comments will be posted on April 15 at www.sabew.org.

SABEW, founded in 1964 and headquartered at the Missouri School of Journalism, is an association of more than 3,000 business journalists in North America.

The 2003 winners, in alphabetical order by category:

OVERALL EXCELLENCE

(Judges could name up to five winners in each category)

GIANT

(General-interest newspapers with average daily circulation 375,001 and above)

_ The Dallas Morning News

_ New York Post

_ The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J.

_ The Washington Post

_ USA Today

Certificates of Merit: Newsday of Melville, N.Y., The Boston Globe

LARGE

(Newspapers with circulation 250,001-375,000)

_ San Jose Mercury News

_ The Oregonian, Portland

_ The San Diego Union-Tribune

Certificate of Merit: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MIDSIZE

(Newspapers with circulation 125,001-250,000)

_ Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif.

_ The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.

_ The State, Columbia, S.C.

Certificates of Merit: Daily Herald, Arlington, Ill.; The Des Moines (Iowa) Register

SMALL

(Newspapers with circulation up to 125,000)

_ Arizona Daily Star, Tucson

_ Florida Today, Melbourne

_ The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Certificates of Merit: Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel; Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader; The Times of Northwest Indiana, Munster

BUSINESS WEEKLIES

_ Atlanta Business Chronicle

_ Crain’s Chicago Business

_ Crain’s Detroit Business

_ Los Angeles Business Journal

_ The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee

NEWS CONTEST

BREAKING NEWS

(Judges could name up to three winners in each category)

GIANT

_ The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, “TRW,” by Thomas W. Gerdel, Mary Vanac, John Funk, Chris Seper

_ The Wall Street Journal, “Coverage of Enron,” by staff

_ The Washington Post, “Worldcom charged with fraud,” by staff

LARGE

_ San Jose Mercury News, “HP claims victory in COMPAQ merger,” by Therese Poletti, Tracy Seipel, Michelle Quinn, Dan Gillmor, Sue McAllister, Elise Ackerman, Scott Herhold, Deborah Lohse

_ The Detroit News, “Can Kmart lure shoppers back?” by staff

MIDSIZE

_ The Buffalo (N.Y.) News, “Adelphia scandal,” by Jerry Zremski, Tim Graham, Dan Herbeck, Fred O. Williams, Holly Auer

SMALL

_ Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun, “Blue Cross racks up record $85.6M,” by Jeff Zimmer

_ Durham Herald-Sun, “Swifty Serve Corp. is in fight for its life,” by Jeff Zimmer

WEEKLIES

_ Inside the Navy, “Shipbuilding giants may swap LDP-17 and DDG-51 work worth billions” and “Responding to Lott, DOD starts funding LHD-9 and one more DDG-51,” by Christopher Castelli

REAL-TIME

_ Bloomberg News, “Treasury’s O’Neill would oppose additional IMF aid for Brazil,” by Brendan Murray

_ Reuters, “Bush’s economic housecleaning,” by Adam Entous, Glenn Somerville, Randall Mikkelsen, Caren Bohan, Steve Holland, Anna Willard

SPOT ENTERPRISE

(Judges could name up to three winners in each category)

GIANT

_ Newsweek, “How it all fell apart,” by Johnnie L. Roberts

_ The Denver Post, “Seven steps to solvency,” by Kris Hudson

_ The Wall Street Journal, “Uncooking the books,” by Susan Pulliam and Deborah Solomon

LARGE

_ Rocky Mountain News, Denver, “Qwest’s rise and fall,” by Lou Kilzer, David Milstead and Jeff Smith

_ The Detroit News, “Why Ford sacked a superstar dealer,” by Bill Vlasic and Mark Truby

_ The Oregonian, “A rising star’s rapid descent,” by Jeff Manning

Certificate of Merit: Rocky Mountain News, “Wild, wild Qwest,” by Lou Kilzer, David Milstead and Jeff Smith

MIDSIZE

_ The Des Moines Register, “Paycheck to paycheck,” by Chad Graham

_ The Providence (R.I.) Journal, “Priced out,” by Lynn Arditi

_ The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, “eModel: Cashing in on dreams of glamour,” by Joanne Kimberlin

SMALL

_ Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, “On the rocks: Alaska’s historic salmon industry faces unprecedented threat” by Wesley Loy

_ The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press, “Anatomy of a scandal,” by Cadence Mertz

_ York (Pa.) Daily Record, “Fields of danger: Farm life can be deadly,” by Michelle Starr

Certificate of Merit:

_ Riverfront Times, St. Louis, “Nasty Boys,” by Geri L. Dreiling

WEEKLIES

_ Crain’s Detroit Business, “A deal in black and white,” by Brent Snavely

_ Orlando (Fla.) Business Journal, “Big bucks, small town, bond haven,” by Noelle Haner-Dorr

REAL_TIME

_ Bloomberg News, “Edison schools boost revenues with funds not received,” by David Evans

_ Bloomberg News, “U.S. officials leak agriculture forecasts to few,” by Joe Carroll

_ Dow Jones Newswires, “Critics think Stanley Works may reconsider Bermuda move,” by Phyllis Plitch

Certificate of Merit: CNET News.com, “The Google gods,” by Stefanie Olsen

PROJECTS

(Judges could name up to three winners in each category)

GIANT

_ The Denver Post, “Unmasking QWEST,” by Kris Hudson and Miles Moffeit

_ The Wall Street Journal, “What’s wrong?” by staff

_ The Washington Post, “AOL’s advertising deals,” by Alec Klein

Certificates of Merit: Chicago Tribune, “Auditor often fail to warn of bankruptcies,” by Andrew Countryman and Janet Kidd Stewart; Dallas Morning News, “Digikids,” by Alan Goldstein, Vikas Bajaj, Doug Bedell, Brendan M. Case, Gregory Katz

LARGE

_ The Oregonian, “Prosperity lost,” by Catherine Trevison, Ted Sickinger, Gail Kinsey Hill, Brent Hunsberger

_ The Orlando Sentinel, “A region adrift,” by Scott Maxwell

_ San Jose Mercury News, “Rich man, poor company,” by Chris O’Brien and Jack Davis

MIDSIZE

_ The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, “Despair in mill town,” by Tony Mecia, Charles Lunan, Amber Veverka, Sharon E. White, Peter St. Onge, Rick Rothacker

_ The Virginian-Pilot, “Enemy in the aisles,” by Joanne Kimberlin

Certificates of Merit: The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa., “Rodale: Roots of Change,” by Gregory Karp; The Providence Journal, “End of the line,” by Lynn Arditi

SMALL

_ Corpus Christi (Fla.) Caller-Times, “Malpractice insurance goes under the microscope,” by Naomi Snyder

_ The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La., “Leaving Louisiana,” by Sara Bongiorni, Chad Calder, Chris Gautreau

_ The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif., “From vine to wine,” by Ted Appel

WEEKLIES

_ Atlanta Business Chronicle, “Georgia’s corporate tax giveaway,” by Meredith Jordan

_ Cincinnati Business Courier, “Road to nowhere,” by Dan Monk, Lucy May

_ Los Angeles Business Journal, “Rise and fall of global pipe dream,” by Michael Stremfel, Anthony Palazzo, John Brinsley, Deborah Belgum, Mark Lacter

Certificates of Merit: Orange County (Calif.) Business Journal, “OC’s cash economy,” by Chris Cziborr, Rajiv Vyas, Daniel D. Williams, Vita Reed, Michael Lyster; South Florida Business Journal, “Inside the PSC/Supra,” by Kevin Gale, Alexis Muellner

REAL-TIME

_ CBS MarketWatch, “Capitalism’s crossroads,” by staff

_ CNET News.com, “Cracking the nest egg,” by Sandeep Junnarkar

_ CNET News.com, “A mortal Microsoft,” by Mike Ricciuti, Alorie Gilbert, Joe Wilcox

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