SABEW Business Journalism Awards Announced

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(AP) The Wall Street Journal received a special award for extraordinary achievement for its coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and The Boston Globe was honored for overall excellence for the fourth straight year in the eighth annual “Best in Business” contest sponsored by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

Winners of the contest, which recognizes the best overall publications and news reporting in business journalism in 2001, were announced Wednesday.

Total entries set a record as newspapers, business weeklies, wire services, and business news Web sites submitted 568 nominations. Last year, SABEW received 492 entries.

In handing out the first “Extraordinary Achievement” award in the eight-year history of the contest, the judges said:

” … To have produced stories of this breadth, with this much context and insight, after many staff members literally fled for the lives and the ranks did not know whether senior editors had survived is an unparalleled accomplishment worthy of special recognition.”

The Journal‘s package not only covered the attacks and the destruction of the World Trade Center, it included a prescient front-page piece that explored the issue of lax airport security. Other stories covered the closed financial markets, World Trade Center tenants, and the effects of the attacks on the economy, energy prices, and insurers.

Along with The Boston Globe, other repeat winners for overall excellence included: San Jose Mercury News, USA Today, The Oregonian (Portland), Las Vegas Sun, and the Cincinnati Business Courier.

In the news contest, Bloomberg News captured two awards in the spot enterprise category; it has now won at least one award for news reporting each of the past five years.

In addition, The Plain Dealer, The Wall Street Journal, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans), the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and Dow Jones Newswires won news contest awards for a second year in a row.

Awards will be presented April 29 at the Pointe Hilton hotel in Phoenix during SABEW’s 39th annual convention. Winning sections will be on display at the hotel. Judges’ comments will be posted on April 15 at http://www.sabew.org.

Headquartered at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Mo., SABEW is an association of more than 3,000 business journalists in North America. Formed in 1964 to promote superior coverage of business and economic events and issues, it is the only educational business journalism association for editors and writers.

The winners are:

OVERALL EXCELLENCE

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

* The Boston Globe
* The Dallas Morning News
* San Francisco Chronicle
* The Washington Post
* USA Today


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

* The Oregonian (Portland)
* San Jose Mercury News
Certificates of merit: The Plain Dealer (Cleveland), The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel

MID-SIZED (Newspapers with circulation 125,001-250,000):

* The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)
* The State (Columbia, S.C.)
* Omaha World-Herald
Certificates of Merit: Saint Paul (Minn.) Pioneer-Press, The Gazette (Montreal)

SMALL (Newspapers with circulation up to 125,000):

* The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.)
* Las Vegas Sun
* Waterbury
(Conn.) Republican-American
Certificate of Merit: The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.)

BUSINESS WEEKLIES:

* Cincinnati Business Courier
* Electronic Media
* Crain’s Chicago Business
* Washington
(D.C.) Business Journal

NEWS CONTEST

Best in Business Breaking News winners (Judges could name up to three winners in each category):

GIANT (Newspapers with circulation over 375,001):
* Newsday, “Texas investor mounts proxy fight for Computer Associates,” by staff.
* The Washington Post, “Microsoft Breakup Order Reversed,” by James V. Grimaldi, Carrie Johnson, Jonathan Krim, Ariana Cha, Alex Klein, Carol Vincent.

LARGE (Newspapers with circulation 250,001 *375,000):

* The Seattle Times, “Boeing Bolts,” by Kyung Song, Stephen H. Dunphy and staff.
* The Plain Dealer (Cleveland), “LTV Shutdown Begins,” by Jennifer Scott Cimperman.
* The Times-Picayune (New Orleans), “Entergy and FPL pull the plug on merger,” by Keith Darce, Mary Judice, Susan Finch, John Biers.

MID-SIZE (Newspapers with circulation 125,001-250,000):

* Seattle Post-Intelligencer, “Boeing Picks Chicago,” by James Wallace
* Contra Costa Times, “PG&E Unplugged,” by staff
* The Courier-Journal (Louisville), “Mysterious disease killing foals at state’s horse farms,” by Kirsten Haukebo

SMALL (Newspapers with circulation up to 125,000):

* Erie (Pa.) Times-News, “IP to close,” by staff
* The Burlington Free Press, “IBM lays off 500,” by Aki Soga, Sue Robinson, Leslie Wright, Cadence Mertz

WEEKLIES

* Silicon Valley Business Ink, “Sharks fishing for new owners,” by Christina Bellantoni
* Dayton Business Journal, “Brokers dropping Dean,” by Patrick L. Thimangu

REAL-TIME

* CNET News.com, “Microsoft’s reprieve,” by staff

SPOT ENTERPRISE

Best in Business Spot Enterprise winners (Judges could name up to three winners in each category):

GIANT (Newspapers with circulation over 375,001):

* Star Tribune (Minneapolis), “More bans, less help for smokers,” by David Phelps and Deborah Caulfield Rybak
* The Wall Street Journal, “Corporate Veil: Behind Enron’s fall, a culture of operating outside the public’s view,” by John R. Emshwiller and Rebecca Smith
* The Washington Post, “Stocks to trade Monday with special rule,” by Kathleen Day and John M. Berry

LARGE (Newspapers with circulation 250,001*375,000):

* The Plain Dealer (Cleveland), “The last shift,” by Tom Breckenridge, Peter Krouse, Sandra Livingston, Jennifer Scott Cimperman, Thomas W. Gerdel, Alison Grant, Karen Farkas, Mya Frazier
* The Detroit News, “Age bias claims jolt Ford culture change,” by Mark Truby
* The Times-Picayune (New Orleans), “The art of the deal,” by Rebecca Mowbray

MID-SIZED (Newspapers with circulation 125,001*250,000):

* Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The great baby bottle battle,” by Bob Rayner
* The Charlotte Observer, “Students see strong future in textiles jobs” by Tony Mecia
* The Hartford Courant, “A company works to carry on,” by Matthew Kauffman

SMALL (Newspapers with circulation up to 125,000):

* The Huntsville (Ala.) Times, “The Rocket’s Red Ink,” by Brian Lawson
* The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.), “Dealmaker,” by Joe Harwood, Susan Palmer and Christian Wihtol
* The Daily Record (Baltimore), “Power (Plant) Surge,” by Amy L. Bernstein

WEEKLIES:

* Atlanta Business Chronicle, “Georgia’s tax giveaway,” by Meredith Jordan
* Orange County Business Journal, “Change sweeping through Baja’s Border Plants,” by Chris Cziborr
* Washington Business Journal, “The National question,” by Mike Sunnucks

REAL-TIME:

* Bloomberg News, “El Paso Corp. secured off*balance sheet financing” by Russell Hubbard
* Dow Jones Newswires, “Treasury’s 30*year bond news relayed by consultant during embargo” by John Connor
* Bloomberg News, “Khashoggi firm may have kept $125 million as stock fell,” by David Evans

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