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March 29, 2008

SABEW 13th Annual Best in Business Journalism Contest Winners

American Business Journalist


SABEW


Recognizing top publications and the best business news reporting during 2007, The Society of American Business Editors and Writers Inc. (SABEW), a not-for-profit organization made up of business journalists in North America, has announced the winners in its 13th annual Best in Business Contest. SABEW is headquartered at the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

SABEW started the contest in 1995 to help set standards and recognize role models for outstanding business journalism. It has grown steadily since then. Categories for magazines and online sites were added this year. A record 842 entries were submitted for work in 2007 by daily newspapers, business weeklies, magazines, wire services and news Websites.

SABEW will hand out the awards during a ceremony at its annual conference, at 6 p.m. April 27 at The Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

Following is the full list of winners:

Overall Excellence

Giant Newspapers
(Average daily circulation above 325,000)
Arizona Republic
Los Angeles Times
The New York Times
USA Today
Certificates of Merit:
The Boston Globe
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

Large Newspapers
(circulation from 225,000 to 325,000)
The Miami Herald
Rocky Mountain News (Denver)
The Seattle Times
Certificates of Merit:
The Indianapolis Star
The Orange County Register
Detroit Free Press

Mid-sized Newspapers
(circulation from 125,000 to 224,999)
The Charlotte Observer
The Des Moines Register
The Detroit News
Grand RapidsPress
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Certificates of Merit:
St. Paul Pioneer-Press
Salt Lake Tribune

Small newspapers
(circulation under 125,000)
Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Ariz.)
The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)
The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.)
Certificates of Merit:
The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.)
The Post & Courier (Charleston, S.C.)

Weekly Business Newspapers
Advertising Age
Boston Business Journal
Crain's New York Business
Financial Week
Triangle Business Journal (Raleigh-Durham, N.C.)
Certificate of Merit:
Mass High Tech

Small Magazines
(circulation under 500,000)
Bloomberg Markets

Large Magazines
(circulation 500,000 and over)
Fast Company

Small Websites
(up to 500,000 average monthly unique visitors)
Wired.com
Certificate of Merit
Crain's Chicago Business

Mid-sized Websites
(500,000-2.5 million average monthly unique visitors)
AdAge.com
Certificate of Merit
Azstarbiz.com, Arizona Daily Star

Large Websites
(more than 2.5 million average monthly unique visitors)
MarketWatch
The New York Times Dealbook
The Wall Street Journal Online


Business News Reporting

Breaking News

Giant publications
• Patti Bond, Robert Luke, Tom Walker, Maria Saporta, Matt Kempner,
Marilyn Geewax, Duane D. Stanford, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
"Nardelli's departure from Home Depot"
• Krishna Guha, Michael Mackenzie, Saskia Scholtes and Gillian Tett, The
Financial Times: "Federal Reserve"
• Robin Sidel, Aaron Lucchetti, Monica Langley, Carrick Mollenkamp, David
Reilly and David Enrich, The Wall Street Journal: "The fall of a
Citigroup Prince"


Large publications
• Staff, Detroit Free Press: GM/UAW settlement
• Staff, Detroit Free Press: Pfizer breaking news
• Roger Fillion, Chris Walsh, David Milstead, Charles Chamberlin,
Joyzelle Davis, Rob Reuteman and Jane Hoback, Rocky Mountain News:
Coors-Miller merger


Mid-sized Publications
• Stella M. Hopkins, Adam Bell, Gail Smith-Arrants, Sharif Durhams,
Christopher D. Kirkpatrick, Tommy Tomlinson, Kat Greene, Marion
Paynter, Mark Johnson and David Ingram, The Charlotte Observer: "Philip
Morris quits North Carolina"
• Amos Maki, Commercial Appeal (Memphis.): "Toyota's decision"
• Sharon Terlep, Bruce G. Hoffman, Eric Morath, Christine Tierney, Daniel
Howes, Louis Aguilar, Nathan Hurst, Brian J. O'Connor, Josee Valcourt
and Bill Vlasic, The Detroit News: "UAW strike"


Small Publications
• Jack Gillum, Christie Smythe and David Wichner, Arizona Daily Star:
"First Magnus meltdown"
• Kathy Jumper, George Talbot, Russ Henderson, Sebastion Kitchen, Dan
Murtaugh, Kaija Wilkinson and Jeff Amy, Press-Register (Mobile, Ala.):
"Towering triumphs"
• Carol Benfell, The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.): "Hospital
closure"


Weekly Publications
• Brent Snavely, Crain's Detroit Business: "Icahn on Lear: company
positioned well in industry"
• Andrew Osterland, Marine Cole, Matthew Quinn, Nicholas Rummell and
Frank Byrt, Financial Week: "Credit crunch"


Real-time News Organizations
• Scott Lanman, Brendan Murray, Matthew Brockett, Caroline Salas, Anthony
Massucci, Lynn Thomasson and Shannon Harrington, Bloomberg News:
"Bernanke's world unravels"
• John D. Stoll and Stephen Wisnefski, Dow Jones News Service:
"DaimlerChrysler stock moves into high gear"


Enterprise

Giant Publications
• David Barboza, The New York Times: "A Chinese reformer betrays his
cause, and pays"
• Gretchen Morgenson, The New York Times: "Crisis looms in mortgages"
• Kate Kelly, The Wall Street Journal: "Bear CEO's handling of crisis
raises issues"


Large Publications
• Jeffrey Tomich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Bet the farm"
• Pete Carey, San Jose Mercury News: "Harsh side of the boom"
• Kristi Heim, The Seattle Times: "China's eco-city"


Mid-sized Publications
• Rick Rothacker and David Ingram, The Charlotte Observer: "Is this a
conflict?"
• Sharon Terlep and Bill Vlasic, The Detroit News: "Inside story"
• Rebecca Mowbray, New Orleans Times-Picayune: "Same house. Same repairs.
Same insurer. Why different prices?"


Small Publications
• Becky Pallack, Arizona Daily Star: "First Magnus: Boom to bust in three
weeks"
• Dan Kelley, Corpus Christi Caller-Times: "Is the city growing or
stretching?"
• George Talbot, Press-Register (Mobile, Ala.): "Several factors are key
to deal"


Weekly Publications
• Ron Leuty, San Francisco Business Times: "The fight of his life: Bay
Area tech execs and VCs rally to aid one of their own battling a rare
disease"
• Daniel Kaplan and Mark Mensheha, Street & Smith's SportBusiness
Journal: "American invasion: What's driving the gold rush to English
soccer?"
• Dan Monk and Tom Demeropolous, Business Courier of Cincinnati: "Dark
side of progress: The transformation of UC has taken more of a
financial toll than many in the campus community realize"


Real-time News Organizations
• John Schoen, MSNBC: "Mortgage mess"
• John Lippert, Bloomberg News: "Fall of Detroit"
• Melissa Davis, TheStreet.com: "Shattered hopes"


Columns

Giant Publications
• David Leonhardt, The New York Times
• Joseph Nocera, The New York Times
• Michelle Singletary, The Washington Post


Large Publications
• Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun
• Mary Jo Feldstein, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
• Al Lewis, The Denver Post


Mid-sized Publications
• Mitchell Schnurman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
• George Gombossy, The Hartford Courant
• Liz Benston, Las Vegas Sun


Small Publications
• Gregory Karp, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)
• Dan Voelpel, The News-Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)
• Susan Miller, Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, Ga.)


Weekly Publications
• Brian Kaberline, Kansas City Business Journal
• Greg David, Crain's New York Business
• Steve Symanovich, San Francisco Business Times


Real-time News Organizations
• Jon Markman, MSN Money
• James Saft, Reuters
• Brett Arends, TheStreet.com


Projects

Giant Publications
• Patricia Callahan, Maurice Possley, Michael Oneal, Evan Osnos, Ted
Gregory and Sam Roe, Chicago Tribune: "Hidden hazards"
• Charles Duhigg, The New York Times: "Golden opportunities"
• Walt Bogdanich, The New York Times: "Toxic pipeline"


Large Publications
• Suzanne Rust, Meg Kissinger and Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel: "Chemical fallout"
• Mike Casey and Rick Montgomery, Kansas City Star: "Fatal failures"
• Gargi Chakrabarty, Rocky Mountain News: "Ethanol boom: Kernel to car"


Mid-sized Publications
• Binyamin Appelbaum, Lisa Hammersly, Ted Mellnik, Peter St. Onge, Stella
M. Hopkins, Liz Chandler, Mike Drummond, Pam Kelley, Gary Schwab and
Patrick Scott, The Charlotte Observer: "Sold a nightmare"
• Lee Rood, Lynn Hicks, Philip Brasher, Paula Lavigne, Jerry Perkins,
Perry Beeman, Jon Benedict, Jeff Bruner, Suzanne Behnke and Don Tormey,
Des Moines Register: "Fueling Iowa's future"
• Christine Tierney and Bill Vlasic: The Detroit News: "Death of a
Merger"


Small Publications
• Winston Ross, The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.): "Big fish in a big
pond"
• Richard M. Hogan, Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press: "Southwest Florida real
estate sellers beware"
• James L. Martin, Erie (Pa.) Times-News: "Made in Mexico"


Weekly Publications
• Bryant Ruiz Switzky, Katharine Grayson, Nancy Kuehn, Eric Johnson and
Dirk DeYoung, The Minneapolis- St. Paul Business Journal: "Operation
reintegration"
• Jeanne Lang Jones and Steve Wilhelm, Puget Sound Business Journal:
"Industrial land"
• Christopher Tritto, The St. Louis Business Journal: "Fig"


Real-time News Organizations
• David Dietz, Gary Cohn and Darrell Preston, Bloomberg News: "The
insurance hoax"


Magazine Cover Stories

Large Magazines
• Brian Grow and Keith Epstein, Business Week: "The poverty business"
• Ellen McGirt, Fast Company: "Al Gore's $100 million makeover"


Small Magazines
• David Evans, Richard Tomlinson, Seth Lubove and Daniel Taub, Bloomberg
Markets: "Toxic debt"


Online Excellence

Breaking News

Large Websites
• Tom Krazit, Caroline McCarthy, Erica Ogg, Kent German, Leslie Katz,
Brian Cooley, CNET News: "Launch of the iPhone"
• Staff, CNNMoney.com: "Turmoil in the mortgage and credit markets"


Small Websites
• Steve Daniels, Senior Reporter, Crain's Chicago Business: "LaSalle's
Richman near deal to join private bank"
• Alby Gallun, Reporter, Crain's Chicago Business: "Kennedy, developer
plan big Wolf Point project."
• Chad Eric Watt, Staff Writer; Dave Moore, Staff Writer, Dallas Business
Journal: "Questions dog press club"


Projects

Large Websites
• Rex Nutting, Amy Hoak and Alistair Barr, Marketwatch: "Subprime
shakedown: Will 'lemming loans' drive economy off cliff?"
• Art Lenehan, Anh Ly, Suzanne McGee and Chris Oster, MSN Money: "Keeping
up with the Wangs"
• David Barboza, Keith Bradsher, Howard French, Joseph Kahn, Jim Yardley
and the staff of The New York Times and nytimes.com: "Choking on
growth: China's environmental crisis"


Mid-sized Websites
• Ted Mellnik, Bill Pitzer, Phillip Hoffman, David Enna, The Charlotte
Observer: "Sold a nightmare"

Small Websites
Certificate of Merit
• Rich Laden, Nichole Montanez, Mark Reis, Christian Murdock, David
Bitton and Joanna Bean, The Gazette (Colorado Springs): "Academy
Boulevard at a crossroads"


Audio/Visual Reports

Large Websites
• John Authers, Financial Times: "Short view"
• Jenalia Moreno and Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle: "Olive oil"
• David Pogue, The New York Times: "The iPhone challenge: keep it quiet"


Mid-sized Websites
• Hoag Levins, Ad Age: "3-Minute Ad Age"
• Stephanie AuWerter and Stacey Bradford, SmartMoney.com: "Smart Advice
video: avoiding foreclosure"


Blogs

Large Websites
• Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle: "Techblog"
• Staff, The New York Times: "Bits"
• Staff, The Wall Street Journal: "Deal Journal"


Mid-sized Websites
• Bill Bowen, Jim Fuquay, Dianna Hunt, Mike Lee, Richard Stubbe and Scott
Nishimura, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "Barnett Shale: Drilling for
answers about the natural gas boom in North Texas"
• Jonathan Lansner, Orange County Register: "Lansner on real estate"
• Todd Bishop, Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog"


Creative Use of Online

Large Websites
• Roben Farzad, Business Week: Narrated slideshows
• Staff, MarketWatch: "The heat is on"
• Staff, CNNMoney.com: "2007 best places to live"


Student Contest

For stories written for professional publications
• Daniel Johnson, Seattle Times: "Grape-growing town not on wine lovers'
map"

For stories written for student publications
• Jessica Nunez, Columbia Missourian: "Funding farming"

Source: The Society of American Business Editors and Writers

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