Photo:An award-winning issue of Florida Trend
Florida Trend receives seven 'Editorial Excellence' honors from the Alliance of Area Business Publishers
LOS ANGELES — The Alliance of Area Business Publishers (AABP) presented 115 Editorial Excellence awards to newspaper and magazine business periodicals on June 23, 2018, at the closing celebration of its three-day annual Summer Conference in Washington, DC.
With 484 entries from 37 publications in the U.S., Canada and Australia, the competitive field was both impressive and diverse.
As in past years, the most popular categories were Best Feature and Best Explanatory Journalism. This year, submissions for Best Body of Work from a Single Writer and Best Personality Profile also topped the list, with superb pieces from writers in all circulation categories.
“The high-quality journalism being done by these publications keeps readers thoroughly up-to-date and, importantly, includes a lot of data, context and historical perspective that are especially important as truth increasingly gets drowned in a flood of social media snippets,” said Reuben Stern, who coordinated the judging by faculty members at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. “The winning entries once again combine solid research, great sourcing, excellent on-the-ground reporting, deep community knowledge, and creative thinking.”
By uncovering news of business expansion and related economic impacts, keeping an eye on how public dollars and tax incentives are allocated, and providing guidance for business people trying to navigate a host of modern complexities, regional business publications continue to offer a vital information resource in print and online.
“With the highest standards of excellence in journalism and design, these regional business publishers deliver consistent, compelling and relevant news to their readers,” said Alliance Executive Director C. James Dowden. “And the resurgence of local — in retail, in restaurants and in relationships — means regional business publishers play a stronger role in communities than ever before.”
About the AABP
The annual AABP Editorial Excellence competition recognizes excellence in journalism, photography and design achieved by regional business publications. Twenty-four judges, faculty members from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, bring their expertise to the selection process. “The purpose of the Alliance competition,” according to Dowden, “is to encourage a high level of journalistic performance and service to communities by recognizing editorial excellence and outstanding visual presentation in regional business publications.”
Some highlights from this year’s awards include: Best Magazine to Hawaii Business; Best Newspaper: Small Tabloids to San Fernando Valley Business Journal; Best Newspaper: Medium/Large Tabloids to Crain’s Chicago Business; Best Cover: Magazines to Hawaii Business; Best Front Page: Newspapers to Crain’s Cleveland Business; Most Improved Publication to Biz New Orleans; Best Website to Springfield Business
Journal; Best Specialty E-newsletter to Crain’s Detroit Business; Best Use of Multimedia to Crain’s Chicago Business; and Best Daily E-Mail to Arkansas Business.
The award winners in each category and judges’ biographies are listed on the following pages.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Alliance is a nonprofit national organization representing 55 independent magazine and newspaper members in the United States, Canada and Australia. For more information about the Alliance, call 310/379-8261 or visit www.bizpubs.org.