VBM wins three national journalism awards

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VBM wins three national journalism awards

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 4:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine was honored with three national journalism awards earlier this summer. The Alliance of Area Business Publishers (AABP) presented a total of 116 Editorial Excellence awards to newspaper and magazine business periodicals on June 29, 2019, at the closing celebration of its three-day annual Summer Conference in Atlanta, GA.

These are the highest journalism awards available to regional business publications.

VBM won a Gold award (first place) for a piece by C.B. Hall on a national story that he broke in which the president of Amtrak suggested that rural service – in Vermont and elsewhere – could be cut if expensive upgrades in communications were not made (Amtrak could suspend Vermont service, 2/23/2018). The reaction to this news in many congressional districts has kept the service on track, literally.

Another story which VBM broke won the second Gold award, as authored by Timothy McQuiston. The story was on Vermont’s fragile, rural cell phone service called CoverageCo. Underfunded and the victim of cell carrier in-fighting, it ultimately failed. But in March 2018 when the first of several VBM stories appeared, it was still hanging on by the thinnest of fibers (CoverageCo rural cell service could go dark, 3/16/2018. Stakeholders cautiously hopeful for ‘new’ CoverageCo, 10/14/2018).

But not all of VBM’s winning stories were dire. Maia Segura, now with Marlboro College, penned a story on treehouses. But not any backyard treehouse. These are tiny palaces in the sky, which offer the adventurous traveler a promised-for “something wild.” Almost. The story (Treehouse Masters adds roots to Vermont’s eclectic hospitality options, 10/9/2018) was one of VBM’s most popular in both print and online.

“Winning three Alliance awards is a phenomenal accomplishment,” VBM Publisher John Boutin said. “I congratulate all three authors. With so many warnings about the demise of long-form journalism, it is alive and well right here in Vermont. I couldn’t be more proud.”

This is the second time VBM has received three awards in the same year and the second time in just the last three years.

With 511 entries from 41 publications in the US, 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 Ancillary Publication and Best Scoop 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 businesspeople trying to navigate a host of modern complexities, regional business publications continue to offer a vital information resource in print and online.

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.

Some highlights from this year’s awards include: Best Magazine to Hawaii Business; Best Newspaper: Small Tabloids to Greater Wilmington Business Journal; Best Newspaper: Medium Tabloids to BizTimes Milwaukee; Best Newspaper: Medium Tabloids to Crain’s Detroit Business; Best Cover: Magazines to Hawaii Business; Best Front Page: Newspapers to Crain’s Cleveland Business; Most Improved Publication to Hartford Business Journal; Best Website to Crain’s Chicago Business; Best Daily E-mail to Business North Carolina; and Best Specialty E-newsletter to Indianapolis Business Journal. A complete list of award winners and the awards presentation can be found at www.bizpubs.org/awards.

Headquartered in Norwalk, CT, 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 visit www.bizpubs.org.

2019 EDITORIAL EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

DESIGN CATEGORIES

1. Best magazine cover

Bronze: Insight on Business

Silver: Twin Cities Business

Gold: Hawaii Business

2. Best feature layout – magazine

Bronze: Florida Trend

Silver: Twin Cities Business

Gold: Hawaii Business

3. Best overall design – magazine

Bronze: Business North Carolina

Silver: dbusiness

Gold: Hawaii Business

4. Best front page – newspaper

Bronze: Crain's Chicago Business

Silver: Crain's New York Business

Gold: Crain's Cleveland Business

5. Best feature layout – newspaper

Bronze: Crain’s Chicago Business

Silver: BizTimes Milwaukee

Gold: Crain’s Cleveland Business

6a. Best overall design: small tabloids

No bronze or silver award.

Gold: Greater Wilmington Business Journal

6b. Best overall design: medium tabloids

Bronze: Mainebiz

Silver: San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Gold: BizTimes Milwaukee

6c. Best overall design: large tabloids

Bronze: Indianapolis Business Journal

Silver: Crain’s Detroit Business

Gold: Crain’s Chicago Business

7. Best Use of Photography/Illustrations

Bronze: D CEO

Silver: Crain's Chicago Business

Gold: Hawaii Business

ONLINE CATEGORIES

8. Best use of multimedia

Bronze: Des Moines Business Record

Silver: Indianapolis Business Journal

Gold: Crain’s Chicago Business

9. Best daily email

Bronze: Journal of Business

Silver: Des Moines Business Record

Gold: Business North Carolina

10. Best specialty e-newsletter

Bronze: Crain’s Detroit Business

Silver: Des Moines Business Record

Gold: Indianapolis Business Journal

JOURNALISM CATEGORIES

11. Best scoop

SMALL

No awards.

MEDIUM

Silver: Hartford Business Journal

Gold: Arkansas Business

LARGE

Silver: Indianapolis Business Journal

Gold: Crain’s Detroit Business

12. Best feature

SMALL

Silver: Vermont Business Magazine

Gold: Corridor Business Journal

MEDIUM

Silver: BizTimes Milwaukee

Gold: Worcester Business Journal

LARGE

Silver: Crain’s New York Business

13. Best personality profile

SMALL

Silver: The Business Journal, Fresno

Gold: dbusiness

MEDIUM

Silver: Columbus CEO

Gold: Rochester Business Journal

LARGE

Silver: D CEO

Gold: Florida Trend

14: Best body of work, single writer

SMALL

Silver: GSA Business Report

Gold: dbusiness

MEDIUM

Silver: Twin Cities Business

Gold: Business North Carolina

LARGE

Silver: Baton Rouge Business Report

Gold: Crain’s New York Business

15. Best recurring feature

SMALL

Silver: dbusiness

Gold: Insight on Business

MEDIUM

Silver: BizTimes Milwaukee

Gold: Biz New Orleans

LARGE

Silver: Florida Trend

Gold: D CEO

16. Best coverage of local breaking news

SMALL

Silver: No award.

Gold: Vermont Business Magazine

MEDIUM

Silver: Virginia Business

Gold: Worcester Business Journal

LARGE

Silver: Crain's Detroit Business

Gold: Indianapolis Business Journal

17. Best investigative reporting

SMALL

Silver: New Hampshire Business Review

Gold: dbusiness

MEDIUM

Silver Hartford Business Journal

Gold: Worcester Business Journal

LARGE

Silver: Indianapolis Business Journal

Gold: Crain’s Chicago Business

18. Best explanatory journalism

SMALL

Silver: New Hampshire Business Review

Gold: dbusiness

MEDIUM

Silver: Providence Business News

Gold: Biz New Orleans

LARGE

Silver: Florida Trend

Gold: Crain’s Chicago Business

19. Best local coverage of a national business/economic story

SMALL

Silver: dbusiness

Gold: Vermont Business Magazine

MEDIUM

Silver: Mainebiz

Gold: Providence Business News

LARGE

Silver: Hawaii Business

Gold: Indiana Business Journal

Category 20: best auxiliary publication

SMALL

Silver: Delaware Business Times

Gold: Insight on Business

MEDIUM

Silver: BizTimes Milwaukee

Gold: Arkansas Business

LARGE

Silver: Indianapolis Business Journal

Gold: Baton Rouge Business Report

21. Best bylined commentary

SMALL

Silver: No award.

Gold: Columbia Regional Business Report

MEDIUM

Silver: San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Gold: Twin Cities Business

LARGE

Silver: Crain’s Detroit Business

Gold: Baton Rouge Business Report

22. Best editorial

SMALL

No awards.

MEDIUM

Silver: BizWest

Gold: Hartford Business Journal

LARGE

Silver: Indianapolis Business Journal

Gold: Crain’s Detroit Business

BEST OF SHOW CATEGORIES

23. Most improved publication

Winner: Hartford Business Journal

24. Best website

Bronze: Providence Business News

Silver: BizTimes Milwaukee

Gold: Crain’s Chicago Business

25. Best magazine

Bronze: Florida Trend

Silver: D CEO

Gold: Hawaii Business

26A. Best newspaper: small tabloids

Bronze: The Business Journal, Fresno

Silver: Daily Herald Business Ledger

Gold: Greater Wilmington Business Journal

26b. Best newspaper: medium tabloids

Bronze: San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Silver: Worcester Business Journal

Gold: BizTimes Milwaukee

26C. Best newspaper: large tabloids

Bronze: Indianapolis Business Journal

Silver: Crain’s Chicago Business

Gold: Crain’s Detroit Business

Source: (South Burlington, VT. August 11, 2019) – Vermont Business Magazine