FARM JOURNAL EDITORS EARN GRAND NEAL AWARD
Subject-related series of articles selected for top prize from over 1200 entries
NEW YORK, March 23, 2006 - Pam Henderson and Andrew Burchett of Farm Journal magazine, a Farm Journal Media publication, earned Grand Neal honors at the 52nd Annual Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards, held today at the Waldorf = Astoria. Their subject-related series of articles, “Asian Soybean Rust Takes Root in the U.S.” offered an interesting viewpoint on Soybean Rust that judges called a “masterful blending of science, consumer reporting, and passion.” Pam Henderson accepted the award, presented by renowned journalist and Neal Committee Chair Marshall Loeb in front of an audience of nearly 500 industry heavy-weights. Farm Journal earned the coveted Grand Neal from a pool of over 1200 entries.
IEEE Media’s IEEE Spectrum articles "China’s Tech Revolution” and “Who Killed the Virtual Case File?” were recognized as the first and second runner up, respectively, for the Grand Neal Award. Additional titles scoring big in the luncheon ceremony include Crain Communications’ Advertising Age, IDG’s CSO magazine, and VNU Business Media’s Editor & Publisher, who each took home Neal Awards in two categories.
A complete roster of winning publications, including names of editors and parent companies, is listed below.
2006 Neal Award Winners
Best single article: Category 1
CSO magazine, “How A Bookmaker and A Whiz Kid Took On An Extortionist” - IDG
Best single article: Category 2
National Jeweler, “Women buy into self-purchase” - VNU Business Media
Best single article: Category 3
IEEE Spectrum, “Who Killed the Virtual Case File?” - IEEE Media
Best subject-related series of articles: Category 1
Editor & Publisher, Circulation Series - VNU Business Media
Best subject-related series of articles: Category 2
Equipment World, “Hot Iron” - Randall Reilly Publishing Company
Best subject-related series of articles: Category 3
Farm Journal, “Asian Soybean Rust Takes Root in the U.S.” - Farm Journal Media
Best staff-written editorials or opinion column: Category 1
Editor & Publisher, Editorials - VNU Business Media
Best staff-written editorials or opinion column: Category 2
Commercial Carrier Journal, Editorials - Randall Reilly Publishing Company
Best staff-written editorials or opinion column: Category 3
Nation’s Restaurant News, “Food for Thought” - Lebhar-Friedman, Inc.
Best department: Category 1
MyBusiness Magazine, “MyBusiness Manual” - Hammock Publishing
Best department: Category 2
Athletic Business, “College Beat” - Kelsey Media
Best department: Category 3
Baseline, “Hands On” - Ziff Davis Media
Anna Maria Virzi
David F. Carr
Best how-to article or subject-related series of how-to articles: Category 1
RoadStar, “Truckers’ Guide to Success” - Newport Communications Group
Best how-to article or subject-related series of how-to articles: Category 2
Buildings, “Disaster Preparation” - Stamats Business Media
Leah B. Garris
Elisa A. Geneser
Best how-to article or subject-related series of how-to articles: Category 3
Medical Economics, “Finding A Job” - Advanstar Communications
Gail Garfinkel Weiss
Barbara F. Halenar
Vicki F. Brentnall
Marianne Dekker Mattera
Best news coverage: dailies & weeklies: Category 1
no awards given
Best news coverage: dailies & weeklies: Category 2
no awards given
Best news coverage: dailies & weeklies: Category 3
Advertising Age, “Seifert and Early of Ogilvy & Mather on trial” - Crain Communications Inc.
Best news coverage - other frequencies: Category 1
Playthings, “Toys ‘R’ Us goes private” - Reed Business Information
Best news coverage - other frequencies: Category 2
DVM Newsmagazine, “The Long Road to Recovery” - Advanstar Communications
Daniel R. Verdon
Jessica L. Tremayne
Best news coverage - other frequencies: Category 3
Government Computer News, “FBI’s Failed Virtual Case File System” -
PostNewsweek Tech Media
Wilson P. Dizard III
Best single theme or special issue of a magazine or newspaper/news tabloid: Category 1
Plate, The Sauce Issue - Marketing & Technology Group
Best single theme or special issue of a magazine or newspaper/news tabloid: Category 2
CIO Insight, Special Issue on Globalization - Ziff Davis Media
Best single theme or special issue of a magazine or newspaper/news tabloid: Category 3
IEEE Spectrum, “China’s Tech Revolution” - IEEE Media
Best single issue of a magazine: Category 1
CSO, May 2005 Issue - IDG
Best single issue of a magazine: Category 2
BusinessWeek SmallBiz, Web Smart Issue - The McGraw-Hill Companies
Best single issue of a magazine: Category 3
Builder, January 2005 Issue - Hanley Wood LLC
Best single issue of a newspaper/news tabloid: Category 1
Healthcare IT News, July 2005 Issue - MedTech Publishing Company
Best single issue of a newspaper/news tabloid: Category 2
Washington Technology, May 23, 2005 Issue - PostNewsweek Tech Media
Best single issue of a newspaper/news tabloid: Category 3
Advertising Age, May 2, 2005 - Crain Communications Inc.
Best start-up publication
Redmond Channel Partner - 101communications LLC
Best Web site: Category 1
Pork, porkmag.com - Vance Publishing Corporation
Best Web site: Category 2
Aviation Week & Space Technology, Aviation Week Intelligence Network -
The McGraw-Hill Companies
Best Web site: Category 3
CIO, CIO.com - IDG
About the Neal Awards:
The Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards are the industry’s most prestigious and sought-after editorial honors. Established in 1955, the Neal Awards recognize and reward editorial excellence in business-to-business publications. They are named after American Business Media's first managing director, who remained active in promoting the business press throughout his life. The steady growth in the number of Neal entries—from the initial 22 to over 1,000 this past year—is a testament to the growth of American Business Media and the prestige of the awards. An award category for Online Journalism was added in recent years to reflect the changing face of business media.
About the 2006 Neal Board of Judges:
Chair of the Neal Board of Judges
Marshall Loeb is a columnist on MarketWatch for Dow Jones and an author. He was formerly editor of Columbia Journalism Review, managing editor of Fortune and Money, and Business Editor of Time. He was named one of the top business reporters of the 20th century by the TJFR Group.
The Neal Board of Judges
Sharon Begley is an author and the science columnist for The Wall Street Journal. Formerly, she was the senior science writer at Newsweek.
Jill Dutt joined The Washington Post in 1995 as economics editor and is now assistant managing editor for business news. She is a former editor and reporter for Newsday. She began her career as a reporter for Institutional Investor and Investment Dealer’s Digest.
Financial investigative reporter Diana Henriques is a 15-year veteran of The New York Times. She was previously a reporter for Barron’s, a Wall Street correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer and a reporter for The Trenton Times.
MARIANNE DEKKER MATTERA
Marianne Dekker Mattera is the editor in chief of Medical Economics. She has been the editor of RN and Office Nurse and has edited two books. She is a member and former chair of both ABM’s Editorial and Neal Committees.
Professor Abe Peck is Sills Professor of Journalism and chair of the magazine program at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has written and edited for Rolling Stone, Outside, The Chicago Daily News, The Chicago Sun-Times and several other magazines and newspapers. He is also a book author and a board member of the National Arts Journalism Program.
Professor Don Ranly is professor emeritus of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, where he taught for 30 years and where he was head of the magazine program for 28 years. He has worked as a reporter, editor, radio host and television producer, and has given nearly 1,000 communications seminars to companies and associations worldwide.
Susan Ungaro is an author and was editor in chief of Family Circle for 8 years. She is a past president of the American Society of Magazine Editors.
Arnie Weissmann is the editor in chief of Travel Weekly and an author. He founded Weissmann Travel Reports and created the first core destination content for America Online and licensing content for Apple. He is a member of ABM’s Editorial Committee and the current chair of its Neal Committee.
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