PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWSâ€™ winning entry in the AABP competition included coverage of the March 2010 floods both in print and online, extending long after the flood waters had receded. For a larger version of this image, CLICK HERE.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Providence Business News was awarded first place for its breaking news coverage of the March 2010 floods by the Alliance of Area Business Publications Saturday.
PBN took home the top honors in the the Best Coverage of Local Breaking News category in the allianceâ€™s 2011 Editorial Excellence Awards competition.
The contest winners were announced on June 25 at the conclusion of the AABPâ€™s annual meeting, which was held June 23-25 at The Westin Providence.
The judging took place at the University of Missouri School of Journalism; judges included both faculty and experienced journalists from across the country.
In commentary published by the AABP, the judges noted that PBN â€śturned to the Web to kick out early reports of flooding in the region and provided dogged coverage by coming back to the story with fresh angles. Both online and in print, the Providence Business News reported stories and information that was essential to businesses. A heroic effort by the paper during a crisis in its own backyard.â€ť
The entire PBN staff contributed to the flood coverage.
In other news at the conference, PBN President & Publisher Roger C. Bergenheim was elected president of the AABP for the next year. Bergenheim's term will finish at next summerâ€™s conference, which is scheduled to be held in Milwaukee.
The judges chose 36 first place, or gold, awards from 487 entries. The entries, published during calendar year 2010, were submitted from 45 business publications across the country; Providence Business News was included in the â€ślarge tabloidâ€ť category, where applicable.
Below are the gold award winners for the 2011 competition:
Best cover â€“ Baltimore Smart CEO
Best feature layout â€“ Florida Trend
Best use of photography/illustration â€“ Florida Trend
Best overall design â€“ DBusiness
Best feature â€“ Business North Carolina
Best personality profile â€“ Georgia Trend
Best body of work/single writer â€“ DBusiness
Best front page â€“ Baton Rouge Business Report
Best feature layout â€“ Crainâ€™s New York Business
Best use of photography/illustration â€“ Los Angeles Business Journal
Best overall design, small tabloids â€“ BizTimes Milwaukee
Best overall design, large tabloids â€“ Crainâ€™s Chicago Business
Best feature â€“ Crainâ€™s Chicago Business
Best personality profile â€“ Baton Rouge Business Report
Best scoop, small tabloids â€“ NJBIZ
Best scoop, large tabloids â€“ Crainâ€™s Cleveland Business
Best coverage of local breaking news â€“ Providence Business News
Best body of work/single reporter â€“ New Orleans CityBusiness
Best bylined commentary â€“ The Journal Record (Okla.)
Best editorial â€“ The Daily Record (Baltimore)
Best recurring feature â€“ Indianapolis Business Journal
Best investigative reporting â€“ Indianapolis Business Journal
Best explanatory journalism â€“ DBusiness
Best local coverage of a national business/economic story â€“ Crainâ€™s Detroit Business
Best headlines â€“ Crainâ€™s Detroit Business
Best special section design â€“ Crainâ€™s New York Business
Best ancilliary publication â€“ Crainâ€™s Detroit Business
Best scoop â€“ Crainâ€™s New York Business
Best staff-generated blog â€“ Crainâ€™s New York Business
Best multimedia story/editorial feature â€“ Crainâ€™s Chicago Business
Best daily email â€“ Rochester Business Journal
Best industry-specific e-newsletter â€“ Crainâ€™s Detroit Business
Best of show
Most improved publication â€“ Tulsa Business Journal
Best website â€“ Crainâ€™s Detroit Business
Best magazine â€“ DBusiness
Best newspaper, small tabloid â€“ Worcester Business Journal
Best newspaper, large tabloid â€“ Los Angeles Business Journal