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IBJ received three national journalism awards at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ annual conference on March 20 in Phoenix.

SABEW, a not-for-profit based at Arizona State University, launched the contest in 1995 to set standards for business journalism and recognize role models. Judges included faculty as well as professional writers and editors.

Winners were selected from 783 entries in 58 categories.

IBJ.com was one of three small Web sites honored for general excellence. Judges praised the site, which was redesigned in September, saying it “provides an accessible, innovative and sometimes surprising look into Indianapolis business with coverage that expands well beyond [IBJ's] print edition.”

Reporter Cory Schouten won in the enterprise category for his April package of stories on the Simon family’s influence in Indianapolis. A judge wrote: “In highly readable fashion, Schouten provides a detailed cost-benefit analysis that is at once revelatory and unfailingly fair.”

Managing Editor Greg Andrews was honored in the project category for his October story that uncovered trouble brewing at beleaguered businessman Tim Durham’s Fair Finance Co., now the subject of a federal probe. Judges called the piece “classic, bread-and-butter business journalism that had real impact.”

SABEW board members who convened in Phoenix for the conference voted to hold the 2012 event in Indianapolis.

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  • congrats
    Congratulations, Cory. The award is recognition of what your readers already know: you're a really good reporter.
  • congratulations
    Very well deserved. It is a shame more media does not do hard news, I think people appreciate it.

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  1. What became of this project? Anyone know?

  2. Scott, could you post an enlarged photo of the exterior of the building? This will be a great addition to Walnut Street. This area will only continue to develop with additions like this. Also, please give us more updates on the "Cultural Trail light" expansion. Also a great move for the city, as long as there is maintenance money set aside.

  3. Great story IBJ! Citizens don't have a real sense of the financial magnitude of supporting Indy's sports and tourism sector. The CIB was a brilliant idea for creating a highly integrated public-private partnership to support this sector from the economic activity it generates. Unfortunately, most folks think the benefits of that economic activity accrue directly to the City budget, and it doesn't. So though the CIB is facing lean times (covering its costs while maintaining minimally acceptable reserves), the City is operating with deficit - less tax revenue than expenses each year - with a very fragile reserve balance. That's why it's so challenging for the City to fund basic needs or new intitatives (e.g. pre-k education; new jail), and some credit rating agencies have downgraded Indy from it's past stellar AAA status. More reporting on City finances would be welcomed.

  4. Sure, I'll admit that it bugs me to see that the IBJ.COM censors it's blog posts almost as much as the D of I does when someone points out the falsehoods and fabrications. _____But I think it bothers me almost as much that Captain/Defender/Disciple get his yanked too. You see, those of us with a sense of integrity, humanity, compassion, and a need for fact based opinion WANT to see all of his screeds posted. It makes our point so much better than we can do it ourselves.

  5. We're conflating two very different topics. Voter fraud is a myth and excessive gun violence is all too real. I just hope rational gunowners decide to stop being shouted down by the, well, let's call them "less rational" ones.

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