IBJ won six national journalism awards—including a top honor for best coverage of local breaking news—at the Alliance of Area Business Publications’ summer conference Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.
Judges from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism evaluated 644 entries from 46 publications. In all, 112 gold, silver and bronze awards were handed out.
The annual AABP Editorial Excellence competition recognizes print and online writing, photography and design by regional business publications. IBJ competes in the largest publications category against business journals from Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and other major cities.
IBJ took home the top honor for local breaking news for its coverage of Anthem's $54.2 billion merger with Cigna. The multimedia coverage was captained by former IBJ reporter J.K. Wall, with contributions from IBJ’s Scott Olson, Jared Council and Mason King.
“The extensive multiplatform coverage of the Anthem-Cigna deal is an outstanding example of maximizing the potential of breaking news,” the judges said about the entry. “The level of detail and analysis showed authority, and the reach for impact was a model of smart sourcing.”
IBJ won a silver award in the best investigative reporting category for Hayleigh Colombo’s story about financial and leadership problems at Tindley Accelerated Schools. The judges said Colombo “nails the story down by using documents and extensive on-the-record interviews with many of the key players.”
IBJ’s other awards:
- Silver: best daily email for Eight@8 written by Mason King.
- Silver: best recurring feature for Mike Lopresti’s sports columns.
- Silver: best editorial for “Vision Fleet Mess: Lesson in Secrecy” by former IBJ Managing Editor Cory Schouten.
- Bronze: best bylined commentary for Mickey Maurer’s columns.