BizTimes wins more awards for journalism excellence

BizTimes Media LLC, which publishes BizTimes Milwaukee magazine and produces BizTimes.com, has won two more national awards for editorial excellence.

The Alliance of Area Business Publications (AABP) presented its awards to newspaper and magazine business periodicals recently at its annual summer conference in Providence, R.I.

BizTimes Milwaukee received a gold award for Best Overall Design. The award was presented to BizTimes executive editor Steve Jagler, art director Shelly Tabor and graphic designer Picara Hay.

Regarding the design of BizTimes Milwaukee, the judges stated, “This publication is a clear winner. Pages are lively and full of energy. A vibrant tone is set with the table of contents and continues through the entire book. Dramatic photo play is aided by stellar reproduction. Typography and color combine to create simple hierarchy.”

BizTimes managing editor Andrew Weiland, who produces the BizTimes Real Estate Weekly e-newsletter, received an AABP bronze award for Best Industry-Specific e-Newsletter.

The judges stated, “Those with an interest in the southeastern Wisconsin real estate market can subscribe to this newsletter and know they’ll be treated each week to a most comprehensive local report devoted entirely to the latest in commercial and residential real estate. It is a great strength that the reader can quickly scan the newsletter’s contents or click through and still get a full story. Similarly, the judges were pleased to see that after clicking through to the main site all of the content was easily accessible without having to go back to the e-mail.”

This year’s awards add to a string of national awards received by BizTimes, which was named “Best Newspaper” by the AABP last year and received a silver award for “Best Web Site” in 2009.

Earlier this year, BizTimes received a second place award from the Milwaukee Press Club for its coverage of the high-speed rail issue in Wisconsin and a second place award for best web site design.

In total, 487 entries were received from 45 publications in the AABP competition this year.

“A couple of the judges noted that there were more upbeat or good news business stories this year. The business press sees the trends more quickly than the general media, so that would portend a good economic future,” noted contest coordinator Professor Daryl Moen of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. “The web and digital newsletter divisions continue to get better. Best body of work for a single reporter in the newspaper category attracted the most entries and was highly competitive.”

“The purpose of the Alliance competition is to encourage a high level of journalistic performance and service to communities by recognizing editorial excellence and outstanding visual presentation in regional business publications,” said Alliance Executive Director C. James Dowden.

The AABP Best Magazine Award went to DBusiness; Best Newspaper: Small Tabloids went to Worcester Business Journal, and Best Newspaper: Large Tabloids went to Los Angeles Business Journal. Best Cover, Magazine went to Baltimore Smart CEO, and Best Front Page, Newspaper went to Baton Rouge Business Report. Most Improved Publication is Tulsa Business Journal. Best Web site went to Crain’s Detroit Business. Best Online Scoop went to Crain’s New York Business. Best Staff-Generated Blog went to Crain’s New York Business. Best Multimedia Story/Editorial Feature went to Crain’s Chicago Business. Best Daily E-Mail went to Rochester Business Journal, and Best Industry Specific E-Newsletter went to Crain’s Detroit Business.

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