SBT wins awards for excellence in journalism

Last updated on May 13th, 2019 at 02:42 pm

Small Business Times has won two awards in the Milwaukee Press Club’s annual Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism Competition.

SBT executive editor Steve Jagler received second place in the category for Magazine Editor of the Year. The judges for the contest noted SBT’s growth and the excellence of the exclusive content in its printed publication and its Web site, Jagler was nominated for the award by his staff.

The work cited for the award included three SBT cover reports: “Call Forwarding,” a report about the future of the state’s telecommunications industry; “The Business of Diversity,” a report about effective strategies for developing a diverse workforce and the importance of diversity to the local economy; and “Private Equity Groups are Buying Wisconsin,” a report about the impact of out-of-state investment groups acquiring Wisconsin businesses.

The cover reports were compiled by SBT reporters Elizabeth Hockerman and Eric Decker, managing editor Andrew Weiland and editorial intern Bradley Wooten, and the content was effectively displayed by production manager Vanessa Serkowski, art director Shelly Paul and graphic designer Kandy Stamborski.

Hockerman also received second place in the Magazine Best Single Feature Story category for her cover story headlined, “Are You Having Fun?” The story featured companies that are confronting a tight labor market by becoming employers of choice and enacting effective strategies to hire and retain top performers. The story focused on ventriloquist Dale Brown, founder of Brown & Martin Inc. in Waukesha.

The entries were selected among hundreds submitted from news organizations and journalists throughout Wisconsin. The competition was judged by professional journalists and journalism scholars from across the country, including San Diego, Syracuse, Ft. Lauderdale and San Antonio.

SBT will receive the awards at the Milwaukee Press Club’s 77th annual Gridiron and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 28, at the InterContinental Hotel Milwaukee.

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