Call for Nominations:
2011 Journalism That Matters Award

Application deadline is April 1, 2011.

The ASBPE Journalism That Matters Award is a program to recognize a B2B, association, or trade publication journalist whose coverage of an issue in 2010 triggered a tangible change within government or industry. The genesis of the award is the outstanding journalism featured in the book Journalism That Matters: How Business to Business Editors Change the Industries They Cover (Marion Street Press, 2006). The book showcases changes in government policy or industry practices as a result of articles written by B2B, association, and trade journalists.

Two examples include how Government Computer News exposed extreme resume padding in the federal government, and how coverage by Daily Report for Executives led the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to reform chemical-handling disclosures.

B2B, association, and trade journalists are well-positioned to contribute important insights into, or shed light on, harmful, unfair, or burdensome practices within government or industry. Such courageous journalism often leads to changes in government policy or industry practices and arises in a variety of contexts:

  • Shedding light on a controversial government policy or practice,
  • Calling attention to an industry practice that is widely accepted, but needing reform, or
  • Offering practical guidelines to improve performance within an industry.

Did you or a colleague produce journalism that matters in 2010? If so, please tell us about it in the nomination form (37K Word doc). All forms of media – print, online, video, and audio – are eligible. The winner will be recognized at the 2011 National Editorial Awards of Excellence banquet in Chicago, hosted by the American Society of Business Publication Editors in the summer of 2011.

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