Why Azbee judging is fun, not a chore

By Stephanie Ricca, Editor-at-Large, Hotel News Now

AZBEES_Logo1I look forward to Azbee judging season every year because I’m a Nosy Nellie. It’s as simple as that—I love to see what other B2B editors and designers are doing. I enjoy reading and seeing the huge range of entries that we get every year, and I love making mental notes to myself about great ideas that might work for my own publication.

Yes, it’s all about stealing, wait … sharing … ideas.

Every year I am impressed by the entries that come in on so many different subjects, and it’s so interesting to see the common themes that all of us as B2B writers, editors and designers are trying to achieve—great writing, punchy presentation and above all, making our content appealing to readers. We’re all facing similar challenges in media today, but sharing how we meet and tackle those challenges through our writing and design is a huge learning tool for me, and it gives me a renewed sense of faith in our collective endeavors of educating people in our industry.

Click here to learn more about Azbee Awards judging, and then fill out this form to apply to participate as a judge this year. It’s an exciting year for ASBPE as we take our awards program to a new level with a refreshed look and streamlined entry and judging platform.


stephaniericcaStephanie heads special projects and various content initiatives including HNN’s Independent Insights newsletter. She boasts nearly a decade’s worth of experience in hotel trade journalism, most recently serving as Editor-in-Chief at Hotel Management magazine before joining HNN in January 2015.


Stephanie Ricca

As editorial director, Stephanie Ricca sets the editorial and content direction for Hotel News Now and its suite of newsletters, website content and multimedia content. She has 12 years of hotel trade journalism experience, most recently serving as editor-in-chief at Hotel News Now. Before that, Ricca was editor-in-chief at Hotel Management and has earlier experience in newspaper and magazine journalism. She is a graduate of Wittenberg University and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Ricca currently serves on the ASBPE National Board of Directors and formerly served on ASBPE's executive committee.

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