CFO and CIVIC.COM Take Top Awards in
Annual Business Press Competition
CFO magazine, a publication for corporate chief financial officers, and civic.com, a magazine for government information systems executives, were named Magazines of the Year by the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) in a ceremony at the French Embassy’s Maison Française in Washington, D.C. The two publications were among more than 100 recognized by the society for outstanding editorial and design achievement.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the ASBPE awards competition. The competition aims to encourage excellence in writing, reporting and layout and design among the nation’s trade and professional publications. This year’s competition drew more than 1,350 entries from around the country, making it the most competitive in the program’s history. Entries were judged by a panel that included journalism professors, consultants, designers and editors.
The awards ceremony was held in conjunction with ASBPE’s annual conference, a day-and-a-half of seminars and lectures aimed at sharpening editorial management skills. According to ASBPE President Richard Green of Professional Publication Management in Atlanta, “The broad support for and tough competition in ASBPE’s awards program demonstrate a high regard for professionalism among trade and professional publications. These publications have grown to become the journalistic equals of many consumer publications, and in fact routinely break important business stories.”
In addition to the Magazine of the Year awards, the society cited 42 publications for graphics excellence in 7 categories, and 66 publications in 11 categories for editorial excellence. For the first time ever, ASBPE also recognized outstanding effort in online publications, with awards for best original online news section or newsletter, best original online database, and best overall online publication design. “Online publishing is a fact of life for many business publications,” commented Lisa Pierce, chairwoman of this year’s competition and editor of Food & Drug Packaging, St. Charles, Ill. “Although there’s no shortage of awards for Web sites, few are even in a position to judge editorial quality. We wanted to recognize editorial quality, rather than flashy graphics and technological gimmickry.”
The overall Magazine of the Year awards and the online awards are given to the best publications nationwide.
In all other categories – the print editorial and graphics categories by magazine section – entries are judged first in one of four regional competitions: East Coast, West Coast, Midwest, and Central. The winners of those regional contests then go on to compete for national awards.
1998 CENTRAL REGION AWARD WINNERS
EAST COAST REGION AWARD WINNERS
MIDWEST REGION AWARD WINNERS
WEST COAST REGION AWARD WINNERS