Crain’s Chicago Business has garnered several honors in two recent journalism awards programs.
The Chicago Headline Club on May 13 granted Crain’s its coveted General Excellence award in the non-daily category. Crain’s Aug. 27 Forum on Education—part of the publication’s ongoing monthly series exploring major public policy challenges facing the region—won honors for best education reporting in the non-daily category.
Several individual staffers were also singled out for special honors in the competition. Crain’s Digital Design Editor Jason McGregor won the best graphics award for his work on Chicago Transit Authority ridership coverage as well as his work on Crain’s Forum; Crain’s Senior Reporter John Pletz won best technology reporting; health care reporter Stephanie Goldberg won best in-depth reporting honors; real estate reporter Danny Ecker won for best in-depth reporting in a business magazine or newspaper; Crain’s contributors John R. Boehm and Zac Osgood won best photography honors; and Crain’s Editor Ann Dwyer won for best editorial writing.
On May 11, Crain’s staffers learned they had received several honors in the annual Best in Business Awards sponsored by the Society for Advancing Business Editing & Writing at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Crain’s columnist Joe Cahill won top honors for commentary and opinion. Crain’s monthly Forum work won top data journalism honors for McGregor as well as contributing writers and editors Steven R. Strahler, David Mendell, Cassandra West and Bob Secter. The Forum also won in SABEW’s innovation division, with McGregor and contributors Secter, Mendell and Alex Garcia sharing top honors.
In SABEW’s feature division, Ecker won an honorable mention, as did Pletz in the travel and transportation competition.
“I’m continually proud of this staff and the outstanding journalism we produce on a daily basis,” says Jim Kirk, group publisher and executive editor of Crain’s city business publications. “It is wonderful to see that others recognize it as well.”