ABM, a division of the SIIA, today announced that it is now accepting entries for the 61st annual Jesse H. Neal Awards competition. The 2015 Neal Awards will feature the debut of “Best News Story” category, two expanded categories and one new special award.
The Jesse H. Neal Awards, known as the Neal Awards, were created by ABM in 1955 to recognize and reward editorial excellence in business publications. They are named after ABM’s first managing director, who remained active in promoting the b-to-b industry throughout his life. With 22 categories that reflect the entire multi-platform suite of products used by b-to-b editors today, the Neal Awards both represent and recognize the changing face of business media.
For more information about the awards, including how to enter, click here. The final deadline to submit entries is December 12, 2014. Award finalists will be announced in February, and all winners will be announced at the 61st Annual Neal Awards ceremony on March 27, 2015, in New York City.
“Past Neal Award winners have exposed corruption, launched major trends, and innovated new technologies that set the pace for the b-to-b media industry,” said ABM Managing Director Mike Marchesano. “As media and information companies continue to blaze new trails, the Neal Awards have also grown to honor excellence in online-only media and blogs, social media, mobile, and more. We invite you to join in this celebrated tradition and enter the Neal Awards today.”
“The Neal Awards have recognized excellence in business journalism for more than 60 years,” said Glenn Coleman, Neal Awards Committee Chair and editor of Crain’s New York Business. “We are committed to reflecting the industry’s continued evolution by constantly improving the competition to benefit b-to-b media outlets of all sizes.”
This year’s awards will debut a new category, Best News Story. Two categories have been expanded, Best Media Brand and Best Work by a Single Author, to three revenue classes from one single revenue class.
Also new this year is a special award – the Marianne Dekker Mattera Award, which has been established in honor of the long-time chief editor of RN Magazine and Medical Economics and managing editor of MedPage Today. In the course of her more than 40-year career in business media, Marianne won 18 Jesse H. Neal Awards, more than any other individual editor in b-to-b media, and was honored for this accomplishment at the 60th Annual Neal Awards ceremony. Marianne passed away during summer 2014. Nominations for this award are open to editors and other journalists who work for ABM member companies.
The Grand Neal Award, which honors the most outstanding entry from among the winners in all categories, will also be awarded on March 27. Previous Grand Neal Award winners include Randall-Reilly Publishing Company, IEEE Spectrum, Architectural Record, Farm Journal, Heavy Duty Trucking, CSO, Baseline, CIO, Pharmaceutical Executive, RoadStar, and PC World.