Eligibility & Judging

The Neal Awards competition is open to editorial staff of Connectiv member companies.

Awards are given to editors, not to publications

Entries are scored on three criteria: editorial craftsmanship, journalistic enterprise and significance to the field served.

Most award categories are based on gross revenue classifications (combined print and online) to ensure resource parity.

Judging of the Neal Awards is organized in three tiers.

  • Round 1: January 9 – January 22: The Stage I Screening Board is composed of more than 150 experienced industry editors. The highest-scoring entries are passed to the Stage II Screening Panel, which is made up of members of the Connectiv Editorial & Content Committee.
  • Round 2: January 28 – February 1 (in-person Feb 1): The Stage II Screening Panel submits the top four entries per category for final judging.
  • Round 3: February 4 – 8 (in-person Feb 7 & 8): The Board of Judges, 15 to 18 professionals who are knowledgeable in all aspects of business journalism, makes the final decisions.

The award winner in each category/classification is chosen from four finalists, all of whom will be recognized for their finalist status. The Grand Neal Award, the pinnacle of B2B editorial achievement, honors the most outstanding entry from among the Neal winners in all categories.


We are looking for senior-level editors to volunteer with screening entries during the first round of judging!


Screen entries online January 9 - January 22, 2019

For more information, or to register, email