2023 Neal Awards Finalists Reflect the Diverse and Changing World Around Us

An amazing 215 finalists for the 2023 Neal Awards were named last week, and a quick look shouts that these are not your grandparents’ B2B awards. From a profile on Michelle Tran (pictured here) in Arizent’s Financial Planning to Haymarket’s Rare Care podcast to a Carbon Footprints Clean Up in Money-Media’s Agenda, these finalists scream here and now.

What’s most impressive about those finalists is the diversity and range of companies and topics. Almost 50 different media companies are represented as finalists this year! And topics range from Cryptocurrency to Global Cannabis to Bionic Vision to Trucking’s Sustainability Journey and so many more.

Crain Communications leads the way with 21 finalists, followed by Industry Dive with 18, Zonda with 14, Winsight with 13, IEEE Media with 11 and Endeavor Business Media with 10. It’s also great to see some new names represented such as Morning Brew, New Hope Network, Citeline and AFIRE.

Visit here for a full list of the Neal Awards finalists.

The always-exciting, in-person Neal Awards ceremony at the New York Marriott Marquis will take place on Friday, April 21, 2023. (Reserve your tickets or table here.) A total of 59 winners will be announced at the ceremony, culminating in the Grand Neal Award, honoring the most outstanding entry from among the winners in all categories. A panel of 136 judges reviewed the finalists in three stages to select the winners in 24 categories.

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Here is a sampling of finalists in five of the categories:

Best DEI Coverage finalists include Arizent’s American Banker’s “DEI in Banking”; Crain’s Modern Healthcare’s “Policing and Health: Lessons From Minneapolis”; IEEE Spectrum’s “Nothing About Us With Us”; FleetOwner Endeavor’s “Women in Transportation; Utility Dive’s “Racism and Inequity in Electric Utilities”; “Stories of Antisemitism” from the Online Society for Human Resource Management; “With $1B at Stake, Clashes Emerge Over Highway Removal” from GovExec’s Route Fifty and Crain’s Staffing Industry Analysts’ “DE&I in the Workforce Solutions Ecosystem.”

Best Podcast finalists include: Society for Human Resource Management’s All Things Work Podcast; Realtor Magazine’s Drive Podcast; Questex’s Fierce Healthcare’s Podnosis; DTN/Progressive Farmer’s Field Posts; and Informa Markets’ Aviation Week & Space Technology’s Check 6 Podcast.

Best Profile Article finalists include: Lexipol’s FireRescue1’s “Las Vegas 5 Years Later”; Foundry’s CIO’s DevColor’s Cohort Approach to Uplifting Black IT Careers; ​​Vestwell’s Michelle Tran Rarely Rests, Which Is Making a Difference for Women in Fintech from Arizent’s Financial Planning; and “With the Best People, ‘You’ll Never Lose’” from Endeavor’s Modern Tire Dealer.

Best Subject-Related Package finalists include: Women in the Glass Industry from Key Media & Research’s USGlass Magazine; The Restaurant Mental Health Toolkit from MTGMedia Group’s Plate; Killer in the Kitchen: Restaurants Face an Evolving Epidemic of Addiction from Winsight’s Restaurant Business; and Climate Smart Farming from DTN/Progressive Farmer.

Best Industry Coverage finalists include: Starbucks Union Gains Unprecedented Momentum from Restaurant Dive; Zonda’s ARCHITECT magazine’s The Game Changers Issue; FreightWaves’ timely Rail Coverage issue; and Winsight’s Restaurant Business’s Ghost Kitchen Problems.

Again, for a full list of the 2023 Neal Award finalists, please visit here.

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