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American Business Media has announced the winners of three specialty awards as part of its 54th Annual Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards. Harry McCracken, VP-editor in chief of PC World, will receive the Timothy White Award for editorial integrity. Boyce Thompson, editorial director of Hanley Wood's Builder, Multifamily and Tech Groups will receive the G.D. Crain Award for outstanding contributions to the development of editorial excellence in business media. Daniel Verdon, editor in chief of Advanstar Communications' DVM Newsmagazine, will receive the McAllister Editorial Fellowship. The Timothy White Award, named for the late Billboard editor, recognizes business journalists whose “work demonstrates the integrity, courage and passion that White displayed throughout his career,” according to ABM. “I'm flattered because ABM is an important organization in terms of supporting quality journalism,” said McCracken, who started at IDG in 1991 as reviews editor of the now-defunct Computer Buyer World. He joined PC World in 1994 and was named VP-editor in chief in 2004. McCracken was the subject of controversy last May when he abruptly quit parent company IDG Communications because it tried to spike a story about Apple and its CEO, Steve Jobs. McCracken rejoined the magazine about a week later after the disputed article, “10 Things We Hate About Apple,” was posted on PC World's Web site. “I've worked really hard to serve the interests of my customers—who are not advertisers but people who read the magazine and go to our Web site,” McCracken said. The Crain Award is named for G.D. Crain Jr., founder of Crain Communications Inc., which publishes Media Business. “I'm overjoyed,” said Thomp-son, who started at Hanley Wood in 1990 as a senior editor in the company's development department. “I've benefited from editing magazines in the same industry for so long. There's a lot more job movement now than there has been in the past, so I've been lucky.” Thompson, who was named to his current position in 1995, was the founding editor of Hanley Wood's Big Builder, ProSales and Residential Architect. “Our magazines have won a bunch of awards, but it's pretty cool for me to win a lifetime achievement award,” he said. The McAllister fellowship is named for Donald McAllister Sr., longtime CEO of Geyer-McAllister Publications. The recipient spends a week as an adviser at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Established in 1955, the Neal Awards recognize editorial excellence in b-to-b publications. They are named after ABM's first managing director. This year's awards will be handed out March 14 at a luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. M
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