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Farm Journal Media wins ABM's Grand Neal Award

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New York—Farm Journal Media and a collection of its publications today received the Grand Neal Award during American Business Media's 57th Annual Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards ceremony in Manhattan, recognizing excellence in b-to-b journalism.

The company's AgDay, AgWeb, Farm Journal, Dairy Today, Top Producer and U.S. Farm Report won collectively for “The Farm Journal Legacy Project.”

Farm Journal Media also was an individual winner in the category of Best Integrated Package. According to ABM, this was the first time in the award program's history that a winner in this category has been named a Grand Neal winner.

Other Grand Neal finalists were Agent's Sales Journal, Summit Business Media, for the article “Social Media Boot Camp”; Aquatics International, Hanley Wood, for the article “The Enemy Within”; and Engineering News-Record, McGraw-Hill Cos., for the article “Award of Excellence Winner: John Hillman.”

Among publishers winning multiple Neal awards were McGraw-Hill Cos. (six), ALM (five), Hanley Wood (four), IEEE (four), Advanstar (three) and Crain Communications Inc. (two).

Among other Neal Awards honorees announced earlier but presented today was Wyatt Kash, content director-editor at large at 1105 Media-Events. Kash was named winner of the Crain Award, given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to editorial excellence. The award is named for G.D. Crain Jr., founder of Crain Communications Inc., which publishes BtoB. The award was presented by Christopher Crain, group publisher of several Crain publications.

Jane Kolleeny, managing editor of GreenSource, won the McAllister Editorial Fellowship, which promotes the study of business media by placing fellows as teachers and advisers on the Medill Magazine Project at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. It is named for Donald McAllister Sr., longtime CEO of Geyer-McAllister Publications.

Gary Thill, editor of Aquatics International, took home the Timothy White Award, presented annually to an editor who displays courage, integrity and passion. It is named for the former editor of Billboard, who died in 2002.

Neal Awards were presented in the following classes:
A. Less than $3,000,000 in Gross Advertising/Circulation Revenue
B. $3,000,000 to $7,000,000 in Gross Advertising/Circulation Revenue
C. More than $7,000,000 in Gross Advertising/Circulation Revenue
D. No Revenue Breakdown

Below are all Neal Award winners for 2011:

Category 1: BEST SINGLE ARTICLE
Class A
“The Enemy Within” Aquatics International, Hanley Wood
Class B
“Doing Less With Less,” Governing, e.Republic
Class C
“Ford's Bold Buffalo Experiment” Automotive News, Crain Communications Inc.

Category 2: BEST SUBJECT-RELATED SERIES OF ARTICLES
Class A
“Better Bridges,” Better Roads/betteroads.com, Randall-Reilly Publishing Co.
Class B
“The Legal Fight Over Same-sex Marriage,” National Law Journal, ALM
Class C
“Antarctica: Life on the Ice” spectrum.ieee.org, IEEE Media

Category 3: BEST PROFILE
Class A
“Renaissance Man,” Club Industry, Penton Media
Class B
“Gruff Around the Edges,” The Recorder, ALM
Class C
“Award of Excellence Winner: John Hillman” Engineering News-Record, McGraw-Hill Cos.

Category 4: BEST COMMENTARY
Class A
From the Editor, Pharmaceutical Executive, Advanstar
Class B
Editorial, Meatingplace, Marketing & Technology Group
Class C
Editor's Notebook, DTN/The Progressive Farmer, Telvent/DTN

Category 5: BEST NEWS COVERAGE
Class A
“Asia's Seismic Shift,” Supplier Global Resource, Advertising Specialty Institute
Class B
“School Lunch Standards,” Meatingplace, Marketing & Technology Group
Class C
“Rebuilding Haiti,” Engineering News-Record, McGraw-Hill Cos.

Category 6: BEST TECHNICAL CONTENT
Class A
“SVRS,” Pool & Spa News, Hanley Wood
Class B
“Netting Zero in a Cold Climate,” Journal of Light Construction, Hanley Wood
Class C
“Hot-linked Jobsites,” Engineering News-Record, McGraw-Hill Cos.

Category 7: BEST EDUCATIONAL CONTENT
Class A
“Social Media Boot Camp,” Agent's Sales Journal, Summit Business Media
Class B
“Pathogen Testing,” Meatingplace, Marketing & Technology Group
Class C
“50 Ways to Waste Your Money” Builder, Hanley Wood

Category 8: BEST SINGLE ISSUE OF A MAGAZINE
Class A
Fall (Sept./Oct.) 2010 Scholastic Administr@tor, Scholastic
Class B
March 2010, Health Data Management, SourceMedia
Class C
October 2010 americanlawyer.com, ALM

Category 9: BEST SINGLE ISSUE OF A TABLOID/NEWSPAPER
Class A
Oct. 25, 2010, Texas Lawyer, ALM
Class B
April 2010, DVM Newsmagazine, Advanstar
Class C
Sept. 13, 2010, Automotive News, Crain Communications Inc.

Category 10: BEST WEBSITE
Class A
healthcarefinancenews.com, MedTech Media
Class B
dvm360.com, Advanstar
Class C
spectrum.ieee.org, IEEE Media

Category 11: BEST INTEGRATED PACKAGE
Class A
“Greenbuild Chicago: Transforming the Metropolis” GreenSource Magazine, McGraw-Hill Cos.
Class B
“Forum Shopper's Remorse” corpcounsel.com, ALM
Class C
“The Farm Journal Legacy Project,” AgDay, AgWeb, Farm Journal, Dairy Today, Top Producer, U.S. Farm Report, Farm Journal Media

Class D—No Revenue Figures Required

Category 12: BEST BLOG
Automaton, spectrum.ieee.org, IEEE Media

Category 13: BEST RANGE OF WORK BY A SINGLE AUTHOR
Tudor Van Hampton, Engineering News-Record, McGraw-Hill Cos.

Category 14: BEST NEWSLETTER - FULL CONTENT
“Daily Bankruptcy Review,” Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review, Dow Jones Corporate Markets

Category 15: BEST E-NEWSLETTER-LINKED CONTENT
“Renewable Energy News,” renewableenergyworld.com, PennWell Corp.

Category 16: BEST USE OF VIDEO
“The Future of…,” Smart Planet, CBS Interactive

Category 17: BEST USE OF MOBILE
IEEE.tv for Mobile Devices, ieee.tv, IEEE Media

Category 18: BEST RECURRING WEBCAST
Inside Renewable Energy Podcast, renewableenergyworld.com, PennWell Corp.

Category 19: BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
“ENR: Using Social Media to Build Community,” ENR.com, McGraw-Hill Cos.

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