'IEEE Spectrum' article, "Re-engineering Iraq," captures Grand Neal

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New York—"Re-engineering Iraq," a two-part series by IEEE Spectrum focusing on the struggle to reconstruct electrical networks in Iraq amid the fighting there, won the Grand Neal Award at Thursday's 53rd annual Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards.

The article, which appeared in the February and March issues of IEEE Spectrum, was written by Glenn Zorpette, executive editor of IEEE Media's IEEE Spectrum.

Zorpette was also selected by American Business Media as the winner of this year's McAllister Editorial Fellowship, which promotes the study of b-to-b media by having the recipient spend a week as an adviser to the Medill Magazine Project at Northwestern University.

The three runners-up for the Grand Neal included CSO's "The How-to Issue," published by IDG Corp.; the article "Recipe for Disaster" that appeared in The American Lawyer (ALM); and the September 2006 issue of Photo District News, which is published by Nielsen Business Media.

This year's Neal winners were concentrated in a handful of b-to-b media companies. Advanstar Communications won four awards, including two for Ophthalmology Times; IDG Corp. also won four awards, two for CSO, one for CIO and one for; and Nielsen Business Media won three awards, including two for Editor & Publisher.

Deborah Whistler, editorial director of Newport Communications Group, was selected as the recipient of the 2007 Crain Award, given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the development of editorial excellence in business media. The award is named after G.D. Crain, founder of Crain Communications Inc., which publishes BtoB.

Don Tennant, VP-editor in chief of Computerworld, received the Timothy White Award for Editorial Integrity, which is named after the late Billboard editor.

This year's Neal Awards kicked off Wednesday evening in New York with a gathering of Neal nominees and American Business Media executives in which the challenges facing business publishers were discussed amid plenty of schmoozing.

A complete roster of the 2007 Neal Award Winners, including names of editors and parent companies, is listed below.

Each award category is divided into three classifications: gross ad revenue combined with circulation revenue of less than $3 million; gross ad revenue combined with circulation revenue of $3 million to $7 million; and gross ad revenue combined with circulation revenue of more than $7 million. IEEE Spectrum, "Re-engineering Iraq" (IEEE Media)

Grand Neal Winner:
"Re-engineering Iraq," IEEE Spectrum (IEEE Media)
Best single article
Aquatics International, "Who's Watching the Children?" (Hanley Wood)
Pool & Spa News, "In the Minority" (Hanley Wood)
The American Lawyer, "Recipe for Disaster" (ALM)
Best subject-related series of articles
Editor & Publisher, "Knight Ridder Sale and the Industry Fallout"—Nielsen Business Media
Counselor, "Family Business Spotlight" (Advertising Specialty Institute)
Best staff-written editorials or opinion column
Produce Business, "The Fruits of Thought" (Phoenix Media Network)
Computerworld, "Frankly Speaking" (IDG)
Contemporary OB/GYN, Editorials (Advanstar Communications)
Best department
Instructor, "Masterpiece" (Scholastic Inc.)
Custom Home, "From the Trenches" (Hanley Wood)
Baseline, "Hands On" (Ziff Davis Media)
Best how-to article or subject-related series of how-to article
CSO, "The How-To Issue" (IDG)
Contemporary OB/GYN, "Critical Care in OB" (Advanstar Communications)
Medical Economics, "Adding Ancillaries" (Advanstar Communications)
Best news coverage
Editor & Publisher, War Coverage (Nielsen Business Media)
Ophthalmology Times, "Fusarium Outbreak Among Contact Lens Wearers" (Advanstar Communications)
CIO, "IT versus Terror" (IDG)
Best single theme issue of a magazine or newspaper/news tabloid
CSO, "The Career Issue/Dream Jobs" (IDG)
Fire Engineering, "Hurricane Katrina Response and Recovery" (PennWell Corp.)
The American Lawyer, "Litigation Department of the Year" (ALM)
Best single issue of a magazine
BusinessWeek SmallBiz, Summer 2006 Issue (McGraw-Hill Cos.)
Photo District News, September 2006 Issue (Nielsen Business Media)
The American Lawyer, June 2006 Issue (ALM)
Best single issue of a newspaper/news tabloid
Washington Technology, May 29, 2006 Issue (1105 Media)
Ophthalmology Times, October 25, 2006 Issue (Advanstar Communications)
Government Computer News, August 21, 2006 Issue (1105 Media)
Best start-up publication
GreenSource: The Magazine of Sustainable Design (McGraw-Hill Cos.)
Best Web site, Engineering News-Record (McGraw-Hill Cos.), CFO (CFO) (Forbes)
Best online article or series, "Driven Dubai" (McGraw-Hill Cos.), "The Best Entrepreneurs Under 25" (McGraw-Hill Cos.), "A Maximum Look at a Mini Mac" (IDG)
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