Ad Age Picks Up Pair of Neal Awards for Editorial Excellence

'Regulation Watch' Wins Best Single Issue And E.J. Schultz Wins for Best Range of Work by Single Author

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Advertising Age, owned by Crain Communications, has won multiple honors at the 58th Annual Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards.

Its March 7 "Regulation Watch" issue won for best single issue by a newspaper/tabloid in the largest revenue class, and reporter E.J. Schultz won for best range of work by a single author.

"I couldn't be prouder of this editorial team. These awards are recognition of the talent and hard work of our staff -- and a testament to their deep knowledge of the industry," said Ad Age Editor Abbey Klaassen. "It's also evidence of our commitment to helping our audience get smarter about the marketing and media business, whether it's educating about the threats to self-regulation or highlighting the changing economic and demographic makeup of the country."

In the March 7 issue, Ad Age looked at the regulatory environment of the various industries it covers and, through a mix of straightforward news stories, features, analysis pieces and bylines, explained why self-regulation should be closely guarded, highlighted the legal issues and lobbying efforts of some of its most-targeted readers, and offered a look at things to come in the privacy and taxation arenas. The issue was led by Managing Editor Ken Wheaton.

"Every once in a while there is a subject of such great importance to our industry that we want to be sure to present it in a way that will get the attention it deserves. The "Regulation Watch" package gave us the canvas to tackle the critical issues in a way that brought them to life for our readers. We are so proud of the team, and E.J. Schultz for the well-deserved recognition of his work."

E.J. Schultz, who joined Ad Age in 2010, won for his coverage of the beer, spirits and packaged-foods industries. He demonstrated his range through several pieces, from a long-form feature on what marketers can learn from the town that recession forgot -- Williston, N.D. -- to his breaking coverage of the Las Vegas Beer Wholesalers Convention, where he reported the bald assertion from MillerCoors CEO Tom Long that the "brand beer" was getting murdered by the spirits industry.

"E.J. is a rare breed of reporter who can write compellingly on any issue -- from an in-depth feature on cultural shifts to a clever and entertaining piece on using Cheech and Chong to market brownies," said Executive Editor Judann Pollack. "He not only lives to break news, he has the writing chops to explain why it's important without ignoring the human element."

Five other Crain brands -- Workforce Management, BtoB, Crain's New York Business, Automotive News and Pensions & Investments -- were also Neal Awards finalists. Crain's New York Business won for best commentary in the largest revenue class, and Workforce Management won for best single article in the middle revenue class. Grand Neal honors went to McGraw-Hill's Architectural Record for its package titled "New York: The Death and Life of a Great American City."

The Neal Awards are given out each year to recognize editorial excellence in business media. The judging panel selected 40 Neal Award winners out of 120 finalists from an original 725 entries; winners were announced March 16 at a luncheon ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental in New York.

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