'CSO' article on metal theft wins Grand Neal

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“Red Gold Rush,” an article by CSO focusing on the ramifications of China's rising demand for metal, received the Grand Neal Award last month at the 54th annual Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards ceremony. The article connected the dots between the construction boom in China, rising prices worldwide for metal and the tremendous risks thieves will take to steal it and sell it to scrap dealers. CSO reported that because of the construction boom in China, worldwide demand for metal is long and supply is short, “making semiprecious metals precious.” One effect, the article found, is that crystal methaphetamine addicts are doing such things as pulling down municipal light poles to remove the copper wire so they can sell it to feed their drug habits. CSO is published by CXO Media, a subsidiary of IDG Communications. The three runners-up for the Grand Neal were: Affordable Housing Finance's “The Trouble With HUD and How to Fix It,” published by Hanley Wood;, the Web site of Architectural Record, published by McGraw-Hill Cos.; and Heavy Duty Trucking's “Solving the Driver Crisis,” published by Newport Communications Group. The Neal competition drew 1,045 entries, down from 1,333 last year. For print, awards were given in three revenue classifications, based on a combination of gross advertising and gross circulation revenue. Categories were less than $3 million; $3 million to $7 million; and more than $7 million. Web awards were given in three classifications based on unique monthly visitors. The categories were: fewer than 100,000 unique monthly visitors; 100,000 to 500,000; and more than 500,000. “Red Gold Rush” also won best single article for publications with combined advertising and circulation revenue of less than $3 million. IDG earned multiple awards. PC World won for best subject-related series of articles and best staff-written editorials or opinion columns, and Computerworld won three Neals, including best Web site. ALM, which targets legal and business professionals, captured five Neal awards, with The American Lawyer winning four, including best single theme issue (“Litigation 2007”) and best single issue of a magazine. Crain Communications Inc.'s Financial Week took home awards for best news coverage and best single issue of a newspaper/news tabloid. (Crain Communications also publishes BtoB.) Boyce Thompson, editorial director of Hanley Wood's Builder, Multifamily and Tech Groups, received the Crain Award, given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the development of editorial excellence in business media. The award is named for G.D. Crain Jr., the founder of Crain Communications. “We have an unbelievable amount of media at our disposal,” said Thompson, in accepting the award. “The biggest challenge is how are we going to disseminate the information? Through blogs? Video? Print?” Harry McCracken, VP-editor in chief of PC World, won the Timothy White Award for editorial integrity. The award is named after the late Billboard editor. Daniel Verdon, editor in chief of Advanstar Communications' DVM Newsmagazine, which covers the veterinary field, was selected as the winner of this year's McAllister Editorial Fellowship. The fellowship promotes the study of b-to-b media by having the recipient spend a week as an adviser to the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. M
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