CSO reported that because of the construction boom in China, worldwide demand for metal is long and supply is short, âmaking semiprecious metals precious.â One effect, the article found, is that crystal methamphetamine addicts are doing such things as pulling down municipal light poles to get the copper wire out 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 Financeâs âThe Trouble With HUD and How to Fix It,â published by Hanley Wood; ArchRecord.com, the Web site of Architectural Record, published by McGraw-Hill Cos.; and Heavy Duty Truckingâs âSolving the Driver Crisis,â 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. For the 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.
âRed Gold Rushâ also won best single article for publications with a 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 (âLitigation 2007â) and best single issue of a magazine.
Crain Communications Inc.âs 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 Woodâs 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.
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 Communicationsâ DVM Magazine, which covers the veterinary field, was selected as the winner of this yearâs 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.
Below is a list of the 2008 Neal Award winners:
Grand Neal Winner:
âRed Gold Rush,â CSO IDG/CXO Media
Best single article:
CSO, âRed Gold Rushâ (IDG/CXO Media)
Corporate Counsel, âSomeone to Watch Over Youâ (ALM Media)
The American Lawyer, âMiami Heatâ (ALM Media)
Best subject-related series of articles:
Affordable Housing Finance, âThe Trouble with HUD and How to Fix Itâ (Hanley Wood)
DVM Newsmagazine, âState board seriesâ (Advanstar Communications)
PC World, âWindows Vista coverageâ (IDG/PC World Communications)
Best staff-written editorials or opinion column:
Geriatrics, Editorials (Advanstar Communications)
Commercial Carrier Journal, Editorials (Randall-Reilly Publishing)
PC World, âTechlogâ (IDG/PC World Communications)
Drovers, âProfit Tipsâ (Vance Publishing Corp.)
Government Computer News, âGCN Lab Reviewsâ (1105 Media)
The American Lawyer, âBar Talkâ (ALM Media)
Best how-to article or subject-related series of how-to articles:
EMS, âCoping With Violent Peopleâ (Cygnus Business Media)
Counselor, â2007 State of the Industryâ (Advertising Specialty Institute)
The Progressive Farmer, âBuilding Your Placeâ (DTN)
Best news coverage:
Financial Week, âCorporate Credit Crunch News Coverageâ (Crain Communications Inc.)
DVM Newsmagazine, âPet-food recallâ (Advanstar Communications)
Engineering News-Record, âBroken Promises: The Collapse of the I-35W Bridgeâ (McGraw-Hill Cos.)
Best single theme or special issue of a magazine or newspaper/news tabloid:
Plate, âThe Egg Issueâ (Marketing & Technology Group)
Heavy Duty Trucking, âSolving the Driver Crisisâ (Newport Communications Group)
The American Lawyer, âLitigation 2007â (ALM Media)
Best single issue of a magazine:
Affordable Housing Finance, June 2007 issue (Hanley Wood)
Photo District News, September 2007 issue (Nielsen Business Media)
The American Lawyer, December 2006 issue (ALM Media)
Best single issue of a newspaper/news tabloid:
Financial Week, Nov. 12, 2007, issue (Crain Communications Inc.)
Convenience Store News, Oct. 22, 2007, issue (Nielsen Business Media)
Nationâs Restaurant News, May 21, 2007, issue (Lebhar-Friedman)
Best start-up publication:
No awards given
Best Web site:
GreenSourceMag.com, GreenSource: The Magazine of Sustainable Design (McGraw-Hill Cos.)
ArchRecord.com, Architectural Record (McGraw-Hill Cos.)
Computerworld.com, Computerworld (IDG/Computerworld)
Best online article or series:
No awards given in first classification
Architectural Record, âForm or Function?: The Frank Stella Interviewâ (McGraw-Hill Cos.)
Computerworld, âA Week of Leopardâ (IDG/Computerworld)
Jewelersâ Circular-Keystone Online, âCutting Remarksâ (Reed Business Information)
EDN Online, âBrianâs Brainâ (Reed Business Information)
Computerworld.com, Computerworld Blog (IDG/Computerworld)