‘CSO’ wins ABM’s Grand Neal Award

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New York—”Red Gold Rush,” an article by CSO focusing on the ramifications of China’s rising demand for metal, received the Grand Neal Award Friday at the 54th annual Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards ceremony.

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 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 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. 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.

“Red Gold Rush” 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 (“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.

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 Magazine, 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.

Below is a list of the 2008 Neal Award winners:

Grand Neal Winner:
“Red Gold Rush,” CSO IDG/CXO Media

Best single article:
CSO, “Red Gold Rush” (IDG/CXO Media)
Corporate Counsel, “Someone to Watch Over You” (ALM Media)
The American Lawyer, “Miami Heat” (ALM Media)

Best subject-related series of articles:
Affordable Housing Finance, “The Trouble with HUD and How to Fix It” (Hanley Wood)
DVM Newsmagazine, “State board series” (Advanstar Communications)
PC World, “Windows Vista coverage” (IDG/PC World Communications)

Best staff-written editorials or opinion column:
Geriatrics, Editorials (Advanstar Communications)
Commercial Carrier Journal, Editorials (Randall-Reilly Publishing)
PC World, “Techlog” (IDG/PC World Communications)

Best department:
Drovers, “Profit Tips” (Vance Publishing Corp.)
Government Computer News, “GCN Lab Reviews” (1105 Media)
The American Lawyer, “Bar Talk” (ALM Media)

Best how-to article or subject-related series of how-to articles:
EMS, “Coping With Violent People” (Cygnus Business Media)
Counselor, “2007 State of the Industry” (Advertising Specialty Institute)
The Progressive Farmer, “Building Your Place” (DTN)

Best news coverage:
Financial Week, “Corporate Credit Crunch News Coverage” (Crain Communications Inc.)
DVM Newsmagazine, “Pet-food recall” (Advanstar Communications)
Engineering News-Record, “Broken Promises: The Collapse of the I-35W Bridge” (McGraw-Hill Cos.)

Best single theme or special issue of a magazine or newspaper/news tabloid: Plate, “The Egg Issue” (Marketing & Technology Group)
Heavy Duty Trucking, “Solving the Driver Crisis” (Newport Communications Group)
The American Lawyer, “Litigation 2007” (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)
Nation’s Restaurant News, May 21, 2007, issue (Lebhar-Friedman)

Best start-up publication:
No awards given

Best Web site:, GreenSource: The Magazine of Sustainable Design (McGraw-Hill Cos.), Architectural Record (McGraw-Hill Cos.), Computerworld (IDG/Computerworld)

Best online article or series:
No awards given in first classification
Architectural Record, “Form or Function?: The Frank Stella Interview” (McGraw-Hill Cos.)
Computerworld, “A Week of Leopard” (IDG/Computerworld)

Best blog:
Jewelers’ Circular-Keystone Online, “Cutting Remarks” (Reed Business Information)
EDN Online, “Brian’s Brain” (Reed Business Information), Computerworld Blog (IDG/Computerworld)

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