'Ad Age' picks up pair of Neal Awards

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new york - Advertising Age was one of only four publications to win multiple honors at the 52nd Annual Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards last week.

Ad Age, owned by Crain Communications, took the top prize in the largest revenue class for best single issue and best news coverage. Other two-time winners were Farm Journal Media's Farm Journal, IDG's CSO magazine and VNU's Editor & Publisher.

Ad Age's May 2, 2005 issue, featuring an analysis piece titled "The Death of Beer," won the best single issue award. It won best news coverage for a series of online and print articles by Matthew Creamer on the trial and conviction of a pair of former Ogilvy & Mather executives accused of defrauding the federal government. Ad Age was also a finalist in the best single article category, for Bob Garfield's "Chaos Scenario" piece.

"These awards are a wonderful recognition of the work we've done to serve our audience as a leader across media platforms," said Scott Donaton, editor of Advertising Age. "We strive to uphold the highest standards of editorial excellence and integrity, and it's particularly delightful to be recognized for how we've used print and online to deliver for our readers."

Mr. Donaton was presented with the McAllister Editorial Fellowship, an honor that will have him advising teachers and students at Northwestern University's Medill School of Communications.

Three other Crain publications, Waste News, TelevisionWeek and Plastic News, were also finalists.

Grand Neal honors went to Farm Journal, which also won best subject-related series of articles in the largest revenue class.

The Neal Awards are given out each year for accomplishments in business-to-business publishing. The luncheon ceremony took place at Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria.
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