VBM wins three national awards for journalism

first_imgVermont Business Magazine,Vermont Business Magazine received an unprecedented three national awards for Editorial Excellence in 2016 from the Alliance of Area Business Publications at its annual Summer Conference in Dallas June 24. These are the highest awards available to VBM and regional business news publications in the US. Reporter Joyce Marcel won Gold in the “Best personality profile” category for her piece on Rutland Mayor Chris Louras. Louras championed bringing refugees to Rutland. He subsequently lost his re-election bid.VBM won a Silver award in the “Best coverage of local breaking news” category for Timothy McQuiston, editor; Chris Graff, columnist; and Mike Smith, columnist for the Jay Peak/EB-5 fraud case, which was revealed in April 2016. This collection of stories reported on the breaking news story, included an exclusive interview with former Jay Peak President Bill Stenger, and was put into historic and political perspective by Graff and Smith.VBM won a second Silver award in the “Best editorial” category for McQuiston’s piece on how an investment in housing will be an investment in the economy, by allowing more young workers to afford to live in the state. Vermont has one of the highest housing costs–to-income ratios in the US.“Vermont Business Magazine has once again distinguished itself among its national peers, some of whom are very large publications from major cities. Though we’re the smallest publication in the group, we’ve had out-sized success,” VBM Publisher John Boutin said.“Joyce’s profiles consistently reveal the person that exists beneath their success as a businessperson or politician. Our readers can’t wait for her next story,” Boutin said. “The EB-5 story is as black-an-eye as the state can get. We were able to bring a detailed news story, timeline, video, photos and commentary to our online and print readers within a very compressed timeframe.”“I couldn’t be prouder of VBM, Joyce, Chris, Mike and Tim,” Boutin said.Vermont Business Magazine has won several AABP awards over the years, including past Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for Marcel and McQuiston. This is the first time that VBM has won more than one award in a given year.The Alliance of Area Business Publishers (AABP) presented 111 Editorial Excellence awards to newspaper and magazine business periodicals on June 24, 2017, at the closing celebration of its three-day annual Summer Conference in Dallas, TX.According to an AABP release, with 483 entries from 43 publications in the US, Canada and Australia, the competitive field was both impressive and diverse.”Once again the winning entries show how these publications serve their readers by digging through documents, cultivating great sources, presenting useful data, and asking tough questions,” said Reuben Stern, who coordinated the judging by faculty members at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. “The work not only provides reliable news and information but also helps the business community understand how things happened and what it all means.”With wide-ranging coverage from stories about celebrity golfers to articles about trending industries — like e-cigarettes and marijuana — to more traditional data-driven businesses features and retail coverage, regional business publications continue to tap into the pulse of their communities. In print and online, their writers showcase a breadth of topics that redefine what business means today.“With the highest standards of excellence in journalism and design, these regional business publishers deliver consistent, compelling and relevant news to their readers,” said Alliance Executive Director C. James Dowden. “And the resurgence of local — in retail, in restaurants and in relationships — means regional business publishers play a stronger role in communities than ever before.”The annual AABP Editorial Excellence competition recognizes excellence in journalism, photography and design achieved by regional business publications. Twenty-four judges, faculty members from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, bring their expertise to the selection process.“The purpose of the Alliance competition,” according to Dowden, “is to encourage a high level of journalistic performance and service to communities by recognizing editorial excellence and outstanding visual presentation in regional business publications.” VBM vermontbiz.comEB-5 Press Conference April 14, 2016Progressive Rutland: Mayor Christopher LourasState files suit alleging investor fraud at Jay Peak, Inc EB-5 ProjectsGraff: EB-5 lured governors into boosterismSmith: An end to innocence in Vermontlast_img

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