It felt like the Oscars. Five times when the announcer said, “The envelope please,” the winner was Engineering News-Record. It was an exhilarating afternoon at American Business Media’s Jesse H. Neal Awards, held March 10 in New York City.
In addition, ENR’s sister publication GreenSource won a Neal for Best Integrated Package for “GreenBuild Chicago: Transforming the Metropolis” and its managing editor Jane Kolleeny won the McAllister Editorial Fellowship at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
ENR has won Best News Coverage for four consecutive years. This year Senior Editor Tom Sawyer led team coverage of “Rebuilding Haiti,” with stories and video that the judges considered “full of technical details that offer practical value as well as human interest stories.” Sawyer also won Best Technical Content for the second year in a row for “Hot-Linked Jobsites,” a forward-looking article that “packs a practical punch,” the judges said.
ENR also won Best Profile in its size category for the second year in a row—this year for “Award of Excellence Winner: John Hillman,” by Senior Editor Aileen Cho, cited as a “richly sourced” piece with “enlightening video and outstanding reporting.” This piece was one of four Grand Neal finalists.
ENR is the first recipient of both the Best Range of Work and Social Media Neal Awards. Range of Work went to Midwest Bureau Chief Tudor Van Hampton for content that showed strength on diverse platforms from news analysis to blogs to video to in-depth feature writing in 2010.
ENR.com Managing Senior Editor Richard Korman led the team that took home the Social Media Neal Award for using social media to build community. “We talk to our readers and viewers all the time now. Social media couldn't be better suited for that,” said Korman.