Industry Dive publications win 10 Neal Awards – more than any other publisher
The Software & Information Industry Association recognized Industry Dive publications with 10 Jesse H. Neal Awards Tuesday at the annual awards lunch in New York. With 61 total awards handed out across 26 categories in the prestigious b2b journalism awards program, Industry Dive won more Neal Awards than any other publisher in this year’s competition.
Here is a full list of awards won by Industry Dive publications and the judges' comments read during award announcements:
- BioPharma Dive – Heart attacks struck Sek Kathiresan's family. He's devoted his life to stopping them.
The judges said “Excellent article. The backstory and depth of reporting is helpful to telling the story and understanding the subject of the article.“
- Retail Dive – Reebok was meant to be a ‘Nike killer.’ How the brand lost its No. 1 spot
Judges felt: “The writing is crisp, well-paced…. The writer brings the reader through the main subject's journey and shows both the highlights and the challenges. Also, very good use of secondary source. Well done!”
Best News Coverage
- BioPharma Dive – Coverage of the Food and Drug Administration’s controversial Alzheimer’s drug approval and collection of stories
The judges commented that “From the first preview piece, this entry felt authoritative with well-planned reporting by a team on top of its beat.”
- Grocery Dive – Pardon the disruption by Jeff Wells
The judges call the column “Super insightful and relevant topics for both the food retail industry but overall for the American consumer.”
Best Covid-19 Coverage
- Healthcare Dive – COVID-19's ongoing effects on the healthcare industry and collection of stories
Judges commented: “Really nice job on getting comments from the affected players -- the doctors, health systems and health associations… Cleanly written and presented.”
- Retail Dive – One year later: How COVID-19 upended retail and what it means for 2021
“This is a wonderful package. It appropriately takes stock of the evolution of the retail industry through COVID and offers useful, penetrating insights. And an extra bonus for the wonderful visualization of data -- those charts are the cherry on top.”
Best DEI Coverage
- K-12 Dive – Being Black in Education: Where is the system going wrong?
The judges found this entry a “Fantastic package that hits the issue head-on with data, vibrant examples and good use of sources.”
Best Industry Coverage
- Payments Dive – Payments: The sleepy corner of financial services that's fired up and collection of stories
Judges' praise included “what could have been dry information is presented with skill, authority, and a great deal of human interest. Congrats on a job well done!”
- Restaurant Dive – 1 year later: How the pandemic impacted 6 major restaurant cities
The judges appreciated the “nuanced and multi-sourced analysis that leverages the benefit of hindsight.”
- Supply Chain Dive: Operations
The judges said "this newsletter deftly combines depth and brevity. It's quick and scannable… The mix of a cover story, a secondary story, some stats, a poll and poll results and a clipping service make it a must read.”
The awards reflect the tremendous growth of our newsroom over the last few years and our continuing commitment to producing high-quality journalism.
Four years ago, SIIA nominated Industry Dive for the Neal Awards and we attended the awards event. At the ceremony, one publisher stole the show and took home eight awards. My fellow editors and I came away amazed by their prowess. We read their winning work and were impressed by the caliber of journalistic craft, and the ambition and scope of their reporting. It was hard to quibble with the awards they took home. We were finalists for two awards that year, and we were excited to win just one. But we came back to the newsroom and started thinking about how we could level up.
Over the years, we made progress. Our team grew in size and skill. Our stories got better and sharper. Our reporting was more ambitious and dug deeper. Our coverage made more of an impact in the markets we serve. And each year, our progression was reflected at the Neal Awards: In 2019, we won one award; in 2020, we won two; and in 2021, we won eight.
At Tuesday’s ceremony, our 16 finalists turned into 10 Neal Awards. Our peers recognized the hard work of our newsroom as the best of the best. We left the room knowing that within the community of b2b journalism, we had become the publisher we aspired to be four years ago.
Behind all these awards is an incredible team that does tremendous work. While we can see the growth when we step back and zoom out, it’s the small steps and extra efforts we took to improve each day that led us here. The dedication, ambition and commitment to producing the best possible journalism on a daily basis from our newsroom, and the teams that help support us, is what makes a day like yesterday possible.
Now, we turn our attention back to where we can go next. What is the next level we reach? What is the ambitious idea that will be important for our readers? How can we do bigger and better things with our publications? I’m excited to see what we can do next, the impact we can have in the markets we serve, and to put in the work it takes to get there. Stay tuned…
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