Baseline Editors Earn 51st Grand Neal Award; In-depth piece on medical industry takes top prize at industry's top ceremony

NEW YORK--()--March 16, 2005--The editorial team at Baseline magazine, a Ziff Davis Media publication, earned Grand Neal honors at the 51st Annual Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards, held today at The Waldorf-Astoria. The single article "We Did Nothing Wrong" offered a cautionary true story detailing how inferior radiation dosage software led to the deaths of at least five patients. Accepting the award, presented by renowned journalist Marshall Loeb in front of a record audience of media peers, were the magazine's editors: Tom Steinert-Threlkeld, John McCormick, Deborah Gage, Todd Spangler, Berta Ramona Thayer, Victor Williams, Nicole White, and Anna Maria Virzi. Baseline earned Grand Neal honors from among 1168 entries. In addition to the best single article, the publication took top honors for best regularly featured department.

CXO Media's CSO, from IDG, also scored big in the ceremony with wins in three categories: best subject-related series, best single article, and regularly featured department.

Below is a list of winning publications, the names of the editors, and parent companies where applicable.


                        2005 Neal Award Winners

Best single article: Category 1
CSO magazine, "Anatomy of a Fraud" - IDG's CXO Media
Scott Berinato
Derek Slater
Steve Traynor
Emily Henderson
Carol Zarrow


Best single article: Category 2
Trucker News for "Anti-Idling" - Randall Publishing
Sean Kelley
Richard Street


Best single article: Category 3
Baseline, "We Did Nothing Wrong" - Ziff Davis Media
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld
John McCormick
Deborah Gage
Todd Spangler
Berta Ramona Thayer
Victor Williams
Nicole White
Anna Maria Virzi


Subject-related series of articles: Category 1
CSO magazine, "Deconstructing DHS," - IDG's CXO Media
Scott Berinato
Sarah D. Scalet
Todd Datz
Elaine M. Cummings
Derek Slater
Lew McCreary
Steve Traynor
Emily Henderson

Subject-related series of articles: Category 2
Brandweek, "Taken for a Ride" - VNU Business Media
Jim Edwards
Karen Benezra
Michael Applebaum

Subject-related series of articles: Category 3 
CIO, "Offshore Outsourcing" - CXO Media
Stephanie Overby
Christopher Koch
Ben Worthen
Alison Bass
Cheryl Asselin
Todd Datz
David Rosenbaum
Terri Haas

Best staff-written editorials on one or several subjects: Category 1 

Editor & Publisher - VNU Business Media
Mark Fitzgerald
Greg Mitchell
Shawn Moynihan

Best staff-written editorials on one or several subjects: Category 2

Contemporary Ob/Gyn - Advanstar Medical Economics Healthcare
Communications

Best staff-written editorials on one or several subjects: Category 3 
Modern Healthcare - Crain Communications
Todd Sloane


Best regularly featured department or column: Category 1 

CSO magazine, "Machine Shop" - IDG's CXO Media

Best regularly featured department or column: Category 2 
Contemporary Ob/Gyn "Newsline"- Advanstar Medical Economics Healthcare
Paul L. Cerrato
Judith M. Orvos
Rosemary V. Kline
John J. DeNapoli
Joy M. Goodman

Best regularly featured department or column: Category 3 
Baseline, "Community"- Ziff Davis Media
Todd Spangler
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld
Anna Maria Virzi
Jay Blickstein
Nicole White

How-To article: Category 1 
Contemporary Pediatrics, "Toilet Training" - Advanstar Medical 
Economics 
Healthcare Communications
Karen Bardossi
Nancy Hull
John Baranowski
Suzanne Wolfe
Molly Frederick
Barton D. Schmitt, MD

How-To article: Category 2 
Fleet Owner, "Lockdown" - Primedia
David Cullen
Larry Kahaner
Jim Mele
Sean Kilcarr
Wendy Leavitt
Marilyn Wilson
Dan Zeis
Yodit Tesfaye

How-To article: Category 3 
Medical Economics, "Starting a Practice" Advanstar Communications 
Gail Garfinkel Weiss
Dennis Murray
Robert Lowes
Carol R. Pincus
Diane Weber
David Azevedo
Roger Dowd
Marianne Dekker Mattera


News coverage: Category 1

Editor & Publisher - VNU Business Media
Greg Mitchell
Shawn Moynihan
Joe Strupp
Charles Geraci
Erin Olson
Carl Sullivan

News coverage: Category 2
Home Channel News, "Oak disease unnerves nursery industry" -
Lebhar-Friedman, Inc.
Brae Canlen

News coverage: Category 3

Furniture/Today, "Antidumping Petition" - Reed Business Information
Powell Slaughter
Thomas Russell
Jeff Linville
Jay McIntosh
Clint Engel


Best single theme issue of a magazine: Category 1

Plate, The Mediterranean Issue - Marketing & Technology Group

Best single theme issue of a magazine: Category 2
Building Design & Construction, Sustainability Issue -Reed Business
Information


Best single theme issue of a magazine: Category 3
Architectural Record, China Issue - The McGraw-Hill Companies

Best single issue of a magazine: Category 1
Oil and Gas Investor, June 2004 Issue - Hart Energy Publishing

Best single issue of a magazine: Category 2
Workforce Management, November 2004 Issue -Crain Communications Inc

Best single issue of a magazine: Category 3
The American Lawyer, June 2004 Issue - ALM


The following categories have
no category breakdown


Best single issue, newspaper/tabloid
Government Computer News June 21, 2004 Issue - PostNewsweek Tech Media

Best start-up publication
BusinessWeek SmallBiz -The McGraw-Hill Companies

Best Web site
PC World, PCWorld.com - IDG


About the Neal Awards

The Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards were created by
American Business Media in 1955 to recognize and reward editorial
excellence in independent business publications. The awards are named
after American Business Media's (formerly American Business
Publications) first managing director, who remained active in
promoting the business press throughout his life. The steady growth in
the number of entries, from the initial 22 to 1,168 this year, is a
testament to the growth of American Business Media and the prestige of
the awards. The awards now reflect the changing face of b-to-b media
by including an award for online journalism.
ABM Recognizes Journalistic Integrity at Neal Awards

Integrity, skill, and innovation are hallmarks of the special honors bestowed at the 51st Annual Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards. Today's awards, held at New York's Waldorf=Astoria, brought together nearly 500 business-to-business professionals to recognize their peers who embodied the best in character and talent.

VNU'S Whitney Sielaff Honored with Timothy White Award

Whitney Sielaff, publisher/editorial director of VNU Business Media's National Jeweler, was chosen as the 2005 winner of the Timothy White Award, which salutes individual business-to-business journalists for editorial integrity. Named after the fearless editor of Billboard magazine who passed away in June 2002 at age 50, the Timothy White Award recognizes business journalists whose work demonstrates the integrity, courage and passion that White displayed during his career. Billboard is also a property of VNU Business Media.

IDG's Scott Berinato Named 2005 McAllister Editorial Fellow

Scott Berinato, senior editor for CIO and CSO magazines within IDG's CXO Media division, will return to his alma mater, Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, as the 11th recipient of the McAllister Editorial Fellowship. Through the fellowship, one successful business-to-business editor is chosen each year to act as a teacher and advisor for approximately one week on the Medill Magazine Project. Berinato, who earned his Master's of Science in journalism from Medill in 1996, is the first graduate of Northwestern's prestigious journalism school to receive the McAllister Fellowship.

Berinato Named 2005 McAllister Editorial Fellow, continued

The fellowship is named in honor of Donald McAllister Sr., a former ABM chairman and Geyer-McAllister chairman before his death in 1993. (The family-owned publishing firm was acquired by Reed Business Information in 1998.) Donald McAllister Jr. presented Berinato with a crystal bowl and honorarium at this year's Jesse H. Neal Awards luncheon.

Berinato has been recognized for his reporting in the four Jesse H. Neal Awards he has won in the Best Single Article category, including the 2004 Grand Neal Award for his CIO article, "All Systems Down." This year, Berinato is again a Neal Award finalist.

37th Annual G.D. Crain Award goes to Lew McCreary

The 37th Annual G.D. Crain Award for lifetime achievement in business journalism goes to17-year IDG veteran Lew McCreary, editorial director of the company's CXO Media division.

The G.D. Crain Award is given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the development of editorial excellence in business media. It was established with a grant from the G.D. Crain, Jr. Foundation and includes a distinctive crystal trophy and a $1,000 prize.

McCreary began his IDG career as the founding managing editor of CIO. Today he oversees all of CXO Media's award-winning editorial properties including CIO, CMO, CSO and their companion websites. An accomplished journalist, McCreary graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in English. He has several novels to his credit, including "The Minus Man" which was adapted into a motion picture in 1999.

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The Neal Board of Judges

SHARON BEGLEY

Sharon Begley is an author and the science columnist for The Wall Street Journal. Formerly, she was the senior science writer at Newsweek.

DON CHRISTIANSEN

Don Christiansen is president of publishing consultancy Informatica and editor emeritus of IEEE Spectrum. Christiansen was formerly the editor of Electronics and the manager of electronics magazine development at The McGraw-Hill Companies.

JILL DUTT

Jill Dutt joined The Washington Post in 1995 as economics editor, and is now assistant managing editor for business news. She is a former editor and reporter for Newsday. She began her career as a reporter for Institutional Investor and Investment Dealer's Digest.

DIANA HENRIQUES

Financial investigative reporter Diana Henriques is a 15-year veteran of The New York Times. She was previously a reporter for Barron's, a Wall Street correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer and a reporter for The Trenton Times.

MARIANNE DEKKER MATTERA

Marianne Dekker Mattera is the editor in chief of Medical Economics. She has been the editor of RN and Office Nurse and has edited two books. Mattera is a member and former chair of both ABM's Editorial and Neal Committees.

ABE PECK

Professor Abe Peck is Sills Professor of Journalism and chair of the magazine program at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has written and edited for Rolling Stone, Outside, The Chicago Daily News, The Chicago Sun-Times and several other magazines and newspapers. He is also a book author and a board member of the National Arts Journalism Program.

DON RANLY

Professor Don Ranly is the head of the magazine program at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, where he has taught for 30 years. He has worked as a reporter, editor, radio host and television producer, and has given nearly 1,000 communications seminars to companies and associations worldwide.

THOMAS R. TEMIN

Thomas R. Temin is senior vice president and editor in chief, Washington Technology and Government Computer News; he also oversees the content for PostNewsweek conferences. Before joining PostNewsweek Tech Media, Temin held editorial positions with Cahners Publishing Company. He is a member and former chair of both ABM'sEditorial and Neal Committees.

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