The Columbia Regional Business Report received a Silver award for best coverage of local breaking news for an article detailing the abandonment of twin nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer power station, while the Charleston Regional Business Journal took home a Bronze award for best overall design.
The organization gave out 115 awards to newspaper and magazine business publications at the closing celebration of its annual three-day summer conference. The field included 484 entries from 37 publications in the U.S., Canada and Australia.
A panel of judges recognized then-Columbia Regional Business Report editor Chuck Crumbo’s breaking news article, “Nuclear project shutdown sparks outrage, calls for reform,” as a “blockbuster scoop on the astounding decision by two utility giants to pull the plug on the expansion of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station, a project for which they had already spent $9 billion and for which it had billed its customers more than $1.4 billion for upfront financing. The (newspaper’s) expertise on the project and the nuclear industry allowed it to do faster and more comprehensive reporting than any other news outlet.”
Judges also honored Charleston Regional Business Journal designers Ryan Wilcox, Jane James and Emily Williams for “good text font sizing and spacing for easy reading.” The judges’ comments continued: “Documentary photographs are included where appropriate to give a nice change of pace from portraits. Charts and maps help tell some stories.”
The alliance, headquartered in Los Angeles, is a nonprofit representing 55 independent newspaper and magazine members. A panel of 24 judges made up of faculty members from the University of Missouri School of Journalism selected winners in journalism, photography and design categories.
“With the highest standards of excellence in journalism and design, these regional business publishers deliver consistent, compelling and relevant news to their readers,” alliance Executive Director C. James Dowden said in a news release. “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.”