Financial Planning Honored by Society of American Business Editors and Writers

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Recognized for General Excellence and taking top honors within its category for Banking/Finance coverage

Capturing both SABEW and Neal General Excellence awards reflects the breadth and depth -- and the dedication -- of the Financial Planning staff, and SourceMedia’s commitment to creating a winning team.

Financial Planning, SourceMedia’s flagship brand serving the wealth management community, was recognized for General Excellence by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) in the organization’s 22nd Annual Best in Business competition. The brand also won top honors in SABEW’s Banking/Finance category for its coverage of whistleblowers in the brokerage industry. The awards were announced Saturday, April 29, at the organization’s 54th annual conference, in Seattle.

Financial Planning’s SABEW honors follow the brand’s decisive showing at the Jesse H. Neal Awards last month in New York, where it received four awards -- more than any other media brand in the annual contest. Financial Planning’s Neal Awards also included a General Excellence award.

“The SABEW honors underscore how Financial Planning delivers every day for its readership, providing vital analysis and investigative journalism that drives the conversation in the financial advisory world,” said Scott Wenger, Group Editorial Director of SourceMedia’s Investment Adviser Group, of which Financial Planning is the flagship. “Capturing both SABEW and Neal General Excellence awards reflects the breadth and depth -- and the dedication -- of the Financial Planning staff, and SourceMedia’s commitment to creating a winning team.”

In bestowing Financial Planning’s awards, the SABEW judges stated that the brand “displayed a commitment to in-depth reporting and dynamic writing that deserves recognition. The publication covered key issues related to the people and companies in its industry, and was willing to present uncomfortable truths about them.”

Financial Planning was also honored for its coverage of a J.P. Morgan whistleblower who was fired by his firm, and the federal investigators pursuing the case, who were also fired. A series of stories by Financial Planning Senior Editor Ann Marsh were lauded in the Banking/Finance (small media brands category) for shining “a light on the institutional forces working against federal investigators.” The citation also describes how the story pursued the issue of “whistleblower protection (or lack thereof) with good writing, excellent reporting and nice national and political context.”

The judges cited three of Marsh’s groundbreaking stories:

The SABEW competition, which celebrates outstanding journalism published in 2016, attracted 946 entries from 175 media brands. There were 112 winners and honorable mentions across 65 categories.

About Financial Planning
Financial Planning, a SourceMedia brand, is the leading resource for independent financial advisers, delivering the analysis, strategies and data advisers need to successfully grow their practices in a complex, highly regulated industry. Financial Planning delivers actionable and insightful content to its deeply engaged community through interactions on social media, live events, forums, research, and an authoritative network of contributors. Follow us on Twitter @FinPlan.

About SourceMedia
SourceMedia, an Observer Capital company, is a business-to-business digital marketing services, subscription Information, and event company serving senior-level professionals in the financial, technology and healthcare sectors. Brands include American Banker, PaymentsSource, The Bond Buyer, Financial Planning, Accounting Today, Mergers & Acquisitions, National Mortgage News, Employee Benefit News and Health Data Management.

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