IBJ Podcast, ‘Worlds Apart’ Series Win Top Honors in Best in Business Contest

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Indianapolis Business Journal won top honors in two categories in the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing’s 24th annual Best in Business contest. IBJ’s ongoing series “One City, Worlds Apart” — which explores the growing gap between the affluent and poor in Indianapolis — won in the contest’s economics category for small newspapers. IBJ’s Hayleigh Colombo began reporting and writing the series in May 2018 with designer Jill Doyle, who researched and created informational graphics for the project. In addition, the IBJ Podcast — which launched June 1 — won in the audio category, a division in which publications of all sizes competed. IBJ News Editor Mason King hosts the weekly podcast, which is edited by IBJ Managing Editor Lesley Weidenbener.

Two newsroom initiatives launched by Indianapolis Business Journal in 2018 have won top honors in the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing’s 24th annual Best in Business contest.

IBJ’s ongoing series “One City, Worlds Apart” — which explores the growing gap between the affluent and poor in Indianapolis — won in the contest’s economics category for small newspapers. IBJ’s Hayleigh Colombo began reporting and writing the series in May 2018 with designer Jill Doyle, who researched and created informational graphics for the project.

In addition, the IBJ Podcast — which launched June 1 — won in the audio category, a division in which publications of all sizes competed. The Wall Street Journal was named an honorable mention in the category. IBJ News Editor Mason King hosts the weekly podcast, which is edited by IBJ Managing Editor Lesley Weidenbener.

“It’s gratifying to see the hard work of the IBJ staff recognized by the top business journalism organization in the country, and we celebrate the honors,” Weidenbener said. “But what matters to us most is serving our readers and central Indiana by providing hard-hitting and comprehensive business, political and economic news that helps all residents make better decisions about their lives, their companies and their communities.”

SABEW’s Best in Business contest is the most prestigious competition for business and finance journalism. Panels of judges from some of the world’s most important news outlets selected 74 winners and 47 honorable mentions from 946 entries.

SABEW said submissions came from 175 news organizations across all platforms “representing the breadth of business journalism, from international, national and regional news outlets to specialized business publications.”

Judges called the “One City, Worlds Apart” series “compelling.”

“The team mined deep pockets of data and converted what could have been dry statistics into graphics, charts, maps and graphs that helped to tell a strong story about how Indianapolis has become two cities at risk of growing further apart,” they said. “Vivid anecdotes from those experiencing that divide brought the story to life and put a face on this tale of worsening economic inequality.”

The contest’s judges also said they were “uniformly impressed” with the IBJ Podcast — “the anchor’s presentation, the quality and pacing of the production and especially the engaging nature of the content.”

The IBJ Podcast is available every Monday at http://www.ibj.com/podcast. You can also subscribe at iTunes, Google Play, Tune In and Spotify.

Read more about SABEW’s Best in Business contest and see a complete list of winners at https://bit.ly/2HJimDV.

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