Corridor Media Group wins 6 AABP editorial excellence awards

QCBJ Editor Jennifer DeWitt, left, and CBJ Editor Alexandra Olsen display the Corridor Media Group's AABP 2024 Editorial Excellence Awards.

The Corridor Media Group, parent company of the Corridor Business Journal (CBJ) and the Quad Cities Regional Business Journal (QCBJ), took home six total editorial and design excellence awards from the Alliance of Area Business Publishers’ annual international competition.

Both the Corridor Business Journal and the Quad Cities Regional Business Journal competed in the small publications category.

The Quad Cities Regional Business Journal was recognized with a silver award for Best Beat Reporting, Tech and Innovation.

“This expertly crafted collection is a testament to the staff’s efforts to cover tech and innovation,” the judges noted. “From virtual field trips to the manufacturing of a new type of pallet revolutionizing storage and transportation in the agriculture industry and food and beverage field, this reporting goes deep in sharing the stories of creative problem-solving within the community.”

The QCBJ reporters writing stories for this award-winning category were Jennifer DeWitt, Jan Touney and Dave Thompson.

The Corridor Business Journal (CBJ) was awarded bronze in Best Newspaper and Best Overall Design. “The reporters deliver a solid mix of breaking, explanatory and investigative stories with local angles,” the judges noted. “The newspaper has a clean and consistent cover design, using it to focus on the lead stories.”

The CBJ’s story “Is a four-day week the future of work?” by Richard Pratt, was awarded silver in Best Explanatory Journalism for small publications.

“HR stories don’t have a reputation for being fascinating, front-page news. But through equal parts trend reporting, business profile, and analysis, the reporter vivified an emerging human resources management concept in a balanced, thoughtful and engaging manner,” the judges noted.

The CBJ also was awarded gold for Best Scoop and Best Investigative Investigative Reporting.

Best Scoop was awarded to “Transamerica, Tata set to end partnership” by Richard Pratt, and Best Investigative Reporting was awarded to investigative series “The rise and fall of Moxie Solar” by Noah Tong.

“This deeply reported forensic examination of the rise and fall of a solar energy company examines the reasons for failure, and fallout of that failure, from multiple angles. Complex material is well reported and well written,” the judges noted on the investigative series.

This competition is coordinated and judged by faculty in the University of Missouri School of Journalism. The purpose of the competition is to encourage a high level of journalistic performance and service to communities by recognizing editorial excellence and outstanding visual presentation in regional business publications.

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