TORONTO, Feb. 12, 2019 /CNW/ - Entry is now open for the SABEW Canada Best in Business Awards, celebrating excellence in Canadian journalism.
This is the fifth year for the awards, which are sponsored by the Canadian chapter of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW). The BIB Awards are the only journalism awards program in Canada that specifically recognizes exemplary works of journalism that relate to business, finance and the economy.
Entries for the BIB Awards must have been published, broadcast or posted online during the 2018 calendar year. The fee per entry is US$45 (including taxes). Freelancers are eligible for a US$15 discount using the promo code "Freelancer."
This year, we have five new categories that reflect not just the maturity of the Best in Business Awards here in Canada, but also the changing face of journalism. The new categories include Best Editorial Newsletter, Best Scoop and Best Trade Article. For the first time ever, we're also handing out awards for Best Young Journalist and Outstanding Achievement.
The contest closes on March 1, 2019, and the awards will be handed out in Toronto on Wednesday, April 17, at Baro (485 King Street West). Tickets will go on sale soon.
For a full list of contest rules, please visit the BIB Canada website. Please note that the Best in Business Awards are open to members of SABEW Canada only. To sign up for a membership, either group or individual, contact [email protected] or visit our membership page.
All categories are open to digital or print work.
Audio or Visual Storytelling
Audio or visual coverage that is compelling and deeply engaging, demonstrating excellence in storytelling. Submissions can include up to three pieces (say, one great video or three podcasts in a series).
Exceptional reporting on a beat of your choosing, such as energy, technology, small business or media. (We will not consider a specific company a "beat.") This category is open to individual reporters only, though submitted stories can include multiple bylines. Entry requires three stories. We also suggest you submit a cover letter of up to 500 words explaining why you deserve recognition in this category—for instance, consistent scoops, unparalleled access, etc.
Best Young Journalist NEW
Awarded to a journalist with fewer than five years in the industry who has demonstrated consistent excellence in reporting and writing about the world of business. To nominate someone (or yourself) for this category, please submit up to two letters of recommendation (maximum 500 words each), plus up to five articles exemplifying their (your) work.
Breaking News Coverage
This award is for quick, creative coverage and analysis of a breaking news event. All content must have been published within the first five days of the news breaking. Work can be from one reporter or a team of reporters from within the organization, and must include a cover letter (maximum 500 words) explaining how the coverage added value and differentiated itself from other publications. Infographics, photos and other media may be included.
Reported coverage that reflects the point of view of a writer, writers and/or news organization. Includes blogs as well as unsigned editorials and individual columns. Entrants should choose their best four examples and submit them as permalink URLs or PDFs. For unsigned editorials, names of editorial board members must be included in the list of contributors.
Editorial Newsletter NEW
Best editorial email newsletter for either consumer or trade. Judges will consider the quality of the content, along with its value to readers. Entrants must submit a brief statement (maximum 500 words) introducing the publication, articulating the newsletter strategy and commenting on the impact of the newsletter. Entrants must also submit three newsletter URLs or PDFs.
A single story that: a) does not require a time element to be relevant; b) that demonstrates creative approaches to writing and/or presentation; c) is longer than 2,500 words.
A single story that: a) does not require a time element to be relevant; b) that demonstrates creative approaches to writing and/or presentation; c) is shorter than 2,500 words.
In-depth, watchdog reporting that: a) presents important information that was unknown to the general public and was unavailable from other sources before publication; b) demonstrates an obvious need for change in law/policy/behaviour. We suggest you submit a cover letter (maximum 500 words) explaining the reporting that went into your submission, its impact and so on.
Outstanding Achievement Award NEW
This award singles out an individual who has had a significant impact on the field of business journalism, either as a reporter or as an editor, and who has nurtured others in the profession. To nominate someone for this category, please submit a letter (maximum 500 words) explaining why they deserve recognition from their peers.
A collection of articles, infographics and other media focused on a particular topic or theme that work together to tell a memorable story. Works may be published all at once or as part of a cohesive series over a set time period, and may be from one reporter or from various reporters contributing to the package. Organizations may contribute up to six elements.
Personal Finance and Investing
Personal finance or investing reporting and/or commentary on any platform. Works may be from one reporter or from various reporters contributing to a single cohesive package or series (not simply a collection of articles that demonstrate the publication's expertise in this area). Entrants may submit up to five examples as PDFs or permalink URLs.
A business-themed profile of a person or company that informs and engages the reader.
This award will be given to a news organization that was the first to bring to light new, significant information in the Canadian business realm. Entry is limited to a single story and must be accompanied by a cover letter (maximum 500 words) that explains the scoop, its scope and impact—for instance, whether it moved markets or forced regulators to act. Judges will also consider overall storytelling.
Trade Article NEW
Celebrates outstanding business-to-business journalism. Entrants must submit a brief statement (maximum 500 words) introducing the publication, its audience and the impact or importance of the article being entered.
About SABEW Canada
SABEW Canada is the first international chapter of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW), a 55-year-old organization with more than 3,000 members across the globe, including journalists from The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters and CNN.
A group of Canadian journalists launched SABEW Canada in 2013. We now have more than 200 members, among them reporters and editors from The Globe and Mail, Financial Post, Maclean's, Bloomberg, Canadian Press, the Wall Street Journal and more.
SABEW Canada's mission statement is simple: We want to define and inspire excellence in business journalism. We do that by hosting educational events, talks with leading business journalists, networking events and our annual Best in Business Awards.
SOURCE Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW)