Accepts entries starting December 2, 2015
Entry Deadline February 4, 2016
Decision Date
Ceremony Date
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

This contest covers work published, broadcast and posted in the calendar year 2015.

Eligibility, category, entry and deadline information is below. Winners will be notified in February, and a complete list will be posted at

Winners will be notified during the second or third week of February, and a list of winners will be posted at Winners will be honored with certificates at the 51st. annual SABEW spring conference at The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Phoenix. Plaques will be mailed to winners by June.


General Excellence: A news organization’s quality, strength and consistency over time.

Breaking News: Coverage of a single news event on the day it breaks. Can be reactive reporting of news that breaks, or proactive news broken by a reporter or news organization’s reporting staff. Judges will be asked to give greater weight to the latter.

Investigative: 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/behavior.

Explanatory: In-depth reporting that presents, defines, unpacks, and simplifies a single important topic and/or news event in a way that allows the reader to understand it more clearly.

Feature: A single story or series that: a) does not require a time element to be relevant; b) that demonstrates creative approaches writing and/or presentation.

Commentary: 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.

Notable Winners


Each category will be judged by a panel of business journalists who
will choose up to three winners. In the event no entry rises to the high standard of quality SABEW requires, no award will be made.

Monetary/Material Award Details


Eligibility Requirements

• Best in Business is open to regular members of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in good standing as of the date of entry.

• Regular membership is defined by SABEW’s constitution and bylaws, particularly Article III. (View at

• Good standing means SABEW received your membership dues and your membership is current as of the date you submit your entries. Check membership status at your member profiles:

• For entries with more than one byline, one person must be a SABEW member in good standing.

• Entering journalists must be listed on the institutional
membership rolls before entering.

• SABEW members who are freelancers may enter the contest but need to email [email protected] to set up online entry.

Entry Fee Details

Early-bird entry fees: $60 individual/$125 General Excellence available until 10:59 p.m. Central time Jan. 3, 2014 (11:59 EST, 9:59 MT, 8:59 PT).

Regular entry fees: $65 individual /$125 General Excellence until 11:59 p.m. Central time Jan. 31, 2014 (11:59 EST, 9:59 MT, 8:59 PT).

Required Material

FORM OF ENTRIES: Contest entries will be accepted in PDF and/or through permalinks from URLs.

COVER LETTERS (OPTIONAL): If you wish to submit a one-page cover letter (double-spaced), attach it to your entry as a PDF. (To help the judges, please style the PDF title like this: yournamecoverletter.PDF)

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: The same story or package may be entered in no more than two categories. Each entry must be made separately and a separate entry fee will be charged. You may submit more than one entry in the same category.

PAYMENT: Unless prior arrangements are made with SABEW, payment must be made by VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express through the secure BiB entry program. Payment must be received for an entry to be judged. Each entrant will receive an e-mailed receipt for each payment we receive.

REFUNDS: If fewer than three entries are received for any category, it will not be judged. Entrants will be offered two options: (1) entries will be added to the pool of entries of the next-highest circulation or unique-web-page-visits category, if there is one, or (2) entrant will receive a refund.

Entry Format

Entry is online.

Entering journalists must be listed on the institutional membership rolls before entering.

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