Wednesday, February 13, 2013

ABM announces 2013 Neal Award finalists; categories remain light on digital, lacks tablet edition category

The ABM this morning announced their finalists for the 59th Jesse H. Neal Awards. The editorial awards are named after the B2B association's first managing director.

The Neal Awards remain very much a print centric contest, with only a couple categories directly pointing to digital. There is no category for tablet editions, for instance, or for e-newsletters, though one assumes that an editor could submit work in digital platforms for many of the categories.

One of the few digital categories is for Best Website which is broken out into three subcategories based on revenue. The finalists in the "Up to $3 million" category are ControlGlobal.com, 
Putman Media; GreenSourceMag.com, 
The McGraw-Hill Companies; Nextgov.com
, Government Executive Media Group/Atlantic Media Company; and PropertyCasualty360.com
, Summit Business Media.

The finalists in the $3-$7 million category are: AgWeb.com, Farm Journal Media; BizBash.com, BizBash; dvm360.com, Advanstar Communications; and FirefighterNation.com, PennWell Corporation.

In the more than $7 million in revenue category the finalists are: AmericanBanker.com, SourceMedia; ArchitectMagazine.com, Hanley Wood; ENR.com, The McGraw-Hill Companies; and NRN.com, Penton Media.

In the Best Blog category the finalists are: "BankThink", American Banker, SourceMedia; "Head in the Point Clouds", SPARPointGroup.com, Diversified Business Communications; "The Risk Factor", Spectrum.Ieee.org, IEEE Media; and "Paul Thurrott", Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows, Penton Media.

The Best Use of Mobile category finalists are: AgWeb News & Markets, AgWeb.com, Farm Journal Media; Plate Recipes, Plate, Marketing & Technology Group; Robots for iPad, IEEE Spectrum, IEEE Media; and Sustainable Construction, Sustainable Construction, Cygnus Business Media.

The full list of finalists with images can be found here. The winners will be announced at the Neal Awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 12, at Pier Sixty in NYC. This year there were 640 entries, of which 183 were selected as finalists.

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