ABPG Wins 5 National Awards for Excellence

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Arkansas Business’ coverage of Walmart Inc.’s response to a spate of gun-related incidents in its stores and a former state senator’s acknowledgement that he accepted bribes were recognized Thursday with gold awards from the Alliance of Area Business Publishers.

Gold awards also went to the Morning Roundup, ArkansasBusiness.com‘s daily e-newsletter of business news from around the web, and Greenhead, Arkansas Business Publishing Group’s annual magazine for and about duck hunters. Arkansas Business received a silver award for bylined commentary.

The AABP, which represents 55 independent business publications in the United States, Canada and Australia, recognized journalism produced in 2019 with an online awards ceremony.

Kyle Massey’s Aug. 19 article headlined “Walmart, Guns and Money” was judged as the best coverage of a national business or economic story by a medium-sized business journal. All entries in the contest were judged by journalism faculty from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Online reporting about former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson’s guilty plea to accepting bribes from orthodontist Ben Burris was recognized as the best coverage of local breaking news by a medium-sized publication. While the report carried the byline of Editor Gwen Moritz, the news of a guilty plea was enriched by years of earlier reporting by Mark Friedman and Marty Cook that allowed Arkansas Business to be the first news organization to identify Burris as the alleged source of the bribes. Burris was later indicted and is scheduled for trial in October.

“Morning Roundup,” compiled and written every weekday morning by Online Editor Lance Turner, was named the best daily email among all publications in the organization, regardless of size. Turner and the Morning Roundup received the same gold recognition in 2018. You can sign up to receive the newsletter for free here.

Greenhead was recognized as the best ancillary publication in the AABP — its seventh award and fourth gold. Its publisher is Chris Bahn, and Brent Birch is its editor, with support from Managing Editor Todd Traub and Art Director Dean Wheeler.

Editor Gwen Moritz received the silver award for bylined commentary among medium-sized publications with a portfolio of columns that included one on “The Business Case for Diversity.” Moritz received a silver award in the same category in 2018 and gold in 2017.