SOURCE: Construction Writers Association

Construction Writers Association

October 22, 2013 20:00 ET

Construction Writers Association Announces 2013 Journalism and Marketing/Communications Award Winners

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Oct 22, 2013) - The Construction Writers Association (CWA) announces the winners of the 2013 Journalism and Marketing/Communications Awards, all presented during the association's 55th Anniversary "CONNECTED" annual meeting and Grand Awards Dinner on Oct. 22.

"The outstanding caliber of entries in the CWA communications competition never ceases to amaze me," said Patti Flesher, director of communications at Portland Cement Association, who chairs the Awards Committee. "Just when I think I've seen the levels of excellence and creativity at their highest, a new bar is set once again by the professionals of this industry."

Independent communications professionals served as judges, with awards in six journalism categories and eight marketing and communications categories.

"Congratulations to all the 2013 winners," said CWA President Tina Grady Barbaccia, a freelance writer/editor/social media consultant. "We want to thank all the fine communicators who submitted their work to this important industry competition. Tonight has really been a celebration of the writing profession and top-shelf talent within the construction writing community."

Journalism Winners

Luke Abaffy, assistant editor, multimedia, Engineering-News Record, was the winner of the Godfrey Award, which honors journalistic talent in a large body of work. The award is named after Ned Godfrey, past president of CWA. Abaffy was honored for "Sewage Treatment Innovation Promises Big Net-Energy Gain," "Oil Ignites Microboom," and "Out of Sight, Out of Mind."

Frank Raczon, senior editor, Construction Equipment, won the Boger Award for Blogs with his submission, "Considering Customer Service." The Boger Awards are named after Robert F. Boger, a CWA founding member and McGraw-Hill publisher.

Andrew Wright, news director, and Pam Radtke Russell, Engineering-News Record, won the Boger Award for Special Report with their co-authored, "Grid Rocked: Critical Infrastructure."

Richard Korman, managing senior editor, Engineering-News Record, took first place in the Boger Editorial competition with his article, "Justice Denied in Sex-Harass Case."

Korman also took home the Boger Award for Features with, "Bullying on the Job: Targets of Abuse."

The winner of the Boger Award for best Video was Geoff Hadwick, editorial director, World Highways, for his entry titled, "Bauma 2013."

Marketing/Communications Winners

CWA also presented the following 2013 Marketing/Communications Awards:

Annual Report - Corporate Communications Award -The New York Building Foundation's "Annual Report 2013-2014"

Brochure - Corporate Communications -Grunley Construction Company Inc.'s "College Recruiting Magazine"

Brochure - Marketing Award -Performance Marketing's "Chicago Pneumatic CPS Europe Brochure"

Newsletters - External Award - Hanley Wood Marketing's "Propane Energy Update"

Single-Ad Advertising Award - Hanley Wood Marketing's "Tankless and Heat Pump Comparison"

Website Award - Hanley Wood Marketing's ""

Catalogs Award - Two Rivers Marketing's "WorkSaver Attachment Catalog"

Electronic Communications Award - Sage's "The Construction Executive's Interactive Guide to Business"

We would like to thank our sponsors for the their support in making the conference and awards program a success this year. Our Platinum sponsors are Marketwired, Official Media Sponsor, and Caterpillar. Our Gold sponsors are American Institute of Steel Construction, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Awards Company of America, Chicago Tribune, Golden Square, Randall Reilly, and McCarthy Building Companies. Our Bronze sponsors are Hilti, Portland Cement Association and Stop Time Studio.

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Contact Information

  • For more information:
    Deborah J. Hodges
    Construction Writers Association
    1(773) 687-8726
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