SOURCE: Society of American Business Editors & Writers

February 19, 2010 14:05 ET

SABEW Best in Business Contest Draws Nearly 800 Entries

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - February 19, 2010) - Neither downsizing nor other economic impacts on the news industry curbed SABEW members' enthusiasm in entering the society's Best in Business Contest, as this year's total entries outpaced last year's, creating the second-highest total ever.

Submissions for the 2009 contest year, which accepted submissions from Jan. 4 to Feb. 1 of this year, totaled 796, contest chairwoman Beth Hunt said. That is 52 more than came in for 2008, but 41 fewer than the 837 that were garnered for 2007, the all-time high.

"Newsroom budgets across the country have been slashed to the bare essentials. So it is gratifying that SABEW's Best in Business contest received the second largest number of entries on record," said Hunt, manager of editorial operations for American City Business Journals. "Our members ponied up nearly 800 entries, demonstrating that a Best in Business award is more important than ever."

The 2009 contest was the first to have all entries submitted online. Some categories were entered online in the past. It was also the first to feature an early-bird deadline in mid-January, giving early entrants a discount on entry fees.

SABEW extended the Jan. 25 deadline one week to Feb. 1.

Journalists whose entries were selected by judges to receive a Best in Business award began to be notified last week and notifications continue this week, Watson said.

The prizes will be presented at an awards dinner March 20 at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, where the society's 47th annual conference is to be held at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Conference registration continues at http://Sabew.org.

For more information on the conference and the Best in Business awards, contact executive director Warren Watson at(602) 496-5186.

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