Pam Henderson and Andrew Burchett, the editors of Farm Journal Media publication, received the honor for their subject-related series of articles, "Asian Soybean Rust Takes Root in the U.S.," which offered a viewpoint on Soybean Rust that judges called a "masterful blending of science, consumer reporting, and passion."
Pam Henderson accepted the award, presented by journalist and Neal Committee Chairman Marshall Loeb in front of an audience of nearly 500 publishing industry professionals. Farm Journal earned the Grand Neal from some 1,265 entries.
IEEE Media’s IEEE Spectrum articles, "China’s Tech Revolution" and "Who Killed the Virtual Case File?" were recognized as the first and second runners up, respectively, for the Grand Neal Award.
In accepting the award, Hanson, who is the chairman of Professional Media Group LLC, credited his colleagues for his many successes. "I’ve had the good fortune of being surrounded by professionals who knew more about their business than I did," he added.
Scott Donaton, editor of Advertising Age’s print and online editions, was awarded the McAllister felloship. "It’s a fabulous honor," said Donaton, who also oversees Advertising Age’s Madison & Vine and Point spinoffs. "Indeed it is an exciting time in our business. And it’s very touching for me to win the same award won by Gertrude Crain, who was in charge of Crain Communications when I started working there."
Intern of the year was Shannon Howard, a senior at Central Connecticut State University, who previously completed an internship with the McGraw Hill Companies.
The big winners of the day were Crain Communications’ Advertising Age, IDG’s CSO, and VNU Business Media’s Editor & Publisher, with each taking home Neal Awards in two categories.