Business Report wins top award for flood reporting

The Columbia Regional Business Report has won the gold award for Best Coverage of Local Breaking News from the Alliance of Area Business Publishers. The award, presented Saturday, was for the Business Report’s coverage of the October 2015 floods.

The AABP, a national organization, presented 112 Editorial Excellence awards to newspaper and magazine business periodicals at its annual summer conference last weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. The competitive field included 644 entries from 46 publications in the U.S., Canada and Australia. The competition was judged by faculty members of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

The judges who recognized the Columbia Regional Business Report’s “Flooding disaster leaves Midlands in misery” said: “The staff of the Business Report recognized immediately that a weather disaster would have far-reaching implications in the state, and they reacted both efficiently and effectively. Rolling news reports paired with sensible advice about insurance, unemployment assistance and service interruptions kept the publication at the forefront of the story.”

The entry included the print edition, online articles and the daily email of flood news updates after torrential rains fueled by Hurricane Joaquin caused massive flooding, property damage and destruction of dams in the Midlands and across South Carolina. Contributing to the coverage were Chuck Crumbo, editor; Chris Cox, staff writer; Matthew Clark, editor of the GSA Business Report; and Licia Jackson, associate publisher.

The Columbia Regional Business Report’s affiliated publication, The Charleston Regional Business Journal, won a bronze medal for Best Overall Design, small tabloids. Contributing to the Charleston design award were Ryan Wilcox, Emily Matesi, Andrew Sprague and Jane Mattingly.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, AABP is a nonprofit national organization representing 64 independent magazine and newspaper members.