IEEE Spectrum Magazine Wins Two Jesse H. Neal National
Business Journalism Awards for Editorial Excellence
22 March 2012 – IEEE Spectrum has just received two prestigious 2012 Jesse H. Neal Awards, Best News Coverage for a report on the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, and Best Blog (Automaton). The Neal Awards, presented annually by American Business Media, honor editorial excellence in business publications and have been called “the Pulitzer Prize of the business media.” IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional association.
Both Senior News Editor Sam Moore and Associate Editor Eliza Strickland were honored for their report, “Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Disaster,” which appeared in IEEE Spectrum’s November 2011 issue. The report examined Japan’s nuclear emergency that was a result of the massive earthquake in March 2011. The complete report, Nuclear Power After Fukushima, was a finalist in the Best Integrated Package category.
Senior Associate Editor and Automaton blog editor Erico Guizzo received the award for Best Blog. The blog features news, articles, and videos on robots, humanoids, automation, and artificial intelligence, among other topics. The Automaton blog, which generates 250,000 page views per month, earned this same honor in 2011.
IEEE Spectrum also was named as a finalist in two other categories, Best Commentary (G. Pascal Zachary, “The Scientific Estate”), and Best Webcast (Steven Cherry, Techwise Conversations).
“IEEE’s vast publishing operation continues to produce quality content for a variety of platforms,” said IEEE President and CEO Gordon Day. “The IEEE Spectrum report on the Fukushima disaster demonstrates that there is still great value in on-the-scene professional science reporting, while its robotics and automaton blog shows the growing reach of online and multimedia content.”
The Jesse H. Neal Awards were established in 1955 to recognize and reward editorial excellence in business media publications. Past Neal winners and finalists have addressed controversial topics including corruption, kickbacks and political conflicts of interest. There were over 750 entries from over 50 publishers this year.