Two journalism associations honored Engineering News-Record for its reporting, art design and videography in the past year.
On March 29 in New York City, Connectiv, the business information association, presented ENR with two Jesse H. Neal Awards, the most prestigious in specialized journalism.
A package of three feature stories won Best Technical Content, including a story by editor-at-large Nadine Post detailing how the City of Santa Monica navigated complex permitting for exotic sustainable systems; a feature covering the fast-track repairs to Oroville Dam by managing editor Scott Blair; and a report by energy and environmental editor Pam Radtke Russell spotlighting Louisiana’s efforts to stem disastrous land loss.
Blair and Russell, along with freelance video editor Luke Abaffy, won Best Use of Video/Webcast for ENR’s coverage of construction activity at California’s Oroville Dam and the slow pace of hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico.
Out of the hundreds of entries received by the competition this year in 21 categories, ENR’s videos were also selected as the second runner-up to the Grand Neal Award, the program’s “best in show” award for overall editorial excellence.
Since 1955, the Neal Awards have recognized editorial excellence in business media. Entries are scored on their journalistic enterprise, extent of service to the field and editorial craftsmanship.
Separately, the American Society of Business Publication Editors, another highly sought specialized journalism recognition, recently selected ENR for several national awards, known as the AZBEEs.
ENR took home a national gold award in the original research category for its October 15, 2018 cover story on sexual harassment in construction that included what is believed to be the first broad analysis of this issue in the industry. Led by Editor-at-Large Debra K. Rubin, ENR surveyed industry participants on line, finding that 66% of 1,250 respondents reported having faced harassment or gender bias in the workplace. Also contributing was ENR's sister publication, Architectural Record.
ENR also took home a national gold AZBEE for its August 12, 2018, cover story profiling the latest group of up and coming industry leaders —the Top 20 Under 40 and a national silver award for "Faces of Uncertainty," a closeup look by correspondent Bruce Buckley and Debra Rubin at how unsettled U.S. immigration policy affected industry workers with uncertain status and their employers, as well as future prospects. The story's inclusion of candid photos of workers made it impactful.
ENR’s senior art director, Scott Hilling, also won a national gold AZBEE for his compelling cover illustration design for “Making Innovation Stick.”
ENR also was cited for its website content and, on the regional level, for stories on the Florida International University bridge collapse, the midterm elections impact on construction, a profile of research evangelist Ron Klemencic and hurricane damage in Puerto Rico.