The prestigious Jesse H. Neal Awards from American Business Media, which recognize editorial excellence in business-to-business journalism, got a face-lift this year to bring them more fully into the digital age. Significantly, most Neal categories now are platform-agnostic. Digital news stories compete head-to-head with print news stories, for example, and winners often were mixed media. One thing remained the same: A key criterion is service to the industry. Engineering News-Record editors were delighted to bring home three Neals.

Of all publishers, The McGraw-Hill Cos, ENR’s parent, was a finalist in the most categories this year, and it received eight of the possible 13 awards for which it was nominated between McGraw-Hill Construction media and Aviation Week.

For the third year in a row, ENR won in the “Best News Coverage” category, this time for our stories online and in print about what the stimulus did and did not do for the construction industry. ENR’s team was led by Tom Ichniowski, Washington, D.C., bureau chief. Debra Rubin, editor-at-large for business, and Elyse Steinberg, a producer at Great Projects Film Company, won in the “Best Profile” category for the combined story-and-video package about Bernard Amadei, ENR’s 2009 Award of Excellence winner. Tom Sawyer, technology senior editor, won a Neal in the “Best Technical Content” category for his cover story in a digital magazine version of ENR about how climate change and rising sea levels threaten the world’s deltas. The story includes five videos that Sawyer shot and edited, which play in viewers right on the page.

Architectural Record also received three Neal Awards. It won “Best Integrated Package” for its coverage called “The Recession Report,” it won “Best Use of Video” for Record TV and it won “Best Use of Social Media” for its photo showcases & reader feedback. GreenSource received a Neal for in the “Best Single Issue” category for its March/April 2009 issue. Aviation Week won the Neal for “Best Website” in its size category.