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By PBN Staff
PROVIDENCE â€“ Providence Business News was awarded first place for its breaking news coverage of the March 2010 floods by the Alliance of Area Business Publications Saturday.
PBN took home the top honors in the the Best Coverage of Local Breaking News category in the allianceâ€™s 2011 Editorial Excellence Awards competition.
The contest winners were announced on June 25 at the conclusion of the AABPâ€™s annual meeting, which was held June 23-25 at The Westin Providence.
The judging took place at the University of Missouri School of Journalism; judges included both faculty and experienced journalists from across the country.
In commentary published by the AABP, the judges noted that PBN â€śturned to the Web to kick out early reports of flooding in the region and provided dogged coverage by coming back to the story with fresh angles. Both online and in print, the Providence Business News reported stories and information that was essential to businesses. A heroic effort by the paper during a crisis in its own backyard.â€ť
The entire PBN staff contributed to the flood coverage.
In other news at the conference, PBN President & Publisher Roger C. Bergenheim was elected president of the AABP for the next year. Bergenheim's term will finish at next summerâ€™s conference, which is scheduled to be held in Milwaukee.
The judges chose 36 first place, or gold, awards from 487 entries. The entries, published during calendar year 2010, were submitted from 45 business publications across the country; Providence Business News was included in the â€ślarge tabloidâ€ť category, where applicable.
Below are the gold award winners for the 2011 competition:
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