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D CEO Named Best Regional Business Magazine in the Country

Reel FX CEO Steve O'Brien at work, along witha  couple of the star turkeys from the company's animated feature, Free Birds. (Photography by Elizabeth Lavin.)
AABP judges liked D CEO’s mix of animation and photography in a feature on Reel FX.

D CEO magazine raked in seven wins at an Editorial Excellence Awards event hosted by the Alliance of Area Business Publishers in Baltimore this past weekend—including recognition as the best regional business magazine in the country.

The competition, which attracted more than 650 entries, recognizes excellence in journalism, photography, and design by regional business publications. It was judged by 27 faculty members from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Here’s a list of the awards won by D CEO, as well as excerpts from the judges’ comments:

  • GOLD: Best Use of Photography/Illustrations. “D CEO stands out because of its superb illustrations and photographs and its sophisticated display of the images. ‘Reel World‘ draws in viewers with a clever and humorous mix of animation and reality. ‘A Passage to India‘ uses three beautifully composed and interesting images. Page after page, D CEO produces visually stunning photographs and illustrations.
  • GOLD: Best Overall Design. “A restrained approach allows the design to be driven by the content without extraneous decoration. There is a clear effort to make the numerous portraits interesting and beautiful, for example ‘The Grocer’s Son‘, ‘Back to the Future‘, and ‘Language of Business‘ layouts. A good mix of image size across the pages creates an appealing visual texture throughout. Typographic choices are elegant and appropriate to the subject matter and overall tone. The sophistication is carried consistently from front to back.
  • GOLD: Best Personality Profile. The Reluctant Entrepreneur‘ (Craig Hall). “Christine Perez wrote a story with incredible pacing; the use of scenes and moments within the piece moved the story from point to point. Insightful details … gave a real feel of who Hall is and how he operates. And there were enough details that it felt like nothing was left out. Perez wrote a complete profile.”
  • GOLD: Best Recurring Feature. The Bottom Line’ by Steve Kaskovich. “Great topic selection. Not afraid to write strong pieces about some of the region’s biggest names, like the Dallas Cowboys and RadioShack. Lucid writing that integrates material from expert analysis and firsthand reporting.”
  • GOLD: Best Magazine.D CEO combines consistency with surprise to produce an enticing and engaging magazine. For example, a story about power women in North Texas is strong and informative without becoming predictable, which is often the problem with these kinds of stories. The design is consistently elegant with well chosen typography and impressive photography. The judges felt that the magazine presents an authoritative understanding of North Texas that inspires readers to think and respond.”
  • SILVER: Best Specialty e-Newsletter. “D CEO‘s D Healthcare Daily offers an excellent mix of quick, scannable news and access to larger, in-depth features that a reader can sink into. Headlines and summaries are engaging and offer readers plenty of reasons to keep clicking and to keep opening and using the newsletter. Many options for types of content also help with engagement.”  
  • BRONZE: Best Feature. “‘Days of Destruction‘ (J.C. Penney) by Joe Guinto … is a deeper look at the very public problems facing J.C. Penney, one of the country’s biggest retailers. It’s a story that, as it turns out, hasn’t been told in this much detail before. There are discoveries and there is blame enough to spread around.”
  • Glenn Hunter

    I know you didn’t want to seem to brag, Hilary — but this was a great, big effing deal! Five gold awards (for the second year in a row) was more than any other magazine in the country, by far. Kaskovich, who took over the Bottom Line column from Mitch Schnurman when Mitch defected to the DMN, beat out mags as well as newspapers (the mighty Crain’s NY, Chicago, Detroit, etc.) for his win. Hamilton Hedricks’ design/art direction work speaks (no, shouts) for itself. Guinto’s JC Penney story was a fascinating, tough-minded look at the fiasco that more than deserved the bronze at least. And, of course, Perez is going to be impossible to live with now, after winning Gold for her Craig Hall profile. Very proud of the entire D CEO team–including the advertising folks (Taylor, Terrell, etc.) who made it all possible.