Business Journal takes home gold award for investigative reporting

Staff Report
Published June 23, 2014

The staff of the Charleston Regional Business Journal won top honors during the annual meeting at the Alliance of Area Business Publishers held in Baltimore over the weekend.

The Business Journal won a first-place gold award for investigative reporting in the open category division for a special report on the way doctors are disciplined in South Carolina titled Broken Oath: Is S.C.’s medical board too lenient?

Judges called staff writer Matt Tomsic’s report “chilling” in its examination of court documents, health regulations, national data on physicians and the S.C. Board of Medical Examiners. The report found that since 2006, the S.C. Board of Medical Examiners ranked last or second to last in the number of serious disciplinary actions taken against the state’s doctors.

“In an investigation that should trigger reform, Tomsic discovered that the South Carolina board responsible for disciplining doctors was, in fact, administering wrist slaps when disqualification was really required,” the judges wrote. “This is a chilling tale of dangerous doctors and a toothless watchdog.”

AABP judges awarded a silver to Liz Segrist for her work on Flightlines, a blog dedicated to South Carolina’s growing aerospace industry.

“Flightlines offers focus, humor, voice, news and insight about an industry that’s crucial to its readers, and it makes excellent use of Web-only features such as audio and video and hyperlinking,” judges wrote. “It’s everything a blog ought to be.”

Judges gave the Business Journal another second-place award for headline writing, saying the publication “adopted the language of the subject matter to make headlines pointed and clever.”

Chuck Crumbo and Andy Owens won third place for Southeast Supply Chain News for best specialty email product. Judges said the email publication offers a service to the supply chain sector by curating information into a publication that’s easily digestible.

“The Southeast Supply Chain News has an excellent set of longer stories sourced from the Business Journal, quick briefs that are email-specific, and a curated set of links from other supply chain business publications around the United States,” the judges wrote.

The AABP’s annual competition recognizes excellence in journalism, reporting, photography and design achieved by regional business publications. The 27 judges for the competition are faculty members from the University of Missouri School of Journalism with qualifications in their respective areas of expertise.

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