Fortune Small Business, The Scientist Take Home Top ASBPE Honors

asbpe.pngFortune Small Business and The Scientist were awarded Magazine of the Year prizes by the American Society of Business Publication Editors at the organization’s annual conference last week.

FSB was recognized in the 80,000+ circulation category while The Scientist took home the prize for magazines with circulation that is less than 80,000.

ASBPE, which announced the finalists for its awards last month, also honored David Silverberg, editor of the homeland security publication HSToday, with their first ever Journalism That Matters Award. American Farriers Journal editor Frank Lessiter took home the 2009 Stephen Barr Award for feature writing due to his investigative series probing the practice in the equine industry known as “soring,” or injuring horses in order to “to promote hoof action that judges look for in gaited horse competitions.”

A full list of the winners after the jump.

Fortune Small Business, The Scientist Take Magazine-of-the-Year Honors in American Society of Business Publication Editors Contest

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fortune Small Business and The Scientist took honors as the Magazines of the Year in the 31st Annual Azbee Awards of Excellence presented by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE).

The group’s 2009 Stephen Barr Award for feature writing went to Frank Lessiter, editor of a 7,000-circulation publication for horse-shoers, American Farriers Journal, for a remarkable series of articles over the last half of 2008 that described the shocking practice of “soring.” In an offense little-known outside the world of equine shows — and too often ignored within that world — some unscrupulous characters injure the feet or legs of animals “to promote hoof action that judges look for in gaited horse competitions.”

The awards were announced on July 16, the first evening of the two-day ASBPE National Editorial Conference, at the Washington, D.C. Marriott Hotel.

In another presentation, HSToday editor David Silverberg was honored with the first annual Journalism That Matters Award for his criticism in the pages of his homeland-security magazine of the National Football League’s unwillingness to run advertisements mentioning terrorism, borders, and immigration. After the HSToday articles, the NFL changed its policy. The award reflects ASBPE’s work on the book Journalism That Matters: How Business to Business Editors Change the Industries They Cover.

For its work over the past year, Fortune Small Business was recognized among magazines with 80,000 or larger circulation, while The Scientist was honored in the under-80,000 category.

Judges said Fortune Small Business was “well reported, richly packaged, audience sensitive.” Regarding The Scientist, judges said “the technical material [was] accessible, conversational, engaging, [and] thoughtful to audiences in and outside sciences.”

Larger magazines given honorable mention were Professional Business and Restaurants & Institutions in the large-magazine category, with Chain Leader and Oregon Business winning honorable mention in the under-80,000 category.

Large-magazine winners of gold editorial awards included American Medical News, Automotive News, Big Builder, Builder, BusinessWeek, Civil Engineering, Computerworld, Exhibitor, Heavy Duty Trucking, IEEE Spectrum, Lawn & Landscape, MyBusiness, Overdrive, PC World, Physicians Practice, Professional Builder, The Progressive Farmer, Realtor, Remodeling, and SHRM Conference Daily. Multiple winners were BusinessWeek, Computerworld, and PC World.

Smaller publications winning gold awards included Aftermarket Builder, American Farriers Journal, The American Lawyer, Architect, Automotive News, Best’s Review, Better Roads, Corporate Event, Corporate Meetings & Incentives, DVM Newsmagazine, EcoHome, Engineering News-Record, Federal Times, Multifamily Executive, Presstime Daily, ProSales, SC Magazine, Today’s Garden Center, and Ward’s Dealer Business.

In ASBPE’s design categories, larger winners included Builder, CFO, Computerworld, Diabetes Forecast, Medical Economics, Packaging Digest, The Progressive Farmer, Remodeling, Replacement Contractor, and Restaurants & Institutions. CFO received three of the gold awards for design, with Computerworld and Restaurants & Institutions also being two-time gold winners in design categories.

Smaller winners of design awards included Best’s Review, Builder, Control Design, EcoHome, Engineering Inc., Golf Course Industry, Government Technology, 1to1 Magazine, One+, Ophthalmology Times, Public CIO, Replacement Contractor, RT Image, Speech Technology, and TED Magazine.

A complete list of winners may be found at