Reuters scoops up awards at SABEW, Best of Photojournalism

March 24, 2009

The Reuters trophy case got a little more crowded on Tuesday, with a raft of awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and the Best of Photojournalism Awards from the National Press Photographers Association.

And the winners are:

SABEW Award for real-time news organizations

David Baily, correspondent; Kevin Krolicki, Detroit bureau chief; Jui Chakravorty, correspondent; Poornima Gupta, correspondent; Kim Soyoung, correspondent; and Nick Carey, correspondent: “GM/Chrysler deal hopes rise, then shattered

From the judges’ comments:

This package on the potential for a GM/Chrysler deal broke significant new ground with exclusive details of the negotiations between the two auto companies and the federal government. The stories were comprehensively reported and smoothly written, impressive given the many twists and turns of the story.  Besides landing scoops, the reporters were able to see all the angles, and put their exclusives in the larger context of the federal auto bailout and a troubled industry. Although the stories relied heavily on unattributed sources –  and the judges would have like to have seen more precise descriptions of those sources – the stories’ accuracy speaks to the quality of the information those sources provided.

Tiffany Wu, Editor in charge of Technology, Media & Telecoms, Anupreeta Das and Michele Gershberg, correspondents: “Microhoo: how the blockbuster deal blew up

The judges:

This package of stories on the Microsoft/Yahoo tap dance was a terrific example of great execution on a breaking news story, offering not just high news value, but also great analysis. In addition, these pieces were so replete with intimate details of the negotiations that you sometimes felt the reporters had been in the room. By giving readers a sense of the people and personalities beyond the numbers, the writers were able to distinguish themselves by taking a narrative approach to what was otherwise a deadline-driven story.

SABEW Award for Projects, mid-sized websites

Frank Tantillo, Emily Church, Laura Ramirez, Roberta Rampton, Russ Blinch, Corinne Perkins, “Agflation

The judges:

Thomson Reuters mobilized its global staff to offer a comprehensive look, through stories, Internet videos, and interactive features, at the impact of rising food prices around the world. The stories were compelling, the videos professionally produced, and the judges particularly liked the heat map that directed viewers to stories, videos, and facts about the fallout in different countries.

The Best of Photojournalism Awards, Still Photo – Enterprise

Sigit Pamungkas


“Muslims attend prayers on the eve of the first day of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Surabaya, East Java August 31, 2008. Muslims around the world congregate for special evening prayers called “Tarawih” during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.”

The Best of Photojournalism Awards, Still Photo – Olympic Action (2nd Place)

Gary Hershorn

“Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning the men’s 200m final of the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 20, 2008. Bolt set a new world record with a timing of 19.30 seconds. Brian Dzingai of Zimbabwe (L) and Shawn Crawford of the U.S. (R) are seen with Bolt.”

The Best of Photojournalism Awards, Still Photo – The Road to Office (Honorable Mention)

Brian Snyder

“Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) waves to the crowd at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado August 28, 2008.”

The Best of Photojournalism Awards, Still Photo – International News (2nd Place)

Gleb Garanich

“Georgian Zaza Rasmadze holds the body of his brother Zviadi, killed in a Russian bombardment in Gori, 80 km (50 miles) from the Georgian capital Tbilisi. 9 August 2008.”

The Best of Photojournalism Awards, Still Photo – Environmental Picture Story

Jason Lee

“Residents and rescue workers evacuate from the centre of earthquake-hit Beichuan county,Sichuan province, May 17, 2008. Thousands fled amid fears a lake would burst its banks in Beichuan, near the epicentre of China’s earthquake in which a total 50,000 people may have died, aReuters photographer said. It was not immediately clear if anyone was hurt. People were told to flee to the hillsides in a public announcement.”


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Posted by Laura Ileana Ramírez » Archives » Global Food Crisis – Interactive Map for Thomson Reuters | Report as abusive

The award-winning photographs are superb. Wish we could also send in some articles and photographs someplace on your site.

Posted by Shobha Sivakumar | Report as abusive

Awesome and congratulations!

Posted by Gregb | Report as abusive

Hi Shobha –You can indeed submit photos and video at Reuters Your View: tos and Videos will appear on the Your View site as soon as they have been approved by Reuters. If your images are selected for the Reuters professional wire, we will arrange to pay you for their,Adam PasickU.S. Editor,

Posted by Adam Pasick | Report as abusive

Wow, these definitely deserve the distinction. I was particularly moved by the Russian bombardment in Gori photograph that displayed such emotion. Thanks for this and amazing work to bring these images to all of us.

Posted by Photographer | Report as abusive

I think there must be many more campaign photos of Obama which are more visually descriptive of the ‘Long Road’ than this example, which relies on a spotlight shadow to inform us who it is, but how will it be recognised in 50 years time….maybe 5?

Posted by Dave | Report as abusive

Congratulations to the entire team at Reuters! Im sure there are many other images and stories that deserve to be here as well!

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