TCB Wins 5 Alliance of Area Business Publishers Awards

The annual awards program recognizes excellence in journalism, photography, and design among regional business publications.

Twin Cities Business received five awards this weekend from the Alliance of Area Business Publishers (AABP).

The news comes shortly after TCB earned six awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

The AABP program attracted roughly 660 entries from more than 40 publications—the largest number of entries seen since 2008. The annual competition recognizes excellence in journalism, photography, and design among regional business publications.

Here's a breakdown of the latest accolades, including input from judges.

Best of Show, Best Magazine, Bronze (entire staff)

Twin Cities Business leverages its large format in surprising and effective ways. The excellent photography and understandable yet beautiful graphs and charts help tell the business story so well. The writing is strong—one story the judges all liked was on the double life of executives. The piece was told in a fun way without resorting to clichés.”

Magazines, Best Overall Design, Bronze (former art director Bret Ryan and current art director Chris Winn)

“A variety of design approaches appear throughout this publication, giving the reader many beautiful surprises. Bold and well-designed feature pages, such as the ’Sport Radio Grand Slam’ and ‘Sweet Land’ layouts, showcase creative typography and effectively draw readers into the stories. ‘Battle Tested’ layout is also strong, with good visuals on the cover and inside.”

Magazines, Best Body of Work for a Single Writer, Silver (Executive Editor Adam Platt)

Platt’s story of Andrew Zimmern was an exhaustive tour of the chef’s empire. It really gave the occasional viewer of the show a behind-the-scenes look at how a cable television show has grown into a diversified business.”

Magazines, Best Feature Layout, Silver: April 2013: “The Little Railroad That Won’t” (Bret Ryan)

“From the attention-grabbing main headline and layout to the final pull-quote, this feature uses all the visual tools available to engage the reader: documentary photos, graphics, sidebars and other display typography all work in tandem. A single highlight color and continuous graphic treatment across the bottom of the pages tie the layout together.”

Magazines, Best Cover, Bronze: April 2013: “Collision Course” (Bret Ryan, see image below)

“The Twin Cities Business cover features words and images that work in lockstep. The computer manipulation of the image reflects the impending collision and brings the focal point to the works that explain and sell the story.”