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Hawaii Business Wins 15 SPJ Awards

Magazine wins more awards at annual journalism contest than any other print publication

Hawaii Business magazine won 15 awards on June 29 in the state’s most prestigious news and journalism contest.

HB’s total of four first-place and 11 finalist awards was second only to the 18 awards won by Honolulu Civil Beat in the competition run by the Society of Professional Journalists, Hawaii Chapter. Nominations were submitted by newspapers, TV and radio stations, magazines and websites for work that was published or broadcast in 2011.

HB won first place for:

  • Magazine long features with our report on toxic waste sites in Hawaii (June);
  • Special sections for “Hawaii 2011, Our Quality of Life” (February). HB also won a finalist award in the same category for its Best Places to Work section (April).
  • Information graphics for our report on women business leaders and women and money (October). We won a finalists award in the same category for “Hawaii 2011, Our Quality of Life.”

Also, HB intern Janel Lubanski won first place and both finalist awards in the student reporter categories for her reports on cosmetic surgery (November), ex-cons in the workforce (July) and aquaponics (August).

HB also won finalists awards in:

  • Business reporting for both Not Made in Hawaii (November) and SmallBiz Makeover (March);
  • Public service for our report on the state’s underfunded pension plan (February);
  • Page design for our report on Hawaii’s most profitable companies (August);
  • Illustrations for our smartphones report (April);
  • Feature photography for our picture of Aloha Tower clock maintenance (September).

A list of all the winners is at

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