Fleet Owner wins editorial award

Fleet Owner wins Best How-To Article or Series in 51st Annual Jesse Neal National Business Journalism Awards

NEW YORK. Fleet Owner was honored as a winner in the prestigious 51st Annual Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards presentation held here yesterday at the Waldorf-Astoria.

Fleet Owner won in the category “Best How-To Article or Series of How-To Articles” for “Lockdown,” a series of three feature articles that ran in the May, June, and July 2004 issues.

“Lockdown” examined the new and complex security issues facing trucking in terms of anti-terrorism requirements, border-protection enhancements and cargo-theft deterrence. Following the conventions of the “how-to” approach, each article in the series offers clear steps to lead readers through the process of evaluating current security needs and establishing programs to meet future requirements.

“Security is one of the most pressing and difficult issues facing trucking today,” said Jim Mele, editor-in-chief of Fleet Owner. “We responded to the industry’s needs by dedicating six months of research and the skills of the our entire editorial staff to this project.”

Fleet Owner editors named winners of the award were David Cullen, executive editor; Larry Kahaner, Washington editor; Jim Mele, editor-in-chief; Sean Kilcarr, senior editor; Wendy Leavitt, director of editorial development; Marilyn Wilson, managing editor; Dan Zeis, senior art director; and Yodit Tesfaye, associate art director.

The American Business Media’s Neal awards, established in 1955, have been called “the Pulitzer Prize of the business press” and are intended to recognize editorial excellence in business-to-business publications. This year, Fleet Owner was one of just 22 final award recipients in the competition chosen from 1,168 entries.

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