Restaurant Business was named a finalist on Thursday for 12 Jesse H. Neal Awards, including Best Media Brand and Best Website, largely for the publication’s coverage of an industry struggling to deal with the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.
The awards are the most prestigious honors in specialized journalism and were created in 1955 to recognize editorial excellence in business journalism. This year’s awards recognize work done in 2021.
“To say I am proud of our team at Restaurant Business would be an understatement,” said Abbey Lewis, vice president of content strategies at Winsight LLC. “Their restaurant industry coverage has long been best-in-class, and to see them rewarded for that consistent, incredible work is really remarkable. Our readership benefits daily from their expertise and dedication, and I am so very pleased to see them recognized.”
This year, Restaurant Business is a finalist for its work on several in-depth, all-staff projects, including a series of stories examining the impact of COVID One Year Later, a series on The Impact of the $15 Wage and ongoing coverage of the industry’s labor crisis.
Also among the finalists are The Bottom Line finance blog and A Deeper Dive podcast by RB Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze, with audio producer Kimberly Kaczmarek; Best Infographics by Art Director Nico Heins, Best Industry Coverage by Senior Editor Joe Guszkowski for his piece on mergers and acquisitions in restaurant technology; and Best News Coverage for work on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund by Editor-at-Large Peter Romeo and Senior Editor Heather Lalley.
“The RB team is awesome and kicks ass, and this just proves it,” Maze said. “I could not be prouder of the work they put in day in and day out to tell the stories important to people in the restaurant industry.”
Winners will be named at a ceremony in New York City on April 26.
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