CSP Sets a Record

ASBPE honors magazine coverage with three national awards, one regional

Published in CSP Daily News

By  Jennifer Bulat, Director of Editorial Production

OAK BROOK, Ill. -- In an editorial “personal best,” CSP magazine 's editors have been honored with one regional and three national awards in the annual ASBPE Awards (or Azbees). While the magazine has been honored multiple times in years past, never before has CSP been honored with three national awards from ASBPE (American Society of Business Press Editors) in one year.

“CSP continues to set the industry standard for quality, in-depth reporting and writing,” said Paul Reuter, president and CEO of CSP Information Group. “I am extremely proud of our editors [image-nocss] and am pleased that their hard work has paid off in this fashion.”

The April 2007 cover story “Shifting Weight,” a three-part investigative report produced by CSP news director Steve Holtz, senior editor/special projects coordinator Samantha Oller and freelance writer Andrew Magee, is a national finalist in the category of news analysis/investigative reporting. The story, woven together over six weeks and involving more than 40 interviews, examined a change in wholesale pricing of packaged beverages and its possible effect on the future of c-store distribution.

Senior editor/content development coordinator Angel Abcede 's November 2007 cover story “Bankrolling U.S. Convenience” was tapped as a feature article national finalist. The story examined the tide of new money flowing into the c-store channel from global and domestic players.

The 2007 Category Management Handbook, a special issue produced by CSP for the past six years, was chosen as a national finalist in the category of information graphics for the fifth year in a row. It has been honored with awards every year since its inception, including that of finalist in American Business Media 's 2005 Jesse H. Neal Awards.

And Samantha Oller 's continuing Competitive Watch series was chosen as a regional finalist in the category of regular department. Competitive Watch examines retailers from outside the industry, such as Starbucks Corp. and Panera Bread, citing best practices that convenience operators may be able to adapt to their own businesses.

“These awards underscore the depth of our editors ' experience and knowledge of the industry,” said Mitch Morrison, group editor of CSP Information Group. “It 's terrific to know that their passion and talent has been recognized by ASBPE.”

The level (gold, silver or bronze) of each award will be announced at ASBPE regional and national awards banquets next month. ASBPE is based in Wheaton, Ill.

Since 2000, CSP magazine has been honored by various business-press organizations nearly 30 times.

Oak Brook, Ill.-based CSP Information Group, publisher of CSP magazine and CSP Independent magazine, is a business-to-business communication company specializing in the convenience and retail petroleum industry. CSP Information Group 's other business units include the CSP Daily News e-mail newsletter, CSPNetwork CyberConferences, CSPTV, CSP Leadership Conferences and Events, 24-7 Connect Virtual Expo and CSP Consulting.

By Jennifer Bulat, Director of Editorial Production
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