CPE Collects Multiple Honors in 64th NAREE Awards

Commercial Property Executive netted multiple awards at this year’s National Association of Real Estate Editors 64th annual real estate journalism competition. The awards were announced during a reception on June 13th, during NAREE’s 48th annual Real Estate Journalism Conference in Houston.

NAREE_featureCommercial Property Executive netted multiple awards at this year’s National Association of Real Estate Editors 64th annual real estate journalism competition. The awards were announced during a reception on June  13th, during NAREE’s 48th annual Real Estate Journalism Conference in Houston.

The awards honor “journalists who cover residential and commercial real estate, mortgage finance, home and urban design, luxury and green building,” whether in print, online or on air. The competition is judged by journalism faculty of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, based on clarity of writing, objectivity, originality, depth of reporting and design where applicable.

CPE won Silver awards in three categories—Best Web Site, Best Series and Best Trade Magazine Report—and a Bronze award for Best Commercial Trade Magazine Report.

“The graphics are clean and bright, the navigation bar is well organized, and it offers a variety of data analysis, interviews and features,” wrote the judges about the Web site, CPExecutive. “The organization of news by community, where users can click by city, is extremely helpful.” The site also won a Silver award last year.

The Silver for Best Trade Magazine Report went to senior associate editor Mike Ratliff for the cover story “Remaking the Suburbs,” which appeared in the November 2013 issue.  With the big focus today on moves to urban areas, the story addressed the fate of the suburbs and the possibilities for reinventing them. Observed the judges: “This story examined the growth of urban downtowns over the surrounding suburbs. Packed with surprising facts, such as the construction of only one enclosed mall in the U.S. since 2006, the reporter pointed to a future of walkable, livable urban centers.” Ratliff also won a Gold award for Best Commercial Trade Magazine Report for a cover story for sister publication Multi-Housing News, as well as a Gold Ruth Ryon Award for Best Young Journalist, one of the three overall awards for the competition. According to the judges: “This reporter is skilled at spotting real estate trends and picking out the telling details that illustrate them. He writes well about both big and small pictures.”

CPE’s Best Series and Best Commercial Trade Magazine Report awards were for coverage of the growing incidence of extreme weather and its impact on commercial and residential real estate that appeared in the January and February 2013 issues. Specifically, senior editor Paul Rosta took home the Bronze for “After the Storm,” an examination in the January 2013 issue of lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy and how they were likely to impact real estate development. The Best Series entry featured the special section “When Disaster Strikes,” which focused on outcomes from Hurricane Sandy and included “After the Storm,” as well as “Facing the Test,” Rosta’s account of the hurricane’s impact on building operations and likely results for property management practices, and “Data Revisited,” contributor Dees Stribling’s look at data protection and restoration measures. It also included a follow-up Q&A by editorial director Suzann Silverman in the  February issue titled “Blowing in the Wind.” While much of the hurricane coverage focused on water damage, this Q&A addressed another important and growing concern: risks for wind damage.

Regarding “After the Storm,” the judges noted: “Natural disasters often bring swift second guessing after the fact. This report marshaled an impressive number of sources—and not just the usual suspects—to detail what needed to be done to minimize the impact of future storms like Hurricane Sandy. The writer should be commended on the quick turnaround on this detailed report.” Of the series, they wrote: “This three-part special report was an enterprising look at urban property planning and risk management pegged to the recent Hurricane Sandy disaster in New York and New Jersey. Particularly effective was a question-and-answer story with insurance experts about wind damage.”

CPE won two awards last year. NAREE, now in its 85th year, works to help further journalistic efforts in the fields of residential, commercial and financial real estate, home and urban design, and green building. Silverman has been a member of the board of directors since 2009.