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NAREE Real Estate Journalism Awards, Book Awards and Journo Workshops held at NAREE Conference in Las Vegas
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Published Sunday, June 17, 2018

National Association of Real Estate Editors Announces 2018 Journalism Competition Winners


LAS VEGAS - (June 15, 2018) - The National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) today announced the winners of its 68th Annual Journalism Awards, recognizing excellence in reporting, writing and editing stories about residential and commercial real estate.

Matt Clark, Newsday, received NAREE’s Platinum Award for Best Individual Entry.

The President’s Gold Award for Best Freelance Collection went to Ronda Kaysen, freelance writer for the New York Times and Architectural Record.

Nick Nehamas, Miami Herald, was the winner of NAREE’s Best Young Journalist Award.

NAREE presented the awards June 15, 2018, at its 52nd Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas. A panel of expert judges from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University selected all winners. Medill’s Cici Rodgers was the chaired the panel. Here are NAREE’s 2018 overall winners with judges’ comments:

Platinum Award: Best Overall Individual Entry: Matt Clark, Newsday. “Separate and Unequal” Comment: “A careful, critical and resounding examination of a tax-assessment policy that impacted everyone in Nassau County—for better or worse, primarily disadvantaging minorities and low-income residents. Clark makes a complicated subject understandable and enticing to his audience as well. Dynamite journalism!”

President’s Award: Best Freelance Collection: Ronda Kaysen, freelance writer, Architectural Record magazine: “In earthquake-torn Mexico, architects look to recovery” New York Times: “Tenants offered buyouts are left in the lurch” New York Times: “A month rent-free: A great deal or a gimmick?” Comment: “Kaysen distinguished herself as a versatile, thorough and prolific freelancer with a strong sense of the kinds of stories that will connect with readers. Her work is thorough, well-written and personal – told through the experiences of carefully-vetted sources.”

Ruth Ryon Award:  Best Young Journalist: Nick Nehamas, Miami Herald. Buying a home in Miami-Dade”  Comment: “Nehamas explores soaring home prices in South Florida and their impact on people and the larger economy. An excellent exposition of a big, area-wide problem and possible solutions. The story includes a stunning interactive map by ZIP code that covers Fort Lauderdale as well as Miami-    Dade.”

Please go to the "Journalism Competition" Tab at the top of this page to read about Gold, Silver, Bronze and Honorable Mention winners in NAREE's 32 real estate journalism contest categories.

Winners included staff writers and editors and freelance journalists from around the nation whose work was published in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle, POLITICO, Denver Post, The Real Deal, Unique Homes, The San Francisco Business Times,  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Newsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer, , Bisnow, Inman News, CoStar News, Commercial Property Executive/Multi-Housing News, France Media, The Miami Herald, San Antonio Express-News, San Diego Union-Tribune, Arizona Republic Las Vegas Review-Journal, and the Reno Gazette-Journal, among others.

Book Awards

In addition to the journalism awards presentation in Las Vegas, NAREE awarded four real estate book authors prizes for their books published in 2017. Please go to the "Book Contest" tab at the top of this page for details.

NAREE University

Curated by NAREE Vice President Beth DeCarbo, Wall Street Journal,  NAREE leaders and award winners shared insights at NAREE University workshops held each morning and afternoon during breakfast and lunch at the Las Vegas Conference.  Here are the topics that were presented:

Wednesday 8:30 AM - June 13th
The Anatomy of An Award-Winning Story
Moderator: Shannon Behnken, Reporter, WFLa TV, Tampa 
Lessons learned from NAREE 67th Journalism Competition:
-Where the story idea came from
-Anticipating roadblocks
-Overcoming Obstacles

Wednesday Noon - June 13th
Hashtag #YOU
Moderator: Tony Wilbert, Senior News Editor, CoStar Group

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