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NAREE's 69th Annual Journalism Contest Winners
 
Published Friday, June 28, 2019 9:00 pm

 

National Association of Real Estate Editors Announces 2019 Journalism Competition Winners

AUSTIN - (June 28, 2019) - The National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) today announced the winners of its 69th Annual Journalism Awards, recognizing excellence in reporting, writing and editing stories about residential and commercial real estate.

Prashant Gopal, Bloomberg News received NAREE’s Platinum Award for Best Individual Entry.
The President’s Gold Award for Best Freelance Collection went to Jon Gorey, freelance writer for the Boston Globe.
Max de Haldevang, Quartz, won NAREE’s Ruth Ryon’s Best Young Journalist Award.

NAREE presented the awards June 28, 2019, at its 53rd Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference at the Hyatt Regency Austin. A panel of expert judges from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University selected all winners. Medill’s Ceci Rodgers chaired the panel.

 

NAREE’s 2019 winners with judges’ comments:

SECTION I: INDIVIDUAL AWARDS, ALL MEDIA Single Byline

PLATINUM WINNER - BEST OVERALL INDIVIDUAL ENTRY: 

PRASHANT GOPAL, Bloomberg News. Collection includes: “Small Time Bankers Make Millions Peddling Mortgages to the Poor”

 

Judges’ comment: Anyone who has ever disparaged business stories as dull hasn’t read a story by Prashant Gopal. The Bloomberg Businessweek journalist distinguishes himself through stylish writing, in-depth reporting and quotes that are gems. Gopal explored little-known corners of the mortgage market that exhibit troubling signs of fraud, some of which are reminiscent of the practices leading up to the housing crisis. Even without photographs, readers can picture each of his characters, such as a financier whose “dark widow’s peak is slicked high with gel,” and who “has a Lamborghini on order to go with his Mercedes.” He reaches top experts, gets all the right statistics and writes impactfully on important topics, but it’s these extra touches that make him worthy of the platinum prize. 

 

PRESIDENT’S AWARD - BEST FREELANCE COLLECTION: 

JON GOREY, Boston Globe & others

 

Judges’ Comment: Gorey’s work is impressive and wide-ranging – from economic analysis to reader service stories that give homeowners valuable and actionable advice. His deftly written and deeply reported stories most often appear in the Boston Globe. Gorey shines most with his unique angles on mundane topics, such as his story about home tax breaks and how they have shaped architectural trends over the centuries. He writes conversationally and with humor when appropriate, such as in his stories and blog posts about do-it-yourself projects in old homes – including his.

 

RUTH RYON AWARD - BEST YOUNG JOURNALIST: 

MAX DE HALDEVANG, Quartz

 

Judges’ comment: Max de Haldevang impressed the judges with his story about the search for the true owners of Sherlock Holmes’ residence. The twist is that it wasn’t really a historical story about Holmes, but a crime mystery about corrupt money flowing into Britain. A gifted writer and dogged investigative reporter on the global economy and geopolitics, de Haldevang seems able to quickly master the intricacies of many complicated issues.

 

Category 1: Best Collection of Work by an Individual Covering Residential Real Estate

 

GOLD WINNER:      

NANCY SARNOFF, Houston Chronicle, “In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey”

 

Judges’ comment: The well-reported trio of stories about the effects of Harvey on various neighborhoods detailed what the natural disaster means for sales, prices and rents in those areas. The stories used data to convey and explain what happened, as well as maps that made it easier for the reader to get a sense of the scope of the disaster.

 

SILVER WINNER (TIE):

STEFANOS CHEN, The New York Times, “To Understand New York Real Estate, Follow Fido”

 

Judges’ comment: Chen surprises his readers with stories they haven’t seen elsewhere. He also comes up with unique ways to look at the real-estate market. For example, for his piece on understanding New York real estate, he “follows Fido” and looks up every canine registration in the city. The top dog: the Yorkie, followed by the Shi Tzu. In all the stories in this collection, he writes with flair. 

 

SILVER WINNER (TIE):

JON


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