|NAREE's 69th Annual Journalism Contest Winners|
|Published Friday, June 28, 2019 9:00 pm|
Category 10: Best Commercial Real Estate Story – Daily Newspaper
ALISTAIR GRAY, Financial Times, “Rental Powerhouses”
Judges’ comment: An insightful, well written and well sourced story about how Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are investing in commercial real estate, which generates higher income that they say they need to offset affordable housing. Gray used data and public documents to tell a story that neither government agency wanted written. It’s an example of journalism shining a light on a very dark corner.
ARIELLE KASS, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “GDOT work meets ancient Jewish law”
Judges’ comment: An insightful, well-written story about an eruv, a boundary that symbolically encloses a Jewish community and allows them to carry things on the sabbath they normally wouldn’t be allowed to carry. The unusual subject matter makes the story a compelling read. Kass is both explanatory and enlightening in her reporting and writing.
MICHELLE JARBOE, The Plain Dealer, “Big, big money: Legal loopholes help property avoid taxes, fees”
Judges’ comment: A story that does a terrific job of explaining how legal loopholes allow real estate investors to buy an entity that owns a building instead of purchasing the property outright. These sales keep secret details about ownership changes and that limits tax dollars that would typically go to financially help the public. Jarboe takes a complicated topic that affects taxpayers and explains it in a manner any reader can understand.
RONDA KAYSEN, Freelancer, The New York Times, “The Brooklyn Army Terminal: New York’s Next Manufacturing Hub?”
Judges’ comment: While tech is all the rage these days, Kaysen in deep detail delves into how New York (the city that just spurned Amazon) spent $115 million transforming an old Brooklyn Army Terminal into a manufacturing hub. The city is attracting tenants by having rent below the market rate and focusing on companies that will bring jobs.
Category 11: Best Small Daily Real Estate Newspaper Story – under 75,000 circulation
DAVID SLADE, The Post and Courier, “$33 million and counting: How blunders, misperceptions and miscalculations saddled Charleston County taxpayers with a massive bill for a Naval hospital renovation that’s a long way from being done”
Judges’ comment: Slade wrote an excellent expose on how redevelopment plans for the former Charleston Naval Hospital fell off the tracks. Slade used data, government and court documents and FOIAs -- in addition to pictures, a timeline and illustration -- to detail what went wrong and why, and did so in a compelling manner that made it impossible to stop reading the story.
Category 12: Best Weekly Real Estate Newspaper Story – Weekly Business Newspaper
AARON SHORT, Commercial Observer, “On Thin Ice: Construction feels the chill from the Trump administration on undocumented immigration”
Judges’ comment: In a year where much has been written about President Trump’s immigration policy, Short’s story about the effects that policy is having on the construction industry is insightful and well written. Short uses statistics, including from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, to delve into an industry that relies on immigrants to fill the ever increasing number of construction jobs in this booming economy. The story also takes a look at how undocumented construction workers have been, in some cases, intimidated at work sites.
BLANCA TORRES, San Francisco Business Times, “The only one in the room: How the Bay Area’s real estate industry is grappling with diversity”
Judges’ comment: Torres does an excellent job of taking a look at the lack of diversity in the Bay area’s real estate industry, talking with an array of individuals who have found themselves in a party of one when in meetings. Whether it’s gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation, the sources opened up to Torres about how they have handled being
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