Judging & Awards

A committee of preliminary judges, consisting of business, financial and economic journalists and faculty members of UCLA Anderson School of Management, is assigned to each competition category. These committees review all entries and select finalists in their category. Judges may change the category in which an entry is submitted if, in their opinion, it more appropriately belongs in a different category.

A diverse and distinguished panel of final judges, representing major print, broadcast and online outlets, meets and selects the winner in each category from among finalists submitted by the preliminary judges. The final judges will also review the nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award and Lawrence Minard Editor Award, and choose a recipient for each award. The dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management chairs the panel.

 

Judging of entries is based on

 
  • News Value: insight, informative qualities and durability.
  • Originality and/or Exclusivity: enterprise and discovery.
  • Reportorial Quality: thoroughness and balance.
  • Writing Quality: clarity in dealing with description, concepts, findings and complex issues.
  • Analytical Value: application of current economic thinking, breadth and depth of coverage, contribution to helping readers see complex issues in a new light.
  • Production Value and Visual Impact: (where applicable).
 

2017 Final Judges

 

A diverse and distinguished panel of final judges, representing major print and broadcast outlets, meets and selects the winner in each of the competition categories from among finalists submitted by the preliminary judges and chooses the career achievement honorees. The dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management chairs the panel.

Stephen Adler

Editor-in-Chief, Reuters

Alan Murray

Editor, Fortune
Chief Content Officer, Time Inc.

David Boardman

Dean of the School of Media and Communications, Temple University

Matt Murray*

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, The Wall Street Journal

David Callaway

Chief Executive Officer,TheStreet

Judy D. Olian

Dean, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Kevin Delaney

Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder, Quartz

Andy Serwer

Editor-in-Chief, Yahoo Finance

Patrick Foulis

New York Bureau Chief & U.S. Business Editor, The Economist

Melanie Sill

Vice President of Content, Southern California Public Radio

Davan Maharaj

Editor & Publisher, Los Angeles Times

Liz Spayd

Public Editor, The New York Times

Tyler Mathisen

Co-anchor, CNBC's Power Lunch V.P. for Strategic Editorial Initiatives, CNBC

Paul Steiger

Executive Chairman, ProPublica

Gretchen Morgenson

Assistant Business & Financial Editor, The New York Times

Matthew Winkler

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus and Founder, Bloomberg News

 

Awards

 

The winning entry in each category receives a $2,000 honorarium. If a winning entry has more than one contestant, they shall divide the award equally. If the final judges determine that an entry or entries not selected for a prize in a particular category merits special recognition, the entry may be awarded honorable mention. Honorable mentions in each category receive $500. Under certain special circumstances, established by the final judges, a writer or entry may receive a special award.

Loeb Foundation trustees may alter the amount of a prize to accommodate entries with many writers or broadcasters, or they may adjust the prize to other special circumstances. Award finalists will be announced in late spring, and award winners will be announced at the banquet and presentation ceremony in early summer.