UCG Journalists Win Top Prizes in National Contests


For Immediate Release

 Contact: Nancy Becker
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ROCKVILLE, MD, June 29, 2006 – UCG journalists won 12 prestigious awards in four national competitions in 2006, continuing the company’s 25-year record of winning national prizes for outstanding editorial content.

The Newsletter & Electronic Publishers Foundation honored UCG with three first-place David Swit Journalism prizes and six others for excellence in journalism in its international contest. No other business information publisher won as many NEPF awards this year as UCG. The nine awards bring UCG’s total in the competition to 95, a record unmatched by any business-to-business company in America.

“We are commited to quality journalism at UCG,” said Dan Brown, the UCG partner in charge of editorial.

DecisionHealth’s Wendy Vogenitz won the Excellence in Health Care Journalism award from the Association of Health Care Journalists for “Misleading Coding Advice,” a 12-page investigative report in Anesthesia & Pain Coder’s Pink Sheet.

The report, which revealed that fraudulent claims for a back pain table could be costing Medicare and private insurance companies more than $67 million a year, also received an Honorable Mention from the National Press Club for best exclusive newsletter. Wendy will be honored at a July 17th banquet at the Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The Association of Business Publication Editors last night awarded Kates-Boylston’s Edward J. Defort and Jen Kiernan a silver award for best magazine special section in the Northeast. They wrote “Katrina’s Wake,” a 32-page special section in American Funeral Director. It was designed by Allison Sullivan.

“We are thrilled to see our journalists compete and win prizes from both specialized and mainstream press organizations,” said Lisa Getter, UCG’s editorial director.

UCG’s first-place NEPF awards this year were for best spot/exclusive news, best single topic product and best reference publication. The awards went to:

• Edward J. Defort, of Kates-Boylston, for "Case Closed," a riveting tale about the murder of a funeral home director and an intern published in American Funeral Director. It won best exclusive/spot news story.

 • Alan Prochoroff, of Argosy, for his exhaustive coverage in Insurance Compliance Week of the regulatory impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the insurance industry. Alan won for Best Single Topic Product.

• Nicholas Rummell, David Grant and Todd Leeuwenburgh, of DecisionHealth, for "Private Payer Answer Book." It won Best Reference Publication.

Other UCG winners were:

• Ben Brockwell, Jessica Nesterak, Denton Cinquegrana, Randy Lusby, Ai-Fen Lin, Jason Shelton and Billy DeMarco, of OPIS, for the OPIS Spot Ticker. The team won second place for Best Interactive Content.

• Wendy Vogenitz, of DecisionHealth, for "Misleading Coding Advice." Wendy won third place in Best Investigative Reporting.

• Carole Donoghue, of OPIS, for her expose of a disbarred lawyer who left a trail of infuriated legal officials and misled clients across the country. The report in Oil Express won an honorable mention in Best Investigative Reporting.

• Wendy Johnson, of DecisionHealth, for her report on how home care agencies could expand their services to babysitting. Her piece in Private Duty Insider won an honorable mention for Best Instructional Reporting.

• Edward Defort, of Kates-Boylston, for "Survivor Louisiana," his story in American Funeral Director about the impact of Katrina on a New Orleans funeral home. It won an honorable mention for Best Spot News.

• Ron Newlin, of ATX/Kleinrock, for "Tax Aspects of Owning a Home." It received an honorable mention for Best Reference Publication.

For the first time, NEPF also awarded prizes for best marketing. UCG won two of the six prizes awarded. Sharon Cappucci, of OPIS, won a first-place prize for Best Non-Print Marketing for her online and email efforts to market a special Hurricane Katrina audio-conference that attracted 700 customers in one week. 

Novella Green won third place in the Best Print Marketing effort, for her brochure promoting this year’s Credit Union National Director’s Conference, which is already breaking attendance records.

Read some of the prize-winning journalism here.