GCN takes Neal award for Best News Coverage

NEW YORK'Government Computer News' coverage of the FBI's failed Virtual Case File system won a Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award today at the annual Neal luncheon held by American Business Media.

Senior writer Wilson P. Dizard III won in the category of Best News Coverage for his reporting on the failure of VCF, a story first reported nationally on GCN.com in December 2004. Dizard followed up his breaking news with reporting and analysis throughout 2005, as FBI officials scrapped VCF and made plans for Sentinel, its next attempt at a case management system.

GCN's sister publication, Washington Technology, also won a Neal award for Best Single Issue of a Newspaper/News Tabloid for its May 23, 2005, issue featuring a cover story on IT privacy issues.

'This reaffirms once again the editorial excellence of our publications in serving the government IT market,' said Tom Temin, executive vice president and editor in chief of PostNewsweek Tech Media, which publishes GCN and Washington Technology.

GCN senior writer Patience Wait also was a Neal finalist in the category of Best Subject-Related Series of Articles, for a two-part special report, "Port Insecurity". The series detailed the enormous job of securing the nation's ports and the funding limitations, jurisdictional questions and technological hurdles standing in the way of a networked system of defense.

American Business Media, based in New York, a national association of business-to-business information providers, is celebrating its 100th year of operation. This is the 52nd year of the Neal awards.

GCN competes in the category for publications with $7 million or more in annual revenue.

Washington Technology competes in the category for publications with $3 million to $7 million in annual revenue. Its Neal award-winning issue also included coverage of IT 'boot camps' and Virginia's IT transition strategy.


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