Insurance Journal, Carrier Management Staff Win Editorial Awards of Excellence

July 19, 2021

Wells Media Group publications, websites, webinars, research and podcasts have won a total of nine 2021 Azbee Awards of Excellence from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE).

“The team is proud to be recognized by our publishing peers,” said Andrew Simpson, chief content officer for Wells Media. “It feels especially good to be acknowledged this year for the team’s work and in so many content formats — print, online, research, and podcasts.”

Insurance Journal won a regional gold award for single topic team coverage for its coronavirus crisis coverage. Winners are: Elizabeth Blosfield, East editor; Pam Simpson, senior strategist, Research & Trends; L.S. Howard, International editor; and Andrew Simpson, National editor, Insurance Journal. The ongoing coverage can be viewed on this Coronavirus Topic Page.

Insurance Journal also earned regional bronze awards for the following: In the government coverage category, Don Jergler, West editor, earned an award for ongoing government coverage.

Among Jergler’s winning entries were: Credit Scoring Battle Brewing Between Washington Commissioner and Insurer Groups; California Pledges to Protect Homeowners from Insurer Withdrawals Due to Wildfires and New Mexico Explains Role in Enabling Applied Underwriters Sale.

In the impact/investigative category, Amy O’Connor, Southeast editor, won for her reporting in Florida Supreme Court Suspends Attorney Behind Thousands of Insurer Lawsuits.

In the category of original research, Insurance Journal’s exclusive report, How P/C Insurance Pros Are Faring Working From Home During Pandemic, was also a bronze winner. The winning research team included Pamela Simpson, senior strategist, Research & Trends, and Andrew Simpson, chef content officer.

On the editorial webinar field, the winner was How the Insurance Industry Can Be an Active Ally to the Black Community, produced by Amy O’Connor, Southeast editor and Bobbie Dodge, vice president of New Media.

Another winner was the Insuring Cyber podcast episode, What Cyber Insurers Should Know About the Federal Ransomware Advisories, by Elizabeth Blosfield, East editor and creator and host of Insuring Cyber Podcast, and Bobbie Dodge, vice president of New Media.

Carrier Management won three editorial awards, including a silver award in the category of editor’s letter for the letters in three editions of Carrier Management Magazine by Executive Editor Susanne Sclafane:

  • For Career Success, You Gotta Have Heart
  • Reinventing Normal
  • Leading When the World Restarts

In the category of print, single topic coverage by a team, Carrier Management won a bronze award for Talent Magnets: Carriers That Employees Love to Work For. The team includes: Susanne Sclafane, executive editor; Kim Tallon, assistant editor; Andrew Simpson, chief content officer; and Guy Boccia, vice president of Design.

Also Carrier Management earned a bronze award in the category of technical article for The Story of Cover Genius. Winners are Susanne Sclafane, executive editor, and Kim Tallon, associate editor.

San Diego-based Wells Media Group serves the property/casualty insurance industry with Insurance Journal, Claims Journal, Carrier Management, MyNewMarkets, Research & Trends and the Academy of Insurance.