AKRON — Tire Business' coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic was among four entries that won awards in the Crain Communications Inc. Editorial Contest, which rewarded outstanding journalism within the company's stable of publications during 2020.
Tire Business took first place in four of five categories in the contest, competing against other publications of roughly the same size within the international company.
The COVID-19 coverage in the March 30, 2020, edition won first place in the Best Package: Art, Multimedia & Writing category, featuring stories from every member of the Tire Business staff.
The TB package also included daily COVID-related news briefings that Managing Editor David Manley conducted during the height of the pandemic as part of a Facebook Live offering.
The Tire Business staff also took first place in the Best Use of Data category for its Dec. 21 issue, "The Book." The project, overseen by Mr. Manley, was a 92-page edition that featured most of the data that TB presented to readers over the past year, along with a host of new data.
"The Book" also featured some of the top stories of the year, including a look at the Tire Dealer Humanitarian Award winner as well as the Best Places to Work finalists.
TB Editor Don Detore won the other two awards: in the Best Scoop category for his Aug. 17 story of Apollo Tyre Ltd.'s relaunch of its Vredestein passenger tire brand; and for Best Commentary for his Aug. 31 column, "Defending the Industry," in which he supported Goodyear and the industry amid attacks against it from the president.