Striking Gold

CSP wins ASBPE's highest award for investigative journalism

Jennifer Bulat, Group Director of Editorial Production, CSP

OAK BROOK, Ill. -- For the second time, CSP has been presented with the highest honor for investigative journalism presented by the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE).

"Coming Clean," CSP magazine's September 2010 in-depth analysis of the ramifications of the BP oil spill on the convenience and petroleum industry (click here), was honored with a national gold award in the category of news analysis/investigative at the ASBPE National Awards Banquet, [image-nocss] held August 4 in Chicago. CSP senior editor and special projects coordinator Samantha Oller and freelancer Bill Donahue were the authors of the piece.

"When the BP oil disaster hit the Gulf Coast, the national news rightly focused on the victims of Louisiana and the environmental repercussions. For our readers, we needed to focus on a very different question: What would be the ripple effect on BP jobbers, dealers, and c-store operators?
"Instead of relying on one or two BP-branded operators or BP corporate," said Mitch Morrison, CSP vice president and group editor. "Our editors interviewed dozens of people, spanning every key marketplace in the country to capture every nuance of this highly complex situation."

He added, "It's this depth, curiosity and investigative mindset that makes CSP's editorial team the best in our industry."

This is the second time CSP has been awarded a national gold award for investigative journalism by ASBPE. CSP previously won for "Shifting Weight," the April 2007 cover story, written by Steve Holtz, Samantha Oller and Andrew Magee.

At the ASBPE Midwest-South Awards Banquet held July 28 in Chicago, Angel Abcede, senior editor and content development coordinator for CSP, won a regional silver award for his July 2010 cover story, "Till Debt Do Us Part," (click here) which detailed how upheaval in lending was affecting the convenience channel. The story was co-authored by Donahue.

Abcede has been honored by ASBPE in the past; he took home a gold award for his December 2009 profile of RaceTrac's Carl Bolch Jr. (click here).

CSP has won 39 awards over the past 11 years, more than all other publications that serve the industry combined.

ASBPE is based in Wheaton, Ill.

Oak Brook, Ill.-based CSP Information Group, publisher of CSP, Fare, FoodService Director and Restaurant Business magazines, is a business-to-business communication company specializing in the convenience retailing, restaurant and on-the-go food industries. In addition to its print products, CSP Information Group's two divisions (Convenience Group and Food Group) produce the CSP Daily News, Foodservice Digest and Tobacco E-News e-mail newsletters,,, ID Report,, CSPNetwork CyberConferences, CSPTV, CSP Leadership Conferences & Events including Retail Leader of the Year and CSP Custom Solutions. for more information.

By Jennifer Bulat, Group Director of Editorial Production, CSP
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