CSP Opioid Story Honored for Excellence

‘Crisis in the C-Store’ named Best Single Article at Neal awards
Photograph by Elaine McMillion Sheldon/“Heroin(e),” a Netflix Original

NEW YORK —CSP’s groundbreaking feature “Crisis in the C-Store,” about how the opioid crisis has hit home for convenience-store chains across the country, was recognized at the Jesse H. Neal Awards on March 29 in New York.

The May 2018 cover article, by Alaina Lancaster, Greg Lindenberg and Samantha Oller, was named Best Single Article in its revenue class at the awards luncheon. The story examined what c-store retailers are doing to address the crisis at the store level and featured insights from experts on how to deal with employees who may be struggling with addiction.

“This story was about starting an open conversation about a problem that was mostly living in local news headlines, private conversations and behind c-store bathroom doors,” said Lancaster, an associate editor for CSP. “I want to thank every single retailer and expert who shared their story in hopes that it would help communities heal and learn from this immense tragedy. I hope the industry continues to be a part of the solution for this crisis.”

CSP and its designers Bruce Ramsay, Nico Heins and Johnathan Shelton also were recognized in the category of Best Overall Art Direction/Design for the magazine’s Road to Fortune series. And Convenience Store Products magazine designer Mike Miller was honored for Best Art Direction for a Cover for its fourth-quarter 2018 issue.

CSP also was nominated in the categories of Best Series for its September, October and November 2018 cover stories on disruption and next-generation retailing; Best Industry Coverage for its investigations of the opioid crisis, human trafficking and kratom; and Best Website for CSPDailyNews.com.

CSP sister publications Winsight Grocery Business won in the category of Best Art Direction for a Cover for its August 2018 design focused on The Kroger Co., and Restaurant Business won for Best Overall Art Direction/Design.

The Jesse H. Neal Awards, now in their 65th year, are the most prestigious editorial honors in the field of specialized journalism.

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