ProSales Articles Win National, Regional Writing Honors

"The Future of Wood," ProSales' special report from September 2008, has won a second national prize. In July, the American Society of Business Publication Editors gave it the gold award in its Azbee competition for best feature article by a trade magazine with under 80,000 circulation.

In June, this same article was honored by the National Association of Real Estate Editors as 2008's best trade magazine report for residential real estate, mortgage finance or building development. Editor Craig Webb wrote that piece, which you can read at In addition, senior editor Andy Carlo picked up a regional bronze Azbee award for " Red Scare: The ProSales 100." The article, which appeared in May 2008, was honored in the Original Research category, again among magazines with less than 80,000 circulation. This is the second straight year that ProSales has received a national Azbee and at least one regional Azbee.

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