Wells Media Group’s Carrier Management and Insurance Journal publications took home honors from this year’s Folio Awards that recognize excellence in publishing.
The awards, sponsored by the publishing industry’s Folio magazine, are for writing, editing and design in the category of business-to-business publications serving the banking/business/finance segment.
“Climate Control,” a bimonthly Insurance Journal column by Don Jergler on climate issues affecting insurance, won the award for best column or blog.
Jergler, who has been West regional editor for Insurance Journal web and magazine since 2011, started the column because he wanted to more closely examine the ties between climate and insurance.
“It seems every week there is a new research report, warning or, unfortunately, weather-related disaster. It can be dizzying and billions and billions of dollars, not to mention many lives, are at stake,” said Jergler. “So I wanted to take a step back and put the research and events in perspective, relating them more directly to the insurance industry.”
“Don took on this project on his own initiative and has run with it. We think it has made an important contribution to the industry’s understanding of climate issues and is a valuable resource,” said Andrew Simpson, Wells Media’s chief of content.
Wells Media Group’s Carrier Management publication was also recognized by the Folio Awards.
Susanne Sclafane, founding and executive editor of Carrier Management, achieved an honorable mention in a brand new Folio category, Editor of the Year, where the competition included editors from much larger publications including People, Time, Dwell, Marie Claire and Successful Farming.
“This is quite an accomplishment,” said Simpson of Sclafane’s recognition as one of the nation’s best editors. “We’ve known Su is one of the best and hardest-working insurance journalists and editors around; now it’s confirmed that she’s one of the best editors, period.”
Carrier Management, which serves the property/casualty insurance executive suite, was also honored with an honorable mention as best publication for its second quarter 2015 issue focusing on innovation, as well as for best series of articles for “Inside the Minds of Innovators in Insurance,” written by Sclafane and designed by Guy Boccia, Wells Media’s vice president of design.
Both Insurance Journal and Carrier Management are repeat Folio Award finalists.
Last year, Carrier Management nabbed the top prize in the best series of articles competition; it also received honorable mentions for best new magazine design and best full issue for its Winter 2014 edition. Last year, Insurance Journal Editor-in-Chief Andrea Wells took home the winning prize for the best single article for her work, “E&O Dangers for Agents.”
A panel of more than 300 judges narrowed 2,800 entries to select the Folio finalists and winners.