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Oregon Business wins 11 awards for excellence

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Archives - July 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
OBM_OctOregon Business magazine has won 11 awards for excellence in reporting and design from the regional Society of Professional Journalists.

The 2009 awards include a first place for government reporting for the magazine’s analysis of the state’s addiction to lottery dollars; a first place for overall cover design; and a first place for a photo essay on the state’s beer barons.

Managing editor Ben Jacklet received five awards for his reporting and writing, including a second place in the business feature category for Don’t Panic/Panic, a story that looked at the falling economy; a second place in environmental reporting for Pollution for Sale, which assessed the cap-and-trade ambitions of the state; a third place for business news reporting for The Party’s Over, which foretold the housing crisis; a third place for personalities feature for Drinking Age, a collection of profiles of the state’s beer barons; and an honorable mention in business feature writing for Nike in China, which looked at Nike’s global aspirations.

Art director Martin Gee was awarded a second place for inside feature design for design of feature pages on Sam Adams, carbon trading, and PSU; and a third place for feature photo/photo illustration for the cover The Sky is Not Falling. The magazine placed third in the general excellence category.
 

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Editor's Letter: Power Play

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace. 

Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.

This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay. 

Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.

New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”

That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!

— Linda


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