Fleet Owner executive editor David Cullen was recognized by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) with the prestigious Stephen Barr Award for Feature Writing for his work on “Fuel: Diesel and Beyond.” The organization of business journalists also awarded Fleet Owner six Azbee Awards for Editorial and Design Excellence, including four national awards lauding a major feature article, the annual buyer's guide, a special supplement, and a front cover design.
The cover story for Fleet Owner's August 2007 issue, “Fuel: Diesel and Beyond,” included contributions from the entire editorial staff, who all shared the gold Azbee for feature stories.
“The writing was distinctive in its clarity,” said one Stephen Barr Award judge. “It provided a real service for its readers — myself included — by explaining the pros and cons of the different alternatives available to an industry that lives or dies on the price of fuel.”
In addition, the magazine received silver awards on the national level for its annual buyer's guide (October '07) and front cover of the annual buyer's guide (October '07). The supplement “Can You Survive?” (November '07) earned a bronze.
In ASBPE's Northeast chapter competition, Fleet Owner was awarded two regional Azbees: A gold award for the “New Models” computer-generated front cover design (July '07) and a silver award for the “Editor's Page” (July & August '07).
The annual Stephen Barr Award is named for one of ASBPE's most-honored journalists, who died of cancer in 2002 at the age of 43. Unlike other ASBPE awards which focus on publication excellence, it honors individual writing from among the best entries in all editorial feature categories, “especially work that reflects the qualities of inventiveness, insight, balance, depth of investigation, and impact on readers,” according to ASBPE.