ComputerWorld Canada wins B2B journalism prize

A national association of Canadian business magazines has honoured ComputerWorld Canada for an article that helped IT managers understand and address the many legal risks that threaten corporate enterprises.

Staff writer Rafael Ruffolo won the Gold Award for Best How To or Series of How To Articles at the 55th annual KRW awards hosted by the Canadian Business Press Monday night. Ruffolo’s winning entry was “How to Stay on the Right Side of the Law,” which covered everything from outsourcing contracts to firing an IT employee.

The KRW Awards are named in honour of Kenneth R. Wilson, a pioneering journalist in the business-to-business (B2B) sector who once edited the Financial Post. The awards single out excellence in writing, design, photography and the use of the Internet.

The Best How-To category specifically rewards “A feature article informing readers how to do their jobs better, more efficiently, more productively,” according to the Canadian Business Press. “The emphasis should be on direct instruction to the reader.”

IT World Canada editor-in-chief Shane Schick noted that Ruffolo’s entry was among the most-read articles on ComputerWorld Canada’s Web site at the time it was published.

“Rafael’s win is a good reminder that quality journalism will always find an audience,” he said. “This was the kind of piece that has become a ComputerWorld Canada trademark: something that educates as well as informs. You couldn’t put this story down without having something practical you could apply to your own business.”

Ruffolo, 25, joined IT World Canada almost immediately after graduating from the journalism program at Ottawa-based Carleton University. In less than two years with ComputerWorld Canada he has already covered some of the biggest issues in the IT sector, including net neutrality, PCI-DSS compliance and the emergence of virtualization. He was a top 10 finalist in the same KRW category last year.

“In a very short career Rafael has achieved a great deal,” Schick added. “We’re proud of his work and his commitment to helping IT professionals succeed in the Canadian market.”

The grand prize for the Gold Award at the KRWs is $1,000, plus a voucher from the Canadian Press to feature at no charge a photograph from its database in the winning publication.

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