Dan Verdon

Chair: Daniel R. Verdon

Group Content Director, Advanstar Communications

The Editorial & Content Committee's mission is to:

  • Create, maintain and communicate programs that instill ethics and editorial excellence.
  • Develop and provide practical, graphical and editorial tools.
  • Continue to publicly recognize the best of business journalism both within and outside the trade publishing industry.
  • Promote editorial participation in the activities of the association.

Editorial & Content Committee Members

To view the titles/companies of Editorial & Content Committe members, click here.

Featured Resources / Projects

Jesse H. Neal Awards

The Editorial & Content Committee is very involved in the Neal Awards, which recognize and reward editorial excellence in business media. Each committee member serves as either a screener or judge for the competition. Additionally, the committee features a subcommittee (Neal Awards subcommittee), which meets during the summer to review the competition and implement changes to streamline processes and reflect the evolving nature of b-to-b media.

For more information on the Jesse H. Neal Awards, click here.

ABM's Editorial Code of Ethics

The Editorial & Content Committee is revamping ABM’s Editorial Code of Ethics, taking into account the new digital landscape such as native advertising.

As the web evolves there are challenges ahead identifying the source of content for the reader. In addition, many companies are investing in the creation of useful information for customers. The merging of that information into a communication company's information stream requires added diligence for labeling -- so there is no confusion on the part of the reader about who is talking to them.

The updated Editorial Code of Ethics will be completed during Spring 2014. To view the current Editorial Code of Ethics, click here (2011 Edition).

Editorial Training

The Editorial & Content Committee imagines its role as a faculty, developing useful, utilitarian education that can help members train and educate their staffs.

As such. the committee has produced webinars including a three-part editorial training series in conjunction with the Construction Writers Association (Personal Branding for Journalists; 3 Steps to Developing a Video Content Strategy; and Better, Cheaper, Faster: Automating the Content Workflow). Other webinars include Using Social Media as a Reporting Tool.

These webinars are available on-demand for SIIA/ABM members. To request, email Elizabeth A. Reid.

Recent Meetings

Minutes can be requested by emailing Elizabeth A. Reid, community & special projects manager.

Jan. 13, 2014: Neal Awards Screening and Code of Ethics Revamp

During the meeting, the Committee discussed the Neal Awards process and continued to work on the revamp of ABM's Editorial Code of Ethics.

March 14, 2014: Neal Awards Review, Education Initiative

For the bulk of the meeting, the Committee reviewed the 60th Jesse H. Neal Awards process, considering what categories might need a revamp and how to improve the program. The Committee also formed an Education Subcommittee, which will aim to act as an editorial "faculty" for association members, developing training and other tools for editorial staffs.

Upcoming Meetings

June 18, 2014

Sept. 10, 2014

Nov. 20, 2014

For more information on the Editorial & Content Committee, email Elizabeth A Reid.