Heavy Duty Trucking has been named a finalist in two categories for the 63rd Jesse H. Neal Awards, which honors excellence in business journalism.

The four-part series on The Modern Maintenance Manager was named a finalist for Best Series. The series examined what the trucking industry’s most forward-looking maintenance and equipment executives are doing to hire and keep technicians, manage employees, increase efficiency and productivity as well as to meet other demands placed on the modern maintenance manager. 

The series consisted of feature articles by editor in chief Deborah Lockridge, executive editor David Cullen and technology contributing editor Jim Beach.

HDT was also named a finalist in the Best News Coverage category for its coverage of the EPA’s GHG Phase 2 Rule. Through news, articles, and analysis, HDT’s editors examined many aspects of the rule as proposed and as issued in its final form last summer.  The coverage included contributions by editor in chief Deborah Lockridge, executive editor David Cullen, senior contributing editor Tom Berg and senior editor Jack Roberts.

Finalists for this year's Neal Awards include 128 nominations covering a range of categories, including best content, blogs, social media and best use of data, infographics and art direction. A total of 42 winners will be announced, culminating in the Grand Neal Award, which honors the most outstanding entry from among the winners in all categories.

A panel of 14 judges will review the finalists to select winners in the 17 editorial categories. Winners will be announced during a special awards ceremony on March 31 at Pier Sixty in New York City.

The Neal Awards were created by the American Business Media association (now named Connectiv) in 1955 to recognize and reward editorial excellence in business-to-business publications that cover such fields as agriculture, medicine, finance, engineering, and transportation.

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