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27 First Place Winners Announced for the 2020 SIPAwards Competition

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SIIA Contact: Ronn Levine, (703) 338-7494

27 First Place Winners Announced for the 2020 SIPAwards Competition

WASHINGTON, DC (June 2, 2020) – In a live, virtual ceremony, the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA) today named 27 first-place winners in its 41st annual SIPAwards competition, recognizing excellence among publishers in editorial, marketing and product success. The winners were announced following the virtual SIPA 2020 Annual Conference June 1-2.

“The SIPAwards showcase the top-notch journalism and valuable solutions specialized publishers provide for the niche communities they serve across the globe,” said SIIA President Jeff Joseph. “Now more than ever, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate the editorial excellence provided by this crucial marketplace. SIPA members inform news and trends in industries that are the backbone of the global economy.”

Multiple category first-place winners include BioWorld, Money-Media, Relias, Behr’s Verlag, Industry Dive and Communications Daily. The judging was conducted by 30 specially chosen industry peers. Two special awards were given: The David Swit Award for Best Investigative Reporting went to Education Week for “Schools Are Deploying Massive Digital Surveillance Systems. The Results Are Alarming.” And the Margie Weiner Award for Best New Success Story went to Copyrightlaws.com for their pre-pandemic Zoom On In sessions.
“We heartily congratulate all of the winners on their exceptional content, successful marketing initiatives, and impressive product success,” said Amanda McMaster, SIPA’s managing director. “The winning entries truly embody the spirit of the awards, which is to continue to exceed industry standards and set new benchmarks for performance and efficiency.”
Here are the 2020 SIPAward first-place winners. For a complete listing, please see the SIPAwards website.

Editorial Categories

  • Best Blog or Commentary
    Magna Publications
    For Those Who Teach
    Maryellen Weimer
  • Best Daily Publication
    BioWorld – The Daily Biopharmaceutical News Source
    Lynn Yoffee, Jennifer Boggs, Michael Fitzhugh, Karen Carey, Peter Winter, Anette Breindl, Randy Osborne, Lee Landenberger, Mari
  • Best Editorial Video Work
    FundFire – Money-Media
    What Are Opportunity Zones? FundFire Explainer
    Tom Stabile, TJ Fabian, Deepti Agnew
  • Best Instructional, Scientific or Technical Reporting
    Relias Media
    “Code Melancholia: A Review of Depression for Emergency Physicians,” Emergency Medicine Reports
    Frank J. Edwards, MD; Sandra M. Schneider, MD; J. Stephan Stapczynski, MD; and Shelly Morrow Mark
  • Best Interpretive or Analytical Reporting: Business/Marketing/Other (tie)
    SHRM Online
    All the Lonely People
    Agenda – Money-Media
    A Window Into One Board’s Executive Comp Overhaul
    Amanda Gerut
  • Best Interpretive or Analytical Reporting: Financial/Investing
    Debtwire
    Bitter Harvest
    Maura Webber Sadovi, Maria Chutchian, Farhin Lilywala and Paula Seligson
  • Best Interpretive or Analytical Reporting: Health Care/Regulatory/Education
    Industry Dive – BioPharma Dive
    Pharmacquired
    Jacob Bell, Ned Pagliarulo, Kim Dixon
  • Best Interview or Profile of Someone in Your Industry
    Industry Dive – Food Dive
    With the Dairy Industry in a Sour State, Borden CEO Plots Comeback for One-Time Milk Giant
    Christopher Doering and Megan Poinski
  • Best Newsletter or Ezine (non-daily): Business/Marketing/Other
    The Habitat Group
    Commercial Lease Law Insider
    Glenn S. Demby
  • Best Newsletter or Ezine (non-daily): Financial/Investing
    Irving Levin Associates
    Health Care M&A News
    Lisa E. Phillips, Dylan Sammut
  • Best Newsletter or Ezine (non-daily): Health Care/Regulatory/Education
    Relias Media
    Hospital Infection Control & Prevention
    Gary Evans; Patrick Joseph, MD; and Jason Schneider
  • Best Podcast
    Behr’s Akademie
    Report for the Food Industry: Best Podcast on iTunes After 5 Days
    Arno Langbehn, Deniz Dag and Jette Heinsohn
  • Best Series of Articles on One Topic –Business/Marketing/OtheR
    Energy Intelligence Group
    Flaring in the Permian
    Deon Daugherty
  • Best Series of Articles on One Topic – Financial/Investing
    Life Annuity Specialist – Money-Media
    Clashing Over Claims
    Richard Bedard, Rachael Zisk, Daphne Zhang
  • Best Series of Articles on One Topic – Health Care/Regulatory/Education
    BioWorld
    Transforming Drug, Med-Tech R&D With AI
    Karen Carey, Mark McCarty, Mari Serebrov, Elise Mak, Jihyun Kim, Tamra Sami, T.V. Padma, Anette Breindl, Stacy Lawrence, Peter
  • Best Single Feature Article
    Agenda – Money-Media
    How Directors Are Dealing With Gun Violence
    Stephanie Forshee and Jennifer Williams-Alvarez
  • Best Single-Topic Special Publication
    Communications Daily
    Special Report on Emergency Communications
    Adam Bender, Howard Buskirk, Matt Daneman, Jonathan Make, Jimm Phillips and Monty Tayloe
  • Best Spot News or Single News Article
    Communications Daily
    Spot Coverage of Net Neutrality
    Adam Bender, Howard Buskirk, Matt Daneman and Jimm Phillips
  • Best Use of Data
    FundFire – Money-Media
    Just Nine Foundations Control Over 30% of the Market
    Alana Pipe
  • The David Swit Award for Best Investigative Reporting
    Education Week
    Schools Are Deploying Massive Digital Surveillance Systems. The Results Are Alarming
    Benjamin Herold, Maya Riser-Kositsky, Emma Patti Harris, Lesli Maxwell

Marketing Categories

  • Best Awards Program
    Government Executive Media Group
    Government Hall of Fame
  • Best Infographic
    BioWorld
    Biopharma Stocks Up 26% on Average Since Debut with Karuna
    Karen Carey
  • Best New or Relaunched Website
    BioWorld
    Hello Future, Goodbye pdf: BioWorld Delivers News of Medical Innovation on New Modern Platform
    Lynn Yoffee, John Borgman, Cean Howman, Andrea Applegate, Ann Marie Griffith, Amanda Lanier, Holland Johnson, Jennifer Boggs,
  • Best Use of Social Media
    Behr’s Publishing House
    Musical Birthday Greetings to Xing Contacts
    Arno Langbeh, Jette Heinsohn and Deniz Dag
  • Best Use of Video in Marketing
    Behr’s GmbH
    Strange New World: Today the Company Applies to the Applicant
    Arno Langbehn, Jette Heinsohn and Deniz Dag
  • Best Webinar, eLearning or Online Training Program
    Informa Pharma Intelligence
    Delighting the Customer: Pharma Intelligence Journalists’ Coverage of Real-World Evidence
    Bridget Silverman, Mary-Jo Laffler, Raj Bahra
  • Margie Weiner Award for Best New Success Story?Copyrightlaws.com
    Zoom On In Copyright
    Lesley Ellen Harris
  • About Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA)
    SIIA is an umbrella association representing 800+ technology, data and media companies globally. Industry leaders work through SIIA’s divisions to address issues and challenges that impact their industry segments with the goal of driving innovation and growth for the industry and each member company.  This is accomplished through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations. For more information, visit siia.net.
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CCPA Regulations Create a Gordian Knot: Either Comply with the Unconstitutional Restrictions or Risk Expensive Enforcement Actions, Says SIIA

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SIIA CONTACT: Sharon Burk, (732) 586-6680

CCPA Regulations Create a Gordian Knot: Either Comply with the Unconstitutional Restrictions or Risk Expensive Enforcement Actions, Says SIIA

Washington, D.C. (June 3, 2020) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for software, information, digital content, and education technology industries, today issued a statement regarding the California Attorney General submitting the final regulations implementing the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) for approval to the California Office of Administrative Law.

SIIA President and CEO, Jeff Joseph, issued the following statement
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“We appreciate the hard work and diligence the California Attorney General dedicated to drafting and consulting on the CCPA regulations. The final regulations, as submitted for approval to the Office of Administrative Law, include an important, common sense clarification to ensure the privacy of student data in the classroom by delineating which businesses qualify as service providers when under contract with a school district.

“We are disappointed, however, that the final regulations fail to clarify important compliance issues and fix the CCPA’s fatal First Amendment flaws with respect to information in the public domain.

“SIIA supports a national privacy standard that is robust, comprehensive, and flexible enough to balance innovation with privacy protections. But that value in privacy – whether state or federal – must be balanced against constitutional norms and requirements, including the First Amendment’s free speech guarantee. The CCPA and its final regulations fail this test.  As we brought to the attention of the California legislature and the Attorney General in multiple comments, the CCPA’s blanket regulation of non-governmentally sourced publicly available information unconstitutionally interferes with protected speech. Moreover, this regulatory overreach will suppress information for use in law enforcement investigations, investigative journalism, identity verification, scientific and medical research, corporate due diligence, finding missing persons, and the protection of our financial markets through ‘know your customer’ and anti-money laundering standards.

“The legislature failed to meet its constitutional and policy responsibilities when enacting the CCPA, but it gave the Attorney General the authority to remedy constitutional flaws through the rulemaking process. The failure to do so forces businesses to either comply with an unconstitutional regulatory requirement or risk expensive enforcement actions to vindicate their constitutional rights. This Gordian Knot is capricious, unfair, and unnecessary.

“The CCPA’s disregard for the First Amendment underscores the need for a preemptive federal solution to the data privacy question. SIIA will continue to work with policymakers on how we can ensure robust privacy protections without discarding our constitutional traditions.”

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SIIA Ed Tech Industry Conference Announces Innovation Showcase 2.0 Winner

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SIIA Contact: Michelle Harris, (202) 789- 4450
mharris@siia.net 

SIIA Ed Tech Industry Conference Announces Innovation Showcase 2.0 Winner

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 11, 2020) The Education Division (ETIN) of SIIA wrapped up a month-long virtual conference with their annual Innovation Showcase 2.0. The program helps to establish all participants as future leaders in the EdTech market, directly connecting them to industry experts and decision makers with a vast array of expertise, resources, and guidance to share.

“Dozens of successful products and companies, all dedicated to improving education using software, digital content, and related technologies, presented this year. We’re thrilled to announce Muzology is this year’s Innovation Showcase winner,” said Jill Abbott, ETIN Sr. Vice President and Managing Director.

Muzology integrates music and learning into the classroom. Founded by Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Lana Israel, their method activates existing knowledge, communicates critical math skills, and evaluates student growth and performance. During the Covid-19 closures, Muzology offered their music-based learning for free to schools and teachers.

Innovation Showcase 2.0 identifies and supports entrepreneurs in their efforts to bring innovative learning technologies to the education market. ETIN calls the Innovation Showcase 2.0 the chance to give back to both the industry and the participants, who are aspiring EdTech entrepreneurs. 

About ETIN

The Education Division of SIIA represents the best software companies and products serving PK-12, Higher Education and the future of work. We are the thought leaders in EdTech identifying the gaps, highlighting opportunities, and connecting leaders within our community.

About SIIA

SIIA is the principal association representing software, information, education, technology and digital content industries. Through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations, SIIA provides a network of resources for its 800+ member companies that drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit siia.net.

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SIIA Restructures Education Technology (ETIN) Division

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SIIA Contact: Michelle Harris, (202) 789- 4450
mharris@siia.net 

SIIA Restructures Education Technology (ETIN) Division

Consolidating activities to strengthen focus on critical needs in EdTech Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 16, 2020) – SIIA, the longtime leader in education technology policy, announces a major restructuring with their Education Technology (ETIN) Division. The division will more directly focus on the EdTech community’s most critical needs at the moment surrounding public policy, as the division moves away from in-person events.

“Effective July 1, 2020, our ETIN Education Division will be consolidated within our Public Policy Division,” said SIIA President Jeff Joseph, “Change is difficult but necessary and change can drive extraordinary outcomes. We have enjoyed a long and supportive relationship with the Education Technology community. We look forward to the next phase of this relationship as we leverage our core strengths in policy and advocacy to help grow this critical and exciting sector.”

Current SIIA education division members in good standing are invited to remain SIIA members through SIIA’s Education Policy Committee (EPC) at their current dues level. The EPC will continue to operate under the direction of Sara Kloek, focusing on issues important to SIIA’s EdTech members and the industry at large including protecting student and children’s privacy, education funding, closing the digital divide, distance learning policies, accessibility, and interoperability.

SIIA also will continue to produce the EdTech industry’s leading and highly coveted EdTech CODiES Award program under the direction of SIIA Awards Director Jennifer Baranowski who has successfully coordinated the program for several years. At the same time, the association is terminating its standalone EdTech conferences and the majority of differentiated breakout content.

“We also are exploring how best to continue the amazing work launched by our EdTech members around diversity, equity, and inclusion, which remains a priority for our organization. And we are exploring transitioning existing ETIN committees and communities to a virtual platform along with evaluating opportunities to continue to participate in and support key industry forums and specific project work,” said Joseph.

“I want to thank Jill Abbott for her dedication, evangelism, and tremendous leadership,” Joseph added. “Jill helped create a compelling strategic vision for ETIN and has many successes of which to be proud, including most recently our Tech for Learners initiative. Jill has been a passionate champion for an increased focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion within the EdTech community and across our organization. We look forward to celebrating her soon.

“I also want to thank the current ETIN Executive Committee, Board of Directors and the many volunteers who so unselfishly gave their time and expertise to support the division as well as the many great leaders who helped found and build the division.”

Abbott will leave SIIA effective July 1. Sara Kloek will continue to lead SIIA’s EdTech-related public policy thought-leadership and advocacy efforts. SIIA’s Public Policy Division is led by SIIA Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy Carl Schonander.

About SIIA

SIIA is the principal association representing software, information, education, technology and digital content industries. Through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations, SIIA provides a network of resources for its 800+ member companies that drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit siia.net.

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SIIA Urges Brazil Senate to Oppose “Fake News” Legislation

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SIIA CONTACT: Sharon Burk, (732) 586-6680

SIIA Urges Brazil Senate to Oppose “Fake News” Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 24, 2020) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association for the software, information, and digital content industries, opposes the “Lei das Fake News” (Fake News Law Project) scheduled to be voted on by Brazil’s Senate on Thursday, June 25.

SIIA President, Jeff Joseph, issued the following statement:

“SIIA is committed to responsible efforts to combat misinformation online, but Brazil’s proposed ‘Fake News Law Project’ is the wrong approach. If passed, the legislation would roll back privacy principles enshrined in Brazil’s newly implemented data protection law (the LGPD), limit access to online services by underserved and undocumented individuals, and unnecessarily impede the ability of platforms to deploy technologies to enforce their terms of service and combat online misinformation.

“From a trade perspective, the legislation’s forced data localization provision is a de facto trade barrier. Data localization is inconsistent with modern approaches to economics because it prevents cross-border data flows, and flouts the aim of the Iberoamerican Data Protection Network’s Privacy Standards to remove barriers to data flows.

“We echo calls from other stakeholders for Brazil’s legislature to stop this legislation and we urge Brazil to reaffirm its commitment to the privacy principles enshrined in the LGPD.”

About SIIA:
SIIA is an umbrella association that represents constituencies from technology, data and media companies. Through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations, SIIA provides a network of resources for its 800+ member companies that drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.siia.net.