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Ellies - who needs 'em? Hearst Magazines on Tuesday will dole out the first-ever Tower Awards for excellence in edit, art and design among Hearst titles.

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DOING GOOD: Ellies — who needs 'em? Hearst Magazines on Tuesday will dole out the first-ever Tower Awards for excellence in edit, art and design among Hearst titles. The biennial awards, developed by president Cathie Black, are the company's own version of the National Magazine Awards — which tend to be dominated by archrival Condé Nast. Honors will be given for best cover, best reporting, best regular section and best photography, among others. The entries were not judged solely by their peers — Black recruited outside executives including Susan Lyne, president and chief executive of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, for feedback. CBS senior political correspondent Jeff Greenfield and Robin Roberts of "Good Morning America" will hand out crystal statuettes to the winners during Tuesday's dinner celebration. The gala is Hearst's first major gathering following its executive management conference held last week in New Orleans with 70 top staffers, including the editors and publishers at each title who, in between workshops, helped remodel a house severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Executive vice president Michael Clinton photographed the crew during its four-day home-building for a future book. Clinton has published two photo books to date; his third, "Global Faces," will be released in the fall. — Stephanie D. Smith

PRIZED PACKAGES: The Wall Street Journal was bestowed two Pulitzer Prizes — for its financial reporting, naturally — on Monday, the only publication to take home multiple honors. The Journal won for public service for its reports on backdating stock options for business executives and for international reporting on capitalism's effect on China. Other winners included The New York Times for feature writing for Andrea Elliott's coverage of an imam finding his way in America, and The New York Daily News, which won a nod for editorial writing for editorials on behalf of Ground Zero workers besieged with health problems (though the News was later called out by The New York Times on its reporting relating to its news accounts of one of those workers, Cesar Borja, who died in January). The Los Angeles Times' Kenneth Weiss, Usha Lee McFarling and Rick Loomis earned an award for explanatory reporting for their coverage of the world's distressed oceans, while Charlie Savage of the The Boston Globe won a Pulitzer for national reporting for his reports on President Bush using "signing statements" to assert his right to bypass provisions of new laws. The Associated Press took home an award for breaking-news photography for an image of a Jewish woman battling Israeli security forces during an evacuation of illegal settlers in the West Bank. — S.D.S.
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