23 Apr 2008 17:26

Interfax receives award for best federal mass media outlet covering economic issues

Interfax Information Services Group’s Financial and Business Information Services has been named the winner of The Economic Revival of Russia competition in the best federal mass media outlet category.

The competition has been sponsored by the Russian Chamber of Commerce and the Russian Journalists Union since 1993.

An award presentation ceremony was held on April 23 as part of the National Forum of Business Mass Media.

The program “Economy” on Vesti television and the newspaper Transport Rossii were among the winners, alongside Interfax.

The Grand Prix awards went to the Tyumen magazine Selsky Okrug Segodnya (Rural Life Today) and the Kadui television and radio company in Vologda Region. The magazine Delovoye Podmoskovye (Businesses in Moscow Region), the newspaper Kontinent Sibir (Novosibirsk), and the Belgorod state television and radio company were named best regional mass media, and the magazine V Mire Deneg (The Money World) published in Tyumen and the newspaper Putevoditel Mezhdunarodnogo Biznesa (A Guide to International Business) in Moscow were found best specialized mass media.

Journalists from Saratov, Omsk, Cheboksary and Kursk were named winners in individual categories.

*** Interfax Information Services Group provides news and information products essential for decision-making in politics and business. Established in 1989, Interfax Group comprises a network of national, regional, and specialized news agencies operating throughout Russia and the CIS countries, as well as in China and Central Europe.

The Group includes companies and divisions that provide news, analytical services, market data, as well as offering and developing software solutions for financial markets and databases. One of Interfax’ best-known products is SPARK, a factual and analytical database on all legal entities and self-employed registered in Russia.

The Interfax Financial and Business Information Services incorporate about ten companies, including the largest news agencies in their sectors in Russia: Interfax FNA (financial and commodities markets); Interfax PNA (energy markets) and Interfax GNA (natural gas market). They also include the Center for Economic Analysis, well known as one of the largest independent analytical centers, and project SPARK, the largest database of corporate information in Russia.