Congrats to Jack Dolan, Matthew Haggman, and Rob Barry of The Miami Herarld for winning first place in the the Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism put out by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

The three wrote the fantastic “Borrowers Betrayed” series last year, which exposed how feckless Florida regulators allowed thousands of convicted criminals to flood the state’s mortgage business during the boom. The Audit talked to Dolan about the series in a December Q&A, which you can read here.

It’s always good to see this kind of work get the recognition it deserves.

Business journalists, I’ve said it before, but it’s worth reading this series and thinking about how you can apply it to your state. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel seems to have done so, but I haven’t seen it in, say, California, Nevada, or Arizona.

It’s not too late.

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Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, CJR's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at rc2538@columbia.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @ryanchittum.