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Archive for 2007

November 2007

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Tips on covering retail this Christmas season

Get Tips on Covering the Upcoming Christmas Shopping Season...[Read More]
Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

SABEW’s 14th annual Best in Business contest approaches

By Jill Jorden Spitz Contest committee chair The Society of American Business Editors and Writers annual Best in Business contest opens in January for work published in 2007. All entries are due by Feb. 1, 2008. The entry process will again be all electronic, with URLs in addition to PDFs allowed. The ...[Read More]

October 2007

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Five things non-accountants should know

By Eve Samples The Palm Beach Post (Editor's Note: Eve Samples, a business writer for the Palm Beach Post, covered the accounting session by UNC-Chapel Hill accounting professor Doug Shackelford at the fall SABEW conference held Oct. 20-21.) CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Doug Shackelford talks to ...[Read More]
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Philly biz editor explains sponsorship experience

By Kevin Noblet The Associated Press (Editor's Note: SABEW board member Kevin Noblet covered the session on the Philadelphia Inquirer's sponsorship of its business section by a local bank at the fall SABEW conference held Oct. 20-21.) CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- If it was a grilling, ...[Read More]
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Activist investors taking multiple paths to challenge companies

By Peter Passi Duluth (Minn.) News-Tribune (Editor's Note: Duluth News-Tribune business reporter Peter Passi received a scholarship from SABEW chair Marty Steffens to attend the fall SABEW conference held Oct. 20-21.) CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - SABEW"™s fall conference hosted a lively ...[Read More]
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Become smarter when covering hedge funds by talking to them

By Dave Wilson Columnist, Bloomberg News (Editor's Note: SABEW board member Dave Wilson covered a session on smarter hedge fund coverage at the fall SABEW conference held Oct. 20-21.) CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- "The longer that you've been comfortable, the more likely ...[Read More]
Friday, October 26th, 2007

SABEW critique painful, but definitely worthwhile

By Daniel Connolly The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal (Editor's Note: SABEW board members offered critiques to a dozen business journalists attending the fall conference at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on Oct. 20-21. Daniel Connolly, who covers health care, technology and ...[Read More]
Friday, October 26th, 2007

Sneak Peek at new Best in Business Categories

By Jill Jorden Spitz SABEW board member It's time to start planning for SABEW's 2007 Best in Business contest. We have two new divisions his year, with categories for online and magazine business journalism. Here's a sneak peak at the new categories: Magazine categories: Magazine cover story Honors outstanding reporting, writing ...[Read More]
Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Recruiters offer tips for landing next job in new media world

By Sara Kennedy Business reporter, The Bradenton Herald (Editor's Note: Kennedy attended the fall SABEW conference, held at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on Oct. 20-21, and filed this report about a session on finding jobs.) CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The plus is that news organizations ...[Read More]
Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Business news wires adapting in the new media world

By Elizabeth Conner Business editor, The (Columbus) Ledger-Enquirer (Editor's Note: Conner attended the fall SABEW conference at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on Oct. 20-21 and filed this report about a session she attended.) CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- New media is forcing news organizations to change and adapt to new ways to serve readers. Wire services are jumping into that role, and representatives ...[Read More]
Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

SABEW critique offers great advice

By Jeff Ostrowski Palm Beach Post (Editor's Note: SABEW board members offered critiques to a dozen business journalists attending the fall conference at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on Oct. 20-21. Ostrowski, (right) pictured below with Mark Essig, (left) the business editor of the Asheville Citizen-Times, reflected on what the critique session meant to him) When reporters and editors ...[Read More]
Sunday, October 21st, 2007

The American tries to put ideas back into business magazines

By Marty Steffens SABEW Chair (Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of articles covering the Fall SABEW conference, being held at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on Oct. 20-21.) We"™re live at the SABEW workshop on the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill. In November 2006, a 112-page glossy new business publication hit the stands - well, okay, maybe only a few ...[Read More]
Sunday, October 21st, 2007

The American tries to put ideas back into business magazines

By Marty Steffens SABEW Chair (Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of articles covering the Fall SABEW conference, being held at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on Oct. 20-21.) We"™re live at the SABEW workshop on the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel ...[Read More]
Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Better Business Journalism Blogging

By Marty Steffens SABEW Chair (Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a series of posts covering the Fall SABEW conference, being held at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on Oct. 20-21.) We"™re live at the SABEW workshop on the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill. Ryan Thornburg, professor at UNC and former managing editor, USNews.com Six steps to take the chore out of blogging ...[Read More]
Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Lessons learned from the Wall Street Journal redesign

By Marty Steffens SABEW Chair (Editor's Note: This is the fifth in a series of articles covering the Fall SABEW conference, being held at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on Oct. 20-21.) We"™re live at the SABEW workshop on the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel ...[Read More]
Saturday, October 20th, 2007

Health care is broken and must be fixed

By Marty Steffens SABEW Chair (Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of articles covering the Fall SABEW conference, being held at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on Oct. 20-21.) First up is David King, CEO of Laboratory Corporation of America, on the "Future of Health Care." King described a gloomy future for health care with spiraling health care premiums, a growing number ...[Read More]
Saturday, October 20th, 2007

Consumer Reports editor argues for more and better consumer reporting

By Marty Steffens SABEW Chair (Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of articles covering the Fall SABEW conference, being held at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on Oct. 20-21.) We"™re live at the SABEW workshop on the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill. Kimberly Kleman, editor-in-chief of Consumer Reports, speaks on her magazine, and the state of consumer ...[Read More]
Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Michaels, longtime editor of Forbes, dies at age 86

By Colleen Long, AP Writer (Reprinted with permission by Associated Press) James W. Michaels, who transformed business journalism as the editor of Forbes magazine for nearly four decades, has died at age 86. Michaels died Tuesday of pneumonia, the magazine said. He joined Forbes in 1954 as a reporter covering mutual funds and was promoted to editor in 1961, steering the magazine into its ...[Read More]

September 2007

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Conference call training session paves way

By Gail DeGeorge SABEW President The "Mortgage Meltdown" conference training call Aug. 22 was a terrific example of how SABEW can and should function as a forum for members. The mess in the subprime mortgage market, which the business press has been writing about for months, had spread and reached fever pitch by mid-August. Coverage of the woes in housing markets and spikes in foreclosures took on ...[Read More]
Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Covering the business of education

By Richard Lee Colvin At most news organizations it is rare for business reporters to look for stories in local schools and colleges or for education reporters to consider the growing presence of for-profit companies or business leaders in classrooms. But these days that rigid separation between the coverage of education and business makes less sense. Some business journalists know this well. David ...[Read More]

July 2007

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Currier, 1999 SABEW Distinguished Award winner, dies at age 62

By Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer (reprinted with permission by Associated Press) Chet Currier , whose stock market and investing stories were fixtures in newspapers across the U.S. during a 29-year career at The Associated Press, died Sunday. He was 62. Currier, who also worked for Bloomberg News, died of prostate cancer at a hospice in Santa Monica, Calif., his son Craig said ...[Read More]
Monday, July 30th, 2007

Currier, 1999 SABEW Distinguished Award winner, dies at age 62

Reprinted with permission by Associated Press By Joyce M. Rosenburg, AP Business Writer Chet Currier , whose stock market and investing stories were fixtures in newspapers across the U.S. during a 29-year career at The Associated Press, died Sunday. He was 62. Currier, who also worked for Bloomberg News, died of prostate cancer at a hospice in Santa Monica, Calif., his son Craig said ...[Read More]

May 2007

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

The love-hate relationship between auto makers and business journalists

By Andrew Dunn Randy Essex has the phone numbers of two Ford Motor Co. public relations personnel programmed into his cell phone. They had originally called him angry about stories the business editor of The Detroit Free-Press had signed off on, and Essex saved their numbers. Now they sit down for coffee regularly to discuss recent trends in the auto industry. "I would describe it as more of ...[Read More]
Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

New SABEW president talks about goals, business journalism

Gail DeGeorge, who was elected president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers last week, is the SunSentinel's business editor, a position she has held for nine years. She is responsible for directing the coverage of South Florida's business community by a staff of 10 reporters, four assistant editors and an editorial assistant. Prior to joining the SunSentinel, Gail served as the ...[Read More]
Monday, May 21st, 2007

New officers and board members elected

Gail DeGeorge, business editor of The SunSentinel in Fort Lauderdale, was named president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers during its annual conference on Monday. Bernie Kohn, assistant managing editor of business for The Baltimore Sun, became SABEW¹s vice president. Greg McCune, training editor for Reuters, became treasurer. Rob Reuteman, business editor of the Rocky ...[Read More]
Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

The aftereffects of the Hewlett-Packard scandal

By Erin Zureick In the fast-paced world of Silicon Valley, secrecy matters. Innovations are created constantly, and keeping the competition in the dark can be the difference between profits and losses for many tech companies. So maybe it's not surprising that when leaks to the press began to surface at computing giant Hewlett-Packard Co. in 2005, top executives wanted to quash the chatter from its ...[Read More]
Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

When the business desk covers itself

By Sarah Rabil It's no secret that media companies are big business. Happenings at big companies are big news, and a media outlet's own company is no exception. But what do business media outlets do when their parent company is making potential headline news? Take The Wall Street Journal and the rest of its parent Dow Jones & Co., for instance. It'sworth $5 billion, or $60 per share "” ...[Read More]

April 2007

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

Judges comments for SABEW Best in Business Awards

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers has named the winners in its 12th annual Best in Business contest, which recognizes the best sections or publications, as well as the best breaking news, enterprise and projects reporting in business journalism during 2006. The judges comments for each category are available below: Student Contest Student Competition Winners Reuters "Iraq, Afghanistan ...[Read More]
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

SABEW names Best in Business award winners

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers has named the winners in its 12th annual Best in Business contest, which recognizes the best sections or publications, as well as the best breaking news, enterprise and projects reporting in business journalism during 2006. Winners share the award equally, without ranking, in the respective categories. The contest received 761 entries from daily ...[Read More]

March 2007

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

2007 News: Labor reporting struggles to find traction

By Torrye Jones "UM janitors end 2-month strike." "Seattle-Area Garbage Haulers May Strike." Critics of today's labor coverage have used headlines such as these found in media outlets across the country to question whether today's coverage of labor is fair and balanced. "The media is failing in their coverage of labor because there is very little reporting on labor issues and when there is reporting, ...[Read More]
Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

2007 News: SABEW president sends letter to ASNE conference attendees

The following letter from Society of American Business Editors and Writers President Dave Kansas was distributed Wednesday, May 28, 2007, to members of the American Society of Newspaper Editorsattending its annual convention. Dear Newspaper Editor, As you gather at your annual convention in Washington to discuss transforming the industry, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

2007 News: SABEW receives two $15,000 grants for training

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers received a $15,000 grant last month from the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media and the Pew Charitable Trusts. The institute, which is associated with the Columbia University Teachers College, will sponsor a seminar at SABEW's 44th annual conference in Orange County, Calif.,, on May 21. The session will explore the business impact ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

2007 News: Future of the Business Section Workshop

SABEW members: Want a head start on business journalism's future? A free daylong workshop on "The New Business Section: From blogs to HTML to "˜round-the-clock deadlines" will be held by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism on Saturday, May 19, at the Walt Disney Hotel in Anaheim. The workshop, which precedes the annual conference of the Society of American Business Editors ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

2007 News: Sixteen volunteers vying for 11 SABEW board seats

By Jonathan Lansner Orange County Register SABEW immediate past president and Nominations Committee chair In an election that could greatly change the face of SABEW governance, 16 people have volunteered to run for 11 vacant seats on SABEW's board of governors. An unusually high number of the 18 governor seats are up for grabs. Traditionally, six terms end each spring at our annual meeting. This ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

2007 News: Wall Street Journal’s Paul Steiger receives Distinguished Achievement Award

Paul Steiger, The Wall Street Journal's longest-serving managing editor, will receive the 2007 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Inc. (SABEW) at its 44th annual conference in Anaheim, Calif., May 22. Steiger will be honored for decades of service to the Journal, the nation's top business newspaper, and his tireless dedication to ensuring it remains ...[Read More]
Monday, March 12th, 2007

2007 News: Early deadline for SABEW conference in Orange County, Calif., approaching

The deadline to register for the Society of American Business Editors and Writers annual conference in Orange County, Calif., at the early bird rate is Thursday, March 15. The early bird rate is only $400 for SABEW members. One centerpiece of the conference will be a town hall-like meeting that will set the stage for revisions to SABEW's ethical guidelines for its members. And, of course, SABEW will ...[Read More]

February 2007

Friday, February 16th, 2007

2007 News: The decline and fall of consumer reporting

By Shari Feld Forty-one years after Ralph Nader published "Unsafe at any Speed" and made coverage of consumer issues popular, consumer reporting is dwindling in mainstream media, argue some experts. Certain well-established consumer magazines, such as Consumer Reports, continue to thrive, but some journalists say newspapers fail in their role to serve consumers. Others say consumer reporting is not ...[Read More]
Friday, February 2nd, 2007

2007 News: More biz sections looking at sports for coverage

By Chris Coletta For some media, it's a business opportunity. For others, it's a luxury. For yet others, it's an opportunity to practice tough, watchdog journalism. Whatever the motives, however, the media - both in print and online - are carving out a new "it" beat in many newsrooms: sports business. Such coverage goes beyond the day-to-day grind of the people on the field, court, racetrack or ...[Read More]

January 2007

Monday, January 8th, 2007

Washington Business Journal editor dies at 38

John McCalla, editor of Washington Business Journal, has died. He was 38. A cause of death was not immediately available. McCalla was named editor in September, succeeding longtime editor Beth Hunt. McCalla had served as managing editor of the paper since November 2001. Publisher Alex Orfinger announced the news to the paper's 45-person staff in a somber meeting Monday morning. Details ...[Read More]
Monday, January 1st, 2007

Longtime BDN editor dies

A longtime editor at the Bangor Daily News died suddenly Friday, four days after working Christmas Day for the company that employed him for 22 years. Carroll Dana Astbury of Hampden was 58 years old. Astbury grew up in the Blue Hill area and later lived in Orrington. He worked for the paper in numerous capacities during his career, including in the promotions department and as business writer, ...[Read More]

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