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October 2009

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Glasses raised to honor supporters

By TBJ staff NEW YORK - SABEW members celebrated the success of our 2008-09 fund drive with a reception attended by top donors and leading business journalists. At the Sept. 10th event, at Thomson Reuters headquarters at Times Square, SABEW President Greg McCune gave out wine bottles with the SABEW logo on them to major donors in appreciation of their support. Among those at the reception ...[Read More]
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Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Next generation learning economic fundamentals before hitting the streets

Chair's Corner Marty Steffens SABEW Chair in Business and Financial Journalism steffensm@missouri.edu / 573-884-4839 This is the third semester I've taught "Economics for Journalists" at the University of Missouri, exposing nearly 600 students to micro and macroeconomics. My co-professor, Dr. Martin Pereyra, and I use a customized textbook, "Econ 1051: General economics for school of journalism," ...[Read More]
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Remembering the (old) poor in the new recession

Ethics in Action Edward Wasserman John S. and James L. Knight Foundation professor of journalism ethics at Washington and Lee University With this year marking the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, I recalled a comment by the astronomer Fred Hoyle, who was dismayed by the lunar mission. Hoyle had referred to the moon as a "ruined slag heap," a pretty brazen remark at a time of national ...[Read More]
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

ACBJ exec joins officer ladder

By TBJ staff Beth Hunt, manager of editorial operations for American City Business Journals, has been elected by SABEW's board of governors to become our next secretary. Hunt will take office at the society's 2010 annual conference in March in Phoenix. She has been a governor since 2008 and joined the board's executive committee in May. She will become president of our organization in Spring ...[Read More]
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

When you are shown the door, open your mind to possibilities

Behind The Beat Mary Jane Pardue Associate professor of journalism at Missouri State University mjpardue@missouristate.edu The newsroom staff is dwindling around you and your chilling thought is, "Will I be next?" And, if you are, what will you do to earn a paycheck? You may be thinking "I'm a writer. I can always get a job." But where? SABEW member Julius Karash is a freelance writer ...[Read More]
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

New dogs teaching old dogs new tricks

President's Letter Greg McCune ThomsonReuters Greg.mccune@thomsonreuters.com One of our summer interns at Reuters gave an internal training course to some of our veteran reporters the other day on how to put together an audio slide show. It was a formal training course via webinar with reporters in different cities participating. The veteran reporters loved it. I am sure this sort of thing is ...[Read More]
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

An exciting time for change

Executive Director's Report Warren Watson SABEW Executive Director 602-496-5186 Journalism bug bites early, leads Warren Watson to SABEW I started playing around with journalism when I was 9, writing stories in pencil about Ted Williams and my Boston Red Sox on the blue lines of the composition paper we used in fourth grade. But I didn't get serious about it until the end of my junior year ...[Read More]

August 2009

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

6 new governors join board

DENVER - SABEW members also elected six new members to the Board of Governors at the conference. Elected to serve three-year terms were: Sharon Bernstein, assistant business editor, Los Angeles Times. Kim Quillen, business editor, The New Orleans Times-Picayune. Walden Siew, reporter, ThomsonReuters. Maya Payne Smart, freelance writer. Marty Wolk, executive business editor, MSNBC.com. Incumbent ...[Read More]
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

SABEW comes through challenging year in good shape

By Dave Beal DENVER - Despite a potentially disruptive administrative change last fall and possibly the worst economic downturn since the 1930s, we had a lot to be thankful for. We assembled a strong program for our meeting: the leading lights of business journalism at our town hall meeting on coverage of the financial meltdown; new SEC chair Mary Schapiro from the Obama administration; eight ...[Read More]
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Flash in a flash

By Nisa Islam Muhammad DENVER - Not so sure what Flash is? Welcome to my world. Flash is the popular software that allows you to add animation and interactivity to Web pages as well as integrate video. I learned enough about the software during the session led by Tom McKay, an award-winning graphics artist with the Denver Post, to know that there will not be any "flashes of brilliance" from ...[Read More]
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

How to navigate bankruptcy court

By Tim Higgins Detroit Free Press DENVER - With more companies running into financial troubles, experts on bankruptcy provided attendees at the annual conference with tips on covering firms going through court-supervised restructuring. "Bankruptcy is obviously white-hot these days," said Samuel Gerdano, executive director of the American Bankruptcy Institute. Fifty-nine public companies ...[Read More]
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Trust by verify is key to using social media, says CUNY professor in training session

By Dan Loving DENVER - Twitter. Facebook. YouTube. These and what seem to be an infinite number of social media Web sites can be useful when looking to broaden your sources and research for an article. But whether you're going to one of these sites to find someone to summarize their thoughts in 140 characters or less or looking for experts in some off-the-wall subspecialty, the journalist's ...[Read More]
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Get back to the basics when writing for the Web

By Liz Engel DENVER - Veteran journalist Jacqui Banaszynski offered several tips for reporters looking to shine online, including ways to give scanning readers the best possible information in seconds. "The studies we're starting to get about Web reading indicate people really do read differently on a screen," Banaszynski said. "Just think about the way you read. We go home and we have our ...[Read More]
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Think you’re working hard? Try being a freelancer, startup

By Ian Lamont DENVER - There is no easy route to entrepreneurial success, said the "Journalists turned entrepreneurs" panelists who discussed building a business as well as a portfolio. While offering SABEW members tips, they also emphasized the challenges new freelancers and business founders face. "You have to have an entrepreneurial mindset," said Michelle Leder, a former daily ...[Read More]
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Keeping it honest in a freelance world

By Edward Wasserman Among the big changes the news business is undergoing is a steady erosion of its fundamental reliance on full-time, salaried journalists. What's emerging in its place is an industry built on a patchwork of different working relationships. Rick Edmonds, media analyst with the Poynter Institute, talks about "post-professional" news sites -startups led by part-time ex-newspaper ...[Read More]
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Crisis brings focus on health-care reform

By Chris Dieterich DENVER - Three panelists addressed why this is likely to be a transformative year in terms of shaping a national health care policy during the "Reporting on Obama's health-care agenda" session at the conference. Panel moderator Gail DeGeorge, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, said President Obama has sent a clear signal to lawmakers that health-care reform is a ...[Read More]
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Protectionism isn’t working for newspaper industry, panelists say

By Mary Jane Pardue DENVER - John Temple, former editor of the Rocky Mountain News that folded in February, told SABEW members at the annual conference in Denver that there are no easy answers to stop the bleeding at the nation's newspapers. "I am a victim of the death - the Rocky death," Temple said at a session on "Bleeding red ink: How newspapers plan to stop the flow." "There isn't going ...[Read More]
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Green energy panelists urge journalists to ask tough questions

By Cyndia Zwahlen DENVER - The drum beat for renewable energy is growing louder as government officials and industry backers tout solar, wind and biofuel as a cure for the country's economic ills. On Earth Day, President Barack Obama pushed his plan to create a clean energy economy that will "create millions of new jobs." Companies gush about the promise of their renewable energy technologies. ...[Read More]
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Economic downturn hits Western Union

By Ines Bebea DENVER - As the economic downturn continues to choke Wall Street and Main Street, immigrant communities in the United States are also feeling the strain. Migrant workers are joining the ranks of thousands of Americans who have been laid off or remain unemployed, and their lack of financial support is affecting the lives of their families both here and in their home countries. The ...[Read More]
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

How to spot the next investment bubble

By Suzanna Stagemeyer DENVER - Market bubbles are easy to spot. Common-sense clues that the real estate market had built to an unhealthy height showed up years before the burst, though it's difficult to predict timing, said panelists at the conference. "Bubbles have always occurred, and they always will," said Kevin Blakely, CEO of the Risk Management Association, a Philadelphia-based ...[Read More]
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Are we forever blowing the bubbles?

By Marty Steffens DENVER - Jane Bryant Quinn took a moment during a session with executives from the National Endowment for Financial Education and SABEW members to reflect on her decades as America's leading personal finance columnist. Why, she rhetorically asked, don't people heed good financial advice? They know not to run up their credit cards, and to save for the future. Yet they ...[Read More]
Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Coverage of the meltdown: Did we blow it?

By Sean Sposito DENVER - Dean Starkman tried to play it cool. He squirmed, crossed his arms and appeared to sweat when he told roughly 200 business journalists they blew it, that they failed to cover the impending financial crisis before it was too late. "This issue of what was and wasn't said, what the press did and didn't do is really a matter of opinion," said Starkman, an editor ...[Read More]

March 2009

Monday, March 16th, 2009

48 hours in Denver not enough time to see, do all city offers

By Rob Reuteman, David Milstead and Chris Walsh SABEW's conference hotel, the Westin Tabor, is well-situated for Denver nightlife and sightseeing, and there is much within a quarter mile. First, get your bearings. Look at the mountains and you are facing west. To your left is south, right is north. On the south side of the Westin is the 16th Street Mall, the spine of downtown. It ...[Read More]

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