SABEW recognizes the top business stories of 2015

By Will Racke Medill News Service The SABEW 2016 annual conference concluded Saturday night with a banquet honoring the winners of the 2015 Best in Business awards. SABEW President Joanna Ossinger, a team leader at Bloomberg News, opened the festivities by encouraging business journalists to be bullish about the future of their profession. The industry may be facing uncertainty, but Ossinger ...[Click Here]

The Panama Papers: A New Face For Investigative Journalism

Story by Kristy Westgard Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University Video by Kat Lonsdorf Medill News Service The Panama Papers marked a shift away from the traditional lone wolf method of investigative journalism in favor of collaboration, a panel of journalists said Saturday. Four journalists involved in the investigation spoke about their ...[Click Here]

Consumers have plenty to learn about money management

By Cassidy Trowbridge Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University People don’t know how to manage their money. That’s the main theme from “Mining Behavioral Research and Government Data to Tell Personal Stories,” a Friday session at the SABEW 2016 annual conference. Financial experts highlighted their research on consumer protections and ...[Click Here]

Entrepreneurship is key to media outlets being successful

By Xiumei Dong Medill News Service While some traditional media outlets struggle to make a profit because of the disruption caused by technology and innovation, others that welcome the changing trends have experienced much success. The difference, experts said, is how willingly the outlets embraced entrepreneurialism. “I still think the most important thing, which you alluded to, is they have ...[Click Here]

Job market data encouraging for business journalists

By Charles Clark Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University Good news was delivered to current and future journalists Saturday afternoon: There are business reporting jobs available and the jobs pay well. A panel at the SABEW 2016 annual conference discussed the career outlook for business journalists. It was moderated by Diana Henriques, SABEW board ...[Click Here]

Business journalists discuss making tough ethical decisions

By Sydney Maki Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University If a news organization sends out a tweet that the Capitol has been attacked, but no one can confirm it — should you report it, too? What if that tweet causes markets to drop? As business journalists, SABEW attendees must answer questions like this regularly. Glenn Coleman, Joanna Ossinger, ...[Click Here]

SABEW focuses spotlight on Baron’s leadership at Globe and Post

By Will Racke Medill News Service Marty Baron gets about three public speaking requests a week, thanks to his newfound celebrity courtesy of “Spotlight,” the Oscar-winning film that depicts the true story of the Baron-led Boston Globe investigation of sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church. His day job as the executive editor of the Washington Post prevents him from fulfilling most of those ...[Click Here]

Economists, academics cautiously optimistic about US economy

By Charles Clark Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University A panel of economists and academics expressed a relatively optimistic view on the progress of the U.S. economy, and to a degree, the possibility of future wage growth. The discussion about the economy and wages occurred Friday at the SABEW 2016 annual conference. The panel was moderated by ...[Click Here]

Global economic growth still struggling following financial crisis

By Katie Murar Medill News Service There are many signs that point to the U.S. economy improving following the financial crisis a few years ago, but the global economy hasn’t fully bounced back, said Council of Economic Advisors member Jay Shambau. In a panel discussion Saturday at the SABEW 2016 annual conference, Shambau explored the ways in which slow global growth is playing out in ...[Click Here]

Marriott CEO: Hotel industry growing despite recent terrorist attacks

By Xiumei Dong Medill News Service Recent terrorist attacks around the world are hurting the travel industry, but Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson said that hasn’t stopped the growth of the hotel industry. Following a bidding war in the past few months with China’s Anbang Insurance Group, Marriott International Inc. sealed a deal in April with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. for ...[Click Here]

E-Newsletters give publishers more opportunity to engage with audiences

By Trudy Knockless Baruch College A few years ago, most websites encouraged their readers to like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter, but the focus has now shifted to getting audiences to subscribe to email subscriptions. This allows them to connect and engage with their audiences. For many, it’s a way of making sure their audiences do not miss the most important stories of the day. On ...[Click Here]

Experts point to slowly improving U.S. housing market

By Sydney Maki Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University The U.S. housing market has been through hell, but a SABEW panel of housing experts said it is making a slow and strenuous climb toward stability. The panel explored the outlook of millennials and the housing market’s sustainability during Friday’s lunch keynote at SABEW’s 2016 annual ...[Click Here]

Rich story ideas abound in emerging marijuana industry

Story by Agnel Philip Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University Video by Kat Lonsdorf Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism News publications have a responsibility to objectively cover the marijuana business, according to two key players in the Denver Post’s recent efforts to ramp up coverage of the burgeoning industry. “To ...[Click Here]

Panelists share tips on uncovering the murky world of campaign finance

Story by Will Racke Video by Kat Lonsdorf Medill News Service Veteran political and campaign finance reporters revealed some trade secrets for covering the intersection of money and politics during a panel discussion at the SABEW 2016 annual conference. Friday’s session, “New Tricks for Covering Campaign Finance,” gave business reporters an opportunity to learn about sources, leads and ...[Click Here]

Labor Secretary defends new overtime regulation

By Katie Murar Medill News Service Labor Secretary Thomas Perez claimed the new overtime regulation announced earlier this week will level the playing field for middle class workers. “I’m very proud of the new regulation, and it’s going to potentially help millions of workers become the middle class managers that they are,” said Perez, speaking Friday at the SABEW 2016 annual conference ...[Click Here]

Mobile toolkit session features effective and affordable reporting apps

By Cassidy Trowbridge Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University The director of NewsLab emphasized the importance of smaller details when using mobile devices for news gathering. “Aspect ratios are important,” said Deborah Potter, of the non-profit news resource. She explained how a poorly cropped picture on Twitter could show someone’s ...[Click Here]

Big names featured at spring business media conference

By Will Racke Medill News Service Business reporters and editors from across the country gathered Thursday night for the SABEW 2016 annual conference, which kicked off with a welcome reception at the Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City, Virginia. The reception was a prelude to two days of networking and training sessions with prominent business leaders and journalists. Andrew Leckey, president ...[Click Here]

Journalists Honored in SABEW’s 21st Annual Best in Business Awards

PHOENIX — The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) today announces winners and finalists in its 21st annual Best in Business (BIB) Awards competition, which recognizes outstanding business journalism that was published or aired in 2015. Adding up winners and finalists, Bloomberg led with seven honors, while The New York Times earned six honors — all winners. A diverse group ...[Click Here]

Majority of biz journalists have received a raise in past year, again

by Meg Garner · March 7, 2016 For the second year in a row, a majority of business journalists in the United States received a pay raise in the past year, according to an informal study of more than 200 business reporters and editors conducted in the last month by Talking Biz News and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Of those who received raises, three-fourths said the ...[Click Here]

March Teletraining - Digital business writing: How to hook an audience

Digital business writing: How to hook an audience Monday, March 14, 2016 2:00 p.m. EST Let’s face it. Whether you work for a newspaper, a newswire or a news website, you’ve got a digital audience. The challenge is how to best write for that audience. That’s where our panel of digital business journalists comes in. They’ll be rolling up their sleeves and sharing their ideas about successful ...[Click Here]

2015 Larry Birger Young Business Journalist Award Winner, Cezary Podkul

Cezary Podkul is the winner of the 2015 Larry Birger Young Business Journalist competition, which recognizes talented reporters under 30. The inaugural winner was Mina Kimes, then a reporter for Bloomberg News. Podkul, now 32, was selected as the second annual winner. (Cezary turned 30 during 2014 meeting the award eligibly requirements). Birger was SABEW president in 1977 and was a former Miami Herald ...[Click Here]

Seeking SABEW Board Candidates - Deadline Feb. 29

SABEW is currently seeking candidates to serve on its Board of Governors. Board members help set policy and strategic direction for SABEW, and their work is vital to the operation of the organization. Board members are expected to attend two in-person meetings a year, participate actively on at least one board committee, support SABEW’s development efforts and assist with the recruitment ...[Click Here]

February Teletraining: The First Amendment in the Digital Age

The First Amendment in the Digital Age Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 2:00 p.m. EST Do you know what to do if you run a story that includes a false statement of fact about a well-known CEO; under what circumstance are you allowed to use a video clip you found on Twitter; or what to do if a police officer orders you to stop taking photos in public spaces? If you want some real-world advice from an ...[Click Here]

SABEWDC16, SABEW Spring Conference - May 19-21, 2016

Conference Schedule Registration Hotel Reservations...[Click Here]

Top investigative tips for beginning business journalists

Top investigative tips for beginning business journalists Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 2:00 p.m. EST In this one-hour session, Cezary Podkul of ProPublica will share the formula behind prize-winning investigative pieces. Podkul was this year’s winner of the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist award. Listen to the recording here.  Training Links: How Wall Street Tobacco Deals Left ...[Click Here]

2015 BIB deadline extended in response to the snowstorm!

The 2015 BIB contest deadline has been extended to Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 11:59 p.m. EST. This one-time, one-week extension is in support of our SABEW members digging out from the epic storm. Click here to submit your entry. If you have questions, please contact us at or call (602) 496-7862. SABEW Staff will be available to help with BIB questions and entries, Monday - Friday ...[Click Here]

January Teletraining: Digital Strategy - The rise of the emailed newsletter

Digital Strategy: The rise of the emailed newsletter You’ve got mail. Or at least, an emailed newsletter. In an era of social media and apps, emailed newsletters are coming into their own and developing their own voice. They are smart, informative, snarky and fun. Perhaps most significant, they are an increasingly important way of getting content directly into the laps of readers. This teletraining ...[Click Here]

SABEW Los Angeles Mixer - Jan. 24, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Join your Los Angeles-area colleagues for food, drinks and networking.  Sunday, Jan. 24 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. La Canada, CA SABEW members and non-members are welcome! No charge, but please RSVP. Location information will be sent in your confirmation email Questions? Email SABEW....[Click Here]

SABEW’s Goldschmidt Data Immersion Workshop

21 Journalists Chosen for Third Annual Goldschmidt Data Immersion Workshop The Society of American Business Editors and Writers has selected 21 business journalists for a weeklong seminar in Washington, D.C., in January that will immerse them in data and accounting training. Journalists will work with experts at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of ...[Click Here]

Teletraining: Got a question about health insurance?

Health care enrollment for 2016 is closing fast. Sara Collins of The Commonwealth Fund and Daniel Chang of The Miami Herald share information and experience about such topics as cost sharing, narrow networks, high deductibles and balance billing. Listen to the call. Resources referenced during the call: Consumers Union - Surprise Medical Bills AIER - Beware Surprise Medical Bills Robert ...[Click Here]

SABEW Board Member Andrew Leckey named Fulbright Specialist to Uganda

Reynolds Center President, Andrew Leckey has been named a Fulbright Specialist, traveling to Uganda. During a two-week period in March 2016 he will meet with local media, lecture and consult with Makerere University in Kampala. In addition to being a SABEW Board Member and Reynolds Center President, Leckey serves on the board of directors for the Arizona Chapter of the Fulbright Association, as a mentor ...[Click Here]

BIB Competition, Enter between Dec. 1, 2015 - Jan. 27, 2016

SABEW is pleased to announce the 21st annual Best in Business competition. The contest will open for entries on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. This contest covers work published, aired and posted in the calendar year 2015. Eligibility, category, entry and deadline information are available on the SABEW BIB Contest webpage. The 2015 contest coordinators are Brad Foss, deputy business editor at The ...[Click Here]

Best in Business 2015 FAQs

Here are some basic questions and answers regarding the 2015 BIB. Q: How do I enter? A: Navigate to the BIB Contest link found at the top of the SABEW Homepage, click on the link “Start the entry process” and from there you’ll be guided through the entry process. Q: What’s new this year? A: This year, the early-bird entry period saves you even more money! Get a head start on the ...[Click Here]

Support SABEW with a tax-deductible gift!

Dear SABEW friends, When you are looking for top-notch business-reporting training, where do you turn? If you want to network with fellow financial journalists, where do you go? If you are hoping to discover innovative digital strategies working for other newsrooms, where do you look?If you’re like most successful business journalists, you turn to SABEW. Why? Because you know you will ...[Click Here]

SABEW Welcomes Sapna Maheshwari, Business Reporter at BuzzFeed News, to Board of Governors

Sapna Maheshwari, a business reporter covering retail and e-commerce at BuzzFeed News, has been appointed to the board of governors of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. "As an award-winning reporter at a groundbreaking dot-com media organization, Sapna brings a great perspective to the board as we work to broaden our appeal among business journalists," said Joanna Ossinger, SABEW ...[Click Here]

2015 SABEW/NEFE Personal Finance Reporting Workshop Photos

Thursday, Oct. 8 ...[Click Here]

2015 SABEW Fall Conference Photos

Thursday, Oct. 8 Fall Conference Opening Reception  McGraw Symposium   Friday, Oct. 9  Morning Sessions  Awards ...[Click Here]

Pam Yip remembered at SABEW's annual fall conference

By Marty Wolk Pam Yip, longtime business columnist for the Dallas Morning News, was remembered at SABEW’s 2015 fall conference in New York for her dedication to the organization, the profession and most of all, her readers. SABEW President Joanna Ossinger paid tribute to Yip for her passion and dedication to SABEW, honoring her with a posthumous President’s Award. Yip served on the board ...[Click Here]

Apply for SABEW’s Health Care Economics 3-Day Fellowship

SABEW is seeking applications for a workshop that will help journalists better understand health care economics and provide an update on the Affordable Care Act. The retreat-style training program comes during insurance-enrollment season, during which more than 8 million Americans are expected to use government exchanges. Health-care economics, meanwhile, continue to be a central issue in the 2016 ...[Click Here]

Michael R. Bloomberg receives SABEW’s Distinguished Achievement Award

2015 Distinguished Achievement Award Reception honoring Michael R. Bloomberg Photos NEW YORK – Michael R. Bloomberg, entrepreneur, politician and philanthropist, received the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ highest honor, the Distinguished Achievement Award, last night at the opening of SABEW's annual fall conference in New York. Bloomberg was selected by SABEW’s Nominating ...[Click Here]

Pam Yip, personal finance columnist dies

Longtime SABEW Board member Pam Yip passed away on Sunday from cancer. Pam was a personal finance columnist for the Dallas Morning News for 16 years and served on the SABEW board since 2007. “Pam Yip helped promote the highest standards of business journalism and made lasting friendships with SABEW members,” said Kathleen Graham, executive director of SABEW. “She was always ready to offer ...[Click Here]

2015 SABEW Fall Conference - Speed Networking

Sit down for one-on-one "lightning round" conversations with journalists, editors and recruiters during SABEW's Speed Networking session. Students and professionals can seek career advice, brainstorm story ideas and network. Mentors: Xana Antunes, Editor for New Initiatives, Quartz Robert Barba, Deputy Editor, American Banker Nikolaj Gammeltoft, Team Leader, Bloomberg LP Marilyn Geewax, Senior ...[Click Here]

Fall Conference Session Confirmed - Traditional Banks Meet a Sleek, New FinTech World

SABEW Fall Conference Session Confirmed -  Traditional Banks Meet a Sleek, New FinTech World Traditional banking is getting a makeover in the digital age, one that could be fast-tracked as bold FinTech companies aim to further reinvent the business. Peer-to-peer lending platforms and technology companies that simplify personal banking are some of the businesses that are successfully chasing ...[Click Here]

ProPublica's Cezary Podkul wins Birger Award for Young Business Journalists

PHOENIX -- Cezary Podkul, a financial investigative reporter for ProPublica is this year’s winner of the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize, honoring journalists under age 30. He will receive the award and a $1,500 honorarium Oct. 9 at SABEW’s New York Fall Conference in midtown Manhattan. It is the second year for the competition. Last year’s winner, Mina Kimes, will also be in ...[Click Here]

SABEW Fall Conference speaker Dennis P. Lockhart Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Dennis P. Lockhart, President and Chief Executive Officer, of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is scheduled to speak at SABEW’s fall conference Friday, Oct. 9, from 9-10 a.m. at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta serves the Sixth Federal Reserve District, which covers Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. ...[Click Here]

SABEW Board Member Diana Henriques' film debut

Diana Henriques, the longtime New York Times financial reporter and author, will make her film debut. Her book Wizard of Lies, based on the real-life events surrounding the Bernie Madoff scandal, is the basis for an upcoming HBO movie. Henriques has been cast to play the role of herself opposite Robert De Niro, who will play financier Bernie Madoff. Congratulations Diana! Your SABEW friends ...[Click Here]

The McGraw Symposium: Accelerating Change at the WSJ, Yahoo Finance and Bloomberg

Special to SABEW New York - The CUNY J-School's McGraw Center for Business Journalism will hold the second annual McGraw Symposium on Oct. 8, 2015, in conjunction with SABEW’s fall conference. The Symposium will explore the continuing transformation of business journalism in the digital era. We'll look at the challenges and opportunities faced by outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo ...[Click Here]

Past Teletraining - Media Strategy: How journalists can develop a personal brand - Listen to the call recording

  Media Strategy: How journalists can develop a personal brand Looking for a way to cultivate an audience and set yourself apart in the crowded news business? Or maybe you’re in search of a little career insurance? Having a strong personal brand can help business reporters and editors navigate the industry upheaval. This session will look at how – and why – to thoughtfully develop your ...[Click Here]

Past Teletraining: "How to Succeed in a Metric-Driving News Operation" - Monday August 17, 2015

How to Succeed in a Metric-Driven News Operation August 17, 2015   Are you faced with monitoring daily metrics to measure the impact of your work? Are you wondering how to cover important but less sexy business topics so they will generate reader interest? Are you concerned about what the increasing focus on metrics means for journalists and news operations? If this is your world, ...[Click Here]

Technology and the urban experience panel facilitated by Dean Murphy, New York Times

NEW YORK- Dean Murphy, Business Editor, New York Times will facilitate a discussion with Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Sidewalk Labs on the growing impact of technology on cities at SABEW's fall conference, Oct.9. New York City based Sidewalk Labs is a Google-funded innovation company striving to tackle some of our most pressing urban issues, including; pollution, energy consumption, transportation ...[Click Here]


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