News Archive

November 2017

Monday, November 20th, 2017

The ACA: Still alive or on life support?

Join a panel of health policy experts who will discuss the impact so far of the administration's policies on the Affordable Care Act. Are people signing up on the exchanges? Are there regional or state by state differences? What is the future of the ACA? Date & Time Thursday, December 7, 2017 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST Sign up Here Instructions: On the day of the call dial (512) 879-2134. ...[Read More]
Monday, November 20th, 2017

11/28 – #GivingTuesday, How one day can make a difference

SABEW Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement   #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.   Join this charitable effort ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

The importance of a free press and quality business journalism

Dear Friends and Supporters of SABEW: We share a passion for something fundamental to democracy: business journalism. Its themes are key to understanding the common financial interests and conflicts among government, enterprises and individuals. Now is the moment for our profession and our nation to demand engagement and response. At SABEW, the leading organization for business journalists, we ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Under Siege: The State of Press Freedom under the Trump Administration

Monday, Dec. 4 2 p.m. EST President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media pose serious obstacles to U.S. press freedom enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution. During Trump’s 10 months in office, reporters have been arrested or manhandled for shouting questions at federal government officials, and some have been subjected to equipment searches and seizures. Some government agencies ...[Read More]
Thursday, November 9th, 2017

SABEW Spotlight – Fall 2017

Make a statement, and a difference, in support of ethical, strong and trustworthy business reporting - At SABEW, the leading organization for business journalists, we advocate for our members and our profession, exemplifying the highest standards. We’re asking for your financial support through a year-end donation. - Donate online today or mail a check to SABEW, Walter Cronkite School of ...[Read More]

October 2017

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Digital Strategy – How to use SEO to hook an audience

Monday, Nov. 6 2:00 p.m. EST Business journalists today are not only reporting, writing and editing the news, they’re also helping drive the distribution of their stories. Join our panel of experts as they do a deep dive into the subject of SEO and how it can best be used to build and engage an audience. This session will examine the tools, tips and best practices for writing headlines and meta ...[Read More]
Thursday, October 19th, 2017

October Teletraining: Young Journalists, Big Impact

Monday, October 30 2 p.m. EDT There’s a lot to be learned from today’s young financial journalists through their strong beat reporting. Take Jillian Berman, 28, of MarketWatch, for example. Her work covering the student-debt crisis earned her this year’s Larry Birger Young Journalist Award, which honors journalists under the age of 30. The judges of the contest noted that on this extensively ...[Read More]
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

SABEW condemns Trump’s recent tweet on revoking broadcasting licenses

President Donald Trump’s apparent advocacy for revoking the broadcasting licenses of television networks that he dislikes is unacceptable. Only in totalitarian regimes are licenses removed from networks in response to the airing of stories that upset politicians. This should not happen in a democracy such as ours. While in our system of checks and balances, we remain confident that such an anti-democratic ...[Read More]

September 2017

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

MarketWatch’s Jillian Berman Wins Birger Award for Young Business Journalists

Jillian Berman, 28, a New York-based reporter for MarketWatch, is the 2017 winner of the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist contest, honoring journalists younger than 30. It is the fourth year of the competition. The past winners were William Alden, Cezary Podkul and Mina Kimes. Additionally this year, the judging panel chose to honor two finalists: Jen Wieczner of Fortune and Sarah Frier ...[Read More]

August 2017

Monday, August 28th, 2017

International Trade in the Era of Trump

President Donald Trump has talked tough on trade ever since he first hit the campaign trail. He criticized China for a massive U.S. trade deficit. He also said the North American Free Trade Agreement was bad for the United States. Once in office, he fulfilled a campaign promise of pulling the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation deal negotiated under former President Barack ...[Read More]
Thursday, August 24th, 2017

SABEW protests Trump’s verbal assault on journalists

SABEW protests, in the strongest terms, President Donald Trump's latest verbal assault in Phoenix on our profession. Some of his comments were factually incorrect, but moreover, others risk inciting violence against journalists. His comments also undermine the vital watchdog role that journalism plays in our and in any healthy democracy....[Read More]
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

10 Great Digital Tools for Business Journalists

For SABEW’s August training session, we’ve teamed up with the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism to present a webinar via the Adobe Connect video-conference platform. The session will introduce business reporters and editors to new web tools and apps that are mostly free, easy to learn, and fun to use. The digital tools will simplify many of the tasks that business journalists ...[Read More]

July 2017

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Going Public: Reporting on IPOs

Initial public offerings—the first sales of stock issued by a company to the public—are slowly making a comeback following a dearth of them in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008 and uncertainty about the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. News-making IPOs this year include Snap, Inc., the parent company of communications app Snapchat, which raised $3.4 billion in March, making it ...[Read More]
Monday, July 3rd, 2017

FOIA at 51: Still going strong, but real improvements are needed

July Fourth is not only the birthday of our nation, but also the anniversary of the enactment of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)—the groundbreaking law enabling all persons, and in particular journalists, to obtain nonexempt information from any federal government agency. At first glance, it appears as though the law, which turns 51 this year, has benefitted from recent improvements. This ...[Read More]
Monday, July 3rd, 2017

SABEW stands with CNN in condemning violence against reporters

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) stands with member news organization, CNN in condemning President Trump's tweet encouraging violence against reporters. SABEW’s First Amendment Committee is increasingly concerned about the threats against journalists from public officials and attacks on the media from President Trump. On Sunday July 2, Trump tweeted an edited video ...[Read More]

June 2017

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Fourth Annual Larry Birger Young Business Journalist of the Year Award

Entries are being accepted for the fourth annual SABEW award honoring a top young business journalist. The winner will receive $1,500 plus an expense paid trip to New York where the award will be presented during SABEW's annual fall conference, October 12-13, 2017. Journalists 29 years old and younger during 2016 are eligible. (A journalist who turned 30 during 2016 is eligible). The entry deadline ...[Read More]

May 2017

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Training – Freelancing your way to success

Flexibility. Working remotely. Being your own boss. Freelance business writing offers many benefits, but whether you do it full-time or on the side, it comes with a whole new terrain to navigate. On SABEW’s next training session, we’ll address how to get started in freelancing and how to cultivate regular customers. We’ll also cover the business aspects of being an independent journalist, including ...[Read More]
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

World Press Freedom Day 2017

Wednesday, May 3 is World Press Freedom Day. As part of a new, concerted effort in our organization, SABEW President Mark Hamrick joins with other leaders around the world in issuing the following statement: Please share using the @SABEW Twitter handle and the #WPFD2017 hashtag. World Press Freedom Day 2017 arrives at a time when press institutions worldwide are under siege from forces that ...[Read More]
Monday, May 1st, 2017

Mark Hamrick of Bankrate.com takes the helm at SABEW; seven are elected to the Board of Governors

Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst and Washington bureau chief at Bankrate.com, was installed as the new president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) at its annual conference on April 29, 2017, in Seattle. Hamrick succeeds Cory Schouten, senior editor at the Columbia Journalism Review. “I’m humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve SABEW members and ...[Read More]
Monday, May 1st, 2017

Beth Hunt receives SABEW’s President’s Award

Beth Hunt, director of editorial recruiting and development at American City Business Journals, was recognized by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers with the President’s Award, on April 28, 2017, during the annual SABEW17 conference in Seattle. SABEW President Cory Schouten chose to honor Hunt, a former SABEW board member, for her years of service to the organization, including ...[Read More]

April 2017

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Ingrassia: Journalists need to protect their objectivity and independence

By Mindy Tan and Hannah Levitt Medill News Service News organizations need to protect journalism's objectivity and independence, said Lawrence Ingrassia, the managing editor of the Los Angeles Times, at the Best in Business Awards Dinner of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers spring convention in Seattle. Ingrassia was on stage to receive the SABEW Distinguished Achievement Award ...[Read More]
Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Investigative reporting tips from SABEW honorees

By Urvashi Verma Medill News Service Journalists play a critical role in holding corporations, governments, and others to account by creating powerful stories using investigative journalism. BuzzFeed reporter Rosalind Adams and ProPublica’s Cezary Podkul shared how they investigated and produced award-winning stories at a session titled “Best in Business Investigative Awards: How They Did ...[Read More]
Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Recruiter offers 9 tips for landing your first business journalism job

By Saundra Wilson Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University It’s the question many soon-to-be college graduates dread: “What are you going to do next?” While trying to land a first job can be daunting, Beth Hunt, a national recruiter for the American City Business Journals, said confidence and intention go a long way. Hunt spoke at a session ...[Read More]
Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Working with millennials in the newsroom: two views

By Shen Lu Medill News Service Engage your 20-something employees in the newsroom; don’t try to change them. That was the message from Kristen Fife, Seattle-based senior technical recruiter, and Olivia Barrow, freelance writer at Linkedin Top Voice, at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers spring conference in Seattle on Saturday. Fife, a Gen X-er, and Barrow, a millennial, ...[Read More]
Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Experts: Journalists shouldn’t fear technology, they should embrace it

By Kara Calson Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University Robots, 360-degree video, 3-D printing, virtual reality. These are terms that used to seem like something out of a sci-fi novel, but they’re now reality. As technology evolves, journalists must adjust to the fast pace and ever-changing tools. Each new piece of technology draws questions: ...[Read More]
Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Business storytellers urged to embrace VR/360

By Hannah Levitt Medill News Service Virtual reality and 360 video technologies raise unique opportunities for business storytellers, particularly in industries that are highly visual. “Will it be successful? Who knows, but I think as journalists we really need to be there,” said Retha Hill, executive director of the digital innovation and entrepreneurship lab at the Walter Cronkite School ...[Read More]
Friday, April 28th, 2017

Starbucks ‘Upstanders’ project presents solutions-oriented stories

By Kanak Jha Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University Rajiv Chandrasekaran started out as a business reporter for The Washington Post. He covered stories around the world, including assignments in Baghdad and Cairo. Twenty years later, he and Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz are forging a different style of storytelling. They aren’t content ...[Read More]
Friday, April 28th, 2017

Covering Trump Amid Conflicts of Interest

By Urvashi Verma Medill News Service Conflicts of interest and lack of transparency in the Trump administration are challenging journalists to persist in finding and reporting the facts in a climate of hostility and polarization. “This presents a unique scenario. The lack of transparency regarding Trump’s businesses has made it difficult to determine who is benefiting from what,” said ...[Read More]
Friday, April 28th, 2017

The challenges and opportunities of personal finance reporting for young people

By Hannah Levitt Medill News Service Engaging directly with the audience in an interesting and accessible way is essential to covering personal finance for millennials, according to two personal finance journalists. Susie Poppick, senior money editor at Mic, and Brianna McGurran, student loans and personal finance columnist at NerdWallet, said the key is to create content that is relevant, ...[Read More]
Friday, April 28th, 2017

Cheddar CEO: Millennials, though often overlooked by cable TV, love business news

By Saundra Wilson Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University Some people may think business news doesn’t appeal to millennials, but Cheddar TV founder and CEO Jon Steinberg said people in their 20s and 30s love business news. Steinberg spoke at a session Friday morning at the spring conference of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Steinberg ...[Read More]
Friday, April 28th, 2017

Journalists need consumer data to regain market share

By Mindy Tan Medill News Service At a time when Facebook and Google are claiming 89 cents of every new dollar of digital advertising, journalists must "reclaim" their relationship with users by leveraging consumer data to better package content for them, according to Michael Shane, global head of digital innovation at Bloomberg LP. "For most people, the internet is essentially some combination ...[Read More]
Friday, April 21st, 2017

SABEW Canada’s 3rd Annual Best in Business Award Winners Announced

TORONTO, April 20, 2017 /CNW/ - The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) Canada would like to congratulate the winners of the third annual Best in Business Canada competition. Our awards show, hosted at Baro in Toronto on Wednesday night, saw more than 100 journalists in attendance — our largest crowd ever. The event is the only one of its kind in Canada to honour business ...[Read More]
Friday, April 21st, 2017

Bryan Borzykowski to be next SABEW Secretary

Bryan Borzykowski, a freelance business writer, has been named the 2017-18 secretary for the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the largest association of business journalists. "I'm thrilled to be joining the SABEW ladder. From helping bring SABEW to Canada, I've seen firsthand just how important this organization is to business journalists. In today's uncertain media landscape, it ...[Read More]
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

SABEW 2017 Board of Governors Candidates

SABEW members will be casting ballots this year for candidates running for six seats on the Board of Governors. Each term lasts for three years, ending in the spring of 2020. There are seven candidates running for the six available seats. All are members in good standing. The incumbent board members running for the board are: Robert Barba, technology editor, American Banker Shobhana Chandra, ...[Read More]
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Bryan Borzykowski named SABEW 2017-18 secretary

Bryan Borzykowski, a freelance business writer, has been named the 2017-18 secretary for the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the largest association of business journalists. "I'm thrilled to be joining the SABEW ladder. From helping bring SABEW to Canada, I've seen firsthand just how important this organization is to business journalists. In today's uncertain media landscape, it ...[Read More]
Monday, April 17th, 2017

Information and Resources for Reporting on Nonprofits

April 17, 2017 GuideStar Media contact: Jackie Enterline Fekeci (pronounced “Fa-ketch-ee”), enterline@guidestar.org Website: guidestar.org Database of 2.5 million tax-exempt nonprofits—1.6 million current, remainder defunct or revoked (contact Jackie to access historic information) Nonprofit Profiles—aggregated data from the nonprofits, IRS Forms 990, IRS Business Master File, ...[Read More]

March 2017

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Training – Investigating Nonprofit Organizations

The more than 1.5 million registered nonprofit organizations in the United States employs more than 10 percent of the U.S. workforce and contributes more than $900 billion to the economy. The sector offers ample opportunities for business journalists to dive into financial records and databases and find stories that can have a substantial impact on the organizations themselves, their beneficiaries, ...[Read More]
Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Andrew Leckey named Visiting Scholar at Fudan Development Institute in Shanghai

Andrew Leckey, president of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, has been named a Visiting Scholar at the Fudan Development Institute in Shanghai, China, for summer 2017. The Fudan Development Institute (FDDI) is located at Fudan University, one of China’s top universities. Since the Institute’s1993 inception it has pooled the strengths of varied disciplines to conduct ...[Read More]
Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Lawrence Ingrassia receives SABEW’s 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award

Lawrence Ingrassia, managing editor of the Los Angeles Times, will receive the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ highest honor, its Distinguished Achievement Award, for 2017. The award is given to an individual who has made a significant impact on the field of business journalism and who has served as a nurturing influence on others in the profession. Ingrassia will accept ...[Read More]
Friday, March 17th, 2017

Journalists Honored in SABEW’s 22nd Annual Best in Business Competition

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) on March 17, 2017, announces the results of its 22nd annual Best in Business competition, which recognizes outstanding stories published or aired in 2016. The 112 winners and honorable mentions represent all formats and corners of the world. One hundred seventy-five news organizations submitted 946 entries across 65 categories. For ...[Read More]
Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Training – Fighting Fake News

The digital transformation that is reshaping the news business introduced yet another new challenge: fake news. SABEW’s March training session will feature a panel of experts assembled to address this issue. They’ll talk about fact checking, what respected news organizations are doing to respond to fake news, and what this phenomenon means for the future of business journalism. Monday, March ...[Read More]

February 2017

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Mark Hamrick to be next SABEW president

Feb. 17, 2017 – Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst and Washington bureau chief of Bankrate.com, has been named vice president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the largest association of business journalists. Hamrick, who began serving as SABEW treasurer last year, will take over as president at the conclusion of the organization’s 2017 spring conference, which ...[Read More]
Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Training – Digital Bootcamp: Telling Business Stories through Podcasts

Monday, Feb. 27 2 p.m. EST Podcasts can extend the reach of your business coverage and open up new ways to involve and educate the audience in your space. But what makes a great podcast? On SABEW’s next teletraining session, you’ll hear a panel of experts discuss strategies for delivering engaging podcasts, learn about proven storytelling techniques and discover how to measure the success ...[Read More]

January 2017

December 2016

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Training – Covering Personal Finance in 2017

Monday, Jan. 23 2 p.m. EST January is the time of the year when money management and personal finance are at the top of many people’s minds. Readers are eager for advice and information about setting their household budgets, getting debt under control, preparing to buy or sell a house and making preparations for tax season. On SABEW’s next teletraining session, hear from a panel of experts ...[Read More]
Thursday, December 1st, 2016

22 Journalists Selected for the SABEW/Goldschmidt 2017 Fellowship

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) has selected 22 business journalists for the 5-day SABEW/Goldschmidt seminar in Washington, D.C., in January that will immerse them in federal, economic, and personal-finance data. Fellows were chosen from a record pool of 43 applicants. Click here for the agenda. Journalists will work with experts at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, ...[Read More]

November 2016

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

SABEW announces 2016 Health Care Fellows

For the full symposium schedule, click here. Fifteen journalists from across the United States have been selected as fellows for SABEW’s fifth annual Health Care Symposium sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund. The group will gather in Washington, D.C., Dec. 1-3 at the National Press Club and at the Bloomberg–Washington, D.C., bureau. The symposium will give fellows a head start covering a ...[Read More]
Thursday, November 17th, 2016

2016 Best in Business Announced

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers will open its 2016 Best in Business (BIB) awards contest on Dec. 1. As in past years, the 2016 BIBs have been updated to reflect the rapidly evolving media landscape. Among this year’s new features: All BIBs will be platform agnostic. Entrants will compete based on the size of their newsroom staff, rather than on the size of their ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

The Power of Business Journalism

SABEW members and friends: It isn’t news to you that business journalism is more powerful and relevant than ever, from coverage of the Panama Papers to Brexit, the Wells Fargo scandal to the Mylan EpiPen price hike, China’s economic reforms to the United States’ presidential candidates’ financial records. Our work holds corporate titans, elected officials and tax-dodging plutocrats to ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

November Training – What will happen to the ACA now?

Monday, November 14 2 p.m. EST Donald Trump vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, telling a crowd at a rally toward the end of his campaign "it's one of the single most important reasons why we must win on Nov.. 8."  Now, with a Republican-controlled Congress, that goal is within reach. How will that happen and what will the Republicans put in its place? What will that mean for the 20 million ...[Read More]

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