News Archive

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]
Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

October 12-13: SABEWNYC17

  Conference Registration   SABEW/NEFE Personal Finance Workshop Registration    ...[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]

October 2016

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Fellows sought for 2016 Health Care Symposium in Washington, D.C.

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 training program comes during insurance-enrollment season, in which more than 8 million Americans are expected to use government exchanges. With double-digit premium hikes and major insurers dropping out, we will hear from reporters and ...[Read More]
Monday, October 24th, 2016

Kevin G. Hall receives SABEW’s top honor

  Kevin G. Hall, chief economics correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, was recognized by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers with one of the highest honors, the President’s Award. Hall received the honor Friday, Oct. 7 during the SABEW fall conference held at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in Midtown Manhattan. Hall, a former SABEW board member and past president, ...[Read More]
Friday, October 14th, 2016

Fellows sought for 2017 Goldschmidt data immersion/government workshop in Washington

Reporters who want to learn more about federal economic and investment data are invited to be part of SABEW’s 4th Annual Goldschmidt data immersion training in mid-January. The weeklong session, January 9-13, is thanks to a grant from the Chicago-based Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Family Foundation. The training will bring journalists to Washington, D.C., to climb inside economic and labor data, ...[Read More]

September 2016

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

BuzzFeed News’ William Alden wins Birger Award for Young Business Journalists

William Alden, 27, a San Francisco-based business reporter for BuzzFeed News covering the technology industry, is the 2016 winner of the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize, honoring journalists younger than 30. He will receive the award and a $1,500 honorarium Oct. 7 at SABEW’s New York Fall Conference in midtown Manhattan. It is the third year for the competition. The past two years’ ...[Read More]
Friday, September 2nd, 2016

September Teletraining – Covering the election on the business desk

Covering the election on the business desk November’s election is coming up fast, but is your organization ready? This election cycle is proving to be one of the most significant in decades – according to a UBS AG Wealth Management Americas survey of 2,300 wealthy investors, 77 percent expect the November election to be a game-changing event for the U.S. economy. On SABEW’s next teletraining ...[Read More]

August 2016

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Boning Up on Business Journalism Skills – Sept. 20 at EIJ16

SABEW will be presenting a three-hour session during the Excellence in Journalism 2016 (EIJ16) conference in New Orleans. We'll cover the essential basics for any business journalist, plus talk about where the jobs are and why you'll want to go into business journalism if you aren't in it already. Come prepared to learn about: Following the money: how to find great business-journalism stories ...[Read More]

July 2016

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Twitter for Business Journalists – August 15

Twitter for Business Journalists: How to break news and build your brand in 140 characters or less Are you a regular Twitter user looking to up your game? Then SABEW’s Aug. 15 tweetorial is for you. We’ll share Twitter best practices for journalists and help you learn how to use the platform to build your brand, find and cultivate sources, and get the most eyeballs on your stories. We’ll ...[Read More]
Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Longtime SABEW Board Member Elizabeth Whitney dies

Renowned journalist, Elizabeth Whitney, died Tuesday. Whitney was the first female business editor at a major U.S. newspaper, the then-St. Petersburg Times. She was both an influential and exceptional reporter and editor to the journalism community. Whitney had a distinguished career of reporting and editing staying devoted to business-related news. She served on SABEW’s Board of Governors from ...[Read More]
Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

July Teletraining – Coaching journalists toward their best work

Coaching journalists toward their best work Monday, July 18, 2016 2 p.m. Eastern One of the most important roles that an editor can play is that of a coach. Whether it’s leading journalists on an investigation, helping them manage a project while still maintaining a beat, or guiding them as they persuade a reluctant source, effective coaching makes a newsroom more successful. On SABEW’s ...[Read More]

May 2016

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

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 ...[Read More]
Saturday, May 21st, 2016

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 ...[Read More]

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