Archive for 2008

December 2008

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

U.S. vs. Russian business magazines: The content is different

By Andrei Vyrkovsky   American business magazines focus on people, while Russian business magazines focus on business and more general interest topics, according to an analysis of the content of the top three business glossies in both countries. Slightly less than 10 percent of the content of the three Russian magazines reviewed was used for profiles, while nearly one-third of the content in ...[Read More]
Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Best in Business date for column announced

This year"™s "Best in Business" contest date for business news columnists is Dec. 9. Columnists must enter their Dec. 9 column or the first column published after that date. And as a reminder, here are the mandatory dates for the other categories: The mandatory dates for newspaper business sections in the general excellence category are Thursday, May 1; Sunday, July 13; and Wednesday, Sept. 24. In ...[Read More]
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Staying in Business

Recording No longer available Presenters Becky Bisbee, business editor, Seattle Times Lisa Gibbs, business editor, Miami Herald Wayne Davis, business editor, Sacramento Bee Moderator: John Corrigan, deputy business editor, Los Angeles Times Description Is your business coverage in jeopardy, or have you lost your stand-alone section? How can you ensure that business journalism gets the resources ...[Read More]

October 2008

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Best in Business contest dates announced by SABEW

This year"™s "Best in Business" contest is kicking into gear with the announcement of the mandatory dates for sections. The mandatory dates for newspaper business sections in the general excellence category are Thursday, May 1; Sunday, July 13; and Wednesday, Sept. 24. In addition, editors can chose any Monday or Tuesday edition, any Friday or Saturday edition, and any Sunday edition. For business ...[Read More]
Thursday, October 16th, 2008

The Stock Market Circus Continues

Recording No longer available Presenters Gail MarksJarvis, personal finance and market columnist, Chicago Tribune John Wasik, personal finance columnist, Bloomberg News Pamela Yip, personal finance columnist, Dallas Morning News Moderator: Marty Steffens, SABEW Chair To Participate Those wishing to join to the call should dial (218) 936-7999. You will be prompted for the access code, which ...[Read More]
Thursday, October 16th, 2008

SABEW panel advises grabbing hold of personal finance stories

Personal finance call summary, Thursday, Oct. 16 Pam Yip, personal finance columnist, Dallas Morning News; Gail MarksJarvis, personal finance and markets columnist, Chicago Tribune John Wasik, personal finance columnist, Bloomberg News Moderated by Marty Steffens, SABEW Chair and business journalism professor, University of Missouri         With the rollicking market, ...[Read More]
Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Beal named Interim Executive Director for SABEW

Dave Beal, retired business editor and columnist at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and a past president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) board of governors, has been appointed the society's interim executive director. He succeeds Carrie Paden, who left the organization for health reasons. Beal (right) will work under contract to the SABEW board to oversee all aspects ...[Read More]
Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

SABEW President Kohn discusses coverage of current economic crisis

Bernie Kohn, who is the president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the head of the investigations team at the Baltimore Sun, talked with University of North Carolina business journalism professor Chris Roush about how the business media is covering the current economic crisis. Overall, Kohn believes that business journalism has done a very good job of warning consumers ...[Read More]
Monday, October 6th, 2008

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 ...[Read More]

September 2008

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

BEA to release new regional data

Presenters BEA to release new regional data THURSDAY"” SABEW members get exclusive help! September 25, you will be able to find out the size of your city's economy, learn whether it's growing or declining and what industries are driving it. On that date the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis will release the second annual estimates of gross domestic product for 363 metropolitan statistical areas. ...[Read More]
Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Is Your Bank in Trouble?

Recording No longer available Presenters Drew DeSilver, banking and public companies reporter, Seattle Times Bernie Kohn, investigations editor, Baltimore Sun Mark Davis, banking reporter, Kansas City Star Moderator: Marty Steffens, SABEW Chair To Participate Those wishing to join to the call should dial (218) 936-7999. You will be prompted for the access code, which is 316748. SABEW's ...[Read More]
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

2006 Best in Business, Enterprise Real-time Award Winner Douglas W. Delp Dies Aged 63

Douglas W. Delp, 63, a long-time print and Internet reporter, columnist and editor, passed away unexpectedly Sept. 23 at Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Fla., following emergency surgery. He leaves behind his best friend and beloved "bride," Elaine, in addition to scores of close friends and admiring coworkers at, where he was an assistant managing editor, as well as prior coworkers ...[Read More]
Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Using digital tools and skills for the big story

You never know when you will be covering a disaster, but Steve Buttry has lots of advice on how to prepare for one and what to do when it hits based on his experience in leading his paper through coverage of the Midwest floods this summer. Buttry, editor of the Cedar Rapids Gazette and American Press Institute trainer, shared some of his experiences from covering a devastating flood and the following ...[Read More]
Sunday, September 14th, 2008

SABEW to add prestigous “Best of the Best” award

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers will add a new category to its annual "Best in Business" awards to honor exceptional business journalism. The new Best of the Best awards, which will be given for the first time at the 2009 spring conference in Denver, are designed to reward the very best work entered in SABEW's Best in Business contest. After Best in Business judging is completed, ...[Read More]
Saturday, September 13th, 2008

Spitz joins SABEW succession ladder

Jill Jorden Spitz, assistant managing editor for business, local news, sports, features and training at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, has been named secretary of the Society of American Business Editors, effective May 2009.In joining "the ladder," Spitz will serve a year each as secretary, then treasurer, vice president and president of SABEW. Spitz joined the SABEW Board of Governors in 2004. ...[Read More]
Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Covering high cost of food is complicated

By Susan Salisbury Palm Beach Post With food prices receiving more coverage than ever as they continue to escalate, reporters need to be careful not to over-simplify the reasons behind the increases. That's the message Chip Flory, editor and publisher of Pro Farmer magazine, and Greg Johnson, editor of The Packer, a produce industry newspaper, shared during the session "Pantry Panic: Covering rising ...[Read More]
Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Story ides about covering small business owners and health care

By Gary Haber The (Wilmington) News Journal With health-care a key issue in the presidential election, experts at SABEW's fall conference offered enough suggestions for stories to fill any reporter's notebook. The panelists for the session on "Small business: High stakes in health-care reform" included: Leonard Burman, director of the Tax Policy Center and senior fellow at The Urban Institute; Rob ...[Read More]
Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

SABEW to hold 2010 conference in Phoenix

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers board of directors voted unanimously this weekend to hold its 2010 annual conference in Phoenix at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Cronkite ...[Read More]
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Tips for covering small businesses

By David Hayes Kansas City Star JoNo 10-Q, no 8-K, no proxy. In fact, few -- if any -- public documents at all. Covering small business presents its own set of challenges: Finding interesting companies to write about; avoiding puff pieces when few documents ...[Read More]
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Ford executive discusses future strategy

By Anne Christian University of Missouri Joe Hinrichs, the vice president of global manufacturing and labor relations at Ford Motor Co., attempted to counter the frustrations of many Americans have with the major automobile companies, particularly the ...[Read More]
Monday, September 8th, 2008

Data diving with the Bureau of Economic Analysis

By Jason Gertzen Kansas City Star Alison Adam, Shane Taylor and their colleagues at the Bureau of Economic Analysis want to help you tell the story of your local economy. The bureau has a Web site at that is packed with charts, databases and other details ...[Read More]
Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Webcasts from SABEW fall conference will be available

A live webcast of some of the country's most influential business leaders offering their perspective and vision on key issues facing our economy will be available to journalists and the general public on Sept. 8-9 through the following link: The webcast link will be available ...[Read More]

August 2008

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

The strategies for freelance writers

Find out the latest tips from SABEW's panel of freelance experts...[Read More]
Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

The Freelance Challenge

Whether driven by economic necessity, industry conditions or the desire for a more flexible schedule, more journalists are contemplating the freelancing life. Many succeed, but it's not easy. SABEW has a panel of experts to help explore: How to develop story ideas Where and how to offer them Rules of the game and best practices Life as a journalistic entrepreneur And more"¦ To Participate Those ...[Read More]

July 2008

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Newsmakers headline fall SABEW conference in Kansas City

Headliners include T. Boone Pickens and Monsanto CEO Grant...[Read More]
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

SABEW receives $50,000 challenge grant

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers has received a $50,000 grant sponsored by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the McCormick Foundation, a Challenge Fund for Journalism V ...[Read More]
Friday, July 18th, 2008

SABEW receives $50,000 challenge grant

Grant will support educational programs for business journalists...[Read More]
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

So you’ve been laid off or taken the buyout? Here’s what you do next

By Gail MarksJarvis The time has arrived. Perhaps you never imagined leaving journalism, but now your company is on a cost-cutting blitz and offering a buyout package for anyone willing to head out the door fast. Can you afford to take it? You need to examine both immediate and long-term needs and ...[Read More]

June 2008

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

The business of covering bankruptcy court: Knowing sources

By Josh Mills Get familiar with the concepts of and potential sources bankruptcy coverage, because you"™re likely to see a lot more of it in coming months, a panel of experts on bankruptcy told dozens of SABEW members in a conference call Wednesday. "We haven't yet seen ...[Read More]
Monday, June 16th, 2008

New SABEW president Kohn talks about business journalism

Bernie Kohn, assistant managing editor for business at the Baltimore Sun, became the president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in late April. As a result, Kohn oversees the largest organization of business journalists in the country at a time when the ...[Read More]

May 2008

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

From Farm to Fork: Covering the Rising Price of Food

By Josh Mills Like energy prices, food prices have been soaring, but just why, where and how is sometimes hard to explain, a panel of experts said in a SABEW conference call on May 29. Among the story ideas and wisdom that were offered to the more than 70 SABEW members who listened ...[Read More]

April 2008

Monday, April 28th, 2008

New officers and board members elected

Bernie Kohn, assistant managing editor of business for The Baltimore Sun, was named president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers during its annual conference on Monday. Greg McCune, training editor for Reuters, became vice president. Rob Reuteman, business editor ...[Read More]
Monday, April 28th, 2008

Entrepreneurs: An undercovered business story

By George Hohmann Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail Businesses with one to nine workers employ 12.8 million people nationwide and drive the economy in many regions, said Lisa Gibbs, executive business editor of The Miami Herald. Gibbs and a panel discussed "Entrepreneurship - The Most Undercovered Business Story?" ...[Read More]

March 2008

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Eleven SABEW members seek six board seats

Eleven candidates are running for six vacant seats on the Society of American Business Editors and Writers"™ Board of Governors. The top six vote-getters will serve three-year terms, beginning at the group"™s annual meeting in Baltimore on April 28. The candidates and their respective media outlets are: -- Kathy Brister, Atlanta Journal-Constitution; -- Cliff Cumber, Frederick News-Post; -- ...[Read More]
Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Floyd Norris to receive SABEW distinguished achievement award

Floyd Norris, The New York Times"™s chief financial correspondent, will receive the 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) at its 45th annual conference in Baltimore, Md., on April 28. He covers the ...[Read More]

February 2008

Friday, February 29th, 2008

SABEW members get tips on covering executive compensation

(Note: Click here to listen to the conference call replay. You will need to be a SABEW member.) Figuring out how much top execs get paid is one of the most challenging topics for business journalists. To help decipher and decode the complexities, a panel of expert journalists ...[Read More]
Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Largest business journalism contest under way

Judging is under way in SABEW"™s 14th annual Best in Business contest that honors work by our members in 2007. More than 800 entries have been sent to the judges in print, real time, magazine and student categories. Results will be posted on our Web site,, ...[Read More]
Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Reporting on CEO pay: Salaries, bonuses and those wonderful perks

A new proxy season is looming, and both journalists and companies are dealing with the SEC's revised rules for corporate disclosure of how and how much top executives are paid. To help member business reporters get the details and get them right, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers will sponsor a 90-minute conference call on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. EST on covering executive ...[Read More]
Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Broadcast workshop offered at SABEW conference

A single-day workshop on on-air broadcasting skills, sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, will be held at The Baltimore Sun building, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will provide ...[Read More]

January 2008

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

SABEW seeks nominations for board

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers is seeking business journalists who would like to serve terms on its board of governors. Each year, one third of the board"™s 18 governor seats are up for election, and SABEW is always looking for committed business journalists who would be ...[Read More]

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