Sourcing a New Beat teletraining

training_header copyMonday, March 17, 2014

New to your beat and wondering where to start setting up a strong source list? We’ve found some experts who will share their secrets for moving successfully into your new post without missing a beat. Even if you’re not exactly new to your beat, you’ll be able to use these tips to expand your source database today.

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Greg McCune recently joined The Associated Press Chicago desk where he edits stories from a 14-state area of the Midwest. Prior to the AP, he was Midwest Editor for the Reuters America Service, responsible for general and political news in 18 states. Greg held a variety of other roles at Reuters over a 29-year career including foreign correspondent and beat reporter in the U.K. and Belgium, chief correspondent in Canada, and bureau chief in Washington and Chicago. He was a Reuters training editor for five years responsible for professional training at the wire service. He served as SABEW president in 2009-2010.


Steve Daniels is a senior reporter for Crain’s Chicago Business. He joined Crain’s Chicago Business in 1999 as a reporter. He currently covers banking, insurance and utilities (energy) but has also covered airlines, commercial real estate and manufacturing for brief periods for Crain’s. Before going to Crain’s Chicago, he reported for Crain Communications titles Investment News and Waste News, beginning in 1995. From 1991 to 1995 he was a staff writer for the Environmental and Energy Study Conference, a congressional caucus serving as a non-partisan provider of environmental and energy legislative developments on Capitol Hills to House and Senate members. He began his career as a reporter at the Potomac News, an afternoon daily in Woodbridge, Va., outside of Washington, D.C. Steve has a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University.

Lori Becker is editor in chief of the Nashville Business Journal in Nashville, Tenn. She joined the Business Journal in 2008 as managing editor, before stepping into the editor role in 2012. She previously worked as a reporter for The Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, Fla., the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal, the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader. A Bowling Green, Ky., native, Becker began her journalism career at the now defunct Nashville Banner. She is a graduate of Western Kentucky University.

Candice Choi is the Food Industry Writer for The Associated Press. She covers the national food and beverage industry. Candice joined the news agency in 2005 in Albany, N.Y., spending part of her time working in the statehouse bureau before joining the business news department in New York City.  She covered consumer banking and personal finance before moving on to her current beat.

For more information on “Sourcing a New Beat,” contact Mary Jane Pardue, or 417-836-8834 or Kimberly Quillen at or 602-444-8280.

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