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:
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NY State Data Indicates Even More Landlords Duck Rent Limits
NY Lawmakers Want Stiffer Penalties for Landlords Who Ignore Rent Limits

ec1caa28-6c57-4419-bd74-2604b6e15713Cezary Podkul
Financial investigative reporter

Cezary is this year’s winner of the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize, honoring journalists under age 30. Cezary earned a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is a 2011 alumnus of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, where his master’s thesis on unspent highway earmarks developed into the eventual USA Today report and was featured on NBC Nightly News. In addition to being a SABEW member, he also serves on the board of the New York Financial Writers’ Association.

Special Guest:
Journalist and Author

Roy Harris is a veteran business journalist and author of “Pulitzer’s Gold,” telling stories behind the stories that have won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.  His newest edition, recently published by Columbia University Press, includes stories written by younger journalists. In the chapter, “Prizing Youth,” Harris talks about recent Pulitzer-winners under 30—Alexandra Berzon for her Las Vegas Sun stories on construction-worker deaths on the Strip, and Daniel Gilbert for the small-town-Virginia Bristol Herald Courier, for his deep study of how landowners who were mineral-rights holders were getting cheated out of royalties by the state.

Harris worked for The Wall Street Journal from 1971 to 1995, including six years as deputy Los Angeles bureau chief. He then moved to The Economist Group’s CFO Magazine as senior editor. Early in his career he also worked for the Los Angeles Times, and his hometown St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where his late father was a Pulitzer-winning reporter. Roy, who also is president of the American Society of Business Publication Editors Foundation, lives in Hingham, Mass.

Marty Steffens
University of Missouri

As the Society of American Business Editors and Writers endowed chair, Martha Steffens teaches business and financial journalism, as well as organizing seminars for business journalism professionals. Steffens has taught more than 450 professional in business workshops sponsored the Southern Newspaper Publishers Assn. and SABEW. She assumed the chair in 2002, after a 30-year career in newspapers, including executive editor of the San Francisco Examiner, and earlier the Press & Sun Bulletin in Binghamton, N.Y.


RBB_logo_icon_hiresThe Larry Birger Young Business Journalist award and teletraining are made possible by a gift from rbb Communications of Miami, Fla. The award commemorates Birger, a former Miami Herald business editor who led SABEW as president in 1977. Birger was later a principal in rbb until his death in 1998.


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