Oct. Teletraining: Young journalists, big impact

Today’s young business journalists show us that decades of experience are not required to have a major influence in the industry.

At 27 years old, Buzzfeed’s William Alden’s reporting has taken him inside the secretive Palantir Technologies and caused an executive shake-up at insurance broker Zenefits. William has been honored with the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize, which recognizes outstanding work by business journalists under the age of 30.

On SABEW’s next teletraining session, hear from William, as well as our Birger award finalists Alison Griswold of Quartz, and David Benoit and Emily Glazer, both of The Wall Street Journal, as they discuss how they work sources, develop their beats and write important news that brings transparency to the marketplace.

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Jon Chesto, a business reporter for the Boston Globe, served as Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize judging team chair. Jon covers the leaders who shape Boston’s business community. He has been reporting on business and politics in New England for the past two decades. Before joining the Globe, he was managing editor at the Boston Business Journal. Prior to that role, he was the business editor at The Patriot Ledger in Quincy. His weekly Ledger column, “Mass. Market,” won several national awards with the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. A graduate of Wesleyan University and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, he has also worked as a business reporter at the Boston Herald and as a political reporter with Ottaway Newspapers.


William Alden is a senior business reporter at BuzzFeed News, where he covers Silicon Valley startups and venture capital. His articles have pulled back the curtain on Palantir Technologies, the secretive data-analysis company, and exposed legal problems at Zenefits that led to the resignation of the startup insurance broker’s CEO. Previously, he covered Wall Street for the DealBook section of The New York Times. He is based in San Francisco.

Alison Griswold, a reporter for Quartz covering the sharing economy and other “startup-y things,” is a finalist for the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize.

David Benoit, a reporter for New York MoneyBeat at The Wall Street Journal, is a finalist for the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize.

Emily Glazer, a reporter covering JP Morgan and Wells Fargo at The Wall Street Journal, is a finalist for the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize.

Questions about teletraining? Please contact Mary Jane Pardue at or Kimberly Quillen at

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