Archive for April, 2017

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]
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

SABEW17 Student Newsroom Team

Participating Schools and Reporters: Hannah Levitt, MSJ, Medill School of Journalism Hannah Levitt is a graduate student at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, specializing in Business, Money and Markets. Levitt has a bachelor's degree in International Studies from the University of Michigan, where she focused on economic development and international political conflicts. In ...[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

Investigating Nonprofit Organizations

Click here for Information and Resources for Reporting on Nonprofits    ...[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]
Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Duties of the SABEW Board of Governors

The work of board members is vital to success of SABEW. Here is a summary of the general duties and obligations of SABEW board members. Board members are: Required to attend in person the SABEW board and membership meetings. The board meets twice a year, at the annual SABEW spring and fall conference. The SABEW membership meetings also occur during the conferences. The SABEW board also meets by ...[Read More]
Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

College Connect: I took Jay Leno’s advice – will you?

By Philip Joens In my last post I talked about my own experiences after graduating from college and how I’ve come to terms with the business side of my life as a reporter. When you’re young and not making much money though, it may be helpful to choose carefully where you’ll live and what you do in your free time. Save Money, save for retirement young When you enter the workforce a few ...[Read More]
Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

College Connect: In Today’s Work Journey – Be Prepared for Detours

By Philip Joens As a student at the University of Missouri I’d often spend nights working at an on-campus dining hall---usually working in the dishroom or cooking cheese burgers on a hot and greasy grill--- and say to myself, “There’s got to be something better than this.” Now, A little over two years after graduating from college, I’m finding the working world is tougher than I ever ...[Read More]
Friday, April 7th, 2017

College Connect: Tapping into Tuition Assistance Programs

By Tommy Lehner What if there was a legitimate way to get most of your college tuition paid for while you work? Sounds intriguing, right? In the state of Georgia, this is a reality through a Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). The program allows full-time employees at any college under the University System of Georgia to receive free tuition for up to nine hours of classes per semester under most ...[Read More]
Friday, April 7th, 2017

College Connect: The Money Ups and Downs of College Students from a Single-Parent Home

By Reann Huber On the surface, it is not easy to see any differences between a college student who comes from a single-parent household or one from dual-income household. But, research shows these different environments often lead to students approaching their college expenses in completely different ways. University of Georgia associate professor Diann Moorman has done research in bankruptcy, ...[Read More]
Friday, April 7th, 2017

College Connect: Creating and Actually Sticking to a Budget

By Reann Huber For college students, financial planning and budgeting is easily one of the biggest headaches to deal with when also pursuing a degree. Nonetheless, there are easy ways to make and stick to a budget that any college student can follow. For all of my budgeting needs, I use Mint.com after discovering it helped me take the next step in the process and made me feel like I actually ...[Read More]
Friday, April 7th, 2017

College Connect: Considering Law School? You May Have to Give Up the Part-time Job

By Reann Huber Many students consider the possibility of attending graduate school immediately after finishing their undergraduate degree, but the daunting price tag that comes along with pursuing a higher degree brings financial concerns to students they may not have faced in the past. University of Georgia senior Abby Fitts, a philosophy major from Columbus, Georgia, is one of those students ...[Read More]
Friday, April 7th, 2017

College Connect: Expert Explains the Reality of Credit Cards

By Reann Huber Diann Moorman is an associate professor at the University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences, and specializes in research on bankruptcy, single parent households, credit card debt and more. I reached out to Moorman to learn more about credit cards and the debt that often comes along with them and how they affect college students. Q: How beneficial would you ...[Read More]
Friday, April 7th, 2017

College Connect: Being a Broke College Student

By Reann Huber Having gone through three years of college, I have seen just about every type of student that likes to designate themselves as a “broke” college student. They might not have received as big of a paycheck because they missed a few shifts while preparing for a test, or had to spend a little extra on textbooks for the semester. However, many students have never actually faced what ...[Read More]
Friday, April 7th, 2017

College Connect: What Most College Graduates Don’t Anticipate After Graduation

By Rachel Madray Many college students are not prepared for the financial obligations they will face after graduation. After relying on their parents for the past 20 plus years of their lives, the transition to becoming self-sufficient can be shocking to many, especially if they have not prepared for what to expect. Matt Goren, who teaches personal finance at the University of Georgia, has a list ...[Read More]
Friday, April 7th, 2017

College Connect: Students Have Options When Considering Post Graduation Plans

By Rachel Madray As graduation approaches, college students are faced with a tough question. Now what? Perhaps the three most considered options are taking a year off to travel, going to graduate school or getting a job. There are financial pros and cons for each option so careful consideration is important before making a decision. Travel Matt Goren, a University of Georgia professor who ...[Read More]
Friday, April 7th, 2017

College Connect: Students with Questions about His Entrepreneurial Dream Gets Expert Answers

  By Rachel Hinkle Victor Edwins, 20, a marketing major at the University of Georgia, has questions about his dream of opening his own restaurant. College Connect found answers to those questions from Bob Pinckney, director the entrepreneurship program at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. Is it a better idea to rent or buy a building myself? Depends on the situation ...[Read More]
Friday, April 7th, 2017

College Connect: An Expert Answers Five Questions about Planning for the Long-Term

By Rachel Hinkle Taylor Liszewski, an advertising major at the University of Georgia, had more questions for a personal finance expert as she thought about her long goals for owning a home and planning a family. College Connect once again turned to Matt Goren, an assistant professor at UGA who teaches Introduction to Personal Finance, for the answers. Q: I want to own my own home one day. What ...[Read More]
Friday, April 7th, 2017

College Connect: A College Students Gets Expert Advice on Her Five Key Questions

By Rachel Hinkle Taylor Liszewski, an advertising major at the University of Georgia, had several questions about personal finance and budgeting as she prepares for life beyond college. College Connect turned to Matt Goren, an assistant professor at UGA who teaches Introduction to Personal Finance, for answers. Q: Is it a bad idea to have a credit card at a young age? A: No, absolutely not: ...[Read More]
Friday, April 7th, 2017

College Connect: A Planning Tip When Preparing to Repay Your Student Loans

By Kalah Mingo Alexis Williams, a third-year public relations major, has an unpaid internship, but makes money and saves on dinner as a server at Olive Garden. “I eat salad and breadsticks almost every night for dinner so it has its perks,” said Williams, who attends the University of Georgia. Williams said she has concerns when it comes to budgeting and saving, especially when considering ...[Read More]
Friday, April 7th, 2017

College Connect: Debit Card Theft: 18 Cents She’ll Never Get Back

By Kalah Mingo Emma Williams, a third year digital marketing major at the University of Georgia, was the victim of debit card theft. Her mother called asking why she had used her card at a gas station in Atlanta when she should’ve been in Athens. Williams was in Athens and hadn’t used her card. In fact, she still had possession of her debit card yet someone still used her information to make ...[Read More]
Friday, April 7th, 2017

College Connect: What should I be spending on?

By Garrett Michael Lilley Cushman, a sophomore Biology major at the University of Georgia, said she has trouble deciding what to spend money on, while still growing a healthy savings account. She can cover most of her basic needs, like food, a place to live, and school tuition, but said she struggles to decide what to purchase when it comes to her wants. “I try my best to save on all of ...[Read More]
Friday, April 7th, 2017

College Connect: Paying the Bills, While still Working towards a Career

By Garrett Michael Abbi Camillo, an interior design major at the University of Georgia, has struggled to find a stable college job that will cover rent and other monthly living expenses, while also enhancing her ability to find a career. This is a problem many students face, and it can seem like an insurmountable wall to climb once bills begin to go unpaid. Matt Goren, who teaches personal finance ...[Read More]
Friday, April 7th, 2017

College Connect: Turning to a Peer for Advice

By Denver Ellison Peer advice can be some of the best advice to rely on when it comes to understanding college experiences. Our peers may have gone through similar situations and can help us learn from the mistakes that they made. University of Georgia junior Ajara Ceesay, a health promotion major from Jonesboro, Georgia, discussed how she thinks about money and handles her own finances during a ...[Read More]
Friday, April 7th, 2017

College Connect: How I Prepared for Off-Campus Living

By Denver Ellison Before making the final decision to move into an off-campus apartment, many of us may wonder what the difference is between living on and off campus. We go back and forth in our heads on if it is worth it to come out of pocket every month only because we want our own place. On top of that, we have to figure out which friends will be the most compatible for living together. If you ...[Read More]
Friday, April 7th, 2017

College Connect: Financial Expert Explains the Basics for College Students

By Denver Ellison Many of us may think we have our personal finances under control. This is especially true if we have been living on our own for some time. However, talking to an expert can help us to better understand the various aspects of personal finance and how money is important in our lives. Swarn Chatterjee, an associate professor in financial planning, housing and consumer economics at ...[Read More]
Friday, April 7th, 2017

College Connect: Reasons to Build Your Savings Account Early

By Denver Ellison As college students, we find many ways to blow through our money.  We like to use our funds for new clothes and going out to eat with our friends. However, many finance professionals believe college students should recognize the importance of saving. Not only will it help us to be more responsible as young adults, but it will also help us build our retirement funds. Here are some ...[Read More]
Friday, April 7th, 2017

College Connect: Ways College Students Mismanage Their Money

By Denver Ellison It’s a fact that people mismanage their money. However, when college students mismanage their funds, it may be a lifestyle issue rather than a mistake. Many of us don’t take the time to think about how we are spending our money or why we are spending our money. Instead of budgeting and tracking, we spend the majority of our paychecks and wait around for the next pay period ...[Read More]

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