The importance of a free press and quality business journalism

Posted By Crystal Beasley

Dear Friends and Supporters of SABEW:

We share a passion for something fundamental to democracy: business journalism. Its themes are key to understanding the common financial interests and conflicts among government, enterprises and individuals. Now is the moment for our profession and our nation to demand engagement and response.

At SABEW, the leading organization for business journalists, we advocate for our members and our profession, exemplifying the highest standards. We do that through our annual conferences, workshops and seminars; virtual training; Best in Business awards competition; reporting fellowships; and board and committee work. Underpinning these activities is the promotion of financial literacy and personal financial goals.

Journalism has always been a target of the powerful who find facts to be a threat. While that has often been the case abroad, domestic news organizations — including many of our members — have come under increasing attack. President Donald Trump continuously attempts to undermine the credibility of our profession through his “fake news” tweets. The Trump administration also has made government data difficult for journalists to find and access. Abroad and even closer to home, there have been recent cases of verbal and physical harassment and assault against journalists.

SABEW formed a First Amendment Committee as part of its response to these attacks. The goal of the committee is to offer training and programming related to press freedom, transparency and access to data; to advocate for SABEW members and the profession in a climate of unprecedented risks and threats; and to release public statements in support of individual journalists and the industry as a whole. These First Amendment issues, vital to a healthy democracy, will be a focus of our spring conference in April in Washington, D.C.

We are asking for your financial support of quality business journalism through a year-end donation. Your gift will fund training, fellowships and award competitions that help journalists develop, ensuring the future of trustworthy, ethical reporting that empowers citizens.

Donate today to qualify for a 2017 charitable income tax deduction. You can do so online through Razoo’s secure site or by mailing a check to: SABEW, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, ASU, 555 N. Central Ave., Suite 302, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1248.

Thank you for supporting SABEW. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

Sincerely,

Mark Hamrick                                                            Kathleen Graham
SABEW president                                                     SABEW executive director

SABEW - Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication,
Arizona State University

555 North Central Ave, Suite 406 E, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1248
Phone: (602)-496-7862

E-mail: sabew@sabew.org

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