SABEW January Spotlight

Posted By David Wilhite on Wednesday January 17, 2018

SABEW Best in Business

  • The BIB awards are the only comprehensive set of awards honoring excellence in business journalism. The contest covers work published, broadcast and posted in the 2017 calendar year.
  • Click here to submit your entry. Deadline is midnight EST on Jan. 29, 2018.

SABEW Goldschmidt Data Immersion Workshop

The 2018 SABEW Goldschmidt Data Immersion Workshop in Washington, D.C., has concluded. Twenty-two business journalists learned how the government uses data. They received a special briefing from the Council of Economic Advisers at the White House and spoke with experts at the Investment Company Institute, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The week concluded with Janet Yellen addressing the fellows in the board room at the Federal Reserve. View the agenda. The training is thanks to a grant from the Chicago-based Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation.

SABEW18 – Spring conference

  • The 2018 SABEW Spring Conference in Washington, D.C., is April 26-28 at the Capital Hilton. The program is shaping up to be awesome! SABEW will host a conversation with David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group. David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post will break down how he pursued his 2017 Pulitzer-winning investigation into Donald Trump’s misuse of charities, in a discussion with Keith Alexander, part of The Post’s 2016 Pulitzer-winning team that quantified police shootings across the U.S. for the first time. Conference participants can learn how to tell their stories effectively (and without fear) on radio and television. Make sure to bring your laptops to the hands-on training session “Visualizing the State and Local Economy” with Jeannine Aversa, chief of public affairs and outreach at Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Rob Wells, professor of journalism at University of Arkansas.
  • View the program to date.
  • Click here to register prior to March 31 to receive the early-bird discount. Reserve your hotel room at the special discounted SABEW rate online before March 31.


  • High-quality photos and video can make stories sing online and in print, but in business journalism, coming up with great art can be a challenge. SABEW’s next training session, “Behind the lens: How to snap photos and videos that make business stories shine,” will give you ideas about how to break beyond the standard “CEO at a desk” shots and bring new life to business photography. This webinar is Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. EST. Click here for more information.
  • Develop your understanding of health-care economics and get an update on the Affordable Care Act at the sixth annual Business of Health Care Summit. Selected journalists will receive a stipend to offset travel-related expenses through a grant from The Commonwealth Fund. Fellowship application information will be released soon.
  • In the December training, a panel of experts discussed the impact of President Donald Trump’s withholding of subsidies and other actions the year’s sign up with the exchanges. How are states coping? What is the impact on premiums and enrollment? Panelists were Sara Collins, vice president of health care coverage and access at The Commonwealth Fund; Kevin Lucia, senior research fellow and project director at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute; Rodney Whitlock, vice president of health policy at ML Strategies; with Tami Luhby, senior writer at CNNMoney. Listen now.
  • Miss a previous teletraining? Go to our free archive.

First Amendment Initiative
SABEW welcomes the decision by publisher Henry Holt to move up the release of “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff. However, we strongly oppose the White House’s effort to prevent the book’s release. This is the latest example of President Donald Trump’s unprecedented and unwarranted attack on press freedom enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. SABEW urges the president and his administration to respect the First Amendment as our Founding Fathers did.

College Connect
College Connect gives students a chance to speak from their own experiences handling and managing money and credit. Read about financial planning and Millennials from Steffenie Burns, a student at Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia. This project is funded by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE).

Member news

  • Brad Foss, a SABEW board member, has been named global business editor at The Associated Press. Congratulations, Brad!
  • Condolences to the family and friends of Getahn Ward, business reporter at The Tennessean. Ward died Dec. 16 after a brief illness. He was 45.
  • Congratulations to Ely Portillo, business reporter at The Charlotte Observer and his wife, Caroline McMillian, on the announcement that they are expecting their first child.
  • It’s a new year! Time to update your member profile. Once you log in, click on Member Profile in the left menu bar.
  • Send SABEW your career updates. We would love to hear from you!

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