February 2018 SABEW Spotlight

Posted By David Wilhite

SABEW18 – Spring conference

  • Join SABEW in April for the 2018 spring conference set to a backdrop of cherry blossoms and all of Washington, D.C.’s springtime glory. This year’s conference is all about getting back to basics. Over the past year we’ve seen a number of ground-breaking stories, and all were done the old-fashioned way: by cultivating sources, digging into documents and data, collaborating with editors, and finding angles that matter most to people. In Washington, we’ll give you the skills to continue pushing boundaries and breaking stories in business journalism and beyond. You can count on big ideas, hands-on skills development, face-to-face conversations with media leaders, and more time for member networking. You’ll go back to your newsroom with plenty to share and use.
  • View the program to date.
  • Register before March 31 to receive the early-bird discount.
  • Reserve your hotel room before March 31 to get the special discounted SABEW online rate.

SABEW Best in Business

  • Good luck to all who entered SABEW’s 23rd annual Best in Business contest. The competition is now closed. Winners will be announced in March and recognized on Friday, April 27 at the SABEW18 conference in Washington D.C.  Buy your tickets now! 


  • 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 January training session, “Behind the lens: How to snap photos and videos that make business stories shine,” gave ideas about how to break beyond the standard “CEO at a desk” shots and bring new life to business photography. View the webinar and check out the page’s tips on using and buying lights.
  • In the December training, a panel of experts discussed the ramifications of President Donald Trump’s withholding of subsidies and other actions involving 2018’s health-care exchanges. Topics included how states are coping and 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; and Rodney Whitlock, vice president of health policy at ML Strategies. Tami Luhby, senior writer at CNNMoney, moderated. Listen now.
  • Miss a teletraining? Find it in our free archive.


  • Congratulations to the newly elected executive officers: President Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst and Washington bureau chief of Bankrate.com; Vice President Bryan Borzykowski, freelance business writer; and Secretary/Treasurer Kim Quillen, editor on the Chicago Tribune business desk.

College Connect

  • College Connect gives students a chance to share their experiences handling and managing money and credit. Read about picking among multiple job offers from Carolyn Heger, a senior majoring in business and journalism at the University of Missouri. This project is funded by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE).

Member news

  • Executive Editor Sandra Duerr retired after 19 years at The San Luis Obispo Tribune. Duerr is a SABEW past president and wife of Gary Klott. Former SABEW president Gary Klott, who died in August 2002 spent considerable time educating members on ethical decision-making for journalists. Annually, SABEW has conducted one-hour ethics programs in honor of Klott’s memory during the spring conference.
  • South Carolina’s leading journalism school seeks an innovator and proven leader to head its growing business and financial journalism initiative. Click here for more information.
  • Don’t forget 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!

Follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on all SABEW news.

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

555 North Central Ave, Suite 406 E, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1248

E-mail: sabew@sabew.org

©2001 - 2019 Society of American Business Editors and Writers, Inc.