SABEW Spotlight – Summer 2018

Posted By Crystal Beasley on Monday June 18, 2018

Birger Award
The fifth annual Larry Birger Young Business Journalist Award contest is open. The deadline for entries is July 31 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The winner will receive $1,500 plus an expense paid trip to SABEW’s next conference where the award will be presented. A total of 29 young journalists entered in 2017, with one winner and two finalists named.

Business of Health Care Summit
Sixteen journalists have been selected as fellows for SABEW’s sixth annual Health Care Symposium made possible by a grant from The Commonwealth Fund. The group will gather in Washington, D.C., June 28-30 at the National Press Club and at the Bloomberg Washington, D.C. bureau. The symposium will help the fellows better understand health-care economics and will provide an update on the Affordable Care Act. Fellows will be able to share and test out story ideas. View the list of fellows and the agenda.

Maintaining the Quality and Integrity of US Government Data
Join SABEW and NABE for a panel discussion and reception for journalists and economists on July 17 the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. Learn how the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the U.S. Census Bureau are innovating and evolving in a time of growing budgetary and political challenges. Offered in conjunction with The NABE Foundation’s Economic Measurement Seminar. Register for this free event.

Also, SABEW members can take advantage of the NABE member registration rate of $500 (until July 11) for the full two-day Economic Measurement Seminar. Click here to register.


  • Health care continues to be a defining issue in 2018. Register now for this special training session on July 9 at 2 p.m. EDT. Learn the latest developments and how they affect people’s pocket books from experts in the field.
  • Find out about metrics in the newsroom, the pros and cons of different analytics platforms, and using data to drive news decisions. As the revenue model for journalism moves away from heavily relying on advertising and more toward paying customers and subscribers, newsrooms will have to measure audiences differently. View the webinar or listen to the recording.
  • Miss one of our virtual training sessions? Find it in our free archive.

College Connect
College Connect gives students a chance to share their experiences handling and managing money and credit. Check out this blog from Troy D’Souza, a journalism major at the University of Missouri, about managing credit for the first time. This project is funded by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE).

Name Change
SABEW’s familiar acronym remains the same, but the organization has changed its name to the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. The change is part of a broader effort to embrace a global focus on business journalism.

SABEW mourns the loss of Warren Watson
Former SABEW executive director Warren Watson passed away May 27. Read the obituary written by his longtime friend and SABEW Chair Marty Steffens, a professor at the University of Missouri.

Member news
Congratulate the following SABEW friends!

  • Joanna Ossinger, SABEW past president, and Dan Moss celebrate the birth of their son, James Albert.
  • SABEW board member Robert Barba has been hired by The Wall Street Journal as deputy spot news editor.
  • Bernie Kohn, weekend managing editor at Bloomberg News, received SABEW’s President’s Award during SABEW18.
  • Ted Beck received the SABEW Service Award at SABEW18 in recognition of his decade of support and commitment to educating members about the importance of personal finance. Ted retires from a distinguished 13-year career as president and CEO of NEFE. Billy J. Hensley, Ph.D., has been named as the new president and CEO for NEFE effective July 9.
  • Three newly elected SABEW Board members, Megan Davies, editor and reporter, Thomson Reuters; Heather Long, economics correspondent, The Washington Post and Cindy Perman, partnerships and syndication editor,

Send SABEW your career updates. We would love to hear from you!


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