2019 State of the Business Journalism Industry survey released

Posted By Renee McGivern on Saturday November 9, 2019

SABEW and rbb Communications conducted a Snapshot Survey about the State of Business Journalism Today in late October that engaged 78 members. rbb is an integrated communications agency in Miami, Florida, which generously sponsors the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist Award contest.

The survey is designed to capture a “read” of how members feel rather than be scientifically perfect. We asked about digital content manipulation, attacks on the media, the most important skill young journalists need, today’s journalism environment and unionization. The following are the answers from 78 survey participants; 27 of them chose to make comments at the end of the survey.

Here are the results of the 2018 Snapshot Survey.

Question 1 Answers
* Because of “bad actors” and other digital content manipulation, people are facing an onslaught of false or misleading information. Which of the following do you believe to be most true?
The platforms that are publishing this information, i.e. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, must be held to higher standards and be accountable for policing this content. 31
It is impossible to stop the flow of misleading information and it is up to the consumer to pay more attention to the source of their news. 12
News organizations should take a more proactive role and devote more resources to debunking false information and producing media literacy. 35
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Question 2
* The media continues to be at the center of attacks with regards to its credibility and perceived bias. Which of the following most reflects your feelings on this topic?
1. The attacks have made me more concerned for my overall safety and I am now paying more attention to my surroundings when working. 31
2. The questions about bias and “fake news” has made me more aware of the need to source and double check my reporting and the information I receive from sources. 12
3. It’s had zero effect on me and I continue to do my job the same way as I always have. 35
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Question 3
* Which of the following is the most important skill young journalists (those with 1-3 years of experience) should be learning?
1. Mining data for stories. 15
2. Building relationships with sources. 21
3. Building their own individual brand by focusing on a beat and an individual marketing plan. 3
4. Generating and pursuing story ideas. 34
5. Understanding the business aspects of your news organization. 5
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 Question 4
  * In thinking about today’s journalism environment, which of the following do you find the least pleasant?
The pressure of producing content for any platform (produce an audio story/podcast, write several iterations of a story for a website and social media sites such Facebook and Twitter, shoot video, create graphics, report on-air). 8
The continued uncertainty and instability in terms of jobs. 19
Journalists are continually being asked to do more with less, sacrificing depth and nuance in favor of brevity and click-friendly content. 51
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Question 5
* Which of the following best describes your feelings toward unionization in the journalism industry?
I fully support news organization unions and feel they are necessary to protect my interests. 57
The formation of unions is detrimental to the journalism profession and is likely to hasten more news organization closures because profits will be squeezed even more than they already are. 21
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Question 6
*Any comments about the state of the industry?
Question 5 is not an either-or question. 1
I’m not sure if this is me getting older and having worked in the industry longer, but I’ve never been more depressed by media news than I was in the past year or two. The layoffs, closings, drama around purchases, attacks on credibility, push to do dumbed-down stories for clicks, job instability… 2
The industry has mostly itself to blame for shifting from objective reporting to more-of-less participatory (a.k.a. “advocacy”) journalism. While this latter approach is an acceptable business model (primarily from the entertainment perspective), it hurts us traditional journalists who only care about the numbers, not the politics, of the story. 3
In some ways, I feel the giant news organizations — NYTimes, WAPO, WSJ — are strong. But it’s the newsrooms in our big and medium-sized cities that are at peril. We need to be more vigilant and relevant than ever as our nation reels under a government and leaders — in both political parties — who exaggerate and manipulate information. 4
The industry needs to find a way to support the continued production of quality journalism. This requires establishing standards of pay that will make journalism a field that talented young professionals want to enter– not one you can only afford to work in if you have a well-to-do family or spouse behind you. We cannot develop a diverse newsroom and freelance group if we underpay staff and especially freelancers. My company (a website) pays staff OK, but pays freelancers one-tenth of what freelancers used to make writing for print outlets, say 10-15 years ago. It makes it difficult to recommend the field to talented young people. This also means that writers cannot “afford” to spend as much time developing stories and reporting as they could when they were paid better. 5
Regarding unions: The union effort at my paper has been incredibly disruptive, and the guild has used incredibly misleading statements that would never pass muster for a news story. It’s incredibly sad and disappointing that “journalists” would essentially lie and mislead others in order to get a union passed. 6
I answered the first two questions with the closest answers I could find to what I think. But the phrasing of the questions and the options provided as answers tells me this survey isn’t interested in finding out the truth. “Fake news” isn’t an accusation, it’s a product, pumped out by far too many of my colleagues at name-brand national media. It’s clearly a one-party industry that has dropped all pretense of objectivity — and, just as clearly, can’t see that fact because of groupthink. We have largely earned this contempt. 7
Every day I think of leaving, but every day I decide its important to stay. 8
I’d like more than an either/or option for question 5, because I think it depends on the employer. I see both advantages and disadvantages with unions. 9
You bet: There is a social breakdown underway – which I call DMR – Digital Mob Rule. Its the underlying societal change driving social which is in process of breaking everything. Balance is gone, depth is at the airport getting ready to leave, and attribution to credible sources was shot at the wall some years back. The pups today are “vics” who don’t see who the “perps” are and have blindly accepted the new corporate “rent your life” business model that predominates in the asset-stripping of individual assets and the “community” response (communism/socialism) which has inculcated at deep levels by the hysterical revisionists in education. (cranky George of UrbanSurvival.com whined in passing. As much of his 2012 book Broken Web is now coming to pass…) 10
I can’t help but feel like journalism as profession is being devalued because anyone with a camera and YouTube/Instagram account now is considered a writer and part of the ‘working media.’ Some of the content is great, but I feel like it can be detrimental to the industry overall. 11
Business journalists need to get back to the job of following the business niches they focus on — and learning its ins and outs. They should grease the skids of commerce in those niches by providing value to the B2B or B2C buyers and sellers. Translate the value proposition of the sellers into language the buyers understand — and become the objective source of info that brings together buyers and sellers. And it can be done with zero coverage of what normally goes for “news”. The news buyers want to hear is “how do I get ahead in my profession? How can what a solution provider sells allow me to reach my goals.” Fraud and social justice issues should play a valuable but only minor role in everyday business journalism. A biz journalist can succeed as a moderately paid independent if they learn a particular industry niche well, develop contacts, and can position themselves as an essential info provider and indirectly be “in the middle of a sale”. What I’m advocating is to become a combined industry journalist and analyst — not in Fortune 500 markets, but serving B2B professional niches where pros buy software, services, data analysis, and productivity enhancing tools. Would be happy to develop a podcast program (or other educational tool) for SABEW to provide tips on how I position myself in the telecom industry as a good example of what can be done elsewhere. I have listened to several of the podcasts regarding freelance journalism and I think I’ve developed a more realistic program of personal branding in an industry niche — as opposed to relying on cultivating editors. Calling your own shots and your own editorial niche is more fun and motivating. And i calculated there are something like 4,000 B2B niches out there in the US market that could support a journalist. My journal is Black Swan Telecom Journal (bswan.org). My name is Dan Baker and my email is [email protected] 12
The gradual evisceration of mid-sized dailies makes me very sad. I feel we’re going to be left with a few national newspapers and specialty pubs for lobbyists/industry, and it is very worrying for civic health. 13
The way the current administration denigrates facts and normalizes lies makes journalism as important as it has ever been. Yet the resources to hold elected officials accountable to the majority of their constituents shrinks and leaves Americans increasingly vulnerable to exploitation and manipulation by those with power. 14
If the question about paying reporters more isn’t on the table then journalism as a whole faces an existential threat. A young talented professional who could be a great asset to a newsroom will go to other professions that pay them more competitive wages. 15
Any statistics from this survey are going to be distorted by the lack of alternate answers available to many of the questions…including a none of the above 16
It is really bad out there. the ability to do real, good journalism has been violently circumscribed. everywhere i have worked has hired me with the promise of time and space to do investigations, failed to publish most of those investigations when I’ve done them, and demanded daily sums of 500 words on Bill Ackman’s latest equity stake, for some reason. AI can’t come soon enough. 17
There clearly needs to be more investigative journalism in business coverage. That has clearly gone by the wayside as more of the profitable publications in existence depend on premium subscriptions (so don’t bite the hand that feeds you) while traditional newspapers, struggling to find a profitable business model, seem to be cutting back on exactly this. 18
Concerned that some readers don’t differentiate between objective news and sponsored. And I see it at the newspaper with management pushing those boundaries. I get google alerts on a story with the name of our paper but it is written by the advertising division. First residential areas that new home buyers should look at, then home sections, now some other sections. there has been talk of getting grants to hire reporters who will write only positive business stories while we can write the objective ones etc. VERY concerning. Slippery slope
19
Practically every story is about Trump, or needs to relate back to Trump in some way according to editors. This will ultimately backfire and erode public trust in the media even further. Also, the industry needs much more diversity of thought and background. The fact that practically no professional news organization saw the 2016 election outcome coming underscores how far removed journalists are from the every day reality of Americans. 20
Your union question isn’t black and white. 21
I did not want to answer question 1 because all the answers are equally important holistically in the real world. As a researcher, I find that question to be poorly written. 22
The concentration of advertising revenue in a few digital platforms worries me more than unionization. 23
I would have rather had a third option on Question 5. I’m pretty ambivalent to unions but the answers offered require a very black-and-white response. I support unions, but I DO NOT believe they are necessary to protect my interests. 24
God help us all. We are more important than ever. 25
 To thrive, it will be essential to move quickly and pivot to adjust to the vast changes ahead in the industry. At the same time, certain rules continue to apply: Treat people fairly, be passionate about the truth, and engage readers and viewers. Short cuts, layoffs and one poorly thought out new idea after another won’t ring the register. 26
Too damn many agenda pushers, reporters who really are stenographers. 27
  • Rich story ideas abound in emerging marijuana industry

    Posted By sabew on Friday May 20, 2016

    Story by Agnel Philip
    Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University

    Video by Kat Lonsdorf
    Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism


    News publications have a responsibility to objectively cover the marijuana business, according to two key players in the Denver Post’s recent efforts to ramp up coverage of the burgeoning industry.

    “To be able to talk about this in a modern perspective, to have a frank conversation about what this means has been a gift,” said Ricardo Baca, editor of the Post’s marijuana-focused website “The Cannabist” at the “Covering the Business of Pot” panel at the SABEW 2016 annual conference Friday in Washington, D.C.

    Baca and Kevin Dale, the Post’s former news director, said that business journalists have opportunities to cover a wide variety of stories concerning marijuana from banking to agriculture. Covering marijuana has allowed the Post to debunk myths and expose the good and bad of the drug, he said.

    With some states having legalized or being in the process of legalizing recreational marijuana, money has flowed into an industry without an established financial and regulatory infrastructure. For example, due to federal regulations, few marijuana-related businesses have bank accounts, meaning that the vast majority of the nearly $1 billion industry in the state is conducted in cash.

    Dale, the current executive editor of Arizona PBS’s Cronkite News, said the Post attempted to cover marijuana like any other legal substance, but the effort was not without backlash, especially in rural Colorado.

    “We did take some heat in writing about ‘12 Great Brownie Ideas’ or the reviews or the best vape pens, but to balance that, we were able to show just the harder edge reporting that the newsroom had been doing throughout,” Dale said.

    If the Post hadn’t put effort into covering the growth of the marijuana industry, it would have failed to cover significant economic trends, Dale said. In Denver, the growth of the marijuana industry has had a profound impact on commercial real estate in particular. Facilities associated with the production of the drug occupy more than 3.7 million square feet of industrial space, while leases on warehouses have jumped 56 percent over the past five years, Dale said.

    Covering cannabis

    Ricardo Baca and Kevin Dale recount their coverage of Colorado’s nascent legal cannabis industries. (Cassidy Trowbridge/ASU Walter Cronkite School)

    Baca and Dale said audiences have appreciated the effort the Post made to cover this industry objectively.

    “That’s our place as journalists, to be looking at all angles and trying to bring a little more enlightenment to stories,” Dale said.

    Jason Shaltiel, a freelance writer and recent graduate Baruch College at the City University of New York, said that the panel strengthened his belief that marijuana offers an abundance of coverage opportunities.

    “It did reinforce that there is legitimate journalism behind this, there is good reporting behind it,” he said.

  • Is paying for graduate school worth it?

    Posted By David Wilhite on Tuesday November 19, 2019

    By Jada Bowman. University of Georgia

    As graduation approaches many undergraduates contemplate continuing their education at the master’s level, but inevitably that decision involves determining if the benefits outweigh the additional costs.

    According to Mary Carlson, a University of Georgia professor whose field of study is personal financial planning with an emphasis in financial therapy, the answer should be straightforward: increasing student loan debt is not advisable if your intended career is not lucrative enough to pay those loans back.

    “We have to be careful on just going back school simply for the sake of going back to school to accumulate more education when there really isn’t a drive behind it,” Carlson said.

    She occasionally works with psychologists and veterinarians who are looking to pay back student loans that can be as much as $400,000.

    “Veterinarians actually come out of vet school with the same amount of debt that a doctor has but, a veterinarian does not make nearly as much money as a doctor makes,” she said.

    Carlson explained veterinarians that work with small animals on average make $70,000 to $80,000 a year and for large animals, they make $40,000 to $50,000 a year. Carlson said people should go into debt sensibly and try to minimize the amount of loans needed to pursue their passion.

    “Everyone should think about what the end term is going to be. What is your net result from gaining that education? Are you working on your third bachelor’s degree?” Carlson said. “Well, maybe we should look at a master’s or maybe we should look at actually working in the industry for a while before continuing to go back to get more education.”

    Colin Luck, a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, agrees with this sentiment. He is currently employed at Amazon as a business analyst in Seattle, Washington, but is planning to get a graduate degree.

    Luck was able to pay off his entire undergraduate student loan balance before graduating in December 2018. His student loan debt had reached $12,000, but he paid it off in August 2018.

    “I think people lose visibility in how much they’re taking out,” he said, referring to the amount of loans they have. After paying off his balance, Luck said he remains motivated to keep student loans at bay.

    Luck thinks the best way to do so is to continue his education through an online master’s program in business administration at Washington State University. He plans to pay for the program out of pocket, using his 10% discount the university provides for Amazon employees. He also plans to apply for scholarships to help lessen the financial burden.

    Meanwhile, he said he understands what the costs will be, explaining that in total, the degree is about $27,000. It’s a two-year program, allowing him to spread the costs over several months.

    Luck said obtaining his MBA will allow him to negotiate a higher salary, making the degree worth his time.

    Jada Bowman is a journalism major in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

  • 2019 Best in Business Categories and Guidelines

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Friday November 15, 2019

    Eligibility: The Best in Business contest is open to regular members of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing in good standing as of the date of entry. International submissions are encouraged.

    Regular membership is defined by SABEW’s constitution and bylaws, particularly Article III, https://sabew.org/about/constitution-and-bylaws.

    Good standing means SABEW received your membership dues and your membership is current as of the date you submit your entries. Check your membership status on your member profiles, https://membership.sabew.org/membership/profile.

    For entries with more than one byline, one person must be a SABEW member in good standing.

    Please direct your membership questions to [email protected].

    Payment: Unless prior arrangements are made with SABEW, payment must be made by VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express through the secure BIB contest system. Payment must be received for an entry to be judged. Please note: When submitting multiple entries, the contest system does allow you to leave payment until all entries have been submitted.

    Judging: Each category will be judged by a panel of business journalists who will award one winner and up to two honorable mentions. No honorable mentions will be named in categories with fewer than 10 entries. Up to one honorable mention will be named in categories with 10 to 20 entries. Up to two honorable mentions will be named in categories with more than 20 entries. Judges and the conference committee reserve the right to move an entry into a different category if they deem it mis-categorized.

    Notification and recognition of winners: Winners and Honorable Mentions will be notified in March 2020. Winners will be recognized during SABEW20.

    CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS

    There are 26 contest categories in 2019, including the General Excellence and Student Journalism awards.

    Categories are broken out by size, determined by the news organization’s total editorial staff.

    Small: Fewer than 50 editorial staff

    Medium: 51-300 editorial staff

    Large: 301+ editorial staff

    Industry Publications: There will be an additional General Excellence category for industry- or topic-specific publications. Otherwise, these publications will compete against other similarly-sized news organizations.

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE AWARD

    Entries should showcase the depth and breadth of quality in your news organization.

    Only one entry allowed per news organization or publication.

    A cover letter of up to 250 words may be submitted as a PDF attachment with entries. (Style the PDF title like this: yourpublicationcoverletter.pdf)

    Entrants will demonstrate general excellence by submitting at least one element from three of the five following areas of coverage (as PDFs or permalink URLs). You may submit up to five elements.

    1. Breaking news, scoop: A news story exclusive to your organization.

    2. Breaking news, event: One story from your organization’s coverage of an unexpected breaking news event.

    Entrants may include a 100-word description of the full day’s coverage plan to give a broader context.

    3. Explanatory/Feature: One enterprise story of the agency’s choosing.

    4. Investigative/Project: The main story of a large-scale project or investigative piece. Entrants may include a 100-word description of the overall package.

    5. Visual Storytelling: A stand-alone visual story — could be a video, a series of related photographs or an interactive data visualization.

    STORY TYPE AWARDS

    There is no limit on the number of entries per news organization; however, any individual story may only be entered into one story type. For example, the same story or package of stories cannot be entered into investigative and explanatory categories.

    News organizations compete against other similarly-sized organizations, regardless of format, unless otherwise noted. Freelancers will be grouped based on size of the outlet that published their work.

    An entry shall consist of no more than three elements. Elements should all contain the same theme, though they don’t need to be directly related to each other. An element can be a text, audio or video story, or an interactive. Accompanying photos and static graphics will not be counted as elements.

    A cover letter of up to 250 words may be submitted as a PDF attachment with entries. (Style the PDF title like this: yournamecoverletter.pdf)

    Breaking News: Coverage of a single news event on the day it breaks. Proactive news broken by a reporter or news organization’s reporting staff, or quality reactive reporting.

    Investigative: In-depth, enterprise reporting that: a) presents important and necessary information that was unknown to the general readership/viewership and was unavailable from other sources before publication; and b) demonstrates an obvious need for change in law/policy/behavior.

    Explanatory: In-depth reporting that presents, analyzes and simplifies a single important topic and/or news event in a way that allows audiences to understand it more clearly.

    Feature: Enterprise storytelling that may be presented as a trend story, a profile or a narrative, that draws on in-depth reporting to offer fresh discovery or insight in a memorable way.

    Commentary/Opinion: Reported coverage that reflects the point of view of the journalist or news organization. Category includes unsigned editorials, individual columns and blogs.

    Video: Coverage that is visually compelling and deeply engaging, demonstrating excellence in visual storytelling.

    Audio: Coverage that demonstrates excellence in audio storytelling. News organizations of all sizes will compete against each other in this category.

    Innovation: Entries should demonstrate a creative way to report, tell and/or distribute stories.

    Newsletter: Coverage published in a media outlet’s regularly produced newsletter distributed electronically or in printed format.

    STORY TOPIC AWARDS

    There is no limit on number of entries per news organization; however, any individual story may only be entered into one story topic. For example, the same story or package of stories about automated driving cannot be entered into autos/transportation and technology categories.

    News organizations compete against other similarly-sized organizations, not by format, unless otherwise noted. Freelancers are grouped based on size of outlet that published their work.

    An entry shall consist of no more than three elements. Elements should all contain the same theme, though they don’t need to be directly related to each other. An element can be a text, audio or video story, or an interactive. Accompanying photos and static graphics will not be counted as elements.

    Submit entries as PDFs or permalink URLs.

    A cover letter of up to 250 words may be submitted as a PDF with entries. Not required. (Style the PDF title like this: yournamecoverletter.pdf)

    Energy/Natural Resources

    Travel/Transportation

    Health/Science

    Technology

    Media/Entertainment

    Economics

    Government

    International Reporting

    Retail

    Markets

    Banking/Finance

    Personal Finance

    Small Business/Management/Career

    Real Estate

    STUDENT JOURNALISM

    An entry shall consist of no more than three elements. Elements should represent the best work of the contributor(s) over the contest year. An element can be a text, audio or video story, or an interactive. Accompanying photos and static graphics will not be counted as elements.

    Submit entries as PDFs or permalink URLs.

    A cover letter of up to 250 words should be submitted as a PDF with entries indicating the year of graduation (or expected graduation for each contributor). Please also indicate if the student is an undergraduate or graduate student. A cover letter is required. (Style the PDF title like this: yournamecoverletter.pdf)

    Stories for Professional News Organizations
    Entries should feature one student. The elements submitted can include other bylines, contributors and producers, but all should primarily be the work of the entered student. The cover letter should address what contributions were made to the stories by others.

    Stories for Student News Organizations
    Entries should feature one student. The elements submitted can include other bylines, contributors and producers, but all should primarily be the work of the entered student. The cover letter should address what contributions were made to the stories by others.

    Student Projects and Collaborations
    Work done in the contest year by more than one student, with minimal contributions from non-students. Entries should all fall under one theme.

    Note: Judges and the conference committee reserve the right to move an entry into a different category if they deem it miscategorized.

  • Workplace navigation for the professionally inexperienced

    Posted By David Wilhite on Tuesday October 15, 2019

    By Samuel Leal, Arizona State University

    The pursuit of legally taxable income has taken me to some interesting places. Just after my high school graduation, for example, I had thought proving myself in the real world meant getting a job in the deli department of a nearby grocery store – but quit after a while because the free chicken wings no longer seemed to make that particular job worthwhile overall.

    The summer after I had just wrapped up my junior year of college was more interesting. Money was short and financial obligations were high. I had gotten by for a couple of months through a combination of political canvassing and paid online transcription projects. But now that school had let out, I found myself with enough free time for a full-time job.

    After an evening dedicated to scanning job ads, I found myself in an interview. It was by no means a glamorous position: A call center. But it gave me 40 hours a week and the business model was interesting because it was the customer service arm of a collection of fledgling newspapers.

    As someone studying journalism, it was nice to phone home and tell my mom I was officially “in the industry.” Many days melted into one another punctuated by 9-hour blocks of time which consisted of me endlessly reassuring subscribers that their missing papers would soon be replaced.

    One such afternoon, there was the following exchange with a typical irate subscriber:

    Subscriber: “I just can’t believe that this is the third time I’ve had to call in this week!”

    Me: “I do apologize for the inconvenience. If you could please provide…”

    Subscriber: “I am just sick and tired of having to deal with this!”

    In order to stem the subscriber’s extended tirade, as a change of pace I decided to respond with my very own lengthy, dramatic and highly empathetic response. My ingenuity seemed to work well and got the desired result.  But then, no more than an hour later, I found myself explaining my actions to an absolutely irate supervisor, who had gone through the recordings of all my previous calls and soon discovered my personal creativity had resulted in a pandora’s box of what the company considered protocol violations and improper conduct of its rules.

    So I was jobless the next day. Protocol matters.

    Thankfully, my work life didn’t end there. Since then I have had the pleasure of working as a Spanish language interpreter for workers. And, honestly, it’s pretty nice to be making money, helping people and gaining relevant experience.

    My advice: If you’re young and inexperienced, many jobs you pick up in the fight for economic survival are going to seem miserable. If you’re not going to be living the dream, you might as well be making money. But when an opportunity to make money and set yourself up for a better future presents itself, you better know how to recognize it.

    Samuel Leal is a student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

  • Make public records part of your beat reporting

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Monday October 14, 2019

    Matt Drange, recently an investigative reporter, left The Information in October to pursue a new project. He has spent much of his career reporting at the intersection of the tech industry and government. At SABEW’s next webinar, he’ll show you how to harness state and federal FOI laws to generate a consistent flow of documents you can use on any beat. Please come with an open mind and questions — specific examples of roadblocks you’ve run into offer great learning opportunities for your colleagues.

    Watch the video.

    Presenter

    Matt Drange, most recently an investigative reporter at The Information, is the 2019 of the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist contest, honoring journalists under the age of 30. Drange will receive the Birger award, a $1,500 honorarium and travel stipend to New York made possible by a gift from rbb Communications of Miami. Previously Drange was a staff writer at Forbes magazine and a business reporter at The Center for Investigative Reporting. Drange graduated from Humboldt State University and earned a master’s degree from the Columbia Journalism School.
    @MattDrange

    About the Birger Award and this virtual training sponsor: rbb Communications
    rbb is an integrated communications firm and four-time U.S. Agency of the Year. As the Champion of Breakout Brands, rbb inspires companies to create customer passion that delivers bottom-line results. rbb’s family of brands offers media relations, marketing, corporate communications, digital/social media and creative services/advertising. Specialty practices include consumer products/services, travel and leisure, health, sports and entertainment, professional services/B2B and higher education. The firm’s global network extends across more than 50 countries through its partnership in PROI Worldwide, the largest global network of independent public relations agencies. For more information, visit www.rbbcommunications.com.

  • Workplace navigation for the professionally inexperienced

    Posted By David Wilhite on Wednesday September 25, 2019

    by Samuel Leal, Arizona State University

    The pursuit of legally taxable income has taken me to some interesting places.

    In the summer of 2016, I decided to move out of Yuma, AZ on an afternoon whim that ended with me taking the midnight train going anywhere. Of course, “midnight train” can here be described as a nom de plume for “Greyhound Departing at 3PM” and “anywhere” refers to my brother’s former apartment in the Main St./Alma School region of Mesa, Arizona.

    It’d been two weeks since my high-school graduation. I was anxious to be out in the real world and getting to work on proving myself. For some reason, I thought this meant getting a job in the deli of a nearby Safeway and quitting after a month because the free chicken wings no longer made being miserable worth it.

    In the years since, I’ve managed to bolster my curriculum vitae through a number of stints – both lengthy and fleeting – undertaken at radically different establishments. Now, I would love to be a reliable employee. But, there’s just one problem: I’m chronically unemployable. Just, indecently distractible. Teachers used to call me a “social butterfly,” but most corporations prefer the term “non-rehireable.”

    Summer 2019 was an interesting place.

    I’d just wrapped up my Junior year of college. Money was short and financial obligations were high. I’d gotten by for the past couple of months through a combination of political canvassing gigs and paid online transcription projects. But now that school had let out, I found myself with enough free time for a full-time job.

    After an evening dedicated to scanning Craigslist, I found myself an interview and a chair with a missing leg. By the next day, I’d gotten myself a job and a spare chair leg. It was by no means a glamorous position; just a dingy call center in one of those strip malls where all the buildings are colored the same shade of despair.

    But they gave me 40 hours a week. And the business model was interesting. We were the Customer Service arm for a collection of fledgling newspapers housed in California. As someone studying Journalism, it was nice to phone home and tell my mom I was officially in the industry.

    Thus, the summer dragged on in despicable (but profitable) fashion. Days melted into one another punctuated by 9-hour blocks consisting of reassuring octogenarians that their missing papers would soon be replaced.

    One such afternoon, I found myself incapable of taking it any longer. Then, the following exchange:

    Valued Subscriber: “…always say the same thing and I just can’t believe that this is the third time I’ve had to call in this week!”

    Me: “I do apologize for the inconvenience, ma’am. If you could please provide -”

    Valued Subscriber: “I am just sick and tired of having to deal with this!”

    Then, a thought:

    Passive interjection would stand no chance to the wrath of Valued Subscriber. No. The situation called for a more creative measure.

    For the next three minutes, I listened as Valued Subscriber’s tirade came to a sputtering standstill as I feigned an impassioned bout of sobbing and weeping right into the mouthpiece. It must have been a riveting performance, because no more than an hour later, I found myself explaining my actions to an absolutely irate supervisor.

    The Subscriber had called in under the guise of “making sure [I] was okay.” Prompted by this, my supervisor had gone through recordings of my previous calls and discovered a pandora’s box of protocol violation, improper conduct, “ridiculous” voices, and (1) episode of exaggerated crying.

    I was jobless the next day. Then, by next week, I wasn’t. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of working as an Interpreter for the Spanish-speaking masses of the working world. And, honestly, it’s pretty nice to be making money, helping people, and gaining relevant experience.

    The newspaper call center rarely crosses my mind. But, when it does, the only thing I can remember is leaving that place with a memorable anecdote. It does great at parties. You might be wondering what any of this has to do with money. Well, here’s what:

    If you’re young and inexperienced, most jobs you pick up in the fight for economic survival are going to be miserable. So, go and get yourself a nice little mound of taxable sadness you can hack away at until you can’t. If you’re not going to be living the dream, you might as well be making money.

    But when an opportunity to make money and set yourself up for a better future presents itself, you better know how to recognize it. Take it from an Interpreter.

    Samuel Leal is a student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

  • Surviving the growing gig economy

    Posted By David Wilhite on Wednesday September 25, 2019

    By Austin Fast, Arizona State University

    It’s no news that young journalists can find it tough to land that first job. At the Online News Association’s annual conference held in New Orleans this September, I met a millennial who’d completed 13 internships and said potential employers still told her she “didn’t have enough experience” for entry-level positions. Let’s hope that’s an extreme case, but it illustrates the Catch-22 many journalists encounter when starting out in their careers.

    Finding work in the “gig economy” can be one stopgap to help make ends meet while searching for that first job or waiting for the next step along your career path. I found myself in that position in fall 2018 after rounds of layoffs left me with a severance deal from a medium-market television station. Just because your employment situation has changed, that unfortunately does not mean rent, car payments or medical bills can be put on hold.

    Earlier in the year I’d signed up with Upshift, a local startup in Ohio that connects companies that need temporary workers with people who are looking for shifts. At first, it was just a way to supplement my income from the TV station, but it became a lifesaver when those layoffs hit. The Upshift app’s concept is simple: You can sort work options by amount paid per hour, shift location, duration or company rating to pick shifts that fit with your schedule. Apply for the shift, and you’ll get a notification once a company has approved or denied your request. Show up on time, do a good job, and you’ll get paid every Friday for the previous week’s shifts.

    I’m not going to lie – working for Upshift was not glamorous. I was serving meals and waiting tables at banquet centers, folding sheets and towels for hotels and packing boxes at local distribution centers. Wages ranged from $10 to $20 per hour, mostly falling on the lower end of that spectrum. Some of the shifts were long drives from home, and my social calendar took a serious hit since banquet servers work mostly nights and weekends by default.

    Despite those drawbacks, I’m incredibly thankful Upshift and similar gig economy options exist across the country. I could have chosen to find full-time work as a bartender or server, but Upshift provided a far greater amount of flexibility to create my own schedule that fit around the interviews I was landing as I went through several months of applying for new journalism jobs. Plus, even though I was working at several different companies throughout the course of each week, Upshift handled all the salary and taxation details. That meant I only had one extra W-9 to worry about at tax time that covered all those various work locations.

    The final lesson I’d like to impart readers with is this: Tip your wait staff. I left my Upshift experience convinced that every American should work in the service industry at some point in their life to gain an appreciation for the long hours, grueling physical demands and extreme patience required to fulfill every whim of diners and bar patrons. The least you could do is slide an extra buck or two their way at the end of your Friday night to show your gratitude.

    Austin Fast is a student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

  • SABEW mourns the loss of Paul Ingrassia

    Posted By Tess McLaughlin on Monday September 16, 2019

    Portrait of Reuters staffer Paul Ingrassia, in New York, July 7, 2011. REUTERS/Chip East (UNITED STATES)

    SABEW mourns the loss of Paul Ingrassia, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and author of numerous articles and books on the auto industry.  He died after battling cancer at 69.

    ​Ingrassia held senior posts at The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires and Thomson Reuters, and for more than three decades was one of the leading journalists of the auto industry. During his time at the Journal as bureau chief, Ingrassia won a Pulitzer Prize, along with his deputy, Joseph White, for coverage of a boardroom revolt at General Motors. He was also the recipient of a Gerald Loeb award for lifetime achievement in financial journalism in 2016.

    Ingrassia participated in SABEW training program and conferences.

    Our condolences go out to Paul’s family, including his brother, Larry Ingrassia, who was honored in 2017 with SABEW’s Distinguished Achievement award.

  • The Information’s Matt Drange Wins SABEW’s Birger Award for Young Business Journalists

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Friday September 13, 2019

    Matt Drange, a staff reporter for The Information, is the 2019 winner of the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist contest, honoring journalists under 30. Additionally, the judging panel chose to honor two finalists: Ellen Huet, reporter for Bloomberg, and Casey Fabris, reporter for The Roanoke Times.

    Drange will receive the award, a $1,500 honorarium and travel stipend to New York made possible by a gift from rbb Communications of Miami. The award commemorates Larry Birger, a former Miami Herald business editor who led SABEW as president in 1977. Birger was later a principal in rbb until his death in 1998.

    Josh Merkin, vice president of rbb Communications, will present the award to Drange at SABEW’s New York Fall Conference on Nov. 12.

    “In the face of many challenges, journalists continue to operate with courage and deliver quality work that shines light on the most important issues facing our world today,” said Merkin. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with SABEW to honor Larry’s legacy and offer support to the next generation of business journalists.”

    2019 is the sixth year for the competition. Past winners include Alex HeathJillian BermanWilliam AldenCezary Podkul and Mina Kimes.

    Drange, 30, graduated from Columbia University with a master’s degree from the school of journalism in 2012 after receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Humboldt State University in 2011. He turned 30 in March, meeting the award age eligibility requirements.

    Drange has worked for media outlets, such as The Center for Investigative Reporting as a staff reporter covering technology, the business of guns and the environment. As a staff writer for Forbes Magazine, he covered Donald Trump’s business dealings and the technology industry. With The Information, Drange covers money and power in Silicon Valley.

    “I’m humbled to be recognized alongside such stellar journalists, including both past and present honorees. I’ve been fortunate to spend the early part of my career at newsrooms like The Information, which provides the time and resources to pursue stories worth telling,” Drange said. “I’m especially grateful for the support of my mentor and longtime business journalist, Marcy Burstiner, who taught me to report with tenacity and humility.”

    “Matt impressed all the judges with his persistence at digging up great stories. He displayed an incredible sense of how to mine for features on a particular beat and to tell those stories in an interesting way,” said head judge Jon Chesto of The Boston Globe. “His investigative piece on the decline in Big Tech prosecutions by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Northern California was noteworthy in its scope, and he deserves credit for ferreting out a loophole at eBay that allowed assault rifle parts to be sold on the site despite rules supposedly preventing such sales.”

    Chesto continued: “His tale about a saga involving a too-high hedge around Donald Trump’s Beverly Hills mansion was particularly entertaining, and he showed enterprise by explaining the pitfalls surrounding a company that sells gunfire-location technology. The competition was tough this year, but Matt’s the whole deal — a clear writer, an ambitious reporter, an ambitious thinker — which is why the judges selected him to be the new winner of the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist Award.”

    A total of 31 young journalists submitted entries. The judging team was made up of SABEW members: Jon Chesto, The Boston Globe; James Madore, Newsday; Marty Steffens, University of Missouri-Columbia; Robert Barba, The Wall Street Journal; and Cindy Perman, CNBC.

    About SABEW:
    SABEW is the largest organization of business journalists in the world. For more information, contact Aimée O’Grady at [email protected].

    About rbb Communications:
    rbb is an integrated communications firm and four-time U.S. Agency of the Year. As the Champion of Breakout Brands, rbb inspires companies to create customer passion that delivers bottom-line results. rbb’s family of brands offers media relations, marketing, corporate communications, digital/social media and creative services/advertising. Specialty practices include consumer products/services, travel and leisure, health, sports and entertainment, professional services/B2B and higher education. The firm’s global network extends across more than 50 countries through its partnership in PROI Worldwide, the largest global network of independent public relations agencies. For more information, visit www.rbbcommunications.com or call 305-448-7450.

  • Learning about the Fed virtual training, Sept. 9

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Wednesday August 28, 2019

    Listen to the recording. 

    The Federal Reserve has been in the news a lot lately. It could be because it recently lowered the federal funds rate for the first time in a decade. Or because President Donald Trump has mentioned the Fed many times.

    It’s important to know what the Fed does, because the Fed’s actions affect nearly everyone. If you have a credit card balance, a home equity line of credit or a savings account, the Fed’s actions likely affect you. 

    This training is for reporters who don’t cover the Fed so that you can have a basic understanding of what the Fed does and how it may impact your beat.

    Moderator

    Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst, Washington bureau chief, Bankrate.com
    Mark Hamrick is Washington bureau chief and senior economic analyst for Bankrate.com, operating out of the National Press Building in the shadow of the White House and U.S. Treasury. He is best known for his analysis of the economy, including the job market, and the Federal Reserve and writes about those subjects for Bankrate. You might see him asking a question at a Washington news conference, hear him discussing these topics and more on the radio or read his name and analysis in print. He is a national award-winning business and financial news journalist who came to Bankrate after leading business news for broadcast at The Associated Press in Washington for nearly 20 years.
    @hamrickisms

    Panelists

    Donna Borak, senior economics writer, CNN
    Donna Borak is a veteran journalist with more than 15 years of experience reporting on national business and economic policy stories. As a senior economics writer at CNN, she covers the Trump administration’s economic policy, including ongoing trade negotiations with China, tax policy and the Federal Reserve. She has traveled extensively with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for CNN, covering economic summits around the world. Donna previously covered bank regulation following the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis for The Wall Street Journal and the American Banker newspaper. She’s also been a business reporter for The Associated Press and United Press International, covering defense and international trade, respectively. In 2014, she was selected as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.
    @donnaborak

    Nancy Marshall-Genzer, senior reporter, Marketplace
    Nancy Marshall-Genzer is a senior reporter for Marketplace, working from the Washington, D.C. bureau. She started with Marketplace in spring 2007 after filing freelance pieces for the program for years prior. Covering the daily news from the nation’s capital, Nancy has reported many special features. She has a long history in radio. Before joining the Marketplace portfolio, she worked at NPR, where her duties included producing, editing and reporting. Her previous experience also includes stints at WAMU 88.5 public radio in Washington, D.C., Monitor Radio and NBC radio and television, where she served as bureau chief for NBC TV in Tuzla, Bosnia. In 1999, Nancy won an American Medical Writers Association Award for her freelance contribution to the Marketplace series “Wanted for Questioning: America’s Most Profitable Drug Companies.”
    @MarshallGenzer

    Polo Rocha, Federal Reserve reporter, S&P Global Market Intelligence
    Polo Rocha reports on the Federal Reserve at S&P Global Market Intelligence, covering the Fed’s monetary policy actions and its regulation of the banking industry. He previously reported on Wisconsin politics and the state economy for WisPolitics.com and WisBusiness.com.
    @polorocha18

  • 2018 Commentary/Opinion; Medium

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Monday July 29, 2019

    Winner – The Detroit News: Daniel Howes opinion/commentary

    • Contributor – Daniel Howes
    • Judges’ Comments – Knowledge and experience infuse the work of The Detroit News’ Daniel Howes. He uses that to great effect in skewering General Motors for thinking that shifting its Cadillac brand to New York City would improve its fortunes. And it allowed him to turn what could have been just another obituary of Fiat Chrysler’s former boss Sergio Marchionne into an excellent commentary on the fortunes of both the company and the industry as a whole. He offers both savage criticism of and a remedy for the shoddy governance that underpinned Michigan State University’s abysmal handling of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of gymnasts.

    Honorable Mention – The Boston Globe: Shirley Leung opinion/commentary

    • Contributor – Shirley Leung
    • Judges’ Comments – Shirley Leung of The Boston Globe earns honors for her solid commentary on local issues. She offered a good, counterintuitive take on why Bostonians should cheer the arrival in the city of GE’s HQ, even as the conglomerate’s fortunes tumbled. Her columns exhorting advertisers to boycott a local radio station due to racism and the tourism board to do a better job of wooing minority candidates to run it were not just smart — they also yielded results.
  • 2018 Student Journalism; Stories produced for Student News Organizations

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Monday July 29, 2019

    Winner – Cronkite News by ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication: Hurricane provides opportunity for Puerto Rico’s battered tourism industry

    • Contributor – Cronkite News is the news division of Arizona PBS. The daily news products are produced by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU. Contributor – Andres Guerra Luz, Arizona State University
    • Judges’ Comments – This piece offers a different angle on the widely reported devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico: the opportunity for the tourism industry to play a larger role in the economy. The reporter did a lot of legwork, and wisely ventured outside San Juan to interview B&B owners in other tourist destinations. Bravo on providing readers with relevant data and historical context.
  • 2018 Investgative; Small

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Monday July 29, 2019

    Winner – A collaboration of The New Republic and Type Investigations: Political corruption and the art of the deal

    • Contributor – Anjali Kamat
    • Judges’ Comments – Anjali Kamat’s fresh and groundbreaking reporting on corrupt practices in Trump Organization real-estate projects in India dove deep into the murky world of Indian politics and business. It emerged with a colorful and compelling tale of a big company tied to Indian politicians and business partners with a long history of lawsuits and investigations that yielded evidence of potential bribery, fraud, intimidation, illegal land acquisition and money laundering — much of which enriched the president of the United States.

    Honorable Mention – A collaboration of The Intercept and Type Investigations: FINRA’s black hole

    • Contributor – Susan Antilla
    • Judges’ Comments – Sexual misconduct on Wall Street doesn’t get a fraction of the attention it does in Hollywood, politics and the tech industry, and closed-door arbitration by the financial industry’s own watchdog is one big reason. The Intercept’s detailed investigation of FINRA, which releases almost no information about its arbitrations, revealed that out of 55,000 complaints it decided over the past 30 years, only 97 involved harassment claims by women, who won just 17 of them. It’s a striking picture of the dysfunction that results when a private justice system tries to regulate sexual misconduct in the workplace.

    Honorable Mention – A collaboration of ProPublica Illinois and WBEZ: Driven into debt

    • Contributors – Melissa Sanchez, Elliott Ramos, David Eads, Sandhya Kambhampati and WBEZ
    • Judges’ Comments – A shocking package with tremendous detail and a great visualization lays out how the city of Chicago raised ticket fees to yield more revenue — but with disastrous effects on the city’s poorer and minority populations. Highlights included compelling personal stories, an interactive graphic based on the city’s entire traffic ticket database and the amazing figure that Chicago residents owe a total of $1.45 billion in ticket debt — many times more than in cities such as New York and Los Angeles, and a burden that often forces people into personal bankruptcy in order to restore their driver licenses.
  • 2018 Best in Business Honorees

    Posted By Renee McGivern on Friday July 26, 2019

    Congratulations to the 2018 Best in Business award winners! Many thanks to our 205 member judges for their time and thoughtfulness in reviewing entries and meeting to select honorees.

    2018 BIB Judges

    Complete list of BIB winning entries and newsrooms

    2018 BIB Contest Winners

     
    Audio; All News Organizations

    Banking/Finance; Large

    Banking/Finance; Medium

    Banking/Finance; Small

    Breaking News; Large

    Breaking News; Medium

    Breaking News; Small

    Commentary/Opinion; Large

    Commentary/Opinion; Medium

    Commentary/Opinion; Small

    Economics; Large

    Economics; Medium

    Economics; Small

    Energy/Natural Resources; Large

    Energy/Natural Resources; Medium

    Energy/Natural Resources; Small

    Explanatory; Large

    Explanatory; Medium

    Explanatory; Small

    Feature; Large

    Feature; Medium

    Feature; Small

    General Excellence; Industry/Topic-Specific Publications

    General Excellence; Large

    General Excellence; Medium

    General Excellence; Small

    Government; Large

    Government; Medium

    Government; Small

    Health/Science; Large

    Health/Science; Medium 

    Health/Science; Small

    Innovation; Large

    Innovation; Medium

    Innovation; Small

    International Reporting; Large

    International Reporting; Medium

    International Reporting; Small

    Investigative; Large

    Investigative; Medium

    Investigative; Small

    Markets; Large

    Markets; Medium

    Markets; Small

    Media/Entertainment; Large

    Media/Entertainment; Medium

    Media/Entertainment; Small

    Newsletter; Large

    Newsletter; Medium

    Newsletter; Small

    Personal Finance; Large

    Personal Finance; Medium

    Personal Finance; Small

    Real Estate; Large

    Real Estate; Medium

    Real Estate; Small

    Retail; Large

    Retail; Medium

    Retail; Small

    Small Business/Management/Career; Large

    Small Business/Management/Career; Medium

    Small Business/Management/Career; Small

    Student Journalism; Projects and Collaborations

    Student Journalism; Stories Written for Professional Publications

    Student Journalism; Stories produced for Student News Organizations

    Technology; Large

    Technology; Medium

    Technology; Small

    Travel/Transportation; Large

    Travel/Transportation; Medium

    Travel/Transportation; Small

    Video; Large

    Video; Medium and Small

  • Past Boards of Governors: 2014-2019

    Posted By Renee McGivern on Wednesday June 26, 2019

    2017-18 Board of Governors

    Executive Officers

    President
    Mark Hamrick
    Senior economic analyst, Washington bureau Chief
    Bankrate.com

    Vice President
    Bryan Borzykowski
    Freelance business writer

    Secretary/Treasurer
    Kim Quillen
    Business source editor
    Chicago Tribune

    Board Members

    Term Ending 2018
    Suzanne Barlyn
    Correspondent
    Reuters

    Jonathan Blum
    Freelance journalist/author

    Rich Barbieri
    Executive editor
    CNNMoney

    Brad Foss
    Global business editor
    Associated Press

    Andrew Leckey
    President/Business journalism chair
    Donald W. Reynolds National Center/ASU

    Xana Antunes
    Executive editor
    Quartz

    Term Ending 2019
    Roseanne Gerin
    English news editor
    Radio Free Asia

    Amy Gleason
    Senior director, News
    S&P Global Market Intelligence

    James T. Madore
    Senior business writer/economy
    Newsday

    Patrick Sanders
    Assistant managing editor/investing
    U.S. News & World Report

    Caleb Silver
    Vice president, content
    Investopedia/IAC

    Term Ending 2020
    Robert Barba
    Deputy spot news editor
    The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires

    Shobhana Chandra (deceased)
    Economics reporter
    Bloomberg News

    Marilyn Geewax
    Former senior business editor, NPR
    Cox Institute’s Industry Fellow

    Glenn Hall
    Chief editor
    Dow Jones Newswires

    Dean Murphy
    Associate editor
    The New York Times

    James B. Nelson
    Reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Business journalism instructor, Marquette University

    Ex-Officio
    Cory Schouten
    Senior newsletter editor
    The Wall Street Journal

    Joanna Ossinger
    Editor, cross-asset group
    Bloomberg News

    Marty Wolk
    Freelance

    Marty Steffens
    SABEW Chair in business and financial journalism
    School of Journalism,
    University of Missouri

    2016-17 Board of Governors

    Executive Officers

    President
    Cory Schouten
    Senior editor
    Columbia Journalism Review

    Vice President & Treasurer
    Mark Hamrick
    Senior economic analyst, Washington bureau Chief
    Bankrate.com

    Secretary
    Xana Antunes
    Executive editor
    Quartz

    Board Members

    Term Ending 2017
    Robert Barba
    Technology editor
    American Banker

    Shobhana Chandra (deceased)
    Economics reporter
    Bloomberg News

    Glenn Hall
    U.S. news editor
    The Wall Street Journal

    Dean Murphy
    Associate editor
    The New York Times

    Mary Jane Pardue
    Professor of journalism
    Missouri State University

    Jim Pensiero
    Consultant
    Gannett Co.

    Allen Wastler
    Head of digital content
    MassMutual Financial Group

    Term Ending 2018
    Suzanne Barlyn
    Correspondent
    Reuters

    Jonathan Blum
    Freelance journalist/author

    Bryan Borzykowski
    Freelance business writer

    Brad Foss
    Deputy business editor
    Associated Press

    Andrew Leckey
    President/Business journalism chair
    Donald W. Reynolds National Center/ASU

    Kim Quillen
    Business source editor
    Chicago Tribune

    Term Ending 2019
    Roseanne Gerin
    English news editor
    Radio Free Asia

    Amy Gleason
    Senior director, News
    S&P Global Market Intelligence

    James T. Madore
    Senior business writer/economy
    Newsday

    Apna Maheshwari
    Advertising industry reporter
    The New York Times

    Patrick Sanders
    Senior editor for investing
    U.S. News & World Report

    Caleb Silver
    Vice president, content
    Investopedia/IAC

    Ex-Officio
    Joanna Ossinger
    Team leader,
    Global Curation Bloomberg News

    Marty Wolk
    Senior editorial manager
    Amazon

    Kevin G. Hall
    Chief economics correspondent
    McClatchy Newspapers

    Marty Steffens
    SABEW Chair in business and financial journalism
    School of Journalism,
    University of Missouri

    2015-16 Board of Governors

    Executive Officers

    President
    Joanna Ossinger
    Team leader
    First Word Americas FX at Bloomberg News

    Vice President
    Cory Schouten
    Knight-Bagehot fellow
    Columbia University

    Treasurer
    Glenn Hall
    U.S. news editor
    The Wall Street Journal

    Secretary
    Mark Hamrick
    Senior economic analyst, Washington bureau Chief
    Bankrate.com

    Board Members

    Term Ending 2016
    James T. Madore
    Senior business writer/economy
    Newsday

    Diana Henriques
    Contributing writer
    The New York Times

    Chris Peacock
    Independent journalist

    Gary Silverman
    U.S. deputy managing editor
    Financial Times

    Xana Antunes
    Editor, new initiatives
    Quartz

    Sapna Maheshwari
    Business reporter
    Buzzfeed News

    Term Ending 2017
    Mary Jane Pardue
    Professor of journalism
    Missouri State University

    Robert Barba
    Technology editor
    American Banker

    Jim Pensiero
    Consultant
    Gannett Co.

    Allen Wastler
    Head of digital content
    MassMutual Financial Group

    Shobhana Chandra (deceased)
    Economics reporter
    Bloomberg News

    Dean Murphy
    Business editor
    The New York Times

    Term Ending 2018
    Andrew Leckey
    President/Business journalism chair
    Donald W. Reynolds National Center/ASU

    Jonathan Blum
    Freelance journalist/author

    Kim Quillen
    Business source editor
    Chicago Tribune

    Brad Foss
    Deputy business editor
    Associated Press

    Bryan Borzykowski
    Freelance Business Writer

    Suzanne Barlyn
    Correspondent
    Reuters

    Ex-Officio
    Marty Wolk
    Freelance writer and editor

    Kevin G. Hall
    Chief economics correspondent
    McClatchy Newspapers

    Jill Jordan Spitz
    Senior editor
    Arizona Daily Star

    Marty Steffens
    SABEW Chair in business and financial journalism
    School of Journalism,
    University of Missouri

    2014-15 Board of Governors

    Executive Officers

    President
    Marty Wolk
    MSN Money

    Vice President
    David Milstead
    Freelance

    Treasurer
    Joanna Ossinger
    Team leader
    First Word Americas FX at Bloomberg News

    Secretary
    Cory Schouten
    Indianapolis Business Journal

    Board Members

    Term Ending 2015
    Andrew Leckey
    President/Business journalism chair
    Donald W. Reynolds National Center/ASU

    Jonathan Blum
    Freelance journalists/author

    Kim Quillen
    East Valley editor
    Arizona Republic

    Brad Foss
    Deputy business editor
    Associated Press

    Bryan Borzykowski
    Freelance business writer

    Aaron Task
    Yahoo Finance

    Term Ending 2016
    James T. Madore
    Senior business writer/economy
    Newsday

    Diana Henriques
    Contributing writer
    The New York Times

    Chris Peacock
    Independent journalist

    Gary Silverman
    U.S Deputy managing editor
    Financial Times

    Gail MarksJarvis
    Chicago Tribune

    Pamela Yip (deceased)
    Dallas Morning News

    Term Ending 2017
    Mary Jane Pardue
    Professor of journalism
    Missouri State University

    Glenn Hall
    U.S. news editor
    The Wall Street Journal

    Mark Hamrick
    Senior economic analyst, Washington bureau Chief
    Bankrate.com

    Jim Pensiero
    The Wall Street Journal
    Karey Van Hall
    Reuters

    Allen Wastler
    Head of digital content MassMutual Financial Group

    Ex-Officio
    Kevin G. Hall
    Chief economics correspondent
    McClatchy Newspapers

    Jill Jordan Spitz
    Senior editor
    Arizona Daily Star

    Kevin Noblet
    Managing editor, Wealth Management
    Dow Jones Newswires

    Marty Steffens
    SABEW Chair in business and financial journalism
    School of Journalism,
    University of Missouri

  • Virtual Training June 2019: How to Cover One of the Newest Beats on the Business Desk: Marijuana

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Wednesday May 29, 2019

    As more states consider legalizing recreational marijuana, the nation’s cannabis industry has emerged as one of today’s hot business stories. The fast-growing marijuana sector is creating jobs, generating new business opportunities and, increasingly, justifying its own beat on the business desk. SABEW’s next virtual training session will do a deep dive into the growing cannabis industry. Our panel will talk about how to cover the business of cannabis beat, the nuances associated with that coverage and potential big stories on the horizon. We’ll also look at what’s ahead for this burgeoning sector.

    Listen to the recording.

     

    Moderator
    John Schroyer, Marijuana Business Daily. A Sacramento-based journalist, John Schroyer has focused on Colorado politics for most of his career, which included covering the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. In 2012, he covered the Amendment 64 campaign to legalize recreational marijuana for the Colorado Springs Gazette. As then-video editor for The Gazette, he was on hand for the first-ever legal recreational marijuana sale in Denver on Jan. 1, 2014. He’s been writing about the cannabis industry since joining Marijuana Business Daily over the summer of 2014.

     

     

     

    Panelists
    Dan Adams, The Boston Globe. Dan Adams is a cannabis reporter at The Boston Globe and author of the “This Week in Weed” email newsletter — the irreverent and definitive insider’s diary of legalization in Massachusetts. A graduate of Emerson College and eight-year veteran of the Globe, Dan previously covered breaking news, municipal politics, business and the alcohol industry. He was a member of the team that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in breaking news reporting for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and manhunt and drew acclaim for his investigation into illegal pay-to-play tactics by major brewers and beer distributors. Since being named the Globe’s first-ever dedicated cannabis journalist in 2017, Dan has embedded himself in the marijuana community and spotlighted the concerns of marginalized groups, while holding the industry and government officials to account.

    Kris Krane, 4Front Advisors. Having founded 4Front Advisors in 2011, Kris Krane is now president of the firm. Prior to forming 4Front, Kris served as director of client services for CannBe, a pioneer in developing best practices within the medical cannabis industry. Kris has dedicated his career to reforming the nation’s drug policies, working as associate director of NORML from 2000 to 2005 and executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy from 2006 to 2009. He serves on the National Cannabis Industry Association board of directors as well as the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association Board, the largest nonprofit association in the state dedicated to the legal cannabis industry.

     

     

     

    Brooke Edwards Staggs, Orange County Register. Brooke Edwards Staggs is a reporter based at the Orange County Register in Anaheim, Calif. She covers the politics, business, health and culture of cannabis for her company’s chain of newspapers and websites throughout California. That coverage has led to multiple TV and radio appearances plus a number of awards, including a win for explanatory writing in the 2017 Best of the West competition, honoring the best journalism in the western United States, and best enterprise news series in the recent 2018 California Journalism Awards. Brooke also covers state and federal politics through an Orange County lens. The Big Bear native earned her bachelor’s degree in English from California Baptist University, then got her master’s in education as she taught high school English in the Inland Empire. She left in 2006 to be a student again herself, earning a master’s degree in journalism from New York University while freelancing for a variety of publications.

     

     

    Linn Washington, Temple University. Linn Washington Jr. is a professor of journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. He continues to work as a professional journalist, specializing in investigative news coverage and analytical commentary. Linn’s reporting and research examine issues involving race-based inequities impacting both the criminal justice system and the news media. His reporting career has involved news coverage across the U.S. and on four of the world’s seven continents. He has held positions ranging from general assignment reporter to executive editor.

  • Innovation in fact checking – SABEW19

    Posted By David Wilhite on Sunday May 19, 2019

    In a session moderated by NPR’s Pallavi Gogoi, fact checkers Bill Adair, the creator of PolitiFact, Karen Mahabir, head of fact-checking at the Associated Press and Wyatt Buchanan, an editor at The Arizona Republic, each went into some of the innovative ways they’re keeping up with misinformation.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    May, 2019

    By Madeline Ackley
    The Cronkite School

    In the digital age, misinformation can travel at warp speed, making fact checking absolutely vital for an informed public.

    Luckily, fact checkers in the industry have come prepared with incredible innovations they discussed at the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing spring conference in Phoenix on Saturday.

    The session, moderated by NPR’s Pallavi Gogoi, featured a few of the news industry fact-checking heavyweights.

    Bill Adair, the creator of PolitiFact, Karen Mahabir, head of fact-checking at the Associated Press and Wyatt Buchanan, an editor at The Arizona Republic each went into their methods of fact-checking and some of the innovative ways they’re keeping up with misinformation.

    “Fact checking is at the heart of journalism,” Gogoi said as she introduced the panel.

    Wyatt Buchanan, manages the Arizona Republic’s fact checking operation known as AZ Fact Check, which was modeled after Adair’s PolitiFact — a site which assesses political claims and assigns them a rating based on their level of truthfulness.

    The version Buchanan works with focuses more heavily on issues relevant to the state of Arizona. Like PolitiFact, the site will take on a dubious claim, analyze the claim and lets the readers know if it’s true, false or simply in need of context—and to what degree.

    Unlike PolitiFact, AZ Fact Check now includes a video component to make the site more engaging and social-media friendly.

    Karen Mahabir does something similar at the Associated Press without assigning a rating.

    “One of the things we do is get right to the heart of what we’re saying about the claim immediately,” Mahabir said.

    She and her team neatly lay out the claim, its context and origins in a way that’s organized similar to a news article.

    “We really are looking at all public figures…candidates for local office, the governor of a state, the president,” Mahabir said. “Then we drill down into that claim to determine if it true if it’s false or it’s somewhere in the middle.”

    Mahabir also laid out some tips for how to check fact effectively, starting with a journalists own reporting.

    “Put everything away for a second, and just tell me verbally in two sentences what you would say about that claim, said Mahabir. “Generally, if folks can do that, they have something to move forward with.”

    Successful fact checking is a collaborative effort, said Mahabir. It requires good sourcing, context and a willingness to double and triple check your own work.

    “It’s so, so, so important to empower your readers or your viewers or your listeners of the source of where that material came from so that if they wanted to they could go back and look at those primary documents,” said Mahabir.

    Bill Adair, the PolitiFact founder, currently teaching at Duke University, is now working on something he was told would be impossible.

    “When I started PolitiFact in 2007 people started very quickly to say wouldn’t it be cool if when a campaign commercial came on TV or there was a speech,  a fact check popped up immediately..and that was a great dream,” said Adair.

    Time and time again he revisited the idea, but it wasn’t until he began working on a project with Google that was essentially a “dewey decimal system” of misinformation, that the possibility became a reality.

    Because public figures often repeat claims again and again, the technology attempts to match what is being said to claims that have been made at an earlier date. It’s essentially an aggregator of claims that have already been analyzed by fact checkers online.

    “It’s not telling you what the person just said is false” but “similar to a fact check that was [made] before,” said Adair.

    Sometimes it works and other times it fails hilariously, but Adair believes he is coming closer and closer to debunking false claims in real time.  

    “Think of it more as annotation…here is some related information about what they just said. That has tremendous value… Politicians are more careful about what they say when they know they’re being fact checked,” said Adair.

    Fact checking may not be an exact science just yet, but journalists and researchers are making great strides in holding public figures accountable to the truth.

  • Despite challenges, Stelter sees bright future for journalism – SABEW19

    Posted By David Wilhite on Saturday May 18, 2019

    CNN’s Brian Stelter discussed his optimism for the future of the news industry, despite numerous disruptions and challenges in recent years.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    By Derek Hall
    The Cronkite School

    News outlets and journalists continue to face an uncertain future in the wake of the digital revolution, an issue CNN’s Brian Stelter addressed at the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing spring conference Friday in Phoenix.

    “It is an outstanding time to be a journalist,” Stelter said. “It’s also a really unsettling, unnerving, confusing time because we’re all swimming in this sea of information.”

    The speed at which information is disseminated in the digital age has forced journalists to find new and innovative ways of reporting and telling stories in less time and often with fewer resources than ever before.

    Stelter discussed the reality of practicing journalism in a time of disruption during SABEW’s state of the media session. It’s a topic that’s “perfect for Brian,” said Rich Barbieri, executive editor of CNN Business.

    “Brian embodies this I think more than anyone in our field,” Barbieri said.

    Stelter has covered the media industry for more than 15 years, beginning with the TV Newser blog that he created while a freshman in college. He later worked as a media reporter for The New York Times before joining CNN in 2013 as the anchor of “Reliable Sources” and the chief media correspondent for CNN Worldwide.

    While speaking to a room full of journalists Friday at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Stelter briefly highlighted some of the current problems facing the industry, like the rise of disinformation and the denigration of the media.

    “There is an impact from that daily, repetitive lie about the press being the enemy,” he said. “I think, as a result, we are getting better at explaining why we do what we do…and explaining why the business model’s been turned upside down.”

    Americans are largely unaware of the financial struggles many local news operations face, according to a Pew Research Center survey, which Stelter referenced.

    Of the 34,897 U.S. adults that Pew surveyed in 2018, 71% thought their local news outlets were “doing very or somewhat well financially,” despite revenues that continue to fall and a drop in employment at newsrooms across the country.

    Only 14% of those surveyed said they had paid for local news in the past year.

    Reporters are keenly aware of the challenges facing journalism, but Stelter sees a bright future for the profession.

    He said social media tools that have disrupted the news industry, like Facebook and Twitter, have also bolstered the marketing efforts of journalists and newsrooms in explaining the role of the press.

    But the primary reasons for optimism and hope rest in the pillars of journalism, Stelter said. Many of the profession’s foundational principles such as doing no harm and advocating for the truth are as strong today as they’ve ever been.

    “What’s exciting for all of us in this room is that we get to help solve the problems that we’re all facing, and we get to help explain to the audience why press freedom is also their freedom at a foundational level,” Stelter said. “People want and need that day-to-day journalism.”

  • SABEW19 Student Newsroom

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Friday May 10, 2019

    Miss the SABEW19 conference? Check out our ASU student coverage at #SABEW19 and below. Click here for the student bios.

    Despite challenges, Stelter sees bright future for journalism

    While there are a number of challenges affecting the industry, journalists continue to find new and innovative ways of reporting and telling stories, said CNN’s Brian Stelter at the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing spring conference Friday in Phoenix. Click here to read more.

    Gov. Ducey: Arizona leads the way in business climate

    Discussing a number of topics ranging from taxes to the state’s relationship with Mexico, Gov. Doug Ducey highlighted the role pro-business policies played in growing Arizona. Click here to read more.

    Covering health care important as ever for business reporters

    Stephanie Innes, a health care reporter at The Arizona Republic, and health care experts Swapna Reddy, clinical assistant professor at Arizona State University’s School for the Science of Health Care Delivery, College of Health Solutions, and Colin Baillio, director of policy and communications at Health Action New Mexico discussed the ramifications of the ACA and how it affects health care. Click here to read more.

    Susanne Craig provides a look into The New York Times’ Trump tax exposé

    New York Times reporter Susanne Craig gave a glimpse inside the 18-month investigation that allowed her team to develop a definitive narrative on how President Donal Trump made his riches. Click here to read more.

    Data reporting and the backbone of investigative journalism

    Reporters Maurice Tamman of Reuters, David Ingold of Bloomberg and John Hillkirk of Kaiser Health News outlined how they use data on a daily basis and for larger investigative pieces. At a time when empirical evidence is more important than ever for reporters, data can constitute the hard facts in any story. Click here to read more.

    U.S. Sens. Sinema and McSally talk trade, immigration

    Talks of immigration and trade in Arizona consumed much of U.S. Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally’s SABEW sessions in Phoenix. Click here to read more.

    Women continue to break barriers in newsrooms

    Two longtime newsroom leaders spoke about what it means to be a woman in the news industry at the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing spring conference in Phoenix on Friday. Click here to read more.

    Michelle Singletary, SABEWS’s Distinguished Achievement Award winner

    Michelle Singletary of The Washington Post accepted SABEW’s Distinguished Achievement Award on Saturday. Singletary credited the financial and life lessons she learned from her grandmother, “Big Mama,” for setting her on her career path. Click here to read more.

    How to write an award-winning business story

    Both student journalists and veteran reporters spoke about the projects that caught the attention of SABEW judges and earned them recognition at this year’s Best in Business Awards. Click here to read more.

    Innovation in fact checking

    In a session moderated by NPR’s Pallavi Gogoi, fact checkers Bill Adair, the creator of PolitiFact, Karen Mahabir, head of fact-checking at the Associated Press and Wyatt Buchanan, an editor at The Arizona Republic, each went into some of the innovative ways they’re keeping up with misinformation. Click here to read more.

    Parsons brings message of perseverance to SABEW journalists

    GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons closed the SABEW 2019 spring conference with a keynote imparting words of advice based on personal highs and lows in his business and personal life. Click here to read more.

  • SABEW Board of Governors Elections 2019

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Tuesday April 30, 2019

    Ballots will be cast during SABEW19 for six open SABEW Board of Governors seats with three-year terms ending in 2022. If you are interested in running send your statement of intent, bio and photo to Aimee O’Grady at [email protected] by next Tuesday May 7.

    Voting members will receive their ballot information directly from online voting service provider Opavote.org.

    Board Candidates as of 4/30/19 (listed in alphabetical order)

    Megan Davies
    Editor/reporter, Thomson Reuters
    I’d be honored to serve a term as a SABEW board member. I’m passionate about journalism and dedicated to the field of business reporting. I’ve held various leadership roles within Reuters in the United States and Russia and reported on a wide variety of business topics. I’m particularly passionate about enterprise reporting. I’d be keen to be involved in SABEW to further high standards of business journalism and try and encourage the next generation of reporters.

    Alan Deutschman
    Professor and Reynolds Endowed Chair of Business Journalism
    University of Nevada, Reno
    I have enjoyed chairing committees as a judge for the Best in Business Awards, and I would like to get more involved with SABEW by serving on the board. For the past eight years I’ve been a professor of business journalism, and I would like to help expand SABEW’s outreach efforts to students and faculty on college campuses. We’ve seen rising interest in business journalism at universities, and I think that SABEW is the perfect organization for bringing together practitioners and professors. We can do a lot more to attract talented newcomers into our field and to provide valuable training and resources for teachers at j-schools and liberal-arts programs. We can also help to lead the public conversations on campuses about many issues.

    Before joining the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno, I spent 22 years working as a business journalist in New York and San Francisco. I covered Silicon Valley for Fortune and Fast Company, wrote the “Profit Motive” column for GQ, and contributed to Vanity Fair and New York Magazine. I’m also the author of four books including The Second Coming of Steve Jobs. In my current position as a business journalism professor, I can spend as much as 20% of my time on service to my field. It would be an honor to devote that time and energy to serving on the SABEW board.

    Desiree Hanford
    Lecturer, Medill/Northwestern University
    I would like to be a member of SABEW’s board because I have a great amount of respect for SABEW’s mission and my fellow members, and I would like to collaborate with fellow board members to further the organization’s mission. I think it’s important to cultivate and nurture the next generation of business reporters – those who are in college and just beginning their careers – in addition to supporting veteran business reporters and editors.

    I’ve been involved in SABEW for a few years, helping to run the student newsroom during past spring conferences and judging the Best in Business Awards. I recently joined the Training Committee and look forward to contributing to its work. I can also contribute through member recruitment, conference and workshop planning and more. I am happy to lend a hand wherever it is needed.

    I teach a number of undergraduate and graduate courses at Medill, including business and money reporting, and I was a business reporter at Dow Jones Newswires before joining Medill’s faculty. In addition to Chicago and Evanston, Medill has a presence in Washington, San Francisco and Qatar.

    I’ve been fortunate to bring Medill students to SABEW’s fall and spring conferences, and each time the students have been grateful for the connections they’ve made and inspired by the work of fellow SABEW members. They’ve left the conferences excited about their futures in business reporting, and I’ve left invigorated by their enthusiasm and humbled to spend time with the best in the industry.

    I would be honored to serve as a SABEW board member. Thank you for considering me in the upcoming election.

    James Madore
    Economics writer, Newsday
    I’m seeking re-election to the SABEW Board of Governors to continue my work on the group’s finances and advocacy of the First Amendment.

    I have had the privilege these past three years to chair the Finance Committee and to serve on the Executive Committee.

    The Finance Committee, which includes rank-and-file members and board governors, meets monthly with the executive director and bookkeeper to review income and expense reports. The committee also reviews the proposed budget and audit every year.

    Thanks to the fine work of many, I can report that SABEW’s finances are strong and our reporting is transparent. The Finance Committee provides advice and oversight to the executive director on all financial matters.

    I have found my work as vice chairman of the First Amendment Committee to be very rewarding, particularly SABEW’s support for the independence of federal statistical agencies.

    I hope to continue this important work should I be fortunate enough to win re-election.

    In addition, I hope to work with other governors to increase the involvement of rank-and-file members in SABEW activities. The organization’s greatest strength is its membership, which on a daily basis provides news that’s essential to the financial lives of millions of people in the United States and Canada.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Jenny Paurys
    Managing editor, S&P Global Market Intelligence
    When I became a business journalist in 2005, I discovered a profession that prized curiosity, analytical thinking and explanatory prose. I feel these remain the central attributes of business journalism, but the importance of the craft has grown considerably in the intervening years. Globalization, driven by the information age, is now the shaping force of the world economy; markets, investors and business owners depend more than ever on finding trusted sources of information to help them navigate this increasingly complex ecosystem.

    I still work for the newsroom I joined in 2005, though it has more than quadrupled in size since then. Our news organization is fortunate to be expanding while others are contracting, based in part on our dedicated audience, sector-focused approach to journalism and the longtime practice of integrating data into our reporting. I feel these attributes of our newsroom provide me with a unique perspective that I can bring to my role at SABEW.

    Further, my position as managing editor provides me with the opportunity to travel widely and utilize that travel to help SABEW continue to build its membership, especially outside of the U.S. I would like to use my base in Arlington, Va., to help build participation by D.C.-area journalists. Finally, I would like to support SABEW’s ongoing work to modernize its website and collateral to help attract new business media to our ranks.

    My initial half-year on the SABEW board offered me a set of peers I had not found before: a group of professionals from competing newsrooms who volunteer their time and resources to collaborate for the singular purpose of elevating business journalism. These initial months have so inspired me that I am seeking your support for election to the board, in the hopes that I can work with you to move SABEW forward into its next chapter.

    Scott Wenger
    Group Editorial Director, SourceMedia
    I look forward to helping my fellow business journalists bolster and develop new skills and connections to make the work we do even more relevant and valuable to our readers.

    I am eager to help build on what I see as SABEW’s core competencies: training, networking, inspiring and recruiting. And, most crucially, developing practical ideas to share so we can best engage and grow our readerships. I also look forward to helping SABEW advance its mission of global expansion.

    A core goal of mine will be to strengthen SABEW at a time of revolutionary and exciting changes in our field, which have seen the creation of small organizations that have proved so potent, digital journalism powerhouses and industry-specific content organizations like my own that aspire to deliver savvy analysis, thoughtful enterprise and deeply reported multimedia investigative projects.

    Over the years — from my current role as a group editorial director at SourceMedia, where I manage Financial Planning, Employee Benefit News and four additional brands, to earlier years at The Wall Street Journal, The Hartford Courant, CNBC, CNN, the New York Daily News and as a health care analyst at Alex. Brown & Sons — I’ve seen just how impactful business journalism can be, and needs to be.

     

  • Winners announced for the 5th Annual SABEW Canada Best in Business Awards

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Tuesday April 23, 2019

    TORONTO, April 22, 2019 — Last week, SABEW Canada announced the winners of the Best in Business Awards, celebrating excellence in Canadian journalism.

    This is the fifth year for the awards, which are sponsored by the Canadian chapter of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW). The BIB Awards are the only journalism awards program in Canada that specifically recognizes exemplary works of journalism that relate to business, finance and the economy.

    Thanks to our sponsors, who helped make the event possible: TD Bank, Facebook, Accenture, Fidelity Canada, BusinessWire, Manulife Financial and Longview Communications.

    Audio or visual storytelling
    Gold: WTFinance video series, Prajakta Dhopade (MoneySense)
    Silver: Pot supply, Timothy Moore and Chris Manza (The Globe and Mail)

    Beat reporting, presented by TD Bank
    Gold: Janet McFarland on real estate (The Globe and Mail)
    Silver: Naomi Powell on trade (Financial Post)

    Commentary
    Gold: Kevin Carmichael (Financial Post)
    Silver: Rita Trichur (Report on Business magazine)

    Breaking news, presented by Accenture
    Gold: NAFTA coverage by Adrian Morrow, Robert Fife, Stephanie Nolen, Barrie McKenna, Eric Atkins, James Bradshaw, Andrew Willis, Tim Kiladze, David Parkinson, Josh O’Kane, Sean Silcoff, Susan Krashinsky Robertson, Rob Carrick, John Ibbitson and Campbell Clark (The Globe and Mail)
    Silver: USMCA coverage by Kevin Carmichael, Tom Blackwell, Naomi Powell, James McLeod and Emily Jackson (Financial Post) 

    Editorial newsletter
    Gold: Daily briefing (The Logic)
    Silver: Cannabis Professional (The Globe and Mail)

    Feature (long-form), presented by Longview Communications
    Gold: “The unsolved murder of an unusual billionaire,” Matthew Campbell (Bloomberg)
    Silver: “The city that had too much money,” Matthew Campbell and Natalie Obiko Pearson (Bloomberg)

    Feature (short-form)
    Gold: “Toronto website Providr bets it can beat Facebook’s algorithm change” by Susan Krashinsky Robertson and Shane Dingman (The Globe and Mail)
    Silver: “How to lose big money in Toronto real estate” by Joe Castaldo (Maclean’s)

    Investigative
    Gold: “Hustle in the oil patch” by Jeffrey Jones, Jeff Lewis, Renata D’Aliesio and Chen Wang (The Globe and Mail)
    Silver: “The high cost of low corporate taxes” by Marco Chown Oved, Toby Heaps and Michael Yow (Corporate Knights)

    Personal finance and investing, presented by Fidelity
    Gold: “Go out on top” by Frances Bula (BC Business)
    Silver: “The Year of Fear” by Bryan Borzykowski, Joe Castaldo and John Daly (Report on Business magazine)

    Package
    Gold: Innovation (Financial Post)
    Silver: #MeToo by Armina Ligaya (Canadian Press)

    Profile
    Gold: “Darren Entwistle’s long goodbye” by Christine Dobby (Report on Business magazine)
    Silver: “The Decider” by Luc Rinaldi (Pivot)

    Scoop, presented by BusinessWire
    Gold: “How the government could net $200 billion selling off airports, major highways, utilities and Canada Post” by Zane Schwartz (The Logic)
    Silver: “Oil-sands outage upends global oil market, overshadowing OPEC” by Robert Tuttle and Kevin Orland (Bloomberg)

    Trade article
    Gold: “In the dark” by Daniel Fish (Precedent)
    Silver: “Selling out” by Tristan Bronca (The Medical Post)

    Outstanding Achievement Award
    Claudia Cattaneo (Financial Post)

    As Financial Post editor Nicole MacAdam put it in her nomination letter: “Claudia has been one of the most influential voices in Western Canada for nearly three decades. She is one of those rare journalists who earned the respect of both her peers and the energy industry due to her thorough, balanced reporting and deep understanding of the issues that matter to Albertans. But it wasn’t just her ability to break news that made her a must-read; it was her ability to bring context and analysis to these stories. Claudia was also the ultimate colleague, generously giving of her time to all who asked. Claudia was an editor’s dream right till the day she retired in May 2018: Deeply experienced but with the keenness of a rookie ready for the day—pitching something nearly every day; unflinching reporting, but with a delightful turn of phrase; blunt in her critique but with an acute sense of fairness.”

    CONGRATULATIONS, CLAUDIA!

    Best Young Journalist, presented by Manulife Financial
    Zane Schwartz (The Logic)

    In just four years, Zane has gathered an impressive body of work. As the 2017 Michelle Lang Fellow in journalism at the National Post and Calgary Herald, he ​created the first searchable database of more than five million political donations in every province and territory—a project that won him a Data Journalism Award from the Global Editors Network in 2018. He helped modernize Maclean’s 25-year-old university rankings system, a project that saw him hire and manage 23 freelancers to work on a 400,000-point database. He has been with The Logic since Day 1, where he has had a hand in everything from design to hiring new staff to editing investigations on Canada’s innovation economy and, as a reporter, consistently breaking national news. This prize comes with a trip to the SABEW fall conference in New York City in October.

  • SABEW Canada Announces the Finalists for the 5th Annual Best in Business Awards

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Tuesday April 2, 2019

    TORONTO, April 2, 2019 – The Canadian chapter of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) is excited to announce the list of finalists for the 5th Annual Best in Business Awards competition, recognizing outstanding business reporting published in 2018. For this year’s contest, we expanded the number of categories to 15 (including beat reporting, investigative, commentary, trade article, editorial newsletter and scoop), and the finalists represent the most diverse array of Canadian publications we’ve seen yet, including names both old and new. Their stories shone a spotlight on a wide range of stories, including the legalization of recreational cannabis, real estate fraud, trade wars, mental illness, and even murder.

    SABEW Canada would like to extend a very heartfelt thank-you to our distinguished judges (listed below), chosen from among Canadian and U.S. news outlets and journalism schools.

    The winners were announced at the Best in Business Awards reception on April 17 at Baro in Toronto.

    The finalists for SABEW Canada’s 5th Annual Best in Business are:

    Audio or visual storytelling

    • Pot supply (The Globe and Mail)
    • No strings attached (HuffPost Canada)
    • WTFinance video series (MoneySense)

    Beat reporting

    • David George-Cosh on cannabis (BNN Bloomberg)
    • Janet McFarland on real estate (The Globe and Mail)
    • Naomi Powell on trade (Financial Post)

    Breaking news

    • NAFTA coverage by Adrian Morrow, Robert Fife, Stephanie Nolen, Barrie McKenna, Eric Atkins, James Bradshaw, Andrew Willis, Tim Kiladze, David Parkinson, Josh O’Kane, Sean Silcoff, Susan Krashinsky Robertson, Rob Carrick, John Ibbitson and Campbell Clark (The Globe and Mail)
    • USMCA coverage by Kevin Carmichael, Tom Blackwell, Naomi Powell, James McLeod and Emily Jackson (Financial Post)
    • NAFTA coverage by Josh Wingrove, Jennifer Jacobs, Kristine Owram, Eric Martin, Jen Skerritt and Lydia Mulvaney (Bloomberg)

    Commentary

    • Barrie McKenna (The Globe and Mail)
    • Rita Trichur (Report on Business magazine)
    • Kevin Carmichael (Financial Post)

    Editorial newsletter

    • Daily briefing (The Logic)
    • Cannabis Professional (The Globe and Mail)

    Feature (long-form)

    • “Conquered by demons” by Kelly Cryderman and Jeffrey Jones (Report on Business magazine)
    • “The city that had too much money” by Matt Campbell and Natalie Obiko Pearson (Bloomberg)
    • “The unsolved murder of an unusual billionaire” by Matt Campbell (Bloomberg)

    Feature (short-form)

    • “How to lose big money in Toronto real estate” by Joe Castaldo (Maclean’s)
    • “Toronto website Providr bets it can beat Facebook’s algorithm change” by Susan Krashinsky Robertson and Shane Dingman (The Globe and Mail)
    • “Weed is serious business for Canada’s go-to pot banker” by Doug Alexander (Bloomberg)

    Investigative

    • “Inside the fall of Fortress” by Janet McFarland (The Globe and Mail)
    • “The high cost of low corporate taxes” by Marco Chown Oved, Toby Heaps and Michael Yow (Corporate Knights)
    • “Hustle in the oil patch” by Jeffrey Jones, Jeff Lewis, Renata D’Aliesio and Chen Wang (The Globe and Mail)

    Package

    • “No strings attached” (HuffPost Canada)
    • Innovation (Financial Post)
    • #MeToo (Canadian Press)

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    Personal finance and investing

    • “The Year of Fear” by Bryan Borzykowski, Joe Castaldo and John Daly (Report on Business magazine)
    • Mutual funds by Rob Carrick (The Globe and Mail)
    • “Go out on top” by Francis Bula (BCBusiness)

    Profile

    • “Darren Entwistle’s long goodbye” by Christine Dobby (Report on Business magazine)
    • “The Decider” by Luc Rinaldi (Pivot)
    • “The Instigator” by Katie Lamb and Joanna Pachner (Report on Business magazine)

    Scoop

    • “Oil-sands outage upends global oil market, overshadowing OPEC” by Robert Tuttle and Kevin Orland (Bloomberg)
    • “Coca-Cola’s cannabis drink deal with Aurora” by David George-Cosh (BNN Bloomberg)
    • “How the government could net $200 billion selling off airports, major highways, utilities and Canada Post” by Zane Schwartz (The Logic)

    Trade article

    • “Selling out” by Tristan Bronca (The Medical Post)
    • “In the dark” by Daniel Fish (Precedent)
    • “Help your client prepare a will” by Michelle Schriver (Advisor’s Edge)

    Our first-ever award for Best Young Journalist goes to Zane Schwartz of The Logic. In the four years since he graduated from the University of Toronto, Zane has gathered an impressive body of work. As the 2017 Michelle Lang Fellow in journalism at the National Post and Calgary Herald, he ​created the first searchable database of more than five million political donations in every province and territory—a project that won him a Data Journalism Award from the Global Editors Network in 2018. He helped modernize Maclean’s 25-year-old university rankings system, a project that saw him hire and manage 23 freelancers to work on a 400,000-point database. He has been with The Logic since Day 1, where he has had a hand in everything from design to hiring new staff to editing investigations on Canada’s innovation economy. As a reporter, he has consistently broken national news, including Amazon lobbying governments across Canada for billions in contracts after shortlisting Toronto for its HQ2 to revealing the government’s private assessment that there’s no downside to letting an American telecom come north.

    Our inaugural Outstanding Achievement Award goes to the Financial Post’s Claudia Cattaneo, who retired in May 2018. As FP editor Nicole MacAdam put it in her nomination letter: “Claudia has been one of the most influential voices in Western Canada for nearly three decades, through bust, boom and bust. She is one of those rare journalists who earned the respect of both her peers and the energy industry due to her thorough, balanced reporting and deep understanding of the issues that matter to Albertans. But it wasn’t just her ability to break news that made her a must-read; it was her ability to bring context and analysis to these stories. Her columns suffered no fools and offered a clear-eyed view that often punctured the Ottawa bubble. At the same time, she was quick to criticize the oil patch for its high-profile problems, such as corporate governance and handling of the environment file. Bureau reporters who work from home can often be isolated, but Claudia was the ultimate colleague, taking junior reporters under her wing, meeting her Calgary colleagues weekly to discuss story ideas, participating in weekly features pitch meetings by phone, generously giving of her time to all who asked. Claudia was an editor’s dream right till the day she retired in May, 2018: Deeply experienced but with the keenness of a rookie ready for the day—pitching something nearly every day; unflinching reporting, but with a delightful turn of phrase; blunt in her critique but with an acute sense of fairness.”

    Thank you to our judges, without whom we could not do this: Gavin Adamson, Vikram Barhat, Laura Bobak, Greg Bonnell, Bryan Borzykowski, Mark Brown, Dawn Calleja Henry Dubroff, Tim Falconer, Max Fawcett, David Friend, Howard Green, Megan Griffith-Greene, Kevin Hall, Brian Hutchinson, Jason Kirby, Peter Kuitenbrouwer, Steve Ladurantaye, Andree Lau, Katie Lobosco, Nicole MacAdam, James Madore, Garry Marr, Susan Nerberg, Mira Oberman, Matt O’Grady, Joanna Ossinger, Rachel Pulfer, David Scanlan, Anna Sharratt, David Topping, Andrew Wahl, Tom Watson, Jennifer Wells and Renée Williams.

    If you have anything questions about the contents of this press release, please contact SABEW Canada chair Dawn Calleja at [email protected].

  • May 21, 2019: Deadline for Applications to the Health Care Symposium, Washington, D.C.

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Wednesday March 27, 2019

    The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) is seeking applications for a symposium to help journalists better understand and get ahead of the many, complicated health care issues in the news that are sure to dominate the upcoming election season.

    Space is limited to 15 journalists. Selected journalists will receive a stipend to offset travel and hotel for out-of-town attendees.

    The symposium will provide journalists a timely, in-depth update on a variety of issues, including:

    • The ACA: Following a federal judge’s ruling declaring the Affordable Care Act illegal, what is the future of the ACA as it hurtles toward the Supreme Court? What has been the impact of administration policies on the ACA?
    • Medicaid expansion: What has been the financial impact of Medicaid expansion? What are the implications of work requirements some states have tried to impose?
    • Medicare for All: With an election season underway, what can we learn about the many Democratic proposals and how much will they cost?
    • Prescription drug prices: President Trump is expected to deliver his first major speech on drug prices in early May. Will it have any impact on an industry in which costs continue to escalate?
    • Marijuana: As more states expand medical and recreational marijuana use, how is the industry shaping up and what kind of oversight is?

    Symposium attendees will be able to share and test out story ideas at this seventh annual Business of Health Care Summit. The program begins the evening of Thursday, June 27 with a mixer and dinner at the National Press Club and ends midday Saturday, June 29. Friday and Saturday events will be held at the Bloomberg newsroom on New York Ave. in Washington, D.C.

    Made possible by a grant from The Commonwealth Fund, a national, private foundation based in New York City that supports independent research on health care issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy.

  • Complete list of BIB winning entries and newsrooms

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Tuesday March 26, 2019

    Review the names of the winning contributors.

     

    Audio; All News Organizations

    Winner – Indianapolis Business Journal: The IBJ podcast
    Honorable Mention – The Wall Street Journal: The next battlefield

    Banking/Finance; Large

    Winner – Bloomberg: Sign here to lose everything
    Honorable Mention – Los Angeles Times: The hidden costs of high-interest rate installment lending

    Banking/Finance; Medium

    Winner – The Charlotte Observer: Wells Fargo’s controversies continue

    Banking/Finance; Small

    Winner – American Banker: Bank CEO’s fire-and-rehire maneuver reaps windfall at taxpayer expense
    Honorable Mention – Sacramento Business Journal: After a decade, banks returning to Sacramento
    Honorable Mention – Financial Planning: Keep quiet

    Breaking News; Large

    Winner – Los Angeles Times: Toyota held accountable for a defect in its Prius

    Breaking News; Medium

    Winner – Forbes.com: The inside story of Papa John’s toxic culture
    Honorable Mention – Bloomberg Law: Ben Penn tip sharing rule

    Breaking News; Small

    Winner – American Banker: Comerica scrambles to address fraud in prepaid benefits program
    Honorable Mention – Nashville Business Journal: AllianceBernstein’s move to Nashville

    Commentary/Opinion; Large

    Winner – Financial Times: Tech and policies

    Commentary/Opinion; Medium

    Winner – The Detroit News: Daniel Howes opinion/commentary
    Honorable Mention – The Boston Globe: Shirley Leung opinion/commentary

    Commentary/Opinion; Small

    Winner – Fast Company: Rick Wartzman opinion/commentary
    Honorable Mention – STAT: Adam Feuerstein biotech industry commentary
    Honorable Mention – Crain’s Chicago Business:  2018 editorial board

    Economics; Large

    Winner – The New York Times: The trade equation

    Economics; Medium

    Winner – Mother Jones: Frozen assets
    Honorable Mention – Quartz: Remaking economics series

    Economics; Small

    Winner – Indianapolis Business Journal: One city, worlds apart

    Energy/Natural Resources; Large

    Winner – Reuters: Ocean shock
    Honorable Mention – A collaboration of The Center for Public Integrity, The Texas Tribune, The Associated Press and Newsy: Blowout

    Energy/Natural Resources; Medium

    Winner – CNN: Dirty energy
    Honorable Mention – The Dallas Morning News: Atmos Energy

    Energy/Natural Resources; Small

    Winner – Providence Business News: Rising waters
    Honorable Mention – Debtwire: Appalachia’s coal comeback collides with grim opioid reality

    Explanatory; Large

    Winner – Reuters: Ocean shock
    Honorable Mention – Bloomberg: Immigration, Inc.
    Honorable Mention – The New York Times: Pregnancy discrimination

    Explanatory; Medium

    Winner – Fortune: What the hell happened at GE?
    Honorable Mention – Houston Chronicle: The miracle molecule
    Honorable Mention – Minneapolis Star Tribune: Aging parents, stressed families

    Explanatory; Small

    Winner – InsideClimate News: Harvesting peril
    Winner – Project on Government Oversight: Drilling down series
    Honorable Mention – The Desert Sun: Poisoned cities, deadly border
    Honorable Mention – McClatchy DC Bureau: Ancestry DNA: Privacy for sale

    Feature; Large

    Winner – The New York Times: The itsy-bitsy, teenie-weenie, very litigious bikini
    Honorable Mention – Businessweek: Two Towns Forged an Unlikely Bond. Now, ICE Is Severing the Connection.

    Feature; Medium

    Winner – Minneapolis Star Tribune: Legal war engulfs 3M device
    Honorable Mention – Forbes.com: Wilbur Ross series

    Feature; Small

    Winner – Nashville Business Journal: Mapping the new Nashville
    Honorable Mention – The New Food Economy: Kansas is dying
    Honorable Mention – Debtwire Investigations: How Burger King fed storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, and made a killing

    General Excellence; Industry/Topic-Specific Publications

    Winner – American Banker

    General Excellence; Large

    Winner – Financial Times

    General Excellence; Medium

    Winner – The Dallas Morning News
    Honorable Mention – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    General Excellence; Small

    Winner – Nashville Business Journal
    Honorable Mention – Triangle Business Journal

    Government; Large

    Winner – Reuters: Ambushed at home

    Government; Medium

    Winner – Politico: Investigation of Ryan Zinke
    Honorable Mention – The Plain Dealer: Do wage theft laws in Ohio harm or help workers?

    Government; Small

    Winner – InsideClimate News: Dangers without borders
    Honorable MentionCapital & Main: Battery blood: How California health agencies failed Exide workers
    Honorable Mention – New Haven Independent: ‘Scoops & tosses’ $160M in old debt

    Health/Science; Large

    Winner – A collaboration of ICIJ, NBC News Investigative Unit, The Associated Press and partners: The implant files
    Honorable Mention – Financial Times: Opioid crisis and the Sackler family

    Health/Science; Medium

    Winner – ProPublica:  Health Insurance Hustle
    Honorable Mention – ProPublica: Black Patients Miss Out On Promising Cancer Drugs

    Health/Science; Small

    Winner – Kaiser Health News: Drug price shenanigans
    Honorable Mention – InsideClimate News: Surrounded by oil fields, an Alaska village fears for its health

    Innovation; Large

    Winner – The New York Times: Visual narratives

    Innovation; Medium

    Winner – GateHouse Media: Failure to deliver

    Innovation; Small

    Honorable Mention – Crain’s Chicago Business: Chicago’s opioid crisis series

    International Reporting; Large

    Winner – The Associated Press: China’s internment camps
    Honorable Mention – Businessweek: Brexit’s big short

    International Reporting; Medium

    Winner – A collaboration of ProPublica and Time Magazine: Unprotected

    International Reporting; Small

    Winner – A collaboration of ICIJ, Norbert Zongo Cell for Investigative Journalism in West Africa (CENOZO) and 11 media partners from West Africa: West Africa Leaks

    Investigative; Large

    Winner – The Wall Street Journal: The fall of Steve Wynn
    Honorable Mention – The New York Times and The Guardian/The Observer of London: Facebook, disinformation and privacy

    Investigative; Medium

    Winner – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Bad medicine
    Winner – The Dallas Morning News: Pain & profit
    Honorable Mention – Forbes.com: Wilbur Ross series

    Investigative; Small

    Winner – A collaboration of The New Republic and The Investigative Fund: Political corruption and the art of the deal
    Honorable Mention – A collaboration of The Intercept and The Investigative Fund: FINRA’s black hole
    Honorable Mention – A collaboration of ProPublica Illinois and WBEZ: Driven into debt

    Markets; Large

    Winner – The New York Times: Explaining the financial markets

    Markets; Medium

    Winner – Bloomberg Law: SEC Wall Street cops see staff drop since Trump election

    Markets; Small

    Winner – RTO Insider: The GreenHat Energy story: Doubling down — with other people’s money

    Media/Entertainment; Large

    Winner – The New York Times: Moonves and CBS exposed

    Media/Entertainment; Medium

    Winner – Fortune: Tronc chairman sexual harassment

    Media/Entertainment; Small

    Winner – The Center for Public Integrity: The NBA and MLB quietly hustle for a cut of the sports betting jackpot

    Newsletter; Large

    Winner – Financial Times: Due Diligence

    Newsletter; Medium

    Winner – Barron’s: Review & Preview

    Newsletter; Small

    Winner – Communications Daily on 911

    Personal Finance; Large

    Winner – Financial Times: Click to donate

    Personal Finance; Medium

    Winner – The Chronicle of Higher Education: Drew Cloud is a well-known expert on student loans. One problem: He isn’t real.

    Personal Finance; Small

    Winner – The Marshall Project: Petty charges, princely profit

    Honorable Mention – McClatchy DC Bureau: Non-bank lending targets weakest borrowers

    Real Estate; Large

    Winner – The New York Times: Trump taxes

    Real Estate; Medium

    Winner – The Globe and Mail: Inside the fall of Fortress
    Honorable Mention – Houston Chronicle: Real estate in the aftermath of Harvey

    Real Estate; Small

    Winner – Nashville Business Journal: Project Stella and Why Tony Giarratana gets a Metro park (and you don’t)
    Honorable Mention – Realtor.com: Life in the flood zone

    Retail; Large

    Winner – The New York Times: The human side of the retail shakeout

    Retail; Medium

    Winner – Fortune: Michelle Gass is cracking the code at Kohl’s
    Honorable Mention – Chicago Tribune: Sears’ demise

    Retail; Small

    Winner – Capital & Main: The ‘Amazon Tax’ Ruling: Disrupting the Disruptors?
    Honorable Mention – The New Food Economy: Foreign beef can legally be labeled “Product of U.S.A.”

    Small Business/Management/Career; Large

    Winner – The Wall Street Journal: Burned out
    Honorable Mention – Bloomberg: In Trump’s America, bosses are accused of weaponizing the ICE crackdown

    Small Business/Management/Career; Medium

    Winner – Fortune: Second to none, but still number two

    Small Business/Management/Career; Small

    Winner – McClatchy DC Bureau: Merchant cash death spiral

    Student Journalism; Projects and Collaborations

    Winner – Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY) and Dollars & Sense of Maine

    Student Journalism; Stories Written for Professional Publications

    Winner – Washington and Lee University published in the Tampa Bay Times: SunPass investigation
    Honorable Mention – UNC Chapel Hill published in the Triangle Business Journal: Where every penny is earned

    Student Journalism; Stories produced for Student News Organizations

    Winner – Cronkite News by ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication: Hurricane provides opportunity for Puerto Rico’s battered tourism industry

    Technology; Large

    Winner The Wall Street Journal: Elon Musk

    Technology; Medium

    Winner – Politico: The least connected people in America
    Honorable Mention – Forbes: WhatsApp

    Technology; Small

    Winner – The Weekly Standard: Telemarketers, ahoy
    Honorable Mention – The New Food Economy: Silicon Valley wants to give us eggs without chickens. Do we want that?

    Travel/Transportation; Large

    Winner – The Wall Street Journal: The middle seat

    Travel/Transportation; Medium

    Winner CNN Business: Uber sexual assault investigation
    Honorable Mention – The Seattle Times: Stolen Horizon passenger jet crashes outside Seattle

    Travel/Transportation; Small

    Winner – The Information: The self-driving car industry

    Video; Large

    Winner – Bloomberg: The drone delivery operator in Rwanda
    Honorable Mention – Financial Times: Argentina: A life of boom and bust

    Video; Medium and Small

    Winner – The Story Exchange: A Sandy Hook mom’s nonprofit hopes to stop school shootings

  • Student Journalism; Stories produced for Student News Organizations

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Tuesday March 26, 2019

    Winner – Cronkite News by ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication: Hurricane provides opportunity for Puerto Rico’s battered tourism industry

    • Contributor – Cronkite News is the news division of Arizona PBS. The daily news products are produced by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU. Contributor – Andres Guerra Luz, Arizona State University
    • Judges’ Comments – This piece offers a different angle on the widely reported devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico: the opportunity for the tourism industry to play a larger role in the economy. The reporter did a lot of legwork, and wisely ventured outside San Juan to interview B&B owners in other tourist destinations. Bravo on providing readers with relevant data and historical context.
  • Investigative; Small

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Tuesday March 26, 2019

    Winner – A collaboration of The New Republic and Type Investigations: Political corruption and the art of the deal

    • Contributor – Anjali Kamat
    • Judges’ Comments – Anjali Kamat’s fresh and groundbreaking reporting on corrupt practices in Trump Organization real-estate projects in India dove deep into the murky world of Indian politics and business. It emerged with a colorful and compelling tale of a big company tied to Indian politicians and business partners with a long history of lawsuits and investigations that yielded evidence of potential bribery, fraud, intimidation, illegal land acquisition and money laundering — much of which enriched the president of the United States.

    Honorable Mention – A collaboration of The Intercept and Type Investigations: FINRA’s black hole

    • Contributor – Susan Antilla
    • Judges’ Comments – Sexual misconduct on Wall Street doesn’t get a fraction of the attention it does in Hollywood, politics and the tech industry, and closed-door arbitration by the financial industry’s own watchdog is one big reason. The Intercept’s detailed investigation of FINRA, which releases almost no information about its arbitrations, revealed that out of 55,000 complaints it decided over the past 30 years, only 97 involved harassment claims by women, who won just 17 of them. It’s a striking picture of the dysfunction that results when a private justice system tries to regulate sexual misconduct in the workplace.

    Honorable Mention – A collaboration of ProPublica Illinois and WBEZ: Driven into debt

    • Contributors – Melissa Sanchez, Elliott Ramos, David Eads, Sandhya Kambhampati and WBEZ
    • Judges’ Comments – A shocking package with tremendous detail and a great visualization lays out how the city of Chicago raised ticket fees to yield more revenue — but with disastrous effects on the city’s poorer and minority populations. Highlights included compelling personal stories, an interactive graphic based on the city’s entire traffic ticket database and the amazing figure that Chicago residents owe a total of $1.45 billion in ticket debt — many times more than in cities such as New York and Los Angeles, and a burden that often forces people into personal bankruptcy in order to restore their driver licenses.
  • Journalists Honored in SABEW’s 24th Annual Best in Business Awards

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Tuesday March 26, 2019

    The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) announces the results of its 24th annual Best in Business competition, which recognizes outstanding business journalism of 2018.

    Panels of judges selected 74 winners and 48 honorable mentions from 946 entries. Submissions came from 175 news organizations across all platforms representing the breadth of business journalism, from international, national and regional news outlets to specialized business publications.

    View the complete list of honorees and read the judges’ comments and journalists who contributed to the honored work.

    Highlights of the #SABEWBIB include:

    – The Financial Times, The Dallas Morning News, the Nashville Business Journal and American Banker earned general excellence honors.

    – Overall, The New York Times took home the most honors, including seven winners and two honorable mentions (one a collaborative effort with The Guardian/The Observer).

    – Bloomberg News and Bloomberg BNA had eight honors, including three winners.

    – The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine each had four top-place awards, in addition to honorable mentions.

    – In the student categories, top honors went to Andres Guerra Luz of Arizona State University’s Cronkite News Bureau; Ryan Haar of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for a piece in the Triangle Business Journal; Hannah Denham of Washington and Lee University, for stories in the Tampa Bay Times; and a student team from Baruch College – City University of New York for work produced in Dollars & Sense.

    – Among smaller newsrooms, the Nashville Business Journal won three awards and one honorable mention, American Banker won three awards and InsideClimate News had two winners plus an honorable mention.

    – The contest reflected the growing trend of newsroom collaboration. Four collaborative projects won and two partnerships received honorable mentions, representing the combined work of 15 news organizations. The Associated Press, The Investigative Fund and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists partnered on more than one honored project.

    – A robust variety of winners in the medium and small newsroom categories included The Story Exchange, The Marshall Project, GateHouse Media, ProPublica, the Project on Government Oversight, RTO Insider, The Globe and Mail and Kaiser Health News.

    – Winners for commentary/opinion included Rana Foroohar of the Financial Times (large), Daniel Howes of The Detroit News (medium) and Rick Wartzman of Fast Company (small).

    “The winners of this year’s Best in Business contest are truly outstanding examples of business journalism, and SABEW is proud to recognize them,” said Joanna Ossinger, chair of the Best in Business Awards contest and an editor at Bloomberg News. “I’d also like to thank all the judges for volunteering their time to make this possible.”

    The journalists will receive awards at a celebratory dinner at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix on May 17 at SABEW’s 56th annual conference. Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is hosting the conference at its Phoenix campus. Best in Business honorees are eligible to attend the conference at a discounted rate.

    SABEW is the world’s largest and oldest organization of business and financial journalists. It launched the Best in Business competition in 1995 to recognize excellence in the industry. SABEW Canada’s BIB winners will be announced next month.

    For more information on the contest, contact Aimée O’Grady at [email protected].

  • 2018 BIB Canada Guidelines and Categories

    Posted By sabew_admin on Tuesday February 12, 2019

    A one-page cover letter—maximum 500 words—may be submitted with entries as a PDF. (To help the judges keep track of things, please style the PDF title like this: yournamecoverletter.PDF).

    Submit entries as permalink URLs or as PDFs. If content is behind a paywall, please provide a login and password for judges’ use.

    Unless otherwise noted, entries may include up to three elements—including, but not limited to, stories, videos and graphics. If you submit more than three, only three will be read.

    All categories are open to digital or print work.

    Investigative
    In-depth, watchdog reporting that: a) presents important information that was unknown to the general public and was unavailable from other sources before publication; b) demonstrates an obvious need for change in law/policy/behaviour. We suggest you submit a cover letter of up to 500 words explaining the reporting that went into your submission, its impact and so on.

    Personal finance/investing
    Personal finance or investing reporting and/or commentary on any platform. Works may be from one reporter or from various reporters contributing to a single cohesive package or series (not simply a collection of articles that demonstrate the publication’s expertise in this area). Entrants may submit up to five examples as PDFs or permalink URLs.

    Breaking news coverage
    This award is for quick, creative coverage and analysis of a breaking news event. All content must have been published within the first five days of the news breaking. Work can be from one reporter or a team of reporters from within the organization, and must include a cover letter of up to 500 words explaining how the coverage added value and differentiated itself from other publications. Infographics, photos and other media may be included.

    Package
    A collection of articles, infographics and other media focused on a particular topic or theme that work together to tell a memorable story. Works may be published all at once or as part of a cohesive series over a set time period, and may be from one reporter or from various reporters contributing to the package. Organizations may contribute up to six elements.

    Commentary
    Reported coverage that reflects the point of view of a writer, writers and/or news organization. Includes blogs as well as unsigned editorials and individual columns. Entrants should choose their best four examples and submit them as permalink URLs. For unsigned editorials, names of editorial board members must be included in the list of contributors.

    Feature (long-form):
    A single story that: a) does not require a time element to be relevant; b) that demonstrates creative approaches to writing and/or presentation; c) is longer than 2,500 words.

    Feature (short-form)
    A single story that: a) does not require a time element to be relevant; b) that demonstrates creative approaches to writing and/or presentation; c) is shorter than 2,500 words.

    Beat reporting
    Exceptional reporting on a beat of your choosing, such as energy, technology, small business or media. (We will not consider a specific company a “beat.”) This category is open to individual reporters only, though submitted stories can include multiple bylines. Entry requires three stories. We also suggest you submit a cover letter of up to 500 words explaining why you deserve recognition in this category—for instance, consistent scoops, unparalleled access, etc.

    Profile
    A business-themed profile of a person or company that informs and engages the reader.

    Audio or visual coverage
    Audio or visual coverage that is compelling and deeply engaging, demonstrating excellence in storytelling. Submissions can include up to three pieces (say, one great video or three podcasts in a series).

    NEW THIS YEAR

    Outstanding achievement award
    Dedicated to an individual who has had an outstanding impact on the field of business journalism in Canada and who has helped nurture other reporters and/or editors.

    Best young journalist
    Awarded to a journalist with fewer than five years in the industry who has demonstrated consistent excellence in reporting and writing about the world of business. To nominate someone (or yourself) for this category, please submit up to two letters of recommendation (maximum 500 words each), plus up to five articles exemplifying their (your) work.

    Scoop
    This award will be given to a news organization that was the first to bring to light new, significant information in the Canadian business realm. Entry is limited to a single story and must be accompanied by a cover letter (maximum 500 words) that explains the scoop, its scope and impact—for instance, whether it moved markets or forced regulators to act. Judges will also consider overall storytelling.

    Editorial Newsletter
    Best editorial email newsletter for either consumer or trade. Judges will consider the quality of the content, along with its value to readers. Entrants must submit a brief statement (maximum 500 words) introducing the publication, articulating the newsletter strategy and commenting on the impact of the newsletter. Entrants must also submit three newsletter URLs or PDFs.

    Best Trade Article
    Celebrates outstanding business-to-business journalism. Entrants must submit a brief statement (maximum 500 words) introducing the publication, its audience and the impact or importance of the article being entered.

    Note: Judges reserve the right to move an entry into a different category if they deem it miscategorized.

  • Jenny Paurys

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Friday September 21, 2018

    Jenny Paurys is Managing Editor of News at S&P Global Market Intelligence, where she oversees the newsroom’s reporters and editors worldwide: more than 300 professional journalists producing 550+ articles each day covering every major sector of the global economy.

    Jenny is a longtime veteran of the newsroom, joining as a Real Estate reporter in 2005 and quickly advancing to team manager. She then moved over to the Data Journalism team as a senior industry analyst, working with analysts from every sector to produce the newsroom’s flagship Data Dispatch feature. In 2017, she oversaw the newsroom’s launch of Consumer Staples & Discretionary sector coverage. Her work on that project led to her promotion to Managing Editor in 2018.

    Jenny serves on the Board of Governors of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing and as secretary and treasurer of S&P Global’s Virginia WINS chapter. She is the author of six books, including four on Virginia’s local food artisans. Jenny lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her family.

    Follow her on Twitter: @jennypaurys.

     

  • August 13 – How to mine government contracting data for stories in your own backyard

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Monday August 6, 2018

    A key lesson for business reporters is to follow the money to get the story. Nowhere is this truer than with federal, state, and local governments, which spend hundreds of billions of dollars annually on goods and services. They are the primary buyers of technology of all shapes and sizes, ranging from IT services to cloud-based software, electronic warfare and blockchain data storage. Companies large and small compete for this work, and business reporters who know how to follow the money will find the government contract beat chock full of stories waiting to be told.

    This month’s training session features a panel of experts who will discuss where reporters can find information on companies that pursue federal, state, and local government contracts, and how they can turn that data into stories that are relevant for readers and listeners.

    Monday, August 13
    2 – 3 p.m. EDT

    Register for the training.

    Instructions: Dial (512) 879-2134. When prompted enter access code 846394#.

    Questions: Callers may submit questions to the panelists at [email protected].

     

    Moderator:

    Nick Wakeman has been editor-in-chief of Washington Technology, an online publication focused on government contractors, since June 2005 after serving as senior editor for four years. He joined the publication as a staff writer in 1996. Nick currently writes about systems integrators, procurement trends, and major contracts. His daily blog “Business Beat” offers commentary and news about what’s going on in the government market. He also oversees Washington Technology’s annual Top 100 project, which ranks the largest IT and systems integrators in the federal market.

     

     

     

    Panelists:

    Sara Friedman is a reporter and producer at the online publication Government Computer News, where she covers cloud computing, cybersecurity, and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics. Before joining GCN, she was a reporter for Gambling Compliance, where she covered state issues related to casinos, lotteries and fantasy sports. Sara has also written for Communications Daily and Washington Internet Daily on state telecom and cloud computing. She is particularly interested in how emerging technology can help federal, state, and local agencies improve their everyday operations.

     

     

    Paul Murphy is senior data analyst with Bloomberg Government in Washington, D.C. Before Bloomberg acquired his company in 2010, he spent 25 years as president of Eagle Eye Publishers, where he brought the first-ever desktop-based contracts database to market. He has also spoken and published extensively about federal market trends and small-business issues.

     

     

     

    Tom Temin has been the host of Washington, D.C.-based Federal News Radio’s the “Federal Drive” since 2006 and writes a regular column on government IT. He has reported on and provided insight into technology markets for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Tom was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.

     

     

     

    Rob Terry is the FedBiz writer for the Washington Business Journal, covering an industry that straddles official Washington — the White House, Capitol Hill, and the Pentagon — and the local business community. He focuses on the public and private companies providing services to the federal government, with an emphasis on defense, IT, and other government contractors. Rob’sworked in local business journalism for 20 years in a variety of reporting and editing roles, including a five-year stint as the Washington Business Journal’s managing editor. In 2016 and 2017, he worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as its editor-in-chief.

  • How to mine government contracting data for stories in your own backyard

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Tuesday July 24, 2018

    A key lesson for business reporters is to follow the money to get the story. Nowhere is this truer than with federal, state, and local governments, which spend hundreds of billions of dollars annually on goods and services. They are the primary buyers of technology of all shapes and sizes, ranging from IT services to cloud-based software, electronic warfare and blockchain data storage. Companies large and small compete for this work, and business reporters who know how to follow the money will find the government contract beat chock full of stories waiting to be told.

    This month’s training session features a panel of experts who will discuss where reporters can find information on companies that pursue federal, state, and local government contracts, and how they can turn that data into stories that are relevant for readers and listeners.

    Monday, August 13
    2 – 3 p.m. EDT

    Listen to the recording.

    Moderator:

    Nick Wakeman has been editor-in-chief of Washington Technology, an online publication focused on government contractors, since June 2005 after serving as senior editor for four years. He joined the publication as a staff writer in 1996. Nick currently writes about systems integrators, procurement trends, and major contracts. His daily blog “Business Beat” offers commentary and news about what’s going on in the government market. He also oversees Washington Technology’s annual Top 100 project, which ranks the largest IT and systems integrators in the federal market.

     

    Panelists:

    Sara Friedman is a reporter and producer at the online publication Government Computer News, where she covers cloud computing, cybersecurity, and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics. Before joining GCN, she was a reporter for Gambling Compliance, where she covered state issues related to casinos, lotteries and fantasy sports. Sara has also written for Communications Daily and Washington Internet Daily on state telecom and cloud computing. She is particularly interested in how emerging technology can help federal, state, and local agencies improve their everyday operations.

     

     

    Paul Murphy is senior data analyst with Bloomberg Government in Washington, D.C. Before Bloomberg acquired his company in 2010, he spent 25 years as president of Eagle Eye Publishers, where he brought the first-ever desktop-based contracts database to market. He has also spoken and published extensively about federal market trends and small-business issues.

     

     

     

    Rob Terry is the FedBiz writer for the Washington Business Journal, covering an industry that straddles official Washington — the White House, Capitol Hill, and the Pentagon — and the local business community. He focuses on the public and private companies providing services to the federal government, with an emphasis on defense, IT, and other government contractors. Rob’sworked in local business journalism for 20 years in a variety of reporting and editing roles, including a five-year stint as the Washington Business Journal’s managing editor. In 2016 and 2017, he worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as its editor-in-chief.

  • Remembering Warren Watson, former SABEW executive director

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Tuesday May 29, 2018

    SABEW mourns the loss of Warren Watson. This obituary is written by his longtime friend and SABEW Chair Marty Steffens, a professor at the University of Missouri

     

    Former SABEW executive director Warren Watson died May 27 at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, where he had been hospitalized since mid-December with complications of diabetes. The longtime journalist and nonprofit executive was 67.

    Watson was executive director from 2009 to 2014 at SABEW’s Phoenix headquarters at Arizona State University, where he also taught reporting. The organization had just moved to Phoenix and Warren hired new staff and reorganized the office. Watson saw the organization through difficult times in the journalism industry when recession hit news organizations struggled to pay for training and conferences.

    After leaving SABEW, he was executive editor of the Alton (IL) Telegraph. He was laid off after only eight months on the job, and moved to Columbia, MO to reconnect with longtime friend Maggie Walter. He taught news reporting at the Missouri School of Journalism for one year before moving back to his beloved Maine in 2016. He was teaching journalism at a community college when he fell ill. Because semester grades were due, Watson marked papers in his hospital bed, still taking care to offer suggestions for improvement.

    Born in New Hampshire in 1950, Watson relished his New England roots and was a lifelong fan of the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox. A sports journalist early in his career, Watson loved just about any sporting event and never gave up on a comeback for golfer Tiger Woods.

    Watson often signed personal emails with W2 – W squared – a nod to his alliterative name.   Few professional colleagues knew that there was a second W2 – as Warren was a few minutes older than twin brother Wayne, his only sibling.

    Tributes poured in from journalism friends who noted Watson’s passion and dedication to the craft.

    Mark Scarp, who was SABEW membership director from 2009-2012, said “Warren was always a journalist, with a journalist’s fascination with getting to the truth of matters. He understood the need for organizations like SABEW to support journalists during the difficult years of the Great Recession and worked very hard to provide that support.”

    “Warren had an open, warm way about him that made him a pleasure to be around,” said Jill Jorden Spitz, editor of the Arizona Daily Star and SABEW president in 2012-2013. “Working alongside him for a year to serve SABEW, an organization we both loved, was a pleasure.” Former SABEW president Kevin Hall, a senior reporter with McClatchy’s Washington bureau, worked with Watson closely from 2013-2014.  He said “Warren was an upbeat person who always had a kind word for others. His good nature rubbed off on others and will be his legacy.”

    SABEW Chair Marty Steffens, a professor at the University of Missouri, and her husband, Brian, knew Watson for some 30 years.  “When Warren was still in Phoenix, we’d talk three to four times a week,” she said.  “He was always hustling for SABEW – figuring out training, donations, or how to do conferences on a meager budget – and often asked for my help.” When Watson moved to Columbia, he was a frequent companion for golf, dinner and football.  Steffens invited Watson and Walter to Thanksgiving in 2015, and he requested she make mashed turnips.  “He recalled that his late mother made them every Thanksgiving – I was more than happy to rekindle that cherished memory,” she said.

    In his long career, Watson was director of J-Ideas for high school journalists at Ball State University and was a vice president of the American Press Institute in suburban Washington. He was editor of the Kennebec Journal and Central Maine Morning Sentinel as well as managing editor for the Portland (ME) Press Herald.  He was graphics editor for The St. Petersburg Times, and also was president of the Society of News Design in 2003.

    He will be buried next to his parents in New Hampshire, a fitting end as Watson spent the last year of his life researching and writing “Claire and Charlie: An Unlikely Love Story,” published in October 2017 by Hilltop30 Publishers. The story recalls his immigrant parents (Charlie born in England, and Claire in Canada) who met and married during World War II. A second book, “Surviving Journalism” – about how to “fireproof” a career in the changing news industry — will be published in September.

    A memorial service will be held in Dover, NH, in mid-June. Besides his brother, he is survived by his former wife, Terri Watson, and sons James and Sam.

    He was a 1973 graduate of the University of New Hampshire and earned a masters from Ball State University in 2008.

  • College Connect: The Rise of Venmo and Electronic Payment Methods

    Posted By David Wilhite on Tuesday May 8, 2018

    By Logan Krenik

    “Hey bro, do you want to go get some ice cream?”

    “Sorry man — I’m out of cash.”

    “Dude it’s all good! I’ll cover you and you can just Venmo me later.”

    “That sounds good! Thanks man!”

    Not once would anyone a decade ago think that something like this was possible. The concept of paying someone by using a phone app connected to your credit card account would be considered absolutely insane.

    We now have payment apps like Paypal, Zelle, Square Cash, Apple Pay and Google Wallet. These apps have become immensely popular over the past 3-4 years as people are looking for easier ways to pay their bills or just pay their friends.

    I read an article on USA Today: and in this article it talks about the rapid growth that has already happened and the rapid growth that is expected to continue in the mobile payment industry. The article stated that “In July, research firm eMarketer projected more than 91 million people will use these services by 2019, up from 31.4 million in 2015. Meanwhile, the value of transactions processed via mobile payment apps will surge from more than $46 billion in 2015 to more than $187 billion in two years.”
    The part that separates Venmo from the others is the way that it’s almost like its own social media site. You can go on there to see which of your friends has paid someone else and get to see a little description of what they paid them.

    I was talking about Venmo-ing one of my friends once and they said to me that sometimes when they’re bored, they’ll just scroll through Venmo.

    “Honestly, sometimes if I’m bored and I’ve already looked through Twitter, Insta and Snapchat, I’ll just go on Venmo and see who’s paying who and what they’re paying them for. It’s very entertaining to see what some of the descriptions are sometimes.”

    This has led me to sometimes do the same. When I get bored, I’ll just go on Venmo and see what people are paying other people. It’s interesting and even funny sometimes to see what people are doing.

    However, Venmo isn’t the only mobile payment app available. PayPal, Zelle, Square Cash and Google Market are also mobile payment apps which each have their own thing that separates them from the others.

    The unique thing about PayPal is that it allows the user to make transactions using 25 different currencies. Zelle is a pretty standard mobile money app, but one of the perks, according to USA Today is that “For those users reluctant to offer their banking info to a third-party app, Zelle is a solid alternative.” For the more conservative people who like to keep their information closer to them, this is a great option. Square Cash has a bonus that allows the user to have a Visa debit card that has your Square Cash balance that you use for your physical transactions. Google Wallet offers their users 24/7 protection from fraud as well as connect to either a bank account or a credit card.

    However, Apple has entered the electronic payment market as well as they have released Apple Pay, which allows users to pay with their phone or Apple Watch and not even have to take out their wallet. Apple Pay will also allow users to “send and receive payments through messages,” according to USA Today.

    Some people will always prefer to do things the old-fashioned way when it comes to money, but as long as these mobile payments are offered and being improved, the industry and population of people that use them will continue to grow.

    Logan Krenik is a freshman at the University of Missouri.

  • Executive Director’s Report May 2018

    Posted By David Wilhite on Wednesday May 2, 2018

    SABEW18
    This year’s conference was all about getting back to the basics and building skills. We’ve seen a number of ground-breaking stories over the past year, 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. Hats off to SABEW18 conference chairs Bernie Kohn and Bryan Borzykowski and the committee that worked hard to create solid programming and networking opportunities.

    New name
    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. Having “American” in the name implied that we did not offer membership or training to international journalists. The rebrand is about engaging and encouraging news professionals from across the globe to become members.

    First Amendment Committee
    SABEW wants to lead members in efforts to band together to fight fake news, support the credibility of journalism, protect access to information and pursue the truth. To that end, SABEW created the First Amendment Committee to address members’ needs and desires, including advocacy of journalism, at this challenging time for the industry. Over the past year, it has released public statements in support of press freedom, partnered with other groups concerned about protecting the quality of government data, advocated for safety as journalists have experienced unprecedented risks and threats, and offered programming opportunities related to press freedom, transparency and access to data.

    AWARD HIGHLIGHTS

    2017 Best in Business Awards
    We celebrated the 2017 BIB Award honorees at a ceremony on Friday evening, April 27, 2018. The 121 winners and honorable mentions came from all corners of the business-journalism world. One hundred seventy-three news organizations submitted 986 entries across 68 categories. SABEW18 conference attendees were encouraged to attend the “BIB Winners: How They Did It” session to learn from this year’s winners. The 2018 BIB contest opens Dec. 1, 2018.

    SABEW Distinguished Achievement Award
    Congratulations to Gretchen Morgenson, senior special writer in the investigations unit at The Wall Street Journal, who received the Distinguished Achievement Award at the Best in Business ceremony Friday evening, April 27. The award is given to an individual who has made a significant impact on the field of business journalism and who has served as a nurturing influence on others in the profession. Morgenson shared insights, career highlights and thoughts on journalism during a special Q&A session led by Lisa Gibbs, director of news partnerships at The Associated Press.

    Larry Birger Young Business Journalist of the Year Award
    Jillian Berman, 28, a New York-based reporter for MarketWatch, was the 2017 winner of the Larry Birger contest. It is the fourth year of the competition. Berman received the award and a $1,500 honorarium at the 2017 SABEW New York fall conference. Thanks to rbb Communications for funding this award and to Josh Merkin for his help shepherding the grant. Deadline for this year’s applications is July 31, 2018.

    Membership
    We have just over 3,000 members. This includes 2,637 institutional members from 132 media outlets, 51 institutional members from six academic institutions, 175 journalist members, 135 student members and 12 associate members. Keep your membership current and share your Twitter handle by updating your profile in the membership database.

    TRAINING HIGHLIGHTS

    Monthly training calls
    The training calls continue to be extremely popular – since last year’s spring conference, we’ve held 13 calls for over 500 participants. The calls are archived and can be accessed at any time on SABEW.org. Highlights include sessions on freelancing, international trade in the Trump era, the state of press freedom, and how to cover cryptocurrency. We strive to offer a variety of topics and to recruit presenters who represent diverse backgrounds and organizations. Thanks to SABEW members Kim Quillen and Patrick Sanders for leading this effort.

    Data-immersion workshop
    Our fifth annual Goldschmidt fellowship week in Washington, D.C., was a huge success. Twenty-two business journalists participated in the seminar that immersed them in data and accounting skills. Janet Yellen, then-chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, addressed the group in the historic Fed boardroom. Journalists also heard from experts at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Participants received special briefings from the Council of Economic Advisers and the Federal Reserve. Many thanks for the continued work of SABEW leaders Marty Steffens and Kevin Hall and donor Jim Goldschmidt of the Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation for supporting this initiative. The application process for the winter 2019 workshop begins in November.

    SABEWNYC17 fall conference
    The October 2017 event in New York was a huge success. It attracted some 200 people over the course of two days of programming including a daylong personal-finance reporting workshop produced by NEFE’s Paul Golden.

    College Connect
    Check out SABEW’s student-written personal-finance blogs on SABEW.org. Topics range from family financial crises to how much outside employment a student should undertake during the academic year. The ongoing program is funded by NEFE. Students from the University of Missouri, Arizona State University and the University of Georgia are the bloggers.

    Sixth annual Business of Health Care Summit in Washington, D.C., June 28-30
    SABEW is seeking applications for a workshop that will help journalists better understand health-care economics and will provide an update on the Affordable Care Act. Attendees will be able to share and test out story ideas at this summit. Space is limited to 15 journalists. Selected participants will receive a stipend to offset travel-related expenses. Go to SABEW.org to apply. Made possible by a grant from The Commonwealth Fund.

    SABEW Canada
    SABEW Canada continues to expand and thrive with new members, social events, programs and BIB awards! Bryan Borzykowski, SABEW’s well-known Canadian board member who has been instrumental in leading expansion, now serves as vice president of SABEW.

    Finance
    In keeping with best practices for non-profits, SABEW conducted an independent audit of our 2016 financials, and we will do so again for the 2017 financials. The audit will help set the table for future financial growth since audits are a requirement of many grant-giving organizations. SABEW will end 2017 with $447,337 in net assets

  • Cryptocurrency and blockchain pose challenges for news organizations

    Posted By Student Newsroom on Monday April 30, 2018

    By Ang Gao
    Medill News Service

    New and arcane technologies such as blockchain and cryptocurrency pose challenges and opportunities for major news organizations that are scrambling to meet reader demand for more coverage.

    Among the biggest challenges are how to help readers understand the burgeoning technology and guide coverage of a world that few people, including themselves, fully understand, according to top editors interviewed at the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing’s spring conference in Washington, D.C.

    “It’s a challenge for us every day to decide how much do we report on this, because it is a very exciting opportunity, and there are a lot of people interested in it,” said Glenn Hall, chief editor of Dow Jones Newswires. “But if you cover it too much, you can be part of the hype.”

    Blockchain, which has been making headlines since last year, is a decentralized and distributed ledger that can record transactions in a permanent way. Its best-known application is cryptocurrency, including the volatile digital currency Bitcoin.

    Reader interest in the technologies is growing exponentially. Caleb Silver, editor-in-chief at investing educational website Investopedia, said page views for blockchain and cryptocurrency content now make up around 10 percent of total page views on Investopedia.com, up from 0.5 percent in June, 2017.

    Because investor interest in blockchain and cryptocurrency is growing rapidly, news organizations are moving quickly to establish themselves as reliable sources for such content.

    The New York Times has four reporters covering blockchain and cryptocurrency, said Dean Murphy, the associate editor at the Times. All four are based in San Francisco to be closer to the hub of the technologies and include a former Wired magazine reporter who spent years covering artificial intelligence and machine learning.

    “One of the hardest parts of that world is trying to figure out when something is important or not,” Murphy said.

    Sourcing is critically important and notoriously difficult, both in the larger tech world and in the smaller niche of blockchain and cryptocurrency. Reporters mainly talk to analysts, venture capitalists and academics, but they work hard to find people who are more deeply involved with blockchain, Murphy said.

    “To get people to talk critically about that industry is very different and a lot of them [employees] have non-disclosure agreements,” Murphy said. “You can’t cover this area without really strong reporters who have very good sources.”

    Another challenge is with sources who try to use the media as a method of marketing, Murphy said. Some security analysts promote companies to the Times, hoping to be quoted and then get hired by those companies. Because blockchain is such a new technology, there is a greater risk of reporters being manipulated in this way.

    Reporters must be well-versed in both finance and technology, because blockchain is an important intersection of these two, said Rich Barbieri, executive editor of CNNMoney.

    “Blockchain is constantly changing,” Barbieri said. “You have to make smart decisions about what stories are not worth covering.”

    Dow Jones’s Hall said reporters need to understand not only blockchain and its potential applications, but also the regulatory environment in which the technology is operating.

    “There are a lot of risks to the future of this technology,” Hall said. “And any kind of change in the regulatory environment could instantly decrease or increase the value of a player in the market.”

    There’s also not enough reporting that helps people to fundamentally understand how blockchain works, and what risks there may be in the technology, he said.

    “Right now there is a lot of enthusiasm, but there’s not a lot of knowledge around for the average person about what this technology is capable of,” Hall said.

    Investopedia uses subject matter experts to explain blockchain to its readers, Silver said. One of the editors has been writing about blockchain for five years, he added.

    Separating the euphoria from reality is central to the coverage strategy at S&P Global Market Intelligence, said Gary Regenstreif, executive editor. He requires reporters to get quotes from both those who are enthusiastic and those who are cynical about blockchain and cryptocurrency.

    The fact that a digital currency is popular now “doesn’t mean that it’s sustainable or it’s a viable security instrument in the very long term,” Regenstreif said.

    While cryptocurrency is getting the most attention right now, it is just one expression of blockchain, Hall said. The blockchain technology is already being used in banking and could transform real estate, financial and other industries, he said.

    Others agree that blockchain has not yet reached full potential.

    “We see it being big for a long time because the notion of a decentralized system for everything from payments to tracking assets to supply chain management can all be improved through the use of blockchain,” he said.

  • SABEW18-BEA director: County-by-county GDP to roll out this fall  

    Posted By Student Newsroom on Friday April 27, 2018

    By Roxanne (Yanchun) Liu
    Medill News Service

    The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis said it plans to develop county-by-county gross domestic product data and expects to have prototype statistics available by this fall, Director Brian Moyer said on Friday.

    The GDP statistics will cover more than 3,000 counties in the U.S. and may include breakouts by major industry sector for each county, Moyer said in a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., with the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing.

    “If you want to make decisions at the local level, you really need this information to gauge policy [and] return on investment,” Moyer said.

    Brian Moyer, center, talks about the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ county-level GDP project at a session during the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing’s spring conference.

    The BEA has been collecting localized statistics by working with private-sector companies that provide credit card transaction data and real estate data. Such information requires thorough data processing before it becomes part of the accurate GDP number, said Tara Sinclair, a professor of economics and international affairs at George Washington University.

    “This information doesn’t come to [BEA] cleanly, so it takes a lot of effort on their part to be able to translate the information they are feeding in into a measure that matches GDP,” Sinclair said.

    Whether the locally collected data aggregates up to the national level is an important question, Sinclair said.

    “This isn’t going to be just a pure counting exercise,” she said. “There’s no way that they could count at the county level and do a different count at the national level and have that match up exactly without some kind of adjustment.”

  • SABEW18-Ross, Hassett address policy impact on economy

    Posted By Student Newsroom on Friday April 27, 2018

    By Danielle Chemtob and Brian Baker
    University of North Carolina and Medill News Service

    Trump administration officials defended recent tax reform and tariffs Friday at the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing’s spring conference in Washington, D.C.

    In two separate sessions, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Kevin Hassett attributed recent economic growth to tax cuts and deregulation and played down concerns of an escalating trade war over tariffs.

    “Some of these other countries have done a far better job at talking free trade, I would call it pretending to be free trade, than we have,” Ross said. “But simultaneously, they have been practicing extremely protectionist behavior. Our objective is to try to have their behavior match their rhetoric.”

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, left, talks with Heather Long of The Washington Post at the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing’s spring conference on Friday. Ross spoke about the economic policies of the Trump administration.

    First-quarter gross domestic product, announced Friday, increased 2.3 percent, driven by strong business investment, but slowed from the pace of recent quarters. Hassett said the first-quarter rate exceeded his expectations, and he continues to anticipate growth for the full year of about 3 percent.

    Ross said the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in late December, helped drive growth in business spending during the quarter, and he noted companies are starting to bring manufacturing plants back to the U.S. from places like Mexico.

    Responding to criticism that the tax cuts only benefited the wealthy and corporations, he blamed the media for causing confusion.

    “You keep telling them that the tax cuts are only for wealthy people, not for average working people,” he said to a room of reporters.

    Instead, Ross pointed to examples of workers that received a one-time bonus stemming from the tax cuts. The Trump administration claimed in January that 3 million workers had already gotten a bonus as a result of the tax cuts, in line with the findings of Americans for Tax Reform, a group that advocates for lower taxes.

    Ross said one of the major objectives of the tariff policy was to provide a boost to a stagnant middle class. But when asked about whether he believed income inequality was a problem in the United States, he didn’t provide a direct answer.

    “Our primary objective is [to] make the pie bigger so everybody will get more of it to eat, regardless of what happens to the share,” he said.

    The trade deficit fell 10.3 percent to $68 billion during March, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

    “Do we think China’s trade surpluses were good for their economy?” Ross said. “Well if trade surpluses are good, how can trade deficits be good, too?”

    But in response to the tariffs, China has proposed its own levies on American goods, and they are expected to affect some of Trump’s most loyal supporters: farmers.

    “It clearly is not great to have one industry be hit by retaliation for efforts to help other parts of the economy,” Ross said. “On the other hand, if you never take any action because you’re afraid of retaliation, you’re ending up back where you started.”

    Austan Goolsbee, who served as an economic advisor to President Obama, once told Hassett that an economist’s trade deal would be one line: free trade.

    “The trade deals that we see are thousands and thousands of pages,” Hassett said.

    Tariff negotiations are still underway with countries such as Germany and China, and the uncertainty is fueling recent stock market volatility.

    “When you see policy uncertainty, you’re going to see volatility,” Hassett said.

  • SABEW Board of Governors Elections 2018

    Posted By David Wilhite on Thursday April 5, 2018

    Ballots will be cast during SABEW18 for seven on the SABEW Board of Governors, six with a term ending in 2021 and one ending in 2019. Voting members will receive their ballot information directly from online voting service provider Opavote.org.

    Board Candidates (listed in alphabetical order)

    Xana Antunes
    Executive editor, Quartz
    My two-plus years on the SABEW board have afforded me a close-up appreciation of the vital role the organization plays in the business journalism community. SABEW is an ideal forum to advance excellence in coverage of the global economy, nurture and share best practices, set high ethical standards, and provide networking opportunities for members. Its annual Best in Business awards offer both a measuring stick and a guidepost for our profession as it navigates evolving platforms of choice, quicksilver audiences, and prevailing values and standards that are routinely reapplied and reinterpreted.

    These are all areas in which I can make a real, and I hope, lasting contribution, in the spirit of giving back. I bring deep experience in our profession to the task, having worked in leadership roles across newspapers (NY Post), magazines (Fortune, Fortune.com), and television (CNBC Digital). Today, as Executive Editor at Quartz, I’m able to put that experience at the service of a young and innovative business publication that’s quickly established a reputation for smart, thoughtful coverage.

    And that’s the perspective I bring to the SABEW board. The globalization of business — and the digitization of everything — calls for a professional body that’s especially attuned to the challenges and opportunities before us. As board secretary, a position I served in for a year, and as a member of the team that modernized our BIB Awards, I have shown that I can both help infuse the organization with a deeper digital sensibility, and support members’ efforts to develop the tools and skills they need as they transition to a fully digital future.

    I would be honored to have your support in the upcoming SABEW board election.

    Rich Barbieri
    Executive editor, CNNMoney
    As a longtime business journalist, I have a lot vested in the profession. SABEW holds an important place in as a thought leader in the field. As executive editor of CNNMoney, I spend considerable effort mentoring the next generation of business journalists as well as leading coverage of a major business news outlet. Those two roles make me well suited to serving on the board of SABEW.

    I can contribute to SABEW as judge in contests, recruiting new members, championing the organization within the profession and helping to shape conference content. I’d be honored to serve another term.

    Megan Davies
    Editor and reporter, Thomson Reuters
    I’d be honored to serve a term as a SABEW board member. I’m passionate about journalism and dedicated to the field of business reporting. I’ve held various leadership roles within Reuters in the United States and Russia and reported on a wide variety of business topics. I’m particularly passionate about enterprise reporting. I’d be keen to be involved in SABEW to further high standards of business journalism and try and encourage the next generation of reporters.

    Brad Foss
    Global business editor, Associated Press
    My first full term as a SABEW board member has been rewarding and productive. Being part of the team that revamped the BIB contest to make it more relevant in the digital era was a great way to learn about the organization and the needs and concerns of its members. While SABEW’s challenges are significant, so are its opportunities.

    It would be a privilege to remain part of the leadership team that helps SABEW transform itself further and thrive — although not just by expanding its membership and strengthening its financial foundation. Whether it is developing training programs, running contests or speaking out on ethics, SABEW’s role in setting high standards matters. I want to help steer SABEW toward decisions and actions that will benefit business journalists and their readers, and help sustain the organization for the long run.

    For the past four months, I have been global business editor at The Associated Press, guiding the business news agenda for the world’s largest news organization. AP caters to a general-news audience and the experience I have gained while working there shapes the perspective I bring to SABEW’s diverse and talented board, and to its members.

    I will do my best to marshal any resources and newsroom expertise that will further SABEW’s goals. And I am happy to serve as an ambassador for SABEW in any way needed.

    Thank you for considering me to serve again as a SABEW board member.

    Andrew Leckey
    Chair in Business Journalism, ASU Cronkite School
    President, Reynolds Center 
    As a long-time business journalist and SABEW member, I understood the importance of our professional organization to the momentum and integrity of our field. The honor of serving on its Board of Governors, however, has since given me opportunity to join with outstanding board members in promoting SABEW’s high ideals.

    My primary areas of focus on the board have been promoting international goals, organizing Speed Networking sessions for students at conferences and providing an assist in sponsorship of SABEW events. I’d be honored to serve another term to continue our international expansion building upon the success in Canada, bolstering SABEW finances, attracting young people to our field and seeking new members from a variety of newsrooms.

    I was a syndicated investment columnist for Chicago Tribune for many years, an author and long-time broadcaster whose positions included CNBC anchor and reporter. This led to my  position as Chair in Business Journalism at Arizona State University Cronkite School and President of Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. Receiving Fulbrights in business journalism in China and Uganda reinforced my belief that SABEW can expand its much-needed influence beyond North America.

    Heather Long
    Economics correspondent, The Washington Post
    SABEW is as important as ever for two reasons: Training and networking. I am running for SABEW board member because this organization has been critical for me to strengthen my network and skill set, and I have a lot of ideas on how to enhance that even more for SABEW members in the coming years. I was part of the team that put together SABEW’s Spring 2018 Conference in Washington D.C., helping to secure great speakers including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. I would also love to see SABEW organize more mini-networking nights and send out a newsletter to members every other week highlighting job openings and sharing the stories of some of SABEW’s members so we can get to know each other better. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to getting to know more amazing SABEW members at the Spring Conference and finding ways to collaborate.

    Cindy Perman
    Partnerships and syndication editor, CNBC.com
    I think connecting with each other and sharing ideas is the key for us as individuals and as an industry to grow and thrive – that’s why I want to be a part of SABEW and the board. I think I bring a unique digital background to the table, having been a part of the growth of two major digital operations, as well as CNBC’s integration of its TV and digital operations, and navigating new platforms like Apple News. I’m really creative and am excited about the prospect of helping to craft panels and events that inform and inspire our members. One of my most rewarding career experiences was managing CNBC.com’s intern program. I loved being a part of their development, giving them advice and encouragement – but also hearing their insight. I think we don’t bring young people to the table often enough and say, “Hey, what do you think?” So, one of the things I would like to focus on as a board member is recruiting more young people to the organization, having more events that are geared toward them and really integrating them with more experienced journalists. One thing I think would be cool would be to do some pairings of young journalists with experienced journalists but not in the traditional mentoring way. Set it up in a way where both are asking questions and learning from each other. Let some younger journalists do panels – whether it’s mixed or an all-millennial panel. I’m really inspired by the idea of a two-way flow. I hope to have the opportunity to share these ideas and brainstorm others with the board! I would welcome the opportunity and I think I have a lot to contribute.

  • College Connect: Income Levels Directly Impact the Health of Americans

    Posted By David Wilhite on Thursday March 29, 2018

    By Alyssa Alves

    Americans with higher incomes are healthier because of their ability to afford better health insurance plans, medications and diagnostic tests.

    “There are a lot of problems in the American healthcare system. Compared to other countries, we are purchasing the same amount and quality of healthcare but paying much more,” said Patryk Babiarz, a professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia.

    Babiarz said the high costs of healthcare gradually impact the physical health of those with lower incomes. Research has found that Americans with lower incomes tend to be less healthy than those with higher incomes. Overall, the socioeconomic status of Americans directly impacts both their physical and mental health.

    The effects of socioeconomic status on health are partially determined by the American healthcare system. Those of lower socioeconomic status have lower life expectancy, suffer from more chronic illnesses and have worse overall health than those of a higher socioeconomic status, according to a 2017 research article published in the Journal of Private Care & Community Health.

    Jackie Kimball, 19, a management major at the University of Georgia, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 3. Living with diabetes requires many daily means of preventative healthcare.

    “I have to constantly make sure I keep my supplies stocked up- from blood sugar testing strips to site changes. All of the supplies and new technology that helps me, adds up,” Kimball said. “My dad has a good job in sales, so he gets us insurance through work. Our insurance partially covers dealing with my Type 1 diabetes. However, our yearly expenses are in the thousands still.”

    Kimball said she is thankful her family has adequate health insurance. “I could not imagine the stress it would add if my dad did not have a job that can provide us with what we need,” she said.

    Babiarz said a significant contributor to illness is decreases in income, adding this “usually this happens over time.”  He said when people’s income decreases, they find themselves unable to afford preventative healthcare and it ultimately may lead to disease.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that Americans use preventative healthcare measures at half of the recommended rate. The treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease accounts for 75 percent of American healthcare spending, according to the CDC.

    Mental health is also impacted by socioeconomic status. “The psychological state is easier to document. Those whose income goes down or lose their job score much higher for depression- it’s hard to recover financially,” said Babiarz.

    He explained that while physical illnesses related to lower socioeconomic status develop over time, psychological impact can occur immediately with a change in income or loss of job.

    The industry in which one works also impacts overall health. Those who work in higher-paid jobs tend to face fewer occupational hazards in the workplace, and they generally have better access to healthcare through their job.

    Blue-collar workers face more stressors in the workplace due to hazardous conditions and less job security which can lead to hypertension, diabetes, chronic pain and cardiovascular issues, according to the American Psychological Association. These factors cause significant stress on the body over time.

    “When studying financial status and its impact on health we have to consider many factors including various financial vulnerabilities and their effects,” said Babiarz.

    Alyssa Alves is a student at the University of Georgia.

  • Journalists Honored in SABEW’s 23rd Annual Best in Business Competition

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Thursday March 8, 2018

    The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) announces the results of its 23rd annual Best in Business competition, which recognizes outstanding journalism of 2017.

    The 121 winners and honorable mentions come from all corners of the business-journalism world. One hundred seventy-three news organizations submitted 986 entries across 68 categories. For a complete list of honorees, click here. To read the judges’ comments, click here.

    The Los Angeles Times received 11 honors, while The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal each earned seven. Fortune also earned seven, including one it shared with Quartz. ProPublica won five awards; the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, InsideClimate News and The Center for Public Integrity each got four.

    “This year’s contest was incredibly competitive across all categories,” said Joanna Ossinger, chair of the Best in Business Awards contest and an editor at Bloomberg News. “The strong field shows just how much business journalism is thriving. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to the nearly 200 judges who volunteered their time and without whom the contest couldn’t succeed.”

    The winners for General Excellence were The New York Times in the Large category, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in Medium, health-focused publication STAT in Small, and The Real Deal in industry-specific publications.

    Winners included The New York Times in Investigative for “Culture of Harassment,” ProPublica and NPR in Explanatory for “Sold for Parts,” and The Wall Street Journal in Commentary/ Opinion for the technology columns of Christopher Mims. Honorees in Innovation included the Los Angeles Times for “Disneyland Wait Times” and GateHouse Media for “In the Shadow of Wind Farms.” Organizations as diverse as Crain’s Chicago Business, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Reuters, Portland Business Journal, Bloomberg News and The Motley Fool also garnered prizes.

    In the Student categories, top honors went to Emily Mahoney and Charles Clark of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and The Arizona Republic; Danielle Chemtob of the University of North Carolina and Triangle Business Journal; and Shen Lu from Northwestern University’s Medill News Service.

    Contest honorees will be celebrated at a ceremony April 27, 2018, during the 55th annual SABEW conference at the Capital Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C. Honorees are eligible to attend the conference at a discounted rate. This year’s conference will feature notable names from the worlds of politics and business, as well as training sessions and a discussion of journalistic ethics through the lens of the #MeToo movement.

    SABEW is the largest association of business journalists, with more than 3,000 members. The SABEW Canada Best in Business finalists will be announced April 3. For more information, email Crystal Beasley at [email protected].

  • Journalists Honored in SABEW’s 23rd Annual Best in Business Competition

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Thursday March 8, 2018

    The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) announces the results of its 23rd annual Best in Business competition, which recognizes outstanding journalism of 2017.

    The 121 winners and honorable mentions come from all corners of the business-journalism world. One hundred seventy-three news organizations submitted 986 entries across 68 categories. For a complete list of honorees, click here. To read the judges’ comments, click here.

    The Los Angeles Times received 11 honors, while The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal each earned seven. Fortune also earned seven, including one it shared with Quartz. ProPublica won five awards; the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, InsideClimate News and The Center for Public Integrity each got four.

    “This year’s contest was incredibly competitive across all categories,” said Joanna Ossinger, chair of the Best in Business Awards contest and an editor at Bloomberg News. “The strong field shows just how much business journalism is thriving. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to the nearly 200 judges who volunteered their time and without whom the contest couldn’t succeed.”

    The winners for General Excellence were The New York Times in the Large category, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in Medium, health-focused publication STAT in Small, and The Real Deal in industry-specific publications.

    Winners included The New York Times in Investigative for “Culture of Harassment,” ProPublica and NPR in Explanatory for “Sold for Parts,” and The Wall Street Journal in Commentary/ Opinion for the technology columns of Christopher Mims. Honorees in Innovation included the Los Angeles Times for “Disneyland Wait Times” and GateHouse Media for “In the Shadow of Wind Farms.” Organizations as diverse as Crain’s Chicago Business, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Reuters, Portland Business Journal, Bloomberg News and The Motley Fool also garnered prizes.

    In the Student categories, top honors went to Emily Mahoney and Charles Clark of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and The Arizona Republic; Danielle Chemtob of the University of North Carolina and Triangle Business Journal; and Shen Lu from Northwestern University’s Medill News Service.

    Contest honorees will be celebrated at a ceremony April 27, 2018, during the 55th annual SABEW conference at the Capital Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C. Honorees are eligible to attend the conference at a discounted rate. This year’s conference will feature notable names from the worlds of politics and business, as well as training sessions and a discussion of journalistic ethics through the lens of the #MeToo movement.

    SABEW is the largest association of business journalists, with more than 3,000 members. The SABEW Canada Best in Business finalists will be announced April 3. For more information, email Crystal Beasley at [email protected].

  • 2017 Best in Business Honorees with Judges’ Comments

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Wednesday March 7, 2018

    AUDIO – All news organizations

    Winner: Marketplace/The Uncertain Hour, for “How One Sentence Helped Set Off the Opioid Crisis”
    Krissy Clark, Caitlin Esch, Nancy Farghalli, Maria Hollenhorst, Lyra Smith, Sitara Nieves, Deborah Clark, Donna Tam, Tony Wagner, Jake Gorski and Daniel Ramirez
    A fascinating, timely and illuminating look at the origins of one of the nation’s most urgent crises: the opioid epidemic. This series, based on an eight-month investigation, added valuable historical context and background. Clearly focused and impressively produced, this series underscores the importance of taking listeners behind the scenes to follow interactions between a government regulator, the Food and Drug Administration, and a large drug company.

    Honorable mention: KUOW, for “Prime(d)”
    Carol Smith, Joshua McNichols, Carolyn Adolph, Posey Gruener and Brendan Sweeney
    A delightful, deeply thoughtful, fascinating, in-depth and often humorous series focusing on Amazon’s decision to have a national competition among cities over where to build its next headquarters. The authors focused on “what happens when Amazon comes to your town,” how Amazon benefits from inviting cities to compete, Amazon’s impact on Seattle, and other important urban issues. The series flowed naturally and consistently held our attention with fresh and original insights.

     

    BANKING/FINANCE – Large

    Winner: Financial Times, for articles on non-prime and predatory lending
    Ben McLannahan
    Excellent reporting, writing and editing on this three-part series about the dangers of nonprime lending and predatory auto lending to U.S. consumers and the U.S. economy. The additional special report on “The Whistleblowers” demonstrated an excellent use of interviews with colorful details and statistics to show what bank and Wall Street whistle-blowers endure after reporting wrongdoing. The scope and quality of this series shines a light on a dangerous and important area of the banking world that we may have stopped thinking about in this post-financial crisis era but can’t afford to anymore.

    Honorable mention: Reuters, for “Crypto Casino”
    Steve Stecklow, Alexandra Harney, Anna Irrera and Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi
    This series did an excellent job of both reporting and explaining the risks, realities and mysteries surrounding cryptocurrency. While investors and the general public may have been blinded by the light of the parabolic price movements of tokens like Bitcoin, the lack of regulation and transparency in what is supposed to be an asset class defined by its openness demonstrated how murky the market still is around it and the risks it poses to investors.

     

    BANKING/FINANCE – Medium

    Winner: ProPublica, co-published with Fortune, for “The Billion-Dollar Loophole”
    Peter Elkind
    This deeply sourced project between ProPublica and Fortune, reveals in stunning detail how some individuals, including President Donald Trump, were able to turn a U.S. tax code provision intended to help preserve the environment — a tax break for agreeing not to develop property, known as a “conservation easement” — into an outsized tax deduction for the rich. Judges appreciated the story’s granular focus, and how it exposed the ability of wealthy individuals to exploit government inaction. A memorable accomplishment on a complicated subject, clearly written and compellingly told by ProPublica’s Peter Elkind.

     

    BANKING/FINANCE – Small

    Winner: TheStreet, for “Big Bank Corporate Governance”
    Brad Keoun
    The judges felt this series offers a thoughtful look at under-reported corporate governance and board issues at banks. By uncovering sweetheart contracts for a Wells Fargo director, a revolving door opening to Citigroup’s board, and secrecy in fixed income reporting at Goldman Sachs, Keoun showed how the largest banks are avoiding transparency.

    Honorable mention: American Banker, for The CFPB leadership battle”
    Kate Berry, Ian McKendry and Rob Blackwell
    This story about a coup at a government agency was a nice scoop for a small publication competing for an inside look against larger entities. It also offered insight about a regulatory body that’s key for many in the business world, particularly in the small-business community.

     

    BREAKING NEWS – Large

    Winner: The Wall Street Journal, for “CVS-Aetna Deal”
    Dana Mattioli, Sharon Terlep, Anna Wilde Mathews and Laura Stevens
    The package on the CVS-Aetna deal was a true scoop that put the WSJ ahead of the pack on an industry-transforming deal. In addition to the transaction basics, the package included analysis pieces on the industry impact as well as how Amazon’s entry into pharma services helped spur the CVS-Aetna deal. The latter piece, like the main news story, was based on deep inside sources. The Journal’s presentation included graphics illustrating how the new merged company would stack up against competitors.

    Honorable mention: The New York Times, for Uber coverage
    Mike Isaac and Farhad Manjoo
    An excellent package on an unfolding drama: A main story that delivers the news and its impact, an insider tick-tock of how CEO Kalanick was forced out by investors, and wide-view analysis of how Uber’s issues were symptomatic of wider and more fundamental Silicon Valley problems. The package showed deep reporting and access to inside sources that included former employees and investors.

     

    BREAKING NEWS – Medium

    Winner: The Seattle Times, for “Amazon HQ2 announcement”
    Matt Day, Dominic Gates, Mike Rosenberg, Jon Talton, Scott Greenstone, Dan Beekman, Jessica Lee, Joseph O’Sullivan, Mark Nowlin and Kjell Redal
    The coverage of Amazon’s announcement of a second headquarters distinguished itself with a mix of illuminating reporting, insightful analysis and compelling graphics. The package deftly assessed the Amazon stunner from the local perspective of economic development and politics while also conveying the broader implications — beyond Seattle and beyond Amazon. It set the standard for all the HQ2 stories published in its wake.

     

    BREAKING NEWS – Small

    Winner: International Business Times, for “Last-Minute Tax Provisions Could Enrich Top Lawmakers”
    David Sirota, Josh Keefe, Alex Kotch and Jay Cassano
    It is not surprising that Washington politicians slip provisions into bills that benefit themselves or particular industries. But usually such goodies are discovered after a bill has passed. The International Business Times scooped others with its story that Republicans had slipped into the conference report of their tax bill a provision that would benefit real estate moguls such as Donald Trump and Senator Bob Corker and that the provision was more generous than either the House or Senate version. Their story landed in real time before the bill received final approval. Corker professed ignorance in an interview with International Business Times and admitted that he hadn’t read the bill before he changed his vote from no to yes. This is exactly what business journalists should be doing holding politicians accountable.

    Honorable mention: Puget Sound Business Journal, for “Port of Seattle CEO resigned amid probe into $4.7M payout”
    Andrew McIntosh
    The Puget Sound Business Journal provided a public service by exposing the unconstitutional payments to workers approved by the local Port Commission, the largest of which went to the CEO himself. Through dogged reporting and public record requests, Puget Sound Business Journal not only revealed the payments but its reporting led to the money being returned to taxpayers. Puget Sound Business Journal even managed to get a draft of the CEO’s performance appraisal through records requests that documented serious problems. The Puget Sound Business Journal resisted the urge to couch its series of breaking stories as gotcha journalism and was careful to present the improvements that the CEO had made.

    Honorable mention: Crain’s Detroit Business, for “Amazon HQ2 bid revealed: tax breaks, $120 million talent program, transit vision”
    Chad Livengood and Kirk Pinho
    When Amazon announced it intended to build a second headquarters, cities all over the country salivated at the prospect for a boost in employment and infrastructure improvements. But the secrecy surrounding Amazon’s selection process combined with the reluctance of urban centers to disclose their negotiations made it impossible to determine what city Amazon would choose or how cities were wooing the e-commerce giant. Partly through the FOIA, Crain’s Detroit Business got hold of Quicken Loans’ founder Dan Gilbert’s proposal to Amazon to locate in Detroit, which included a massive amount of goodies including tax breaks and a $120 million talent program. The story was picked up throughout the US and Canada, crediting Crain’s with the scoop.

     

    COMMENTARY/OPINION – Large

    Winner: The Wall Street Journal, for Keywords Technology Column
    Christopher Mims
    These columns provide a micro and macro take on the tech industry. One column looked at the positive impact of diversity on business and process outcomes. The “worm” has been turning recently about the (mostly) unintended impacts of technology, including the male-dominated culture in tech. This column broadened the argument in many ways, including impacts on shareholders. Although it falls outside the usual commentary realm, we liked the visual aspects included along with the good writing. A new thread on the downside of Facebook was interesting, using an extension of the old TV news maxim, “if it bleeds, it leads” pertaining to social.

    Honorable mention: The New York Times, for “Equifax Hack”
    Ron Lieber
    An excellent work in reporting the implications of the Equifax hack, with commentary and consumer insights on what can be done to mitigate damage. It also includes what should be done in the future to make companies like Equifax more responsive to consumers.

     

    COMMENTARY/OPINION – Medium

    Winner: Minneapolis Star Tribune, for Lee Schafer’s columns
    The columnist blends smart business insight and an enjoyable writing style into incisive commentary on some of the nation’s most important companies that call Minneapolis their home — or in Wells Fargo’s case, second home. His piece “Wells Fargo CEO didn’t take ‘run it like you own it’ mantra to heart” gets to the core of the beleaguered bank’s cultural problems that allowed employees to open more than 3 million fake accounts to help hit sales targets. In “Deciding what to do with Yoplait,” he outlines why General Mills should sell its souring yogurt business. And his article “CVS-Aetna deal is about catching up to UnitedHealth” he makes a compelling case for why one of 2017’s biggest announced mergers is no threat to the locally based giant.

    Honorable mention: Fortune, for “A Boom with a View”
    Erin Griffith
    An excellently crafted piece commenting on the rise in scandals hitting startups from Theranos to Hampton Creek.

    Honorable mention: The Dallas Morning News, for “Texas business repels a bathroom bill”
    Mitchell Schnurman
    The columnist deserves praise for his series of articles putting forth the case for why business leaders ought to speak up against a state bill that would restrict bathroom use by transgender people. After corporate executives started arguing against it, the bill failed.

     

    COMMENTARY/OPINION – Small

    Winner: Albany Business Review, for Mike Hendricks’ columns
    Hendricks’ elegantly written columns demonstrate a deep knowledge of local business and a strong desire to serve his community. He focuses on issues of interest to his readership that are unlikely to be covered elsewhere, and he offers solutions. That said, he doesn’t shy away from broader topics, and uses personal experience to great effect in his piece on health care.

    Honorable mention: The Nation, for Helaine Olen’s columns
    Olen’s strongly opinionated columns demonstrate an excellent grasp of complex topics. She marshals ample evidence, connecting disparate and fast-moving events into a coherent picture, which her engaging prose makes accessible to a broad readership.

     

    ECONOMICS – Large

    Winner: Los Angeles Times, for “Immigrant Farm Labor”
    Geoffrey Mohan, Natalie Kitroeff and Ben Welsh
    The judges unanimously selected this story on immigrant farm labor in a category with significant competition. The LA Times narrative stood out because the reporters were truly in the field for this piece, sharing details of the immigrant experience, from wages to housing. It was thoughtful and extraordinarily descriptive in reporting on a topic widely talked about, but perhaps less understood. We all felt this piece was a good read that made us smarter. Beyond the immigrants at the center of the piece, it captured the broader context of the communities where they work, and the labor market dynamics that supply their jobs.

     

    ECONOMICS – Medium

    Winner: POLITICO, for “Trump’s Trade Pullout Roils Rural America”
    Adam Behsudi
    POLITICO’s standout piece relied on vivid writing, exhaustive reporting and cogent analysis to show readers how the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership amounts to a hit on American farmers. The article analyzed trade negotiations between the remaining TPP nations, finding that the United States’ rivals are furiously negotiating with each other to lower tariffs and undercut American farmers. But it went far beyond policy analysis, delving deeply into the lives of people in Eagle Grove, Iowa. The owner of one pork and poultry business making a vast investment there said he is “scared to death,” and others fear the economic ripple effects. The piece laid out clearly and persuasively why rural communities have good cause for concern.

     

    ECONOMICS – Small

    Winner: Sarasota Herald-Tribune, for “Sarasota Drift”
    Barbara Peters-Smith
    A wonderful job of weaving together demographic and income data to tell the story of a widening divide between have and have-nots in a community often associated with retirement. It used data effectively to argue its point, and spotlighted creative approaches to address the problem.

     

    ENERGY/NATURAL RESOURCES – Large

    Winner: Los Angeles Times, for “California’s Power Glut “
    Ivan Penn, Ryan Menezes and Ben Welsh
    California utility customers likely had no idea what hit them until the LA Times invested the resources to examine the perverse incentives offered by state regulators. If companies get paid to build power plants, whether needed or not, they’ll build them and send the bills to ratepayers. Deep reporting and excellent writing made this package extremely accessible given the jargon-heavy topic. Charts and interactive graphics spelled it out even more simply. The reporting has actually had an impact, given that authorities are reacting.

     

    ENERGY/NATURAL RESOURCES – Medium

    Winner: The Atlantic, for “The Problem with Rolling Back Regulations”
    Alana Semuels
    This impeccably researched and well-written story uses North Carolina’s rollback of environmental regulations to show what could happen if national and global policies move toward less regulation. Framing such moves as “business-friendly” can stymie debate, but it ultimately hurts homeowners and residents. It makes a compelling case that citizens should be worried about changing climate policies in the Trump administration.

    Honorable mention: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, for “Oil and Water”
    Dan Egan
    While much has been written about the Dakota Access Pipeline, another and potentially bigger risk to the environment threatens the drinking water of 40 million people. A growing stream of oil is pumping through aging pipes along and under the Great Lakes. The pipeline company, Enbridge Inc., is seeking to expand through eminent domain. Through clear and sophisticated writing, reporter Egan helps readers understand the possible consequences of allowing Enbridge to move forward.

     

    ENERGY/NATURAL RESOURCES – Small

    Winner: Debtwire, for American Idle: An Offshore Drilling Crisis “
    Alex Plough
    Debtwire drilled in on a topic few people think about — who is on the hook for cleaning up abandoned offshore oil platforms — and managed to hook readers with colorful description while making the case for how and why the issue is a considerable environmental and economic problem. By collaborating with a university research tank to sort through available data, the reporter was able to provide specific examples that spelled out risks to companies and taxpayers. The story provides history and context. It supplements text with excellent graphics to help readers grasp the significance of a previously obscure topic. In short, the combination of clear writing, lavish details and demonstrable impact made this story stand out.

     

    EXPLANATORY – Large

    Winner: Reuters, for “Shock Tactics”
    Jason Szep, Peter Eisler, Tim Reid, Lisa Girion, Grant Smith, Linda So, M.B. Pell and Charles Levinson
    Reuters’ comprehensive, multi-part investigation of Taser raised real concerns about the company’s devices. In addition to routinely injuring and even killing people, Reuters showed through document reviews, interviews and number- and data-crunching the cost to police departments and city governments of using the electroshock devices.

    Honorable mention: Los Angeles Times, for “Anaheim’s Subsidy Kingdom “
    Daniel Miller, Priya Krishnakumar and Ben Poston
    This rigorously-reported LA Times series shows how Disney spent millions contributing to the PACs behind pro-Disney city council candidates in Anaheim and received $1 billion of incentives in turn. The series uses interviews, data, and an interactive graphic to expose Disney’s complex system of donations, revealing the company’s political influence in Anaheim.

    Honorable mention: The New York Times, for “Education Disrupted”
    Natasha Singer
    This three-part series revealed provocative ways tech companies and executives are gaining influence in America’s public schools, creating potential conflicts of interest but not necessarily better results for children or teachers. The package’s strong reporting about the enticing lures to teachers and administrators in cash-strapped school systems raises serious questions about who’s really running the nation’s classrooms.

     

    EXPLANATORY – Medium

    Winner: ProPublica, co-published with NPR, for “Sold for Parts”
    Michael Grabell and Howard Berkes
    As the nation debates White House efforts to overhaul immigration, ProPublica’s Michael Grabell gave his readers an up-close look at horrific working conditions in Ohio, Florida and South Carolina. Companies that have a history of failing to comply with federal workplace safety standards are hiring immigrants to work long hours in the most dangerous jobs; when workers fight for better pay and working conditions, the companies repeatedly use their immigration status against them to quash dissent and avoid paying medical bills. This is an outstanding grouping of stories that are deeply reported and well-written stories.

    Honorable mention: Miami Herald, for “Hotel housekeepers commute”
    Chabeli Herrera and Carl Juste
    This is textbook explanatory reporting. Chabeli Herrera explores income inequality and sky-high housing costs through the commute of a Fontainebleau housekeeper. The smooth, graceful writing benefits from its relative brevity. Graphics and a compelling video enhance the story.

    Honorable mention: Detroit Free Press, “The Fault in No Fault”
    JC Reindl
    A deeply researched series explaining how various bad actors exploited Michigan’s no-fault insurance statute in a way that enriches them but results in sky-high rates for Detroit drivers. Metro reporting at its best.

    Honorable mention: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, for “Oil and Water”
    Dan Egan
    Egan is known for his authoritative reporting on the Great Lakes. Here he gives his readers another excellent series, documenting how the nation’s most important source of fresh water could be jeopardized by an aging underground pipeline and a backroom legislative deal. Egan’s work is deeply reported and masterfully presented.

     

    EXPLANTORY – Small

    Winner: McClatchy’s Washington Bureau, “Trump’s footprint across ex-Soviet world”
    David Goldstein, Ben Wieder, Kevin G. Hall, Gabriellle Paluch and Peter Stone
    On one of the most-swarmed stories in years, the McClatchy team unearthed evidence of Trump’s Russia ties that no one else did — including a birthday phone call to an ex-Soviet official that was pried from a sealed British lawsuit. Given the often-bewildering maze of business relationships and foreign associates, it’s amazing that these stories were very readable narratives. An example of painstaking reporting, careful writing and patient editing.

    Honorable mention: The Center for Public Integrity, for A Century of Domination: As America’s Carbon Wars Rage, Oil and Gas Industry Influence Grows”
    Jie Jenny Zou, Michael J. Mishak, Jamie Smith Hopkins, Kristen Lombardi, Jim Morris, Chris Young, Sasha Khokha and Tom Dart
    This entry offers an impressive historical sweep as it examines fresh evidence of the pervasive influence of the fossil-fuel industry. One story exposes the industry’s practice of leading free seminars for state and federal judges. The seminars, hosted by an industry-backed risk analyst, are an obvious effort to make courts more skeptical of the scientific evidence underpinning regulations.

    Honorable mention: InsideClimate News, for “Choke Hold: The Fossil Fuel Industry’s Fight Against Climate Policy, Science and Clean Energy”
    Neela Banerjee, Robert McClure, Clark Hoyt, David Hasemyer, Marianne Lavelle, Robert McClure and Brad Wieners
    Authoritative reporting and clear writing bring fresh insights to the well-worn topic of how vigorously the fossil fuel industry fights environmentalists. One story broke news on how the scientists whose study was used by George W. Bush’s EPA to excuse the fracking industry from clean-water standards now disavow those conclusions.

     

    FEATURE – Large

    Winner: Los Angeles Times, for “Immigrant Farm Labor”
    Geoffrey Mohan, Natalie Kitroeff and Ben Welsh
    Through data analysis and extensive on-the-ground reporting, this series illuminates one of the most timely and controversial issues of the day (and rebuts the poorly-informed positions of many of our national leaders). An important story told with exceptionally compelling writing.

    Honorable mention: Los Angeles Times, for “Pink Boxes”
    David Pierson
    The best doughnuts are airy but packed with flavor. They can really make your day a little better. The same things could be said about the best feature stories. This history of the ubiquitous pink doughnut box is the epitome of the business feature. While explaining one of the curiosities of everyday life, it delights us with insights into entrepreneurship, economics, immigrant culture, and consumer psychology.

     

    FEATURE – Medium

    Winner: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, for “The Land Alcoa Dammed”
    Rich Lord, Len Boselovic, Stephanie Strasburg, Zack Tanner, James Hilston and Ed Yozwick
    The judges were impressed with this multimedia package that explored a giant conglomerate’s impact on a small South American nation. The reporters went to great lengths to explore every angle, from Alcoa’s hometown in Pennsylvania to the deals that were made and the ones that are in still in the works in Suriname as Alcoa withdraws its once-formidable presence. The question of what happens to a company town when the company leaves is an important one; this story explores the aftermath from when an entire country is overly dependent on one business. The story was accompanied by beautiful photographs, and a well-presented online package.

    Honorable mention: Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, for Trapped by Heroin”
    Penelope Overton, Dieter Bradbury, Gregory Rec and Brian Robitaille
    For this ambitious project, the reporter entered the closed realm of Maine lobstermen and persuaded these insular workers to open up about a scourge claiming the lives of friends and family members. The lobster industry, it turns out, is particularly susceptible to opioid addiction. The reporter explained the reasons why, interspersing memorable vignettes about down-on-their-luck survivors as well as the unfortunate ones who didn’t make it.

    Honorable mention: The Weather Channel Digital, for “United States of Climate Change”
    Matt Hongoltz-Hetling, Michael G. Seamans, Kevin Hayes and Geoff Hansen
    This series represents strong coverage of a business, political and cultural topic of great interest to all of us. With solid interviews, excellent pictures and clear prose, the series showed great range. While focusing on issues that are particular to each state, such as energy advocates in Vermont or riverfront casinos in Missouri, the series informs its audience of climate change’s high economic stakes.

     

    FEATURE – Small

    Winner: The Real Deal, for “Real Estate’s Diversity Problem”
    Kathryn Brenzel, Rich Bockmann, Elizabeth Kim, Jill Noonan, Damian Ghigliotty and Yoryi De La Rosa
    The Real Deal’s reporting on the lack of diversity in New York City’s commercial real-estate industry was a comprehensive and compelling narrative. Combining statistics from multiple credible sources with dozens of interviews, the reporting demonstrated with clarity how “entrenched discriminatory practices surrounding access to credit, commission-based pay and a clubby, male-dominated culture have raised the barrier to entry.” The article provided data, testimonies and anecdotes necessary for readers to fully comprehend, as one of its experts noted, that “the people involved in building NYC’s skyline bear little resemblance to its 8.5 million inhabitants.”

    Honorable mention: Crain’s Chicago Business, for Can jobs stop Chicago violence?”
    Lisa Bertagnoli and Ann Dwyer
    The story on jobs vs. bullets impressed the judges with its compelling interviews, deep reporting and excellent graphics. Judges praised the authors’ strong use of anecdotes from key interviewees, which drove home the impact and importance of the topic. The interactive map and charts stood out as unique elements to tell the story.

    Honorable mention: Inc. Magazine, for “Meet the Woman Who Broke Silicon Valley’s Gender Barrier and Built a $1.5 Billion Tech Company “
    Maria Aspan and Danielle Sacks
    This profile of Blackline founder Theresa Tucker is a sparkling read from the moment the reader meets her in an elevator, where her black hoodie practically guarantees the investment bankers will totally ignore her. This story is an unvarnished look at an effective, no-B.S. technologist who built and took public what is now a $1.5 billion company. Maria Aspan and Danielle Sacks cracked the code for writing about women executives in an era of #MeToo. The story strikes the right chord between recognizing a true pioneer in bringing gender equality to the Silicon Valley and providing a balanced picture of a 56-year-old technology company CEO who has succeeded against long odds.

     

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE – Industry/topic-specific publications

    Winner: The Real Deal
    The Real Deal was full of news and we really liked some of the how-things-really-work type reporting. It set a high standard for what is expected.

     

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE – Large

    Winner: The New York Times
    This entry included five major reports, all of which illuminated, and some of which triggered, major business or economic developments of 2017. Jodi Kantor and Meghan Twohey exposed sexual harassment across three decades by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein aimed at women over whom he could wield serious career power. Weinstein apologized (while denying some allegations), promised to do better, but was soon ousted from the company bearing his name. Emily Steel and Michael S. Schmidt revealed settlements totaling $13 million with women who accused Bill O’Reilly of Fox News of sexual harassment or abusive behavior. O’Reilly denied wrongdoing but departed Fox News within weeks after the story appeared. These stories played a leading role in spurring a wave of coverage of misbehavior by prominent men in multiple industries and significantly transformed the power dynamic in the executive suite. The other stories in this entry: exposure of ride-sharing giant Uber’s use of “Greyballing” and other technological tools to frustrate efforts by government investigators to check up on whether some of its competitive behaviors complied with the law; insight into how the collapse of much of the Wisconsin paper industry helped swing formerly Democratic voters and ultimately the state to Donald Trump; and graphical portrayal of the massive Republican tax cut’s benefits and pain. For its breadth, depth, and impact, the Times’ work was extraordinary.

     

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE – Medium

    Winner: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    An outstanding range of work across news, investigations and explanatory journalism. This was a unanimous winner from a deep field with many competitive candidates. All of the pieces in the entry were strong, and presentation took advantage of smart multimedia as well as print. The investigation about rapes in Mexico was particularly compelling. The coverage served Milwaukee’s audience well with national-level reporting on pertinent local issues, such as the risks of oil transport both through aging pipelines and potential new ones.

    Honorable mention: Houston Chronicle
    Impressive work under highly competitive conditions on the flood stories, including an insightful and original piece about floating-roof oil tanks. The entry also showed breadth outside of that major story, with excellent examples of explanatory journalism as well as high-quality visuals and graphics.

     

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE – Small

    Winner: STAT: Reporting from the frontiers of health and medicine
    STAT impressed us with the breadth and quality of coverage, a powerful marriage of deep reporting with lively, engaging writing. In a skeptical look at IBM’s claims that its Watson supercomputer would revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, along with a well-timed piece documenting years of sexual harassment at a powerful biotech hedge fund, STAT displayed strong investigative chops and skilled narrative storytelling. Its breaking news entry, written after another in a long line of highly-anticipated Alzheimers drugs came up short in late-stage testing, went well beyond the basics, succinctly putting the development into the wider context so valuable to readers.

    Honorable mention: Crain’s Detroit Business
    In a category filled with city business publications, Crain’s Detroit stood out with the strength and depth of reporting on a range of issues affecting the region. It revealed in rich detail the big push made by city officials and a local billionaire to lure Amazon to Detroit for the online retailer’s second headquarters, and also the surprising ways in which factories end up contributing to their own workers’ opioid abuse. A piece probing why Michigan has the highest auto-insurance rates in the country tackled a pressing local problem, while another, looking at the economic roots behind the decline of a once prosperous African-American neighborhood, connected readers to their city’s history in a fresh and interesting way.

     

    GOVERNMENT – Large

    Winner: The Wall Street Journal, for “One Nation, Divisible”
    Michael M. Phillips, Betsy McKay, Paul Overberg and Sarah Nassauer
    An absolutely fabulous series of strong, powerful storytelling. The series used great reporting through data analysis and exact sourcing to give voice to an economy that is often invisible and thereby neglected by the country and the media. The writing was outstanding and delivered a compelling narrative that was hard to stop reading.

     

    GOVERNMENT – Medium

    Winner: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, for “Burned”
    Raquel Rutledge, Rick Barrett and John Diedrich
    This is genuine investigative journalism at its best. Next time someone tells you we don’t need local reporters, point to this series. It exposed the public hazard of barrel refurbishment plans and made a difference.

    Honorable mention: Kansas City Star, for “Business and politics collide in Missouri”
    Lindsay Wise and Steve Vockrodt
    This is quite good — exposing the hypocrisy of a popular politician with a national profile.

     

    GOVERNMENT – Small

    Winner: InsideClimate News, for “Industry Lawsuits Try to Paint Environmental Activism as Illegal Racket”
    Nicholas Kusnetz
    The compelling narrative, starting with questionable characters arriving unannounced in a person’s driveway for reasons unknown, distinguished this entry from the pack. The story neatly wove a novel legal strategy in with the larger fight being waged against climate groups in a way that set the table for the wars to come in this arena.

    Honorable mention: Financial Planning, for “Wells Fargo whistleblowers”
    Ann Marsh, Marc Hochstein and Scott Wenger
    Judges were impressed by the depth of reporting, including the use of documents, and an on-record interview with a former OSHA employee alleging multiple violations that deprived whistleblowers of a chance at justice.

     

    HEALTH/SCIENCE – Large

    Winner: Reuters, for “The Body Trade”
    Brian Grow, John Shiffman, Blake Morrison, Elizabeth Culliford, Reade Levinson, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Zach Goelman
    The Reuters entry shook us on a primitive level as readers. As judges, we found the meticulousness and depth of reporting, the detail in the anecdotes and the sheer number of documents involved impressive. A seamless presentation through words, graphics and images gripped each of us to make this stunning series the clear winner.

     

    HEALTH/SCIENCE – Medium

    Winner: ProPublica, for “Wasted Medicine”
    Marshall Allen
    An expert examination of an outrageous failure of the health care system, in three powerfully interlocking deep dives that looked at waste built into the industry.

    Honorable mention: The Center for Public Integrity and Reveal, for “The Invisible Hazard Afflicting Thousands of Schools”
    Jamie Smith Hopkins, Chris Zubak-Skees, Eric Sagara, Fernanda Camarena, Amy Walters and Ike Sriskandarajah
    Before school shootings came back to haunt the news in February, this dogged piece of enterprise, studded with disturbing historic and sociological context and powerful graphics, laid bare a shocking dereliction of duty to our kids — an insidious problem that harms many more children than even these grotesque massacres. Now we have two huge problems to solve.

     

    HEALTH/SCIENCE – Small

    Winner: InsideClimate News, for “Choke Hold: The Fossil Fuel Industry’s Fight Against Climate Policy, Science and Clean Energy “
    Neela Banerjee, Robert McClure, Clark Hoyt, David Hasemyer, Marianne Lavelle and Brad Wieners
    This team reports how the U.S. government whittled away protections for average Americans to interests of large fossil-fuel corporations. It includes reporting on how a scientific report was tweaked to justify a provision of the Energy Policy Act that bars the Environmental Protection Agency from safeguarding drinking water that may be contaminated by fracking, and how coal mining depleted aquifers. It also reports on how people responsible for the climate misinformation machine now have a seat at the table of President Donald Trump.

    Honorable mention: Kaiser Health News, for Treating Cancer: Hope Vs. Hype”
    Liz Szabo and John Hillkirk
    These eye-opening stories show how some cancer patients, even those with good insurance, are stalling the start of medication because of high co-pays. Those in financial distress die at higher rates. Doctors are not communicating with patients about how long they have to live, causing some to choose aggressive therapy that can cause pointless suffering. The stories are compelling and well-sourced and -written.

    Honorable mention: The Center for Public Integrity, for “Nuclear Negligence “
    Patrick Malone, Peter Cary, R. Jeffrey Smith and Chris Zubak-Skees
    This report illuminates rarely-reported safety weaknesses at corporate contractor run U.S. nuclear weapons sites. The reporting is diligent and employs all tools, including FOIAs, to show that the Los Alamos contractor’s inattention to safety crimped critical aspects of nuclear weapons-related work. Penalties imposed by the government were small compared to the vast amounts they get in contracts.

     

    INNOVATION – Large

    Winner: Los Angeles Times, for “Disneyland Wait Times”
    Hugo Martin, Joe Fox, Priya Krishnakumar, John Schleuss and Ben Poston
    “Disneyland Wait Times” did an excellent job matching data analysis and innovative interactivity with a very practical audience need — giving us the secrets to not standing in lines at the Magic Kingdom. It is a sleek integration of reporting, data and reader tips, which both helps the audience and encourages them to use the interactive tools. We loved the animated gif too!

     

    INNOVATION – Medium

    Winner: GateHouse Media, for “In the Shadow of Wind Farms”
    Emily Le Coz, Lucille Sherman, Mara Corbett and Tyson Bird
    This strong piece of investigative journalism told the story visually and audibly – letting readers see the impact of wind farms and listen to what it may sound like to be near one. This was a new experience for all of us. It was also easy to interpret the data in the story and consume it.

     

    INNOVATION – Small

    Winner: Crain’s Chicago Business, for “The Rebuilders of Chicago’s Southland”
    Jason McGregor, Thomas J. Linder and Ann Dwyer
    We applaud this piece for its use of digital design, aerial video and historical research to depict positive economic change in what for decades was one of the city’s most economically stagnant and negatively portrayed neighborhoods. Maps show the entrance of new businesses, with interspersed text narrative and before/after photos, along with a video portion. The series covers a lot of ground in explaining this rehabilitative metamorphosis to a business readership that no doubt had long written off the area.

     

    INTERNATIONAL REPORTING – Large

    Winner: Associated Press, for “North Korea”
    Eric Talmadge, Tim Sullivan, Hyung-jin Kim and Martha Mendoza
    Timely stories that elegantly contrast the competing ambitions of a country that seeks to sequester its citizens even as it opens limited access to the internet and encourages more consumerism. These pieces go beyond investigative business journalism, offering readers absorbing insights into North Korea’s social structure.

    Honorable mention: Los Angeles Times, for Mexico’s Housing Crisis
    Richard Marosi
    An ambitious 360-degree view of the widespread failure of Mexico’s plan to provide housing for 20 million people. The reporter found original voices to tell the story of Mexico’s housing economy, government corruption and corporate greed. His illustrations of the personal cost to aggrieved homebuyers can’t help but shake the reader.

     

    INTERNATIONAL REPORTING – Small and Medium

    Winner: Fortune, for “Welcome to Tomorrow Land”
    Vivienne Walt
    This story was full of surprises. We loved the contrasts between showing how far Estonia has come from Soviet-era backwater with magnificent medieval architecture to rocketing straight into the future with specific, solid examples. Well-written with every sentence used economically to tell us relevant and interesting information. We loved the “startups on the rise” box, with just a sampling of what’s going on. There are some gems: The PM filing his taxes on his iPad from an airport. Genius! We also liked the pullout with SHORT examples of the Estonian government being ahead of the curve. It then throws the story right into the future — it’s not just about what the country has done, it’s about where it’s going.

     

    INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING – Large

    Winner: The New York Times, for “Culture of Harassment “
    Emily Steel, Michael S. Schmidt, Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, Susan Chira and Catrin Einhorn
    This collection of New York Times’ articles about sexual harassment, including the October story on Harvey Weinstein, helped to spur a national reckoning on the issue and upended the notion that if you’re powerful, you will not be held to account. All three stories submitted involved rigorous reporting and uncovered incidents and settlements that were previously undisclosed. Although many victims were unwilling, the newspaper managed to get a number of women to tell their stories.

    Honorable mention: Los Angeles Times, for “California’s Power Glut”
    Ivan Penn, Ryan Menezes and Ben Welsh
    This story asked why electric rates were 50 percent higher in California than the national average and why regulators continued to approve new plants. The answer, naturally, is complex, but the LA Times did a masterful job of explaining the reasons and what could or should be done about them. The writing, data, photos and engaging graphics worked together to create an easy-to-follow package relevant to consumers, government and corporations. In a field of outstanding entries, this was a smart piece that did an exceptional job of telling a multilayered story while keeping it interesting.

     

    INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING – Medium

    Winner: ProPublica, for “Too Broke for Bankruptcy”
    Paul Kiel and Hannah Fresques
    Beautiful combination of strong shoe-leather and data reporting on a fresh and important topic – why some poor people don’t file for bankruptcy protection because they can’t afford a lawyer. Excellent analysis, clearly presented.

    Honorable mention: The Seattle Times, for “Quantity of Care”
    Mike Baker and Justin Mayo
    Compelling, deeply researched and beautifully written and illustrated stories about the dire consequences of emphasizing money over once-selfless medical practices. The project got immediate results, including investigations by the state Department of Health and U.S. Department of Justice, and the resignation of the hospital’s CEO and top neurosurgeon.

    Honorable mention: The Boston Globe, for “FAA”
    Jaimi Dowdell, Kelly Carr, Jenn Abelson, Todd Wallack, Jonathan Saltzman and Scott Allen
    Amazing and frightening story on lax oversight on plane registration at the Federal Aviation Administration that has received little, if any, media attention. A very strong entry.

    Honorable mention: The Des Moines Register, for “TPI Investigation”
    Kevin Hardy and Grant Rodgers
    The Des Moines Register revealed how wind-blade maker TPI failed to protect its workers from toxic chemicals that damaged their skin. Some workers were fired when they reported skin damage and were denied workers compensation benefits by the company. Excellent use of Iowa OSHA documents, unemployment appeals hearing testimony, photos and on-the-record and anonymous interviews with former workers.

     

    INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING – Small

    Winner: Boston Business Journal, for “Promises, promises: Massachusetts companies are missing hiring goals even with hefty tax breaks”
    Greg Ryan
    The investigation reveals Massachusetts has awarded over $25 million in job-creation tax credits to businesses that have since fallen short of their hiring promises — more than one third of the companies were granted the tax credits. The story is well-researched and presented fairly.

    Honorable mention: InsideClimate News, for “As Hilcorp Plans to Drill in Arctic Waters, a Troubling Trail of Violations Surfaces”
    Sabrina Shankman
    InsideClimate News examined the long history of regulatory violations by an energy company planning a major drilling program in the Arctic.

    Honorable mention: Orlando Business Journal, for “The Amazon Effect”
    Sarah Aslam, Veronica Brezina, Matthew Richardson and Craig Douglas
    A fresh look at the impact of huge web-based Amazon using a mix of commercial real estate transaction information, national data from partner business publications and local title and tax records.

     

    MARKETS – Large

    Winner: The Wall Street Journal, for “Market-Moving Leaks”
    Mike Bird
    Within three months of the Journal’s initial story about potential abuse of the prerelease of UK government economic data, the practice was halted. The newspaper wasn’t the first to notice suspicious trading – there were rumors as early as 2009 – but it highlighted the issue with a statistical analysis and a clear explanation of risks posed by leaked data. Interactive charts clearly showed how widespread advance notice of economic data allowed those in the know to trade on the information.

     

    MARKETS – Small and Medium

    Winner: Fortune, for “Whatever It Takes to Win”
    Jen Wieczner
    A polished, extensively reported story on a subject of significant interest to investors and company executives, as well as a broader readership: activist hedge funds, in this instance Elliott Management. The reporter’s persistence and in-depth reporting forced the reluctant subjects into lifting the curtain on the inner workings of one of Wall Street’s most aggressive operators. The story had all the right elements and was accompanied by interesting graphics. A very enjoyable read.

     

    MEDIA/ENTERAINMENT – Large

    Winner: Los Angeles Times, for “Ratner-Simmons Sex Allegations “
    Daniel Miller, Amy Kaufman and Victoria Kim
    An unflinching account of sexual misconduct allegations that spanned decades and are now part of a broader cultural reckoning over society’s treatment of women. The reporters skillfully walk the tightrope of ‘he said-she said,’ forcing readers to confront the inherent power imbalance between the abusers and their victims. In the Ratner stories, the reporters dispassionately lay out the accusations juxtaposed with the director’s repeated denials. Patterns begin to emerge: Ratner, through his lawyer, claiming not to recall an incident; Ratner switching seats on an airplane to sit next to a strange woman and then showing nude photos of his girlfriend. The final piece exposes the hypocrisy of Simmons’ lifestyle brand alongside decades of alleged abuse. The reporting is methodical and the writing compelling. The anger and frustration of the many direct, named sources is palpable. In most cases, the reporters verified accounts with multiple sources. The series does not shy away from the uncomfortable reality that in many cases, the victims maintained their relationships with Ratner and Simmons and in some cases sought professional gain from them.

     

    MEDIA/ENTERAINMENT – Medium

    Winner: CNNMoney, for Five women accuse journalist and ‘Game Change’ co-author Mark Halperin of sexual harassment “
    Oliver Darcy
    CNNMoney broke news of Halperin’s alleged sexual misconduct while at ABC and followed the news as its impact grew and Halperin responded. Darcy’s stories were clear, well-written and exceptionally well-reported, giving them credibility and impact.

     

    MEDIA/ENTERAINMENT – Small

    Winner: Portland Business Journal, for “Portland’s media mania”
    Erik Siemers
    The three stories in this entry brought together detail, character and perspective to capture the subject matter from all angles. Each report delivered not only key facts and figures, but also compelling anecdotes of the people affected by them. A report on the comic-book industry was a highlight because of its creative presentation, worthy of the topic.

    Honorable mention: Investor’s Business Daily, forCan E-sports’ Armchair Gladiators Vanquish Hulking NFL Players?”
    Patrick Seitz
    A comprehensive account of an industry that’s developed enough to merit in-depth reporting, but fresh enough to be news to most readers. There’s plenty of well-organized detail about the players — in other words, the companies — in the world of E-sports.

     

    PERSONAL FINANCE – Large

    Winner: The New York Times, for “Student Debt”
    Stacy Cowley, Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Natalie Kitroeff
    The reporting on this important topic was thorough, the writing powerful and the personal stories were compelling. The series put a spotlight on the predatory practices of companies holding student debt, and the fact that the investor in one of those firms actually condemned his own company’s procedures was a testament to the rock-solid reporting.

     

    PERSONAL FINANCE – Medium

    Winner: The Chronicle of Higher Education, forWelcome Students! Need a Checking Account?”
    Dan Bauman
    A well-reported story that exposes the millions that banks are paying U.S. colleges to market checking accounts and other banking services to students. The piece stands out for its excellent use of data and public records, and for personal stories that bring to life the financial concerns of students, parents and consumer advocates.

     

    PERSONAL FINANCE – Small

    Winner: The Motley Fool, for Matthew Frankel’s columns
    Frankel wins for his in-depth columns looking at the impact of the 2017 federal tax overhaul on average Americans and for his analysis of the implications of the Fed’s swing to raising interest rates for Americans. His prompt take on these shifting policies, and his smart and readable approaches, helps readers make sense of immensely complex topics so they can protect their pocketbooks.

    Honorable mention: Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, for “Money Help for Aging Parents”
    Sandra Block, Mark Solheim and Eileen Ambrose
    Many seniors are unaware of their gradually declining capacity for managing their financial affairs. This piece was packed with solid tips on ways adult children can move into sensitive caregiving modes by advising aging parents on topics ranging from keeping up with the bills and estate planning to constantly being on alert for fraudulent schemes. This package of articles offered good suggestions about where families can turn for reliable advice in such situations.

     

    REAL ESTATE – Large

    Winner: Bloomberg News, for “Cashing In on Calamity”
    Prashant Gopal
    The scope of the concept was high; global warming is causing more catastrophes, causing more reconstruction, and here’s what that looks like on the ground. The judges were impressed that it was one reporter doing all the work. Prashant Gopal wove together detailed and compelling individual stories to construct a big and important story, one that will continue into the future.

     

    REAL ESTATE – Medium

    Winner: POLITICO, for “Puerto Rico seeks aid for tens of thousands of squatters”
    Lorraine Woellert and M. Scott Mahaskey
    A beautifully written and deeply reported story on how Hurricane Maria exposed the open secret of tens of thousands of squatters living illegally in Puerto Rico. Woellert writes persuasively about how the island’s political structure has compounded the problem for many years, and why its leaders now must decide what to do. The terrific photographs bring the story to life.

    Honorable mention: The Arizona Republic, for HOA foreclosures”
    Jessica Boehm and Catherine Reagor
    This solidly reported, multimedia package alerted Arizona homeowners to the risks they face from their homeowners associations. As this extensively researched and well-written project explained, these largely unregulated bodies have broad powers that include the right to seize homes in foreclosure for as little as $1,200 in unpaid dues. A series of engaging videos that included first-person accounts helped to unravel the causes and impact of the most recent wave of foreclosures spurred in part by the recovery in home prices.

    Honorable mention: The Seattle Times, for Amazon coverage
    Mike Rosenberg, Ángel González, Bettina Hansen, Mark Nowlin, Judy Averill, Kjell Redal, Thomas Wilburn and Alan Berner
    As Amazon turns Seattle into a true company town, The Seattle Times documented that transformation with sharp data analysis and graphics, crisp writing and a novel approach to storytelling. The numbers alone are striking – from rising rents to sheer volume of office space – but we found the story that followed one home through the selling process particularly effective in illustrating the speed and craziness of the Seattle housing market.

     

    REAL ESTATE – Small

    Winner: Puget Sound Business Journal, for Marc Stiles package of stories
    Marc Stiles
    A great package with three very different topics – a shady real-estate developer, a neighborhood in turmoil over gentrification, and a profile of the man in charge of building Amazon’s second headquarters. For each, Stiles consistently brought excellent reporting and writing to bear, resulting in stories that were in-depth, nuanced and compulsively readable. His work stood out in a competitive environment for real-estate submissions.

    Honorable mention: The News Tribune (Tacoma), for Fight for your country, lose the bidding war for a house”
    Kate Martin
    Martin highlighted an underreported problem in the real estate market—former soldiers who were unable to successfully use loans from the Department of Veterans Affairs to purchase a home. Martin did a terrific job of detailing the scope of the issue, talking to affected veterans, real estate brokers and lenders about what was going on and why. Martin did this well before more national media became interested in similar cases later in 2017.

     

    RETAIL – Large

    Winner: The Wall Street Journal, for “Retail in Crisis”
    Suzanne Kapner, Valerie Bauerlein, Esther Fung and Yaryna Serkez
    The Wall Street Journal staff explores the retail industry’s transformation in vivid detail, first taking readers to a retail-dependent city where store closings are causing waves of economic woes and then exploring the pressures on an old-school retailer struggling to compete in a rapidly-changing world. This entry is topped off with an innovative interactive tracing the slow death of an American mall by tracking tenant life cycles dating to 1995. Excellent work all around in this category’s deepest and most complete entry.

    Honorable mention: Los Angeles Times, for Counterfeit Shoes”
    David Pierson
    Readers got enlightening glimpse into a $460 billion industry: counterfeit goods. Using rapper Kanye West’s luxury sneakers as his hook, Pierson’s deep reporting is complemented by rich storytelling to produce a piece that’s compelling on many levels, from the technology used to produce replicas of these high-priced kicks to the mind-set of buyers who rationalize their decisions to purchase fake goods.

     

    RETAIL – Medium

    Winner: Report on Business Magazine, for Inside the messy transformation of Tim Hortons”
    Marina Strauss
    An in-depth look at the transformation of Tim Hortons after the iconic Canadian brand was acquired by private equity firm 3G Capital. Strong details and storytelling transformed a local story into a bigger business saga. Disgruntled franchisees formed an association and used details from the article in their complaint to the company.

    Honorable mention: BusinessInsider.com, forDefining the Retail Apocalypse”
    Hayley Peterson
    Smart reporting and bright writing differentiated this series from other submissions on the demise of the retail industry. The package provided three angles to the crisis: including engaging pieces on retail job loss, the decline of Sears and the impact of store closings on bond holders.

     

    RETAIL – Small

    Winner: Racked, for “eBay is Playing Catch-Up “
    Chavie Lieber, Christie Hemm Klok and Laura Bullard
    A smart story, written with authority, that tackles an interesting area of the online marketplace and focuses on eBay, a company that the judges hadn’t really thought about for a long time. Lieber provides insight into the strategic decisions the company has made as it struggles to fend off competitors including mighty Amazon.

    Honorable mention: Capital & Main, for a package of retail features
    Jessica Goodheart
    In A Dream and a Microwave: Everytable Serves Healthy Meals to Hungry ‘Hoods, Goodheart writes deftly on a compelling and socially important topic: how to make healthy eating affordable for everyone. Her reporting about a fledgling restaurant chain with a unique business model is comprehensive and rich with voices.

     

    SMALL BUSINESS/MANAGEMENT/CAREER – Large

    Winner: The Wall Street Journal, for “Contracted”
    Lauren Weber
    The package of stories was well-researched and well-done as it toggled between data and real-world examples filled with people and companies. It was written and edited at a high level, making it an enjoyable read on a fairly wonky subject. We also liked the kicker at the end of the main story about bots. The sidebar on the video-game industry was particularly engaging, and a smart story to do to draw in a younger demographic of readers. Altogether, the trio of stories gave a good 360-degree view of an issue certain to become more pressing in the economy.

     

    SMALL BUSINESS/MANAGEMENT/CAREER – Medium

    Winner: Fortune, for Can AT&T Retrain 100,000 People? “
    Aaron Pressman
    This story struck a great balance. It took us inside a single, massive company to examine an interesting change and grappled with an existential crisis many businesses are facing: skills mismatch in an era of technological progress. The outcome is a story that is well-developed and resonant.

    Honorable mention: Minneapolis Star Tribune, for Cost of affair, family rift measured in millions”
    Jeffrey Meitrodt
    A deeply reported story that chronicled executive negligence at a prominent Minnesota firm owned by the Barry family, and the turmoil that followed.

     

    SMALL BUSINESS/MANAGEMENT/CAREER – Small

    Winner: LinkedIn, for “Managing Business “
    Chip Cutter
    Impressive reporting effort to show a U.S. labor market in the grip of rapid change. One notable conclusion: The changes aren’t all in the same direction. Readers get to watch up close as truckers exploit a driver shortage and employers despair over the opioid crisis. A scoop about a Walmart floor scrubber shows how automation is creeping into American workplaces. The stories make abstract issues concrete, bolstering the musing of experts with compelling, real-world examples.

    Honorable mention: Inc. Magazine, for Main Street”
    Leigh Buchanan
    Bright writing and detailed reporting is employed to tell enlightening stories about small business. We especially liked a piece that profiled a family of immigrant hotel entrepreneurs, telling the story of how they grew a small business into a much bigger one and the creative and thoughtful ways they reacted to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Her two other articles described a unique solution to the problem of the fading family farm and the surprising source of all those cardboard eclipse glasses last year.

     

    STUDENT JOURNALISM – Projects and collaborations

    Winner: The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and The Arizona Republic, for “Arizona owners can lose homes over $50 in back taxes”
    Emily Mahoney and Charles Clark
    This story packs a powerful punch, showing the devastating impact of tax liens on some Arizona homeowners, particularly minorities and the poor. It recounts the experience of one family and then uses data analysis to illustrate the magnitude of the problem. Bravo on the map. The complex process of tax liens and foreclosure is laid out in an understandable fashion that makes readers want to stay with the story until the end. Many sources are featured, including individuals who are going through the worst time of their lives and are therefore reluctant to speak publicly. This is an example of strong community reporting that can lead to change.

     

    STUDENT JOURNALISM – Stories written for professional publications

    Winner: University of North Carolina and Triangle Business Journal, for Losing the Fight to Debt”
    Danielle Chemtob
    Excellent journalism and a unique story angle for a topic that’s been covered exhaustively — student debt. Reporter Danielle Chemtob took an in-depth look at the high amount of debt taken on by students at historic black colleges and universities. Though the story included a lot of hard data on rising tuition costs and flat wages, she kept it interesting and personal by speaking to students and school leaders.

    Honorable mention: The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, for “Profits of Policing”
    Agnel Philip and Emily Mahoney
    Profits of Policing sheds light on a largely hidden area, exposing shortcoming in the accounting and reporting of seized personal property. Reporters Emily Mahoney and Agnel Philip did an incredible amount of digging for this report. An added bonus: The video of the 76-year-old man, who could lose everything as a result of this personal property seizure program, provided a very personal element to this in-depth investigation.

     

    STUDENT JOURNALISM – Stories written for student publications

    Winner: Medill News Service, for “Opportunities open up for women truckers, but their numbers remain small”
    Shen Lu
    Touching on two issues of national importance — gender equity in the workplace as well as a trucker shortage — the article told the story of two women struggling to make it in a male-dominated workplace, while putting their experiences into a broader context. The engaging article smartly wove in graphics and photos and mixed the macro and micro for a fascinating business story.

     

    TECHNOLOGY – Large

    Winner: The New York Times, for “Inside Uber”
    Mike Isaac
    An insightful profile of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick that examined how his personality evolved from his high school years, how his penchant for risk-taking shaped Uber and led to the company’s managerial crisis. This series contained remarkable reporting about Kalanick’s showdown with Apple CEO Tim Cook and use of a technique called “Greyballing” aimed at deceiving local governments about Uber’s activities. In-depth reporting, quality writing and compelling multimedia made this series the clear winner.

    Honorable mention: Los Angeles Times, for Snap IPO”
    David Pierson, James Rufus Koren, Paresh Dave, Joe Fox and Ben Muessig
    The judges were impressed by the breadth and quality of writing on the initial public offering of Snap Inc., particularly the remarkable profile of Snap CEO Evan Spiegel. This series included a clearly written article on shareholder governance and Snap’s attempt to retain control of the company after the IPO. The judges also commend a clever interactive graphic that describes the volatility and price declines of much-publicized tech stock offerings.

     

    TECHNOLOGY – Medium

    Winner: ProPublica, for “Automating Hate”
    Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Lauren Kirchner, Ariana Tobin, Madeleine Varner, Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Rob Weychert, Noam Scheiber, Hannes Grassegger and Stefanie Dodt
    A clear winner — well-written, newsworthy, and one that made an impact. This trio of stories takes an inventive, investigative look at the underside of social-media giant Facebook and its not-so-politically correct ways, highlighting how hard it is to make it accountable. The in-depth and original reporting shows how the company’s guidelines for censoring hate speech let controversial posts slip through the cracks while unfairly shutting down more reasonable ones, and it exposes how easy it is for employers to use Facebook’s technology to exclude older workers from job ads. While these stories were written last year, the subject they tackled remains critical in today’s charged political environment.

    Honorable mention: Fortune, for “Blockchain Mania!”
    Robert Hackett and Jeff John Roberts
    This piece tackles a complicated and technically challenging subject with aplomb and creates a great explainer that’s also an engaging read.

     

    TECHNOLOGY – Small

    Winner: The Center for Public Integrity, for “Saving face: Facebook wants access without rules”
    Jared Bennett and Allan Holmes
    A deep, broad look at a project that an increasingly dominant company has worked hard to avoid scrutiny. The topic has huge potential implications for privacy, technology and the consolidation of power. The story draws its force from crisp writing, good graphics and, above all, impressively thorough reporting.

    Honorable mention: Triangle Business Journal, “How an $850 million deal died for a Durham company”
    Lauren Ohnesorge
    This story goes deep inside a collapsed investment by a German giant in a North Carolina tech company to show how international trade policy hits home in American cities. It was well-written, clearly organized and comprehensively reported, with informative graphics.

     

    TRAVEL/TRANSPORTATION – Large

    Winner: The Wall Street Journal, forSelf-Driving Cars”
    Tim Higgins, Jack Nicas, Ianthe Jeanne Dugan and Mike Spector
    The WSJ stories were our top pick for the deeply reported insight into perhaps the biggest issue facing the transportation industry: self-driving cars. The submitted pieces covered three of the most important players — Tesla, Google and Uber — and raised important concerns about safety, tensions with Detroit and theft of intellectual property. The stories showed impressive sourcing and research and used storytelling elements to bring the stories to life.

     

    TRAVEL/TRANSPORTATION – Medium

    Winner: Fortune, for “The Last Railroad Tycoon”
    Shawn Tully
    Well-written, engaging and insightful — the story took readers inside the CEO’s attempt to remake a fourth railroad after three previous successes. Hunter Harrison’s gambit lives on after his death and is the biggest story in U.S. railroading in a decade.

    Honorable mention: Quartz, for Uber’s New York subprime leasing program and the drivers it hurt”
    Alison Griswold
    Uber’s turnabout showed the impact of the story. Quartz was effective in highlighting the human element of drivers caught in the rent-to-own trap, helping readers make a more-personal connection. The follow-up with drivers afterward also was a nice touch.

     

    TRAVEL/TRANSPORTATION – Small

    Winner: The Information, forUber’s Hell”
    Amir Efrati
    The year 2017 became a reckoning for Uber in so many ways, from how it attempted to skirt, or even potentially break, the law in thwarting competitors and regulators to its disgraceful treatment of women in its workplace. The company’s hard-charging CEO thought he could rule Uber as his personal kingdom but discovered otherwise, with his downfall resulting in major drama. The stories broke new ground in nearly every area of controversy at the company – delivering investigative scoops that punched well above its weight. From exposing secret programs to spy on its competitor Lyft to documenting sexual misconduct instances pervasive at the company, The Information’s work was an amazing example of hard-hitting business reporting that never let up and never backed down.

    Honorable mention: Jacksonville Business Journal Reporter, for “Employed & Homeless: As CSX changes plans, dispatchers left in limbo during holidays”
    William Robinson
    This story showed just how vulnerable employees are to the whims of shifting winds at a corporation like CSX. They uprooted their lives and started moving based on the company’s direction that their jobs were being relocated, only to suddenly have the company change its mind. Good solid story and notable that the company kept trying to deny what was happening, requiring the reporter to prove it through dogged reporting involving documents and persuading the employees to go on record.

     

    VIDEO – Large

    Winner: CNBC, forBroken Bonds”
    Leslie Picker, Scott Zamost, Dawn Giel, Chris Mulligan, Jackie Dessel, Alex Herrera, Leroy Jackson and Scott Matthews
    CNBC’s powerful entry gave viewers strong investigative material gleaned from a wide variety of sources. This CNBC piece apparently wasn’t the first reporting on this long running issue, but it detailed the issue with sweep, depth and clarity, tackling an important subject and serious questions about UBS’s actions as crucial concerns grew about the product it was marketing. The look of the video itself was clean and straight forward, but it clearly took deep reporting, meaningful resources and time to craft it.

     

    VIDEO – Small and Medium

    Winner: Quartz in collaboration with Retro Report, for “What Happens Next”
    This series was thorough and polished, plus it was on-topic. The aerial footage! Looks like they used drones to good effect. Impressive production quality and it conveys relevant info. The well-produced videos took us to new and different places, telling us something we didn’t know and relating it to the world we live in. Excellent work.

  • 2017 Best in Business Honorees

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Wednesday March 7, 2018

    AUDIO – All news organizations

    Winner: Marketplace/The Uncertain Hour, for “How One Sentence Helped Set Off the Opioid Crisis”
    Krissy Clark, Caitlin Esch, Nancy Farghalli, Maria Hollenhorst, Lyra Smith, Sitara Nieves, Deborah Clark, Donna Tam, Tony Wagner, Jake Gorski and Daniel Ramirez

    Honorable mention: KUOW, for “Prime(d)”
    Carol Smith, Joshua McNichols, Carolyn Adolph, Posey Gruener and Brendan Sweeney

    BANKING/FINANCE – Large

    Winner: Financial Times, for articles on non-prime and predatory lending
    Ben McLannahan

    Honorable mention: Reuters, for “Crypto Casino”
    Steve Stecklow, Alexandra Harney, Anna Irrera and Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi

    BANKING/FINANCE – Medium

    Winner: ProPublica, co-published with Fortune, for “The Billion-Dollar Loophole”
    Peter Elkind

    BANKING/FINANCE – Small

    Winner: TheStreet, for “Big Bank Corporate Governance”
    Brad Keoun

    Honorable mention: American Banker, for The CFPB leadership battle”
    Kate Berry, Ian McKendry and Rob Blackwell

    BREAKING NEWS – Large

    Winner: The Wall Street Journal, for “CVS-Aetna Deal”
    Dana Mattioli, Sharon Terlep, Anna Wilde Mathews and Laura Stevens

    Honorable mention: The New York Times, for Uber coverage
    Mike Isaac and Farhad Manjoo

    BREAKING NEWS – Medium

    Winner: The Seattle Times, for “Amazon HQ2 announcement”
    Matt Day, Dominic Gates, Mike Rosenberg, Jon Talton, Scott Greenstone, Dan Beekman, Jessica Lee, Joseph O’Sullivan, Mark Nowlin and Kjell Redal

    BREAKING NEWS – Small

    Winner: International Business Times, for “Last-Minute Tax Provisions Could Enrich Top Lawmakers”
    David Sirota, Josh Keefe, Alex Kotch and Jay Cassano

    Honorable mention: Puget Sound Business Journal, for “Port of Seattle CEO resigned amid probe into $4.7M payout”
    Andrew McIntosh

    Honorable mention: Crain’s Detroit Business, for “Amazon HQ2 bid revealed: tax breaks, $120 million talent program, transit vision”
    Chad Livengood and Kirk Pinho

    COMMENTARY/OPINION – Large

    Winner: The Wall Street Journal, for Keywords Technology Column
    Christopher Mims

    Honorable mention: The New York Times, for “Equifax Hack”
    Ron Lieber

    COMMENTARY/OPINION – Medium

    Winner: Minneapolis Star Tribune, for Lee Schafer’s columns

    Honorable mention: Fortune, for “A Boom with a View”
    Erin Griffith

    Honorable mention: The Dallas Morning News, for “Texas business repels a bathroom bill”
    Mitchell Schnurman

    COMMENTARY/OPINION – Small

    Winner: Albany Business Review, for Mike Hendricks’ columns

    Honorable mention: The Nation, for Helaine Olen’s columns

    ECONOMICS – Large

    Winner: Los Angeles Times, for “Immigrant Farm Labor”
    Geoffrey Mohan, Natalie Kitroeff and Ben Welsh

    ECONOMICS – Medium

    Winner: POLITICO, for “Trump’s Trade Pullout Roils Rural America”
    Adam Behsudi

    ECONOMICS – Small

    Winner: Sarasota Herald-Tribune, for “Sarasota Drift”
    Barbara Peters-Smith

    ENERGY/NATURAL RESOURCES – Large

    Winner: Los Angeles Times, for “California’s Power Glut “
    Ivan Penn, Ryan Menezes and Ben Welsh

    ENERGY/NATURAL RESOURCES – Medium

    Winner: The Atlantic, for “The Problem with Rolling Back Regulations”
    Alana Semuels

    Honorable mention: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, for “Oil and Water”
    Dan Egan

    ENERGY/NATURAL RESOURCES – Small

    Winner: Debtwire, for American Idle: An Offshore Drilling Crisis “
    Alex Plough

    EXPLANATORY – Large

    Winner: Reuters, for “Shock Tactics”
    Jason Szep, Peter Eisler, Tim Reid, Lisa Girion, Grant Smith, Linda So, M.B. Pell and Charles Levinson

    Honorable mention: Los Angeles Times, for “Anaheim’s Subsidy Kingdom “
    Daniel Miller, Priya Krishnakumar and Ben Poston

    Honorable mention: The New York Times, for “Education Disrupted”
    Natasha Singer

    EXPLANATORY – Medium

    Winner: ProPublica, co-published with NPR, for “Sold for Parts”
    Michael Grabell and Howard Berkes

    Honorable mention: Miami Herald, for “Hotel housekeepers commute”
    Chabeli Herrera and Carl Juste

    Honorable mention: Detroit Free Press, “The Fault in No Fault”
    JC Reindl

    Honorable mention: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, for “Oil and Water”
    Dan Egan

    EXPLANATORY – Small

    Winner: McClatchy’s Washington Bureau, “Trump’s footprint across ex-Soviet world”
    David Goldstein, Ben Wieder, Kevin G. Hall, Gabriellle Paluch and Peter Stone

    Honorable mention: The Center for Public Integrity, for A Century of Domination: As America’s Carbon Wars Rage, Oil and Gas Industry Influence Grows”
    Jie Jenny Zou, Michael J. Mishak, Jamie Smith Hopkins, Kristen Lombardi, Jim Morris, Chris Young, Sasha Khokha and Tom Dart

    Honorable mention: InsideClimate News, for “Choke Hold: The Fossil Fuel Industry’s Fight Against Climate Policy, Science and Clean Energy”
    Neela Banerjee, Robert McClure, Clark Hoyt, David Hasemyer, Marianne Lavelle, Robert McClure and Brad Wieners

    FEATURE – Large

    Winner: Los Angeles Times, for “Immigrant Farm Labor”
    Geoffrey Mohan, Natalie Kitroeff and Ben Welsh

    Honorable mention: Los Angeles Times, for “Pink Boxes”
    David Pierson

    FEATURE – Medium

    Winner: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, for “The Land Alcoa Dammed”
    Rich Lord, Len Boselovic, Stephanie Strasburg, Zack Tanner, James Hilston and Ed Yozwick

    Honorable mention: Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, for Trapped by Heroin”
    Penelope Overton, Dieter Bradbury, Gregory Rec and Brian Robitaille

    Honorable mention: The Weather Channel Digital, for “United States of Climate Change”
    Matt Hongoltz-Hetling, Michael G. Seamans, Kevin Hayes and Geoff Hansen

    FEATURE – Small

    Winner: The Real Deal, for “Real Estate’s Diversity Problem”
    Kathryn Brenzel, Rich Bockmann, Elizabeth Kim, Jill Noonan, Damian Ghigliotty and Yoryi De La Rosa

    Honorable mention: Crain’s Chicago Business, for Can jobs stop Chicago violence?”
    Lisa Bertagnoli and Ann Dwyer

    Honorable mention: Inc. Magazine, for “Meet the Woman Who Broke Silicon Valley’s Gender Barrier and Built a $1.5 Billion Tech Company “
    Maria Aspan and Danielle Sacks

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE – Industry/topic-specific publications

    Winner: The Real Deal

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE – Large

    Winner: The New York Times

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE – Medium

    Winner: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Honorable mention: Houston Chronicle

    GENERAL EXCELLENCE – Small

    Winner: STAT: Reporting from the frontiers of health and medicine

    Honorable mention: Crain’s Detroit Business

    GOVERNMENT – Large

    Winner: The Wall Street Journal, for “One Nation, Divisible”
    Michael M. Phillips, Betsy McKay, Paul Overberg and Sarah Nassauer

    GOVERNMENT – Medium

    Winner: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, for “Burned”
    Raquel Rutledge, Rick Barrett and John Diedrich

    Honorable mention: Kansas City Star, for “Business and politics collide in Missouri”
    Lindsay Wise and Steve Vockrodt

    GOVERNMENT – Small

    Winner: InsideClimate News, for “Industry Lawsuits Try to Paint Environmental Activism as Illegal Racket”
    Nicholas Kusnetz

    Honorable mention: Financial Planning, for “Wells Fargo whistleblowers”
    Ann Marsh, Marc Hochstein and Scott Wenger

    HEALTH/SCIENCE – Large

    Winner: Reuters, for “The Body Trade”
    Brian Grow, John Shiffman, Blake Morrison, Elizabeth Culliford, Reade Levinson, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Zach Goelman

    HEALTH/SCIENCE – Medium

    Winner: ProPublica, for “Wasted Medicine”
    Marshall Allen

    Honorable mention: The Center for Public Integrity and Reveal, for “The Invisible Hazard Afflicting Thousands of Schools”
    Jamie Smith Hopkins, Chris Zubak-Skees, Eric Sagara, Fernanda Camarena, Amy Walters and Ike Sriskandarajah

    HEALTH/SCIENCE – Small

    Winner: InsideClimate News, for “Choke Hold: The Fossil Fuel Industry’s Fight Against Climate Policy, Science and Clean Energy “
    Neela Banerjee, Robert McClure, Clark Hoyt, David Hasemyer, Marianne Lavelle and Brad Wieners

    Honorable mention: Kaiser Health News, for Treating Cancer: Hope Vs. Hype”
    Liz Szabo and John Hillkirk

    Honorable mention: The Center for Public Integrity, for “Nuclear Negligence “
    Patrick Malone, Peter Cary, R. Jeffrey Smith and Chris Zubak-Skees

    INNOVATION – Large

    Winner: Los Angeles Times, for “Disneyland Wait Times”
    Hugo Martin, Joe Fox, Priya Krishnakumar, John Schleuss and Ben Poston

    INNOVATION – Medium

    Winner: GateHouse Media, for “In the Shadow of Wind Farms”
    Emily Le Coz, Lucille Sherman, Mara Corbett and Tyson Bird

    INNOVATION – Small

    Winner: Crain’s Chicago Business, for “The Rebuilders of Chicago’s Southland”
    Jason McGregor, Thomas J. Linder and Ann Dwyer

    INTERNATIONAL REPORTING – Large

    Winner: Associated Press, for “North Korea”
    Eric Talmadge, Tim Sullivan, Hyung-jin Kim and Martha Mendoza

    Honorable mention: Los Angeles Times, for Mexico’s Housing Crisis
    Richard Marosi

    INTERNATIONAL REPORTING – Small and Medium

    Winner: Fortune, for “Welcome to Tomorrow Land”
    Vivienne Walt

    INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING – Large

    Winner: The New York Times, for “Culture of Harassment “
    Emily Steel, Michael S. Schmidt, Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, Susan Chira and Catrin Einhorn

    Honorable mention: Los Angeles Times, for “California’s Power Glut”
    Ivan Penn, Ryan Menezes and Ben Welsh

    INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING – Medium

    Winner: ProPublica, for “Too Broke for Bankruptcy”
    Paul Kiel and Hannah Fresques

    Honorable mention: The Seattle Times, for “Quantity of Care”
    Mike Baker and Justin Mayo

    Honorable mention: The Boston Globe, for “FAA”
    Jaimi Dowdell, Kelly Carr, Jenn Abelson, Todd Wallack, Jonathan Saltzman and Scott Allen

    Honorable mention: The Des Moines Register, for “TPI Investigation”
    Kevin Hardy and Grant Rodgers

    INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING – Small

    Winner: Boston Business Journal, for “Promises, promises: Massachusetts companies are missing hiring goals even with hefty tax breaks”
    Greg Ryan

    Honorable mention: InsideClimate News, for “As Hilcorp Plans to Drill in Arctic Waters, a Troubling Trail of Violations Surfaces”
    Sabrina Shankman

    Honorable mention: Orlando Business Journal, for “The Amazon Effect”
    Sarah Aslam, Veronica Brezina, Matthew Richardson and Craig Douglas

    MARKETS – Large

    Winner: The Wall Street Journal, for “Market-Moving Leaks”
    Mike Bird

     MARKETS – Small and Medium

    Winner: Fortune, for “Whatever It Takes to Win”
    Jen Wieczner

    MEDIA/ENTERAINMENT – Large

    Winner: Los Angeles Times, for “Ratner-Simmons Sex Allegations “
    Daniel Miller, Amy Kaufman and Victoria Kim

    MEDIA/ENTERAINMENT – Medium

    Winner: CNNMoney, for Five women accuse journalist and ‘Game Change’ co-author Mark Halperin of sexual harassment “
    Oliver Darcy

    MEDIA/ENTERAINMENT – Small

    Winner: Portland Business Journal, for “Portland’s media mania”
    Erik Siemers

    Honorable mention: Investor’s Business Daily, forCan E-sports’ Armchair Gladiators Vanquish Hulking NFL Players?”
    Patrick Seitz

    PERSONAL FINANCE – Large

    Winner: The New York Times, for “Student Debt”
    Stacy Cowley, Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Natalie Kitroeff

    PERSONAL FINANCE – Medium

    Winner: The Chronicle of Higher Education, forWelcome Students! Need a Checking Account?”
    Dan Bauman

    PERSONAL FINANCE – Small

    Winner: The Motley Fool, for Matthew Frankel’s columns

    Honorable mention: Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, for “Money Help for Aging Parents”
    Sandra Block, Mark Solheim and Eileen Ambrose

    REAL ESTATE – Large

    Winner: Bloomberg News, for “Cashing In on Calamity”
    Prashant Gopal

    REAL ESTATE – Medium

    Winner: POLITICO, for “Puerto Rico seeks aid for tens of thousands of squatters”
    Lorraine Woellert and M. Scott Mahaskey

    Honorable mention: The Arizona Republic, for HOA foreclosures”
    Jessica Boehm and Catherine Reagor

    Honorable mention: The Seattle Times, for Amazon coverage
    Mike Rosenberg, Ángel González, Bettina Hansen, Mark Nowlin, Judy Averill, Kjell Redal, Thomas Wilburn and Alan Berner

    REAL ESTATE – Small

    Winner: Puget Sound Business Journal, for Marc Stiles package of stories
    Marc Stiles

    Honorable mention: The News Tribune (Tacoma), for Fight for your country, lose the bidding war for a house”
    Kate Martin

    RETAIL – Large

    Winner: The Wall Street Journal, for “Retail in Crisis”
    Suzanne Kapner, Valerie Bauerlein, Esther Fung and Yaryna Serkez

    Honorable mention: Los Angeles Times, for Counterfeit Shoes”
    David Pierson

    RETAIL – Medium

    Winner: Report on Business Magazine, for Inside the messy transformation of Tim Hortons”
    Marina Strauss

    Honorable mention: BusinessInsider.com, forDefining the Retail Apocalypse”
    Hayley Peterson

    RETAIL – Small

    Winner: Racked, for “eBay is Playing Catch-Up “
    Chavie Lieber, Christie Hemm Klok and Laura Bullard

    Honorable mention: Capital & Main, for a package of retail features
    Jessica Goodheart

    SMALL BUSINESS/MANAGEMENT/CAREER – Large

    Winner: The Wall Street Journal, for “Contracted”
    Lauren Weber

    SMALL BUSINESS/MANAGEMENT/CAREER – Medium

    Winner: Fortune, for Can AT&T Retrain 100,000 People? “
    Aaron Pressman

    Honorable mention: Minneapolis Star Tribune, for Cost of affair, family rift measured in millions”
    Jeffrey Meitrodt

    SMALL BUSINESS/MANAGEMENT/CAREER – Small

    Winner: LinkedIn, for “Managing Business “
    Chip Cutter

    Honorable mention: Inc. Magazine, for Main Street”
    Leigh Buchanan

    STUDENT JOURNALISM – Projects and collaborations

    Winner: The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and The Arizona Republic, for “Arizona owners can lose homes over $50 in back taxes”
    Emily Mahoney and Charles Clark

    STUDENT JOURNALISM – Stories written for professional publications

    Winner: University of North Carolina and Triangle Business Journal, for Losing the Fight to Debt”
    Danielle Chemtob

    Honorable mention: The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, for “Profits of Policing”
    Agnel Philip and Emily Mahoney

    STUDENT JOURNALISM – Stories written for student publications

    Winner: Medill News Service, for “Opportunities open up for women truckers, but their numbers remain small”
    Shen Lu

    TECHNOLOGY – Large

    Winner: The New York Times, for “Inside Uber”
    Mike Isaac

    Honorable mention: Los Angeles Times, for Snap IPO”
    David Pierson, James Rufus Koren, Paresh Dave, Joe Fox and Ben Muessig

    TECHNOLOGY – Medium

    Winner: ProPublica, for “Automating Hate”
    Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Lauren Kirchner, Ariana Tobin, Madeleine Varner, Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Rob Weychert, Noam Scheiber, Hannes Grassegger and Stefanie Dodt

    Honorable mention: Fortune, for “Blockchain Mania!”
    Robert Hackett and Jeff John Roberts

    TECHNOLOGY – Small

    Winner: The Center for Public Integrity, for “Saving face: Facebook wants access without rules”
    Jared Bennett and Allan Holmes

    Honorable mention: Triangle Business Journal, “How an $850 million deal died for a Durham company”
    Lauren Ohnesorge

    TRAVEL/TRANSPORTATION – Large

    Winner: The Wall Street Journal, forSelf-Driving Cars”
    Tim Higgins, Jack Nicas, Ianthe Jeanne Dugan and Mike Spector

    TRAVEL/TRANSPORTATION – Medium

    Winner: Fortune, for “The Last Railroad Tycoon”
    Shawn Tully

    Honorable mention: Quartz, for Uber’s New York subprime leasing program and the drivers it hurt”
    Alison Griswold

    TRAVEL/TRANSPORTATION – Small

    Winner: The Information, forUber’s Hell”
    Amir Efrati

    Honorable mention: Jacksonville Business Journal Reporter, for “Employed & Homeless: As CSX changes plans, dispatchers left in limbo during holidays”
    William Robinson

    VIDEO – Large

    Winner: CNBC, forBroken Bonds”
    Leslie Picker, Scott Zamost, Dawn Giel, Chris Mulligan, Jackie Dessel, Alex Herrera, Leroy Jackson and Scott Matthews

    VIDEO – Small and Medium

    Winner: Quartz in collaboration with Retro Report, for “What Happens Next”

  • Covering Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology

    Posted By David Wilhite on Tuesday February 20, 2018

    Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology stands to be one of the biggest and most compelling financial stories of 2018. While bitcoin’s wild roller-coaster ride draws headlines, there are more than 1,500 other digital currencies on the market today, with companies such as Kodak, Atari and Long Island Iced Tea getting into the cryptocurrency game. Other major companies, such as Intel, IBM, Microsoft Corp. and Cisco Systems are working on developing practical applications for the blockchain technology that is critical to digital currency. Governments around the world, meanwhile, are scrambling to combat fraud, draft regulations and figure out how to collect taxes on millions of digital accounts.

    Join a panel of experts who will discuss the successes, challenges and best practices of leading business journalists in covering cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, and how to make stories compelling and relevant to readers and investors alike.

    Monday, Feb. 26
    2 p.m. EST

    Listen to the recording.

    Instructions: Dial (512) 879-2134. When prompted enter access code 846394#.

    Questions: Callers may submit questions to the panelists at [email protected].

    Panelists:

    Lily Katz, markets reporter, Bloomberg News. Katz is a reporter on the markets team at Bloomberg News in New York, where she has worked for two years. She covers topics including financial technology, insurance, real estate and cryptocurrencies. A Seattle native, Katz received a degree in journalism from the University of Washington in 2015. She has spent the past year diving into bitcoin and blockchain specifically, and has led panels, TV and radio interviews on the budding industry.

     

     

    Laura Shin, host of crypto-focused podcasts. Shin is an independent journalist covering crypto assets (bitcoin, Ethereum, ICOs, tokens) and hosts the crypto-focused podcasts “Unchained: Big Ideas From the Worlds of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency” and “Unconfirmed: Insights and Analysis From the Top Minds in Crypto.” Formerly a senior editor at Forbes, she was the first mainstream journalist to cover crypto full-time. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors from Stanford University and has a master of arts from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.

     

     

    Kyle Woodley, senior investing editor, Kiplinger.com. As a writer and columnist, Woodley also specializes in writing about exchange-traded funds. He joined Kiplinger in September 2017 after spending six years at InvestorPlace.com, where he managed the editorial staff. His work has appeared in several outlets, including U.S. News & World Report and MSN Money. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a B.A. in journalism.

     

  • College Connect: Practicing patience

    Posted By David Wilhite on Wednesday February 14, 2018

    @haileymensik1

    By Hailey Mensik

    Since the day I turned 16, I’ve had a job. My first job was at a children’s clothing store and followed by many others at different restaurants. It’s been so interesting to me to see these different kinds of retail and restaurant industries through the lens of an employee, and the varying wages and benefits I’ve been offered.

    At restaurants tips are huge. Although servers make the most money through tips, other positions rely on them too. The first restaurant I worked at was a sushi place where I was a hostess. I made tips through take out orders I took, averaging anywhere from $5 to $12 a shift. It wasn’t much, but I loved knowing I had that extra cash every time to pay for a meal or coffee after work.

    After that I worked at Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, a more upscale place only open for dinner. I was a host there as well, but received a small portion of the tips the servers made, which was actually a lot, because the servers made a ton. That extra $20-$30 a shift was huge for me, and helped me save a ton of cash before my freshman year of college out of state.

    I went to Colorado State University my freshman year, and found it just wasn’t the school for me. But journalism, my major, was. I loved learning about the industry and all the facets of it, especially marketing and the newer use of social media as an advertising platform.

    I knew I would return home and go to ASU for school and started looking for on campus jobs to give me more experience related to my major to add to my resume. I was hired as a social media specialist for the student services department. At $10 an hour, doing some deskwork and running a couple social media accounts sounded perfect.

    I enjoyed it at first, but after a while, I immediately realized I wanted to work in a restaurant again. The shifts dragged on at my boring cubicle, making it impossible for me to put in enough hours to make as much as I needed. I stuck with the position for a year though, because I really wanted that experience on my resume.

    I’m so lucky to have a family that supports me and pays for my school, leaving me to pay for just some of my living expenses and any extra funding to do fun college kid activities. It made me beyond empathetic for those who don’t have it as well as I did – I couldn’t imagine working all the time at a place like that just to barely survive and add something to my resume to hopefully make more someday.

    After my one year, I quit and immediately got a job at a casual restaurant in Phoenix, where I am currently employed. I love it there. The shifts go by so fast in the busier environment, and as a busser/server, I make almost $15 an hour with tips included. That extra spending money is paramount to my lifestyle. In college, you’re often so busy that you have to eat out all the time, as you simply don’t have the time or money to cook at home.

    I guess what I’ve learned about money from my work experience is how a little goes a long way. I made more money at every restaurant job while simultaneously needing more as I became more independent from my parents. Every extra dollar for food or coffee counts, and if I work really hard, it all adds up significantly. I also learned through my social media job the importance of having something to put on your resume. I would’ve been so much happier working at my restaurant for that year, but that boring, low-paying work really helped me get some opportunities that led to others I may not have gotten otherwise.

    Ultimately, its important at this age to not get caught up in all the money you can make and the independence you feel working at a restaurant or higher-paying job like mine. I always think about if I didn’t go to school and worked there 40 hours a week, I could easily support myself entirely. Money is important, but it’s not everything. Always think long term, practice patience, and just trust you’re doing the right thing.

    Hailey Mensik is a student at Arizona State University.

  • College Connect: On finding fulfillment and a living wage

    Posted By David Wilhite on Wednesday February 14, 2018

    @akimbelsannit

    By Arren Kimbel-Sannit

    I come from a family of hardworking people who have done well in professions that don’t typically take home big paychecks. They are English professors, artists, anthropologists and psychologists. My family runs the gambit of liberal art vocations that have so precipitously fallen out of favor as science, technology, engineering and math have become academic defaults — and for good reason, as they provide job security, room for progression and skills applicable to real-world problems.

    And though they all benefit from varying degrees of institutional privilege, none was born into money. They have since made some.

    The common theme, aside from their whiteness, is their unrelenting, animalistic discipline. My mother, the artist, has been rejected from galleries, grants, fellowships, residencies, museum shows and private contracts by the hundreds. But after each of those objections, her hunger for finding success in her art grew. And after every third or fourth or fifth or tenth rejection, she would get a sale or a gallery opening. Last year, she won a grant to go towards a major installation at the Phoenix Art Museum. Months after, a group of her pieces was chosen to stand in Sky Harbor Airport. She is, by most accounts, a successful midcareer artist. Other members of my family can tell similar stories about their careers.

    I hope to join their ranks. For several years before coming to college, I was public with my intent to get an education in journalism and turn it into a career. I was and continue to be enamored with the image of the newspaper writer. But most of my classmates and peers were similarly vocal about their distrust of the media and their assessment of the uncertainty and low pay of the journalism industry.

    I took their words to heart, for a while. I entered college somehow more interested in pitying my future low pay than I was with journalism itself. It became a way to rationalize laziness and waffling. I complained to my family about this perceived reality, yet I protested to their suggestions of a career change. It was whiney, arrogant and entitled, as well as detrimental to my (and my parents’) mental stability.

    But as I became better acquainted with working journalists, I saw parallels to their careers and those in my family. Not every successful reporter had a trust fund, or retired from a law career, or had any short path to financial stability. They got there — even amid buyouts and industry contractions — by putting ink to paper every day, and most nights, despite rejection.

    I realized that the only way I could address my doubts about the field was to do the same. I cold-called local newspaper editors. I got into food writing on a whim when I saw a listing for freelancers. I wrote hundreds of unpaid stories for the campus newspaper on the hope of one day leveraging my efforts into something more. It wasn’t always fun, and it was almost never easy. And I’m not flush with cash now — I still am a student, after all — but I know that I will not find fulfillment or a living wage without continuing and intensifying this level of discipline. My telling of this story is a manifestation of that imperative.

    Arren Kimbel-Sannit is a student at Arizona State University.

  • 2018 BIB Canada Guidelines and Categories

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Friday January 5, 2018

    A one-page cover letter—maximum 500 words—may be submitted with entries as a PDF. (To help the judges keep track of things, please style the PDF title like this: yournamecoverletter.PDF).

    Submit entries as permalink URLs or as PDFs. If content is behind a paywall, please provide a login and password for judges’ use.

    Unless otherwise noted, entries may include up to three elements—including, but not limited to, stories, videos and graphics. If you submit more than three, only three will be read.

    All categories are open to digital or print work.

    Investigative
    In-depth, watchdog reporting that: a) presents important information that was unknown to the general public and was unavailable from other sources before publication; b) demonstrates an obvious need for change in law/policy/behaviour. We suggest you submit a cover letter of up to 500 words explaining the reporting that went into your submission, its impact and so on.

    Personal finance/investing
    Personal finance or investing reporting and/or commentary on any platform. Works may be from one reporter or from various reporters contributing to a single cohesive package or series (not simply a collection of articles that demonstrate the publication’s expertise in this area). Entrants may submit up to five examples as PDFs or permalink URLs.

    Breaking news coverage
    This award is for quick, creative coverage and analysis of a breaking news event. All content must have been published within the first five days of the news breaking. Work can be from one reporter or a team of reporters from within the organization, and must include a cover letter of up to 500 words explaining how the coverage added value and differentiated itself from other publications. Infographics, photos and other media may be included.

    Package
    A collection of articles, infographics and other media focused on a particular topic or theme that work together to tell a memorable story. Works may be published all at once or as part of a cohesive series over a set time period, and may be from one reporter or from various reporters contributing to the package. Organizations may contribute up to six elements.

    Commentary
    Reported coverage that reflects the point of view of a writer, writers and/or news organization. Includes blogs as well as unsigned editorials and individual columns. Entrants should choose their best four examples and submit them as permalink URLs. For unsigned editorials, names of editorial board members must be included in the list of contributors.

    Feature (long-form):
    A single story that: a) does not require a time element to be relevant; b) that demonstrates creative approaches to writing and/or presentation; c) is longer than 2,500 words.

    Feature (short-form)
    A single story that: a) does not require a time element to be relevant; b) that demonstrates creative approaches to writing and/or presentation; c) is shorter than 2,500 words.

    Beat reporting
    Exceptional reporting on a beat of your choosing, such as energy, technology, small business or media. (We will not consider a specific company a “beat.”) This category is open to individual reporters only, though submitted stories can include multiple bylines. Entry requires three stories. We also suggest you submit a cover letter of up to 500 words explaining why you deserve recognition in this category—for instance, consistent scoops, unparalleled access, etc.

    Profile
    A business-themed profile of a person or company that informs and engages the reader.

    Audio or visual coverage
    Audio or visual coverage that is compelling and deeply engaging, demonstrating excellence in storytelling. Submissions can include up to three pieces (say, one great video or three podcasts in a series).

    NEW THIS YEAR

    Outstanding achievement award
    Audio or visual coverage that is compelling and deeply engaging, demonstrating excellence in storytelling. Submissions can include up to three pieces (say, one great video or three podcasts in a series).

    Best young journalist
    Awarded to a journalist with fewer than five years in the industry who has demonstrated consistent excellence in reporting and writing about the world of business. To nominate someone (or yourself) for this category, please submit up to two letters of recommendation (maximum 500 words each), plus up to five articles exemplifying their (your) work.

    Scoop
    This award will be given to a news organization that was the first to bring to light new, significant information in the Canadian business realm. Entry is limited to a single story and must be accompanied by a cover letter (maximum 500 words) that explains the scoop, its scope and impact—for instance, whether it moved markets or forced regulators to act. Judges will also consider overall storytelling.

    Editorial Newsletter
    Best editorial email newsletter for either consumer or trade. Judges will consider the quality of the content, along with its value to readers. Entrants must submit a brief statement (maximum 500 words) introducing the publication, articulating the newsletter strategy and commenting on the impact of the newsletter. Entrants must also submit three newsletter URLs or PDFs.

    Best Trade Article
    Celebrates outstanding business-to-business journalism. Entrants must submit a brief statement (maximum 500 words) introducing the publication, its audience and the impact or importance of the article being entered.

    Note: Judges reserve the right to move an entry into a different category if they deem it miscategorized.

  • A message from new SABEW President Mark Hamrick: On press freedom and the year ahead

    Posted By David Wilhite on Friday May 19, 2017

    Hello SABEW members:

    This is the first of what I hope will be regular updates.

    First, I’m excited to be your president for the year ahead! I’ve had the good fortune of meeting or knowing you in-person. For others, I look forward to being introduced. Also, please check out our terrific new board and officers.

    We’re just coming off our exciting Seattle spring conference. Thanks to all who attended and who helped to make it a success. We’re already looking ahead to our fall gathering in New York and the 2018 spring conference, which is returning to the Washington, DC area. (Exact dates and location to be announced).

    There’s an important, new effort at SABEW, already up-and-running. Under our new First Amendment Committee, we’re looking to accomplish several things:

    • To advocate for SABEW members and for journalism more broadly as the press (broadly defined) experiences unprecedented risks and threats, both externally and from within the industry. The threats include verbal attacks and reduced access from government, violence abroad and continued disruption of news media business models.
    • To explore training and programming opportunities related to press freedom, transparency and access to data.
    • To release public statements when appropriate. (We did so on World Press Freedom Day in early May).

    As if to serve a reminder of the risks our colleagues are facing, this past week a reporter, whom I’ve known for years and respected, was confronted during his work covering the FCC. His treatment was unacceptable, particularly in Washington and in America. An apology followed, but what’s really needed is a thorough understanding on the part of the Trump administration about the vital role press access plays in a free, civil and robust democracy.

    Despite the challenges, there’s tremendous opportunity for journalists as demonstrated by new and innovative enterprises as well as remarkable reporting we see every day. As a judge in SABEW’s Best in Business awards, I was reminded of the great work being done around the world by our colleagues in business and financial journalism. We see it every day.

    We’ll need your help! Please use social media using the @SABEW handle (or other outreach) to raise issues to our attention.

    I’m grateful immediate past SABEW president Cory Shouten, board member Marilyn Geewax and past president Kevin Hall of McClatchy, a recent Pulitzer Prize winner, are all working on our new First Amendment Committee.

    Please make plans to attend one of our upcoming conferences, where networking and skills training opportunities abound.

    Mark Hamrick
    SABEW president
    Senior economic analyst, Washington bureau chief
    Bankrate.com
    @Hamrickisms

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