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

Beat reporting

Breaking news

Commentary

Editorial newsletter

Feature (long-form)

Feature (short-form)

Investigative

Package

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Personal finance and investing

Profile

Scoop

Trade article

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].

  • Best in Business Awards

    Posted By admin on Tuesday March 26, 2019

    The SABEW Best in Business awards are the most prestigious set of awards honoring excellence in business journalism in the world. This contest is for SABEW members only.

    Canadian members can also choose to participate in the smaller SABEW Canada Best in Business contest.

    Current Best in Business Honorees

    2018 SABEW Best in Business Honorees

    Previous Best in Business Honorees

    2017 SABEW Best in Business Honorees

    2016 SABEW Best in Business Honorees

    2015 SABEW Best in Business Honorees

    2014 SABEW Best in Business Honorees

    2013 SABEW Best in Business Honorees

    2012 SABEW Best in Business Honorees

    2011 SABEW Best in Business Honorees

    2010 SABEW Best in Business Honorees

    SABEW Canada Best in Business

    You’ll find a history of these winners here.

    For more information about the Best in Business contest, email Aimee O’Grady at bib at sabew dot org.

  • 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].

  • SABEW18 – Morgenson: ‘It’s about more than the awards’

    Posted By Student Newsroom on Saturday April 28, 2018

    By Sarah Foster
    Medill News Service

    April, 2018

    Gretchen Morgenson was walking up Third Avenue in New York City, still fresh off her move from The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal, when an abrupt shouting sounded in the distance.  

    “I don’t mean to bother you! I don’t mean to bother you!” the voice said.

    She didn’t acknowledge the commotion at first, thinking the pedestrian was just talking on his cell phone. But soon enough, he caught up to her.

    “He said, ‘I really don’t want to bother you, but I just wanted to let you know that, I really miss you in The New York Times. I don’t know where to find you. I love your stuff,’” Morgenson said. “I said (to him), ‘Don’t worry. You just made my whole week.’”

    The business reporter, known for her crusade-like coverage of Wall Street abuses, isn’t used to being recognized. Her byline, a staple on the Sunday front page of The Times’ business section for nearly two decades, was enough to make financial institutions fearful and fellow journalists prideful. Her face, however, has remained mostly unrecognizable.

    “I’m toiling in obscurity,” Morgenson said. “I’m not a television person. Nobody knows what I look like.”

    But these moments of recognition from her readers, she said, energize her — even more than her Pulitzer Prize, and most recently, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing’s 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award, which she accepted Friday at a reception.

    Gretchen Morgenson, right, speaks at the Best in Business Dinner and Award Ceremony at the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing’s spring conference. Morgenson received the Distinguished Achievement Award.

    The recognition is always great, she said, but journalism is about more than the accolades.

    Morgenson, who left the Times in November for a position on the investigations team at the Journal, remembers receiving a letter from a reader after the 2008 financial crisis. The writer thanked her for her pre-crash coverage on credit default swaps.

    You saved me from aggravation and loss, the reader wrote.  

    “If I can help people understand the complexities and the impact of these powerful institutions and people, that’s why I get up in the morning,” Morgenson said.

    Before she became the Gretchen Morgenson who helped take down Enron and WorldCom, a reporter who helped shine a light on the dot-com boom and bust, and who exposed questionable practices on Wall Street, she was Gretchen Morgenson: secretary at Vogue magazine.   

    She’d wanted to be a journalist early on in college, fueled by inspiration from Watergate reporters Woodward and Bernstein. Preparing to graduate from college, she mailed out countless job applications.

    Vogue was the only place that called her back.  

    “I could’ve written ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ because that was my life,” she said.

    She accepted the position, knowing it wasn’t what she aspired to do in the end, but realized the job would be a valuable introduction to life in New York. She met Truman Capote. Vera Wang. Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Eventually, an opportunity to write a monthly personal finance column opened up.

    Morgenson, who had never before taken an economics class, raised her hand.

    “I solved a problem for them by just saying I’d do it,” she said. “I was interested in it because I understood that finance and business obviously has a huge, huge impact on everybody’s lives.”

    But after five years at Vogue, Morgenson was ready for a change. She took on a position as a Wall Street stockbroker at Dean Witter Reynolds. She figured she couldn’t make a living at Vogue, where she earned just $10,000 a year.

    “I didn’t have a rich father to pay my expenses or a rich husband,” she said.

    The position gave Morgenson a front-row seat to business. It was a space where she could familiarize herself with its key players. She figured out where the bodies were buried, she said.

    She didn’t intend to go back to journalism when she left it in the early 1980s. But after witnessing a bear market in tech stocks in 1983, she couldn’t take it anymore. The market cracked open — and some people lost everything.

    “When things went wrong, when the market goes down, and it’s not anybody’s fault, it’s really hard to feel good about what you’re doing because people are losing money, and money is important,” she said. “I just found that part of the job was too stressful.”

    Morgenson found a position at Forbes and used her experience on Wall Street to set herself apart from other reporters. She idolized her editor at Forbes, who she said had incredibly high standards. The experience pushed her to learn more and improve.

    She worked stints at Money and Worth magazines. She worked as a press secretary for the 1996 presidential campaign of Steve Forbes. Eventually, she found her way to the Times, where she served as an assistant business editor and columnist.

    In 2002, she won the Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting.   

    Dean Murphy, an associate editor of the Times who worked closely with Morgenson, said even though she had won the Pulitzer, she continued to write and investigate, always working for her readers.

    “She just continued to be aggressive in her approach,” he said. “She was one of the most intrepid, fearless, hardworking reporters on my staff. She knew how to find things. She knew where to look. She wasn’t pushy that way, but she could really help people.”

    More than 20 years later, Morgenson shows no signs of walking away.

    “Business and finance intersects in every person’s life,” she said. “It’s at the intersection of Washington, Wall Street. Everybody has to save for retirement. Everybody has to put food on the table. Being able to cover it, to explain what’s happening, why it’s happening, who is doing it, is tremendously valuable.”

  • SABEW Canada’s 4th Annual Best in Business Awards Nominees

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Tuesday April 3, 2018

    The nominees for SABEW Canada’s 4th Annual Best in Business Awards (in no particular order):

    Breaking news

    Bloomberg, Bank of Canada rate hike
    Theo Argitis, Greg Quinn, Maciej Onoszko, Erik Hertzberg, Josh Wingrove, Natalie Wong, Kevin Orland, Lily Jamali, Katia Dmitrieva, Dan Moss, Katherine Greifeld, Allison McNeely, Doug Alexander, Anny Kuo, Luke Kawa, Marc Perrier, Kristine Owram, Rita Devlin, Linly Lin and Courtney Dentch

    The Globe and Mail, the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman
    Paul Waldie, Tim Kiladze, Alexandra Posadzki, Andrew Willis, Jeff Gray, Tavia Grant, Kelly Grant, Tu Thanh Ha, Molly Hayes, Joe Friesen, Josh O’Kane and Susan Krashinsky Robertson

    Canadian Press, the Equifax data breach
    Armina Ligaya, Aleksandra Sagan, David Hodges and Ross Marowits

     

    Commentary

    Eric Reguly, The Globe and Mail

    Rita Trichur, Report on Business magazine

    David Parkinson, The Globe and Mail

     

    Feature (long-form)

    Claire Brownell, Adrian Humphreys and Jake Edmiston, National Post
    “Two legacies, one dark mystery — the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman”

    Charles Wilkins, Report on Business magazine
    “Home of the strange”

    Mark MacKinnon, Geoffrey York and Nathan VanderKlippe, The Globe and Mail
    “How Bombardier’s ‘success fees’ gave the transport giant an inside track to deals around the world”

     

    Feature (short-form)

    Peter Kuitenbrouwer and Laura Pederson, Financial Post
    “How Canada became a tomato superpower”

    Danielle Bochove, Bloomberg
    “The Canadian ghost town that Tesla is bringing back to life”

    Susan Krashinsky Robertson, The Globe and Mail
    “Saying goodbye: Kanata paper founded by 14-year-old is one casualty of Postmedia-Torstar deal”

     

    Package

    Sarah Efron, Brenda Bouw, Chris Hannay and Bill Curry, The Globe and Mail
    Small-business tax changes

    Allison McNeely, Bloomberg
    Shadow lending

    Mike Hager, Nathan VanderKlippe, Jill Mahoney, Matthew McClearn, Barrie McKenna, David Parkinson, Janet McFarland, Tamsin McMahon and Tim Kiladze, The Globe and Mail
    Housing

     

    Profile

    Steve Burgess, BCBusiness
    “The Way of the Dragan”

    Claire Brownell, Financial Post
    “Vitalik Buterin: The cryptocurrency prophet”

    Jacqueline Nelson, The Globe and Mail
    “Mark Machin: Appetite for risk”

     

    Personal Finance/Investing

    David Milstead, The Globe and Mail

    Prajakta Dhopade, MoneySense

    Sarah Efron, The Globe and Mail
    “Only the wealthy? The truth about the Liberals’ proposed small-business tax reforms”

     

    Investigative

    Tavia Grant, The Globe and Mail
    Canada’s deadliest jobs

    Marina Strauss, Report on Business magazine
    “Inside the messy transformation of Tim Hortons”

    Grant Robertson and Tom Cardoso, The Globe and Mail
    White-collar crime in Canada

     

    Beat Reporting

    Joe Castaldo, Maclean’s
    Housing

    Christine Dobby, The Globe and Mail
    Canadian telecom

    Marina Strauss, The Globe and Mail
    Retailing

    Claudia Cattaneo, Financial Post
    Energy

     

    A huge thank-you to our judges:

    Greg Bonnell, Mark Brown, Lynn Cunningham, Henry Dubroff, Chelsea Emery, Pete Evans, Max Fawcett, Derek Finkle, David Friend, Lee-Anne Goodman, Megan Griffith Greene, Murad Hemmadi, Ken Hunt, Steve Ladurantaye, Amanda Lang, Andree Lau, Tracey Lindeman, James Madore, Susan Nerberg, Mira Oberman, Joanna Ossinger, Neil Parmar, David Scanlan, Cory Schouten, Anna Sharratt, Caleb Silver and Marty Wolk.

     

    We’d also like to thank our generous sponsors, who are making our awards night on April 18 possible:

    TD Bank, Accenture, Cision, Fidelity Investments, Schulich School of Business, Ivey Business Journal, Longview Communications and Cannex

  • Nominees Announced: SABEW Canada’s 3rd Annual Best in Business Awards

    Posted By David Wilhite on Friday March 31, 2017

    TORONTO, March 31, 2017 /CNW/ – The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) Canada is excited to announce the list of nominees for the 3rd Annual Best In Business Awards competition, recognizing outstanding business reporting published or broadcast in 2016.

    This year, SABEW Canada received a record number of submissions from journalists across the country. The nominees represent some of Canada’s most venerable publications, including the Financial Post, Canadian Business, Bloomberg Canada, The Globe and Mail, the Wall Street Journal and more.

    Their stories shone a spotlight in 2016 on some of the most important issues in the Canadian business landscape  — from runaway house-flipping in Vancouver, Bombardier’s attempts to suppress information, and the failure of retail giant Target’s expansion into Canada.

    “Despite a difficult year in the media industry, we received a record number of submissions this year,” said SABEW Canada’s chairperson, Dawn Calleja. “Selecting finalists was an especially challenging task for our 27 judges, highlighting not only the depth and quality of business journalism in Canada, but also the valuable role it plays. ”

    There are a total of 27 finalists in nine categories this year, selected from well over 100 applicants. Categories include investigative, commentary, investing and personal finance, features, multimedia, beat reporting, package and profile.

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

    The winners will be announced at the Best In Business Awards reception on April 19 at Baro in Toronto. Business journalists interested in attending can register at sabew.org/canada. The cost is $25 for SABEW members and $40 for non-members. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

    Nominees for SABEW Canada’s 3rd Annual Best in Business Awards (in no particular order):

    Beat Reporting

    Bloomberg News – Toronto Bureau
    Gerrit De Vynck
    Technology

    Financial Post
    Claudia Cattaneo
    Energy

    Globe and Mail
    Jacqueline Nelson
    Insurance

    Commentary

    Report on Business Magazine
    Eric Reguly
    International Business

    Report on Business Magazine
    Ian McGugan
    Investing

    Canadian Business
    Deborah Aarts
    The Realist Column

    Feature (Long-form)

    Canadian Business
    Joe Castaldo
    The Last Days of Target

    Report on Business Magazine
    Bruce Livesey
    Company Province, Provincial Company

    Globe and Mail
    Sean Silcoff
    Vision Critical

    Feature (Short-form)

    Bloomberg News – Toronto Bureau
    Gerrit De Vynck
    Bunz

    Financial Post
    Claire Brownell
    The End of Meat

    Bloomberg News – Vancouver Bureau
    Natalie Obiko Pearson
    Trump Brothel

    Investigative

    Globe and Mail
    Kathy Tomlinson
    B.C Housing Investigation

    Ottawa Citizen
    James Bagnall
    Built To Fail

    Financial Post
    Kristine Owram
    How Bombardier Suppresses Information

    Multimedia

    MoneySense
    Romana King, Mark Brown and Prajakta Dhopade
    City or Suburbs: Where can you afford to live?

    Financial Post
    Peter Kuitenbrouwer and Peter J. Thompson
    The Sault Ste. Marie Locks

    Globe and Mail
    Chris Manza, Jeremy Agius, Michael Pereira, Andrew Saikali, Tamsin McMahon, Brent Jang, D’Arcy McGovern, Duncan Hood, Matt Lundy and Rob Carrick
    Real Estate Data

    Package or Ongoing Series

    Bloomberg News – Vancouver Bureau
    Natalie Obiko Pearson, Katia Dmitrieva and Gerrit de Vynck
    Real Estate

    CPA Magazine – CPA Canada
    Susan Smith, Manon Chevalier, Rosalind Stefanac and Peter Carter
    The Immigration Issue

    Globe and Mail
    Rob Carrick, Roma Luciw, Jacqueline Nelson, Brent Jang, David Parkinson, Chris Manza and Matt Lundy
    House Poor

    Personal Finance/Investing

    Globe and Mail
    David Milstead
    Valeant Investing

    Money Sense
    Bryan Borzykowski
    Shocking Tax Tips You’re Missing Out On

    MoneySense
    Julie Cazzin, Mark Brown, Dan Bortolotti, Bryan Borzykowski, David Fielding and David Thomas
    Personal Finance Package

    Profile

    Globe and Mail
    James Bradshaw and Christine Dobby
    Blais

    BCBusiness Magazine
    Frances Bula
    Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    Report on Business Magazine
    Max Fawcett
    The Artist of the Deal

    About SABEW

    The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) is a 50-year-old organization with more than 3,000 members across the globe. Journalists from The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, CNN and other organizations, big and small, are involved in the organization.

    About SABEW Canada

    A group of Canadian journalists launched SABEW Canada, SABEW’s first international chapter, last year. We now have more than 200 members, among them reporters and editors from The Globe and Mail, National Post, Canadian Business, Maclean’s, MoneySense, Bloomberg, Canadian Press, the Wall Street Journal and more.

    SABEW Canada’s mission statement is simple: We want to define and inspire excellence in business journalism. We do that by hosting educational events with company chief executives, leading business journalists and well-known politicians, among others. We also offer teletraining to members to help improve their skills, and hold networking events where business journalists can make new connections, as well as catch up with colleagues and friends.

    For further information: Dawn Calleja at [email protected] or 416-554-6450

     

     

  • Journalists Honored in SABEW’s 21st Annual Best in Business Awards

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Thursday March 17, 2016

    PHOENIX — The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) today announces winners and finalists in its 21st annual Best in Business (BIB) Awards competition, which recognizes outstanding business journalism that was published or aired in 2015.

    Adding up winners and finalists, Bloomberg led with seven honors, while The New York Times earned six honors — all winners. A diverse group of news outlets earned four honors apiece: ProPublica, Quartz, Reuters, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Minneapolis StarTribune, The Center for Public Integrity, and International Business Times. News outlets with three honors included The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, CNBC, Portland Business Journal, Fortune, and Institutional Investor.

    The 116 honored works represent all corners of the financial news industry. To read the complete list of winners and finalists and the judges’ comments, click here. For a complete list of winners only, click here.

    “The quality of this year’s honorees is really excellent, and it’s great to see so many different organizations having an impact with their business reporting,” said SABEW President Joanna Ossinger, team leader at First Word Americas FX at Bloomberg News. “We at SABEW are proud to honor such good work.”

    SABEW will honor the winners and finalists at a ceremony on Saturday, May 21, during the 53rd annual spring conference in the Washington, D.C., area. The conference and ceremony will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Crystal City, Va. Conference speakers include Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson, and Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron. There will also be panel discussions covering the marijuana business, the rise of e-newsletters, how reporters can better delve into wage issues, and much more.

    Click here for conference details and registration information.

    “I am delighted to announce a special discounted conference rate of $250 for BIB honorees,” said SABEW Executive Director Kathleen Graham. “We plan to showcase the work of honorees throughout the conference to encourage, inspire, and teach fellow journalists.”

    More than 190 working journalists and academics served as contest judges, sifting through 880 entries representing 175 news outlets across 71 categories. Here is a sampling of the winners honored by SABEW judges:

    – The Associated Press investigated the Thai seafood industry’s use of slaves to catch and package seafood sold in the U.S., a series that led to the release of some 2,000 people.

    – ProPublica explained in words and interactive graphics how debt collectors are more likely to sue black people.

    – Quartz produced a thought-provoking and visually arresting feature about the Internet’s underground economy.

    – International Business Times examined how private prisons exploit inmates’ use of telecommunications by levying huge fees.

    – The Wall Street Journal cinematically chronicled the desperation of a young banker who admitted his role in an interest-rate rigging scandal.

    – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel exposed in a series of stories the health threats faced by workers in the coffee-roasting industry.

    – Bloomberg Businessweek revealed that a CEO who cast himself as a hero for cutting his salary later earned hefty amounts from speaking fees and a book deal.

    – The New York Times showed how billions of dollars tainted by corruption and tax avoidance flow unchecked into New York’s real-estate market.

    – Portland Business Journal exposed why Oregon has emerged as a haven for the registration of shell companies that often hide dubious activities.

    – Student journalists from Baruch College/CUNYproduced a series of multimedia stories on entrepreneurs in the emerging Cuba economy.

    – Fortune employed shoe-leather reporting and narrative skill to illuminate how lax computer security at Sony enabled hackers to leak company emails.

    – CNBC demonstrated great skill in using social media to deliver news in all formats and to engage with its audience.

    – Reuters produced a series of balanced and sharply written commentaries on the interplay between Wall Street and the gun industry.

    – Minneapolis StarTribune published a series of insightful columns on the beleaguered retailer Target, a major local employer.

    – The Seattle Times, The Center for Public Integrity, and BuzzFeed News jointly exposed the high fees and interest rates of a mobile-home business owned by Warren Buffett.

    SABEW, the world’s largest and oldest organization of business and financial journalists, began the Best in Business competition in 1995 to set standards and recognize excellence in the industry.

    For more information on the contest, contact Crystal Beasley at [email protected] or 602-496-7862.

  • Canadian SABEW member wins first prize in the PMAC Awards for Excellence in Investment Journalism

    Posted By admin on Thursday May 22, 2014

    Bryan BorzykowskiSpecial to SABEW

    The Portfolio Management Association of Canada (PMAC) announced the winners of its third annual PMAC Awards for Excellence in Investment Journalism (the PMAC Awards) today.

    First prize went to SABEW member Bryan Borzykowski for the Canadian Business Investor’s Guide 2014, an investment resource for all levels of investors.

    Winners were selected from 31 French and English entries from 13 unique publications. Judges represented a variety of professionals from within the field of journalism and investment/financial services.

    The prizes, including the $5,000 first prize, will be presented at an investment industry event in Toronto on June 16, 2014.

    Read the full story here.

  • Reynolds Center awards fellowship to two journalists to attend SABEW Conference

    Posted By admin on Thursday February 27, 2014

    Special to SABEW

    Phoeniz logoPHOENIX- The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism has awarded fellowships to two journalists to attend the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) spring conference in Phoenix from March 27-29.

    The fellowships were awarded to Jason Frazer of WFSB-TV in Hartford, Conn. and Sam Murillo of La Voz, Ariz. Both fellows will participate in the Reynolds Center training and SABEW events. Read the full story…

  • Winners of the Barlett and Steele awards include the Tampa Bay Times, NY Times and The Wall Street Journal

    Posted By admin on Tuesday October 1, 2013

    BarlettSteeleAward_2Special to SABEW

    PHOENIX–The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism announced today the winners of the prestigious Barlett and Steele awards.

    The gold prize went to  a Tampa Bay Times/Center for Investigative Reporting collaboration on “America’s Worst Charities,” a project by Kris Hundley and Kendall Taggart that identified charities that steered as much as 95 percent of donations to boiler-room operations and direct-mail companies.

    The silver award went to “The United States of Subsidies,” by Louise Story of The New York Time. The project tabulated the $80 billion that local governments dole out to corporations each year in tax breaks and other business incentives – expenditures to recruit and keep businesses that may or may not produce results.

    The bronze went to Susan Pulliam, Rob Barry, Michael Siconolfi and Jean Eaglesham of The Wall Street Journal for their work on “Inside Game: How Corporate Insiders Profit Ahead of the Public,” an  examination of how more than 20,000 corporate executives traded their own companies’ stock over the course of eight years.

    Read the full story here.

    The awards are named for the renowned investigative team of Don Barlett and Jim Steele, whose numerous awards include two Pulitzer Prizes, these annual awards, funded by the Reynolds Center, celebrate the best in investigative business journalism.

    The judges for this year’s awards were Amanda Bennett, editor-at-large for Bloomberg News; Paul Steiger, ProPublica’s founding editor-in-chief and current executive chairman; and Rob Reuteman, freelance writer, professor at Colorado State University and former president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

    The awards will be conferred Nov. 18 at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in Phoenix.

  • Scripps Howard Awards offers categories for business journalists

    Posted By admin on Wednesday January 23, 2013

    PHOENIX–The Scripps Howard Awards honors excellence in journalism with prizes totaling $175,000 in 18 categories.

    Of special interest to SABEW members is the Styles Award for business and economics reporting, which is open to staff and freelance journalists from newspapers, TV and radio stations, cable networks, online news sites, news magazines, syndication and wire services.

    It costs $50 to enter and the deadline is Jan. 31. Entry forms and more information are available at www.shawards.org.

  • Loeb Awards deadline approaching

    Posted By admin on Tuesday January 22, 2013

    PHOENIX–UCLA Anderson School of Management and the Loeb Foundation invite business, financial and economic journalists from print, online and broadcast media to submit entries for the 2013 Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in 14 competition categories.

    The Loeb Awards began in 1957 with the mission to recognizing writers, editors and producers who make significant contributions to the understanding of business, finance and the economy for both the private investor and the general public.

    Submissions will be accepted online only at http://www.loeb.anderson.ucla.edu until Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

  • New York Times, USA Today and two N.C. Newspapers Win 2012 Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism

    Posted By admin on Wednesday October 3, 2012

    Special to SABEW

    PHOENIX — The New York Times, USA Today and a joint project by The Charlotte Observer and The (Raleigh) News & Observer won gold, silver and bronze awards respectively in the sixth annual Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism, the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism announced today.

    Named for the renowned investigative team of Don Barlett and Jim Steele, whose numerous awards include two Pulitzer Prizes, these annual awards funded by the Reynolds Center celebrate the best in investigative business journalism.

    • “Vast Mexico Bribery Case Hushed Up by Wal-Mart after Top-Level Struggle,” by David Barstow of The New York Times, received the top gold award of $5,000. Barstow obtained hundreds of confidential documents and interviewed important players in the company’s internal inquiry. He discovered Wal-Mart had received powerful evidence that its Mexican executives used systematic bribery payments totaling more than $24 million to obtain zoning rulings and construction permits.

    “Yet Wal-Mart never notified law-enforcement officials in the U.S. or Mexico about the bribes,” the judges said, noting their “astonishment” that the firm’s headquarters would cover up violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

    • “Ghost Factories,” by lead reporters Alison Young and Peter Eisler of USA Today, received the silver award of $2,000. The series involved a 14-month investigation that revealed locations of more than 230 long-forgotten smelters and the poisonous lead they left behind.  Reporters used handheld X-ray devices to collect and test 1,000 soil samples to prove there was a serious threat to children living in dozens of neighborhoods.

    “As a result of their efforts, government officials in 14 states have reopened flawed investigations, tested soil or taken other action to clean up contaminated property,” said the judges.

    • “Prognosis: Profits,” by Ames Alexander, Karen Garloch, Joseph Neff and David Raynor, received the $1,000 bronze award for a joint project of The Charlotte Observer and The (Raleigh) News & Observer. Reporters dissected finances of large institutions through documents and sources to paint a compelling picture of nonprofit hospitals that function as for-profit institutions—often to the detriment of their care and charity missions. Discovered were inflated prices on drugs and procedures, lawsuits against thousands of needy patients and minimal charity care to poor and uninsured patients.

    “All of that is in contrast to their large profit margins, billions of dollars in reserves and top executives being paid millions,” noted the judges.

    Honorable mentions in this year’s awards are, in alphabetical order:

     

     

     

    • Reuters, “Chesapeake Energy,” by Brian Grow, Anna Driver, Joshua Schneyer, Jeanine Prezioso, David Sheppard, John Shiffman and Janet Roberts.

     

    “Cutting-edge, in-depth reporting on global ethics, environmental concerns and health-care finances led the way in this year’s competition,” said Andrew Leckey, president of the Reynolds Center. “The wide range of news organizations and the diverse issues they probed underscored the fact that investigative business journalism is operating at a high level.”

    The judges for this year’s awards were Amanda Bennett, executive editor/projects and investigations at Bloomberg News; Steve Koepp, editorial director of Time Home Entertainment Inc.; and Paul Steiger, ProPublica’s founding editor-in-chief, president and CEO.

    The awards will be conferred Jan. 3, 2013, during Reynolds Business Journalism Week at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix.

    Contact: President Andrew Leckey, Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, 602-496-9186, or [email protected].

    ABOUT THE REYNOLDS CENTER

    Since 2003, more than 15,000 journalists have benefited from the Reynolds Center’s free training. Its mission is to help journalists cover business better through in-person and online training and its website, BusinessJournalism.org. It is part of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on Arizona State University’s downtown Phoenix campus.

    The center is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, it has committed over $115 million nationwide through its Journalism Program.

    SOURCE: Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism

    Related link: http://www.BusinessJournalism.org

  • The 2012 Barlett and Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism are now open for entries

    Posted By admin on Monday July 9, 2012

    By SABEW Staff

    The 2012 Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism are now open for entries.

    Named for two-time Pulitzer Prize winners Don Barlett and Jim Steele, the sixth annual awards celebrate the best in print and online investigative business journalism. “Don and I have an informal motto: ‘Tell the reader something they don’t know,’” said Steele. “It sounds simple. Yet a lot of journalism is a rehash of what people already know.”

    This year $8,000 will be awarded in prizes. Entries must have appeared in print or online in the year ended June 30, 2012. Deadline for applications is Aug. 1, 2012

    For more information, visit the details page on BusinessJournalism.org, or email Reynolds Center President Andrew Leckey at [email protected] or call him at 602-496-9186.

     

  • College Connect blog

    Posted By admin on Friday August 30, 2019

     

    Students who write for the College Connect blog describe their own experiences handling and managing money and credit. Blog topics include family financial crises, working while going to school, financial aid, managing debt and more.

    The blog writers attend Arizona State University, the University of Missouri School of Journalism and the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

    This personal finance blog project is funded by Denver-based National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE).

    Spring 2019

    College Connect Spring 2019: Planning for Study Abroad: How to finance your semester BEFORE you get there

    By Mimi Wright

    If there is one piece of advice that I would give to any college student, it would be this: study abroad. The experiences, connections and sights you see are priceless. But unfortunately, the trip is not. Studying abroad is a hefty financial undertaking. It can be extremely overwhelming when you are faced with the program fee, because I know I was. A helpful tip: PLAN AHEAD. I worked a lot the summer before my spring study abroad so that I had some cushion for the blow. But even that wasn’t enough for what my program fee was. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: How to travel cheaply while studying abroad

    By Chloe Thornberry

    Arriving in the country that’s you’ve chosen to do your study abroad is a thrill.  But it’s just the start – now that you’ve taken this big leap, you might as well see as much of the world as possible. If there are alarms going off in your head telling you that sounds off-the-wall expensive, take a breath. There are ways to travel abroad without breaking the bank. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Learning about financial aid, right from the source!

    By Sydney Calhoun

    Who would have thought that a journalism major would be working in a university financial aid office, but I’m glad I do!  In today’s world of student loans and repayment plans, life can get the best of your wallet. After all, two-thirds of students at public universities like mine have student loans. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: What to do when your campus job is a brain drain

    By Payton Cousins

    What do you do when your job is intellectually and mentally exhausting? What do you do when you need more hours to make more money, but you don’t have the brain power to keep working? This is a problem that I experience all the time. I currently work as a writing tutor at the University of Missouri, which means that my job is basically helping students at any stage in the writing process. It can be in any topic, from Engineering, English, Political Science… I have even edited creative writing pieces for Literature and Film Writing classes. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Saving Up to Giddy Up

    By Paulina Crum

    First – you have to know that I’m from Montana. I have been riding horses since I was six, and have desperately wanted a horse of my own, but I have never been able to afford to buy one. Now, it seems like there may be a way to finally purchase the horse I have always wanted. I have been hired for two good paying jobs this summer at a public relations firm and as a receptionist at an equine vet clinic. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: All Work, No Play: Why Everyone Needs to Find A Balance

    By Paola Rodriguez

    All work, no play makes Jack a dull boy. As much as this may seem to be true, working is quite important at the end of the day. It is a means to receiving income in order to live even if it creates a struggle to keep a balance of a social life, good grades, internships and living as comfortably as possible. For many students across the country, this is a reality. Devon Bennett, a junior at the University of Missouri- Columbia, admitted his own struggles as a working student. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: How to Afford a Trip to the Movies

    By Abby Monteil

    College is often characterized as a place to gain exposure to new experiences and culture, as well as to meet new people. One reputable way to do this is to catch a new movie with friends. However, a trip to the theater is getting increasingly difficult to afford for college students who are dealing with the costs of attending school. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Money Saving Tips for Your Time Abroad

    By Eli Lederman

    So you’re studying abroad? Awesome. You’ve been accepted into your program. You’ve completed all the painstaking paperwork and endured the process of getting a visa or any other documentation process. You even performed all the financial gymnastics necessary and now, finally, you’ve arrived in Europe or South America or another far away land you’ve chosen to expand your horizons and experience the world. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Earning and Saving Money with Out Leaving Your Dorm Room

    By Meredith Westrich

    Juggling a job while being a full-time student can extremely stressful—there seems to never be enough time or money.  One solution is to make money on your own time schedule, without even ever having to leave your room. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Working full-time and being a student full-time is a challenge

    By Andrea Jennemann

    When the end of my first year of college ended, and everyone was moving out of the dorms and beginning to sign leases for apartments, my father told me I would be solely responsible for my living costs from that point on. Because of a change in roommates, I was late in signing my lease. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Hard financial choices lead to grit and determination in college

    By Crystal Cox

    In my first two years at college, I’ve had to make a decision that my high school self could not have imagined: go to class or be able to afford to eat. This is the reality that I, and many students who come from low-income families, face. Having to work 40 hours a week at an entry-level service job is difficult, but having to do so while being a full-time college student is beyond exhausting. Since being introduced to the economic concept of opportunity cost, I’ve thought a lot about how school and work are opposing variables in my life. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Finding a student job with medical limitations

    By Joseph Bartholomew

    Going into college, I had never had a job. In high school, during the summer going into my sophomore year, I was diagnosed with cancer, at the age of 15. This prevented me from living the normal life of a high schooler as I was pulled from my classes and began treatment. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Are Credit Cards Necessary for Students?

    By Tyler Head

    Will that be cash or credit? These days this question almost seems redundant. Our society is continuously advancing its technology and the thought of paying for things with physical dollar bills feels slightly antiquated to many students. According to a 2016 study done by Sallie Mae, a federally-back lending institution, 56 percent of college students have credit cards. However, the responsibility that comes with having credit cards isn’t for everyone and managing that responsibility raises the question among some of whether they should have credit cards or not. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: What You Should Know Before Signing a Rental Lease

    By Caroline Friedman

    A recent ranking conducted by the financial technology company SmartAsset found that seven of the top ten most transient cities in the country are college towns. In a city like Athens, Georgia, home to the University of Georgia and a transitory student population of nearly 38,000, the options for rental housing are seemingly endless. Although the search process is a relatively easy one for students here, it’s what follows that causes much consternation and difficulty. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Student Saves Money by Renting Textbooks

    By Lauren Diaz

    As a finance student at the University of Georgia, Nathan Moon is required to purchase textbooks that retail upwards of $120. Rather than purchasing them, however, Moon rents them through rental sites that help students save as much as 90 percent of the publisher’s price. “If I were to buy all of my books every semester, it would be close to $500,” Moon said. “If I rent them, I can stay within my budget and don’t have to spend a large portion of my money.” Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Overcoming Unexpected Medical Expenses

    By Mauli Desai

    A visit to the doctor’s office is often met with the question: “On a scale of one to 10 rate your pain.” Rajan Bedi’s response of nine out of 10 on the pain scale was the beginning of a yearlong ordeal. In 2018, while on his way to The Reserve apartment complex to watch the Philadelphia Eagles play the New England Patriots in The Super Bowl, Bedi, was hit on the driver side by a speeder who blew past a yield sign at an intersection on the east side of Athens, Georgia. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: What to Expect Financially When Studying Abroad

    By Steve Conyers

    Studying abroad offers a unique experience to students who gain new perspectives by visiting other countries. Broadening one’s world view through hands-on teaching in an unfamiliar culture, gaining valuable networking connections and increasing communication skills in an increasingly demanding global job market are just a few of the advantages students obtain when they study abroad. However, only 10 percent of undergraduate students in the U.S. will study abroad before they graduate, according to the Institute of International Education. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: The Scholarship Strain

    By Eleanor Cash

    With the end of spring semester approaching, college seniors across the country are looking forward to wearing their caps and gowns and receiving their diplomas.  Soon after flipping their tassels, however, many of these new graduates will be forced to confront a growing national problem: repaying their student loan debt. Student loans place only second to mortgage debt in the consumer debt category. In 2018, 69 percent of students took out loans, and graduated with an average debt of $29,800. To paint a broader picture, Americans owe over $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: College Budgeting: Taking it One Step at a Time

    By Ellie Bramel

    Kelsey Snelgrove was in the sixth grade when the Great Recession happened. The crash hit close to home, and she watched her parents lose the business they had worked to build. “My dad literally came to me one day and was like, okay, so we have a bag of money. It says for groceries. That’s it. We have no other money,” Snelgrove recalled. She said the experience gave her a deeper understanding of money as she learned how to stretch her family’s dollar. Now a junior at the University of Georgia, she uses that understanding to budget her paychecks, account for weekly expenses and adopt long-term savings goals. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Students Turn to Mobile Apps for Financial Tools

    By Jessica Wurst

    Mobile finance applications can offer a simple way for students to track personal finances, but they also can make it too easy to put money into the stock market without proper knowledge. App such as Mint and Acorns aid students with financial management by tracking spending and account balances. Similar apps providedby banks such as SunTrust and Wells Fargo are also attractive to students due to their simplicity and brand recognition. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Is the Master’s Degree the New Bachelor’s?

    By Rebecca Wright

    A bachelor’s degree may soon not be enough to win in a competitive job market. With increasing access to college education, students in the United States are looking for ways to differentiate themselves. Some choose to pursue multiple internships or dual majors, but more often students now are taking the GRE exam with hopes of qualifying for graduate school. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: College Students and Health Insurance

    By Jennifer Williams

    As college students graduate and enter the job market, they face a critical question: How will they pay for health insurance? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) plays a significant role in young adults’ coverage decisions, as it allows them to remain on their parents’ insurance until age 26. This is an advantage for many students who are worried about affording health care on their own as they start their careers and begin paying off student loans. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: The Worth of an Unpaid Internship

    By Sidhartha Wakade

    Employers today expect job-seekers — including soon-to-be or recent college graduates — to have some level of practical experience in their chosen fields. For many college students, this experience comes from part-time jobs, internships or work-study programs. Not all of these options provide pay, however. For Sarah Lanier, a 20-year-old junior public relations major at the University of Georgia, an unpaid internship has been part of her course of study. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Students and Their Loans

    By Jenny Vo

    When Russell Cochran left Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama, he also left behind a football scholarship worth about $22,000 a year. Cochran said he no longer wanted to play football and transferred to the University of Georgia to pursue a degree in Housing Management and Policy. “I was a sports management major there and I decided I wanted to do real estate and they didn’t have it, so I transferred,” he said, noting that it costs more to go to UGA. “But I believe it’s worth it.” Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: A Student’s Guide to Financial Understanding

    By Ashley Scott

    When Luke Morgan came to The University of Georgia to start his freshman year of college, he understood only as much about personal finance as he needed to get by. “It either comes from being raised in a family that teaches you, or doing it and learning, and the latter is probably the more effective way of doing anything,” he said. By learning as he went along, Morgan acquired the skills he needed to be near self-sufficient by his graduation in December 2018. He began with help from his parents, but gradually transitioned into paying for his expenses on his own. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Why Students Should Practice Budgeting While in College

    By Charlotte Norsworthy

    Before Alexis Manson decides to buy a concert ticket or go out to dinner with a friend, she pulls out her laptop to check her digital budget. “It’s like a game, she said. “It’s honestly kind of fun.” Manson is a junior international affairs major at the University of Georgia from Smithfield, Virginia, and while she doesn’t need to be financially independent from her parents, she likes to practice ways to curtail wasteful spending. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Students and Credit Scores

    By Spencer McGuire

    Are credit scores important to college students? Short answer: yes. But that’s not the whole story. Behind every credit score is a more detailed set of three credit reports, according to The University of Georgia’s Mary Carlson, a professor in the Financial Planning Master’s program. TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian are the three companies that pull a person’s financial history, and from that information, create a report about what kind of spender a person is along with a repayment history. If someone pays off the credit card debt consistently, or has a lot of unpaid debt, these companies will know about it. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Federal Work-Study Offers Flexible Job Opportunities for Students

    By Kelly Mayes

    Having a part-time job in college can be a balancing act for many students, but some may find the flexibility they need if they qualify for the Federal Work-Study Program. This program, offered by about 3,400 colleges in the U.S., awards grants for undergraduate and graduate students who qualify to gain valuable work experience pertaining to their career. Peyton Etheridge, a first-year intended public relations student at the University of Georgia, has worked in the front office of the Odum School of Ecology this year. The Federal Work-Study program has been a good option for her. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Car Repair Research Can Help Students Avoid Being Overcharged

    By Savannah Martin

    College is the time when many young adults find themselves facing huge financial responsibilities for the first time. But, sometimes it can be routine things such as car repair that cause the most concern. Emilie Gille, a senior at the University of Georgia, said she has been warned about general sexism toward women when it comes to car repairs and she is concerned about being ripped off. “I’m always very wary,” said Gille. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: How Students Can Overcome the Intimidation of Tax Filing

    By Grace Langella

    Taxes can be intimidating, especially for students. Nique Roth, a University of Georgia marketing major, said taxes make her nervous because she knows so little. “If there was an outlet to learn about them, I wouldn’t be scared,” said Roth, “but because it’s kind of a free for all, I’m definitely intimidated by the idea of filing them myself.” According to Lance Palmer, a professor of Family Planning and Consumer Economics, many students have a skewed view of taxes because of the media. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Understanding Student Loan Repayment Options

    By Zach Jones

    Student debt in the United States has reached a staggering $1.5 trillion, but many students know very little about their own loans and how they factor into that giant number. When college students defer to their parents on loan decisions, they typically rely on their parents to do the research and pick the type of loan. This decision will ultimately affect the types of repayment options available once the students graduate. “I was kept in the dark really. My parents took care of picking what type of loan I got, and I was never aware that the type of loan could affect my repayment options,” said Michael Ackerman, a student at The University of North Georgia. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Cheap Peace of Mind: College Students and the Need for Renters Insurance

    By Collin Huguley

    College students living away from home for the first time often feel the need for more education on how to protect their living spaces and belongings from potential disaster. For these students, renters insurance is a new concept. “At this point in our lives, we haven’t really experienced much in the realm of home owning,” said 22-year-old University of Georgia student Amanda Gruner. “It’s not like a staple that we’re told about; that we need renters insurance. We’re taught that we need bedding, but not that we need insurance.” Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Navigating Life as a Student Entrepreneur

    By Michael Hebert

    Senior marketing major Kaitlin Lutz always wanted to be an entrepreneur. She started a dog walking business when she was younger, making flyers with her face, a picture of a dog and a little dog bone to promote her service around the neighborhood.“I’ve always had some sort of itch for entrepreneurship as long as I can remember,” Lutz said. As a student at the University of Georgia, Lutz sought out the training offered through the UGA Idea Accelerator, an eight-week program where students are trained in how to develop a business. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Lessons Learned About Life, Finances and Family

    By Noelle Schon

    When it comes to my personal experience with money, I am very lucky to have had parents who opened a college fund for me early on.  My parents are both in the business and finance field. My mother was a regional vice president for Bank of America before taking time off to raise me and my siblings. She is very helpful when it comes to explaining the financial world to me, which really piqued my interest in the field as I grew up. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: The Unexpected Costs of International Travel

    By Nicole Hernandez

    Peru was the trip of a lifetime. One week, five planes, two trains, six boats, two ATVs, and four zip lines all came together to create one amazing experience. Taking off from LAX in May of 2017 was one of the most exciting days of my life, and landing in Cusco at five in the morning the next day was even better. But getting to the point of stepping into a foreign country for the first time was a long, arduous process that revolved around – you guessed it – finances. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: Lessons From My Parents: Spending with a Purpose

    By Andres Guerra Luz

    As my family and I packed up the last of the belongings from my childhood home, a flurry of different feelings rushed over me. For as long as I could remember, home was an old-timey, multi-story building in an idyllic neighborhood in Chicago. But as my family adapted to some bigchanges, the house was becoming too large an expense. A part of me felt sad to leave the house behind, another part of me felt relieved that we were down-sizing to a more affordable place and yet another part of me was excited to live somewhere new. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: The Blue and Red Fibers of Financial Happiness and Despair

    By Mara Friedman

    Money is a funny thing. It is the only thing (other than your parents) that can be your best friend or a great nightmare. The blue and red fibers woven between its cotton may hold both happiness and despair. My life has been that blue fiber. I have been tangled up inside due to the money-making process. My life made a complete 360-degree turn in my teenage years when I found out that my immediate family was rich. It didn’t turn around the way you may think it would have, however. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: The Knowledge We Needed

    By Taylor Freds

    When I moved to Arizona for college, I quickly realized that high school had left me completely unprepared for the real world. The school’s need to be the best at standardized tests has left students without the actual knowledge they need when they walk out the door. Taxes, financial aid, savings, budgeting, debt (etc.) are all words that I knew the meaning of but had no real grasp on. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: When It Comes to Finances, Listen to Your Mother

    By Emily M. Dean

    I thought I knew everything when I was 19. That’s cliche, but it’s also true. I remember calling my mom with the master plan for my life. I was to move to Ithaca, New York, and take a job teaching dance. At this point in time my mother’s advice sounded a lot like an outdated and broken record to me. I remember telling her that the apartment I’d found would be $700 a month plus utilities. I remember her asking me if it was a nice apartment. I remember saying yes to spite her. Read more…

    College Connect Spring 2019: How I Used Airbnb to Continue My Education

    By Madeline Ackley

    In 2017, I found myself in a precarious financial situation, like so many 20-something college students do. I had left home and was living with two roommates in an apartment in downtown Phoenix so I could be close to campus. One consequence of living in a college town, however, is that things are more expensive. A lot more expensive in some cases. Each month the expenses piled higher and higher and I was barely squeezing by with my minuscule paycheck working part time as a doggy daycare attendant. So, I did what any cash-strapped millennial in 2017 would do: I illegally sublet my room to strangers on Airbnb. Read more…


    Fall 2018

    College Connect Fall 2018: It’s Confusing – the Multicultural Issue of Tipping

    By Yutong Yuan

    Tip, or not tip? As a student from a country where giving a gratuity is not part of the social etiquette, I’m always confused by when, where and how much I should tip. When eating out with friends at a restaurant, I can always ask for advice on how much I should leave as a tip. However, things become trickier when I’m alone, facing an iPad with tipping options ranging from 15% to 25% for a coffee or a lunch buffet. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Why Ditching Your Car is the Right Choice, and Easier than You Think

    By Kristoffer Tigue

    Six years ago, my car got towed for being parked four inches — rather than five — from someone’s driveway. In Minneapolis, where I grew up, that can run you a hefty fine of about $150 for the first day. The problem was that, as an undergrad at the time living in a college town, I didn’t check up on my car for a week. My bill? More than $500, and not to mention another towing charge because the engine wouldn’t start. I told them to keep it. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Understanding the Difference in Student Loans

    By Keegan Pope

    For most kids, when you’re 17 or 18 years old, debt is a concept that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. If you have a car, it’s likely that your parents own it and are least helping to make payments on it. Even if you don’t live at home, you’re almost certainly paying month-to-month rent somewhere. So when the idea of student loans to pay for college comes up, terms like principal and interest or subsidized and unsubsidized loans might as well be a foreign language you never took in high school. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Music May Seem Free, But It Bites our Budgets

    By Xinyu Wei

    The first day I came to MU, I was overwhelmed by flyers of welcome parties from tons of clubs and organizations. “Free drink. Free pizza. Free music.” I got hooked by the last part. For a long time, I took it for granted that I don’t have to pay for music. I remember all those tapes and CDs in my family home. All I had to do was put them in the players.  hen it’s the time of MP3 and MP4, but they quickly got replaced by phones and personal computers. I still had no concept of paying for music, since the Internet gave me everything without asking for a single dime. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Roomies and Even Dining Can have Financial Pitfalls

    By Sydney Olsen

    College is a fun time in everyone’s life. You have true freedom for the first time in your ever. Don’t want to show up for class? That’s up to you. Want to stay up until 2 a.m. every night? Do it. However, with all of this new-found freedom comes a lot of responsibilities. Responsibilities can be fun too as you start to feel like an adult, but sometimes it is difficult to anticipate everything you need to think about when planning for these. I learned this when deciding who to have as my roommate. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Having a Pet in College: Worth the price?

    By Nikki Ogle

    We have all been there. You bombed an exam and feel like the worst college student in history. You spent your morning in a giant lecture hall full of unfamiliar faces, feeling all alone. You wonder if you are really cut out for this thing called college. Imagine, your whole day changes when you walk in the door of your apartment or duplex. A wagging tail and sloppy kisses or face rubs and the sound of purring can turn it all around. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Stretching Your Dollar in America’s Most Expensive Cities: A Guide to Financing Internships

    By Daniel Noonan

    Old academic halls, crammed libraries on finals week, and Frisbee on the quad are staples of American college life and are often revered as essentials to the college experience. Colleges and universities across America are now adding a fourth aspect to that list that seems to make or break a lot of students overall worthwhile of a traditional four-year degree. That is the undergrad internship. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: My Journey into Finding My First Credit Card

    By Caitlin McCarthy

    Books, late night pizza and beer, spring break, and the list goes on. All of these being college student “necessities” for a studious and fun few years. The one setback of these is how expensive it can all be. The possible answer to being able to afford these? A credit card. Unlike most college students, I have not yet gotten my first credit card. It might be out of fear that I will rack up too may expenditures and not be able to pay it all off. However, it’s a rite of passage into the beginning of being more financially mature and building a credit score, so I can make big purchases once I graduate. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: The Mizzou Rideshare Group

    By Maggie Austin

    When I started my college search during junior year of high school, I wanted to pick a university far from home. It was a classic mistake made by a moody, self-centered teenage girl. I actually thought my parents would drive from Chicago every weekend to come see me, so I looked at Syracuse, the University of Minnesota and, of course, the University of Missouri, which was the closest to my home in Chicago. But it still was a seven-hour drive. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: How to Survive a Summer in NYC on an Intern’s Salary

    By Lexi Churchill

    I have always loved New York from afar. For two years in a row I set my sights on working in the Big Apple, applying to as many journalism internships there as possible. When I finally received a call from the financial news network CNBC, I almost couldn’t believe my goals were coming true. If this sounds familiar at all, you’ve probably been dreaming of the big city without thinking through the big costs. This cost of living calculator from Bankrate estimates the cost of living in NYC compared to my college town, Columbia, Missouri, is about 136% higher overall. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Incremental Costs Eat Away at Your Pocketbooks

    By Noah Higgins-Dunn

    A vivid piece of financial advice from Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary slips into my mind every time I’m about to enter Starbucks: “Do I pay $2.50 for a coffee? Never, never, never do I do that,” he said in a CNBC interview. “That is such a waste of money for something that costs 20 cents.” During those late nights at the library, cramming for an exam but struggling to stay awake, I’ll frequently sneak off for a tall Pike’s Place pleasure. I justify the $2.50 expenditure because, in my mind, the small cost is worth the reward. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: The Vaping Habit – Does It Cost More or Less than Cigarettes?

    By Brendan Crowley

    Parents, schools and the federal government have been wringing their hands over the nicotine-delivery sensation that’s sweeping the nation: the JUUL. JUUL puffers may look like they’re sucking on a flash drive, but they’re getting a nicotine hit rivaled only by smoking tobacco. Some turn to the JUUL to help kick their smoking habit. That’s especially common here in Missouri, where tobacco is part of the culture and isn’t subject to the steep taxes found in other states. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Students with Debt Struggle with Transition to Grad School

    By Tucker Pennington

    Imagine driving six hours to class and back each week to save $425 on rent. That is exactly what Jori Moore, a 24-year-old master’s student in school counseling at University of Georgia, does to help make grad school affordable. For the Lilburn, Georgia, student, living at home is one of the many financial decisions she has made in pursuit of her graduate degree, and every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday she drives an hour to reach campus. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Financial Challenge: A Mother Helps her Student with Down Syndrome Succeed

    By Tamara Khader

    Kathryn Junod, a mother of a University of Georgia student with Down syndrome, has financial challenges quite different than most parents who send their child to the state’s flagship university. Her primary challenge is the lack of funding for the few college programs available for students with disabilities. Her 23-year-old son, Jordan Huffman, is enrolled in the Destination Dawgs program at the University of Georgia which provides academic, experiential, social and independent living opportunities for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD). Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Pay to Play: A College Athlete without Scholarships

    By Joseph Storelli

    For most students at the University of Georgia the phrase “student-athlete” brings to mind players from high profile sports such as football or basketball. They imagine those on scholarships often described as being on a “full ride.” Rarely, if ever, would someone like Emily Barber come to mind. Barber, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering, is a goalie on the UGA club ice hockey team. She does not receive the benefits that come with being a scholarship athlete. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Coping with Student Loan Debt as Graduation Approaches

    By Tony Walsh

    Noah Collins almost passed on the opportunity to earn a college degree. Collins said he underperformed in high school because he was not aware of the options to make higher education affordable. “I had this pessimistic view that I wouldn’t be able to afford it anyways,” he said. “I just did the bare minimum.” Collins eventually discovered ways to afford an education through financial aid, including student loans. “I found out there was a way to pay for it,” he said. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: The Art of Balancing School and Entrepreneurship

    By Rachel Grace

    For Yasmin Rahimi, working for someone else has never been an option. Rahimi started her first business at 15-years-old—a nonprofit organization called Couture for Charity—and launched her second one just a few weeks ago. However, Rahimi found that her entrepreneurial spirit often clashes with her responsibilities as a student. “My parents always tell me that school comes first, but sometimes it’s hard to put that into practice,” said Rahimi. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Unpaid Internships Pose Financial Questions for Students

    By Peter Prybylski

    Every year students seek internships, work studies or other professional arrangements with a simple goal: to gain valuable work experience in their fields. However, there is often a bigger question than time, place and duties hanging over the job-seekers’ heads: How much money is in it? As U.S. student debt grows past the $1.6 trillion mark, students who are looking for summer work often grapple with the choice between a standard summer job and unpaid work in their field. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018:  I’ve Got a Business Idea: What Now?

    By Maycee Dukes

    Haart Graham, a sophomore English and Film Studies student at the University of Georgia, said she loved writing, clothes and art, and wanted to turn these hobbies into something bigger. Just like that, HaartLine Fashion was born. “It’s like I have a million ideas and I want to do all of them, but I’m only one person and I only have so many hours in a day,” she said. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Paying to be a Student Fan

    By Mary Ray

    Rhett Parr was a notable exception to the student football ticket chaos this year at the University of Georgia. The fourth -year biology major was granted a full season ticket package to the Bulldogs’ seven home games as well as a ticket to all five away games. Because of the team’s popularity following last season’s near-miss in the national championship game, demand for student tickets was high this season. Many students who had applied for football tickets discovered they had only received half-season packages for home games. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Application Fees – The Underestimated Barrier to Graduate School

    By Madison Gable

    Students applying for doctoral programs will find many that offer full funding, which can include tuition, stipends for living expenses and even healthcare coverage. But first students must get accepted, and for some the cost of application fees can be a real barrier. Allie Ibarra is a senior at the University of Georgia majoring in English, religion and philosophy. She is also a hopeful doctoral student who is expecting to take $2,000 out of her savings to cover the costs of applying to programs in Chicano literature. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: University Student Finds Long-Term Solutions in Part-Time Work

    By Lawson Powers

    It’s common for undergraduate students to find part-time jobs to help support the financial burden of school.  It is far more uncommon, however, for students to find work that also provides professional experience in their field of study. Josh Montag, a computer science undergraduate student at the University of Georgia has found just that through his involvement in the Virtual Experiences Lab (VEL). Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Growing a Photo Business as a Student

    By Keller Austin

    Most students at the University of Georgia have a goal to graduate and get a job. But junior Luke D’Agostino is already working as a photographer. The public relations major takes photos for upcoming graduates and local concerts, and recently was asked to take wedding engagement photos. D’Agostino gets most of his business from graduation photos because of his location in a college town, but said he enjoys the challenge of other types of shoots. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: When Mistakes Happen with Financial Aid

    By Julie Fields

    Sidney Mulkey was preparing to enter her junior year at the University of Georgia when she was informed about a problem with her financial aid. She traced the problem to an error in her Federal Application for Free Student Aid, commonly known as FAFSA, and discovered the problem was likely due to an error on a tax return. She tried to contact the IRS, but soon realized the issue would take time to resolve. Meanwhile, she had to come up with $3,000 a week before school started. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Alumni Network Provides Financial Support for Club Rugby

    By Jed May

    Playing rugby at a university that doesn’t offer it as a varsity sport can be an expensive proposition. Teams organized by a school’s recreation department are often called club sports and their players don’t receive scholarships. Instead, they pay dues to join the team, and are also responsible for paying for everything from hotel stays on road trips to their jerseys and game balls. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: “Moral Hazard” Causes Doctors to Over-Provide Health Care

    By Jeanne Davis

    Emma noticed a swollen lymph node on the left side of her neck in the fall of last year. The public health student at a major southern university knew that a swollen lymph node usually appeared when a person had a sore throat or a cold so she thought that she could wait it out. When it hadn’t gone away by January, she visited a nurse practitioner at her school’s health clinic who referred her to an ear, nose and throat doctor. “They thought that it was mono,” said Emma, whose last name was withheld for privacy reasons. “I did a bunch of tests for mono… but I knew that I didn’t have mono.” Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: The Trouble with Graduating from College

    By Henley Tullos

    Students looking forward to graduation from college often face the uncertainty of taking over responsibility for their expenses and student loan debt from their parents. Chris Pope, senior lecturer in finance at the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, said students can prepare to take over the expenses that were covered by parents during a student’s undergraduate years. “The best thing to do is make a budget when you first get your job,” Pope said. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018:  Paying the Bills with a “Side Hustle”

    By Caitlyn Richtman

    M Anteau has a passion for making art but doesn’t make enough money for it to be a sustainable income. That’s why artists like Anteau develop a “side hustle.” “The side hustle is what pays the bills,” Anteau said. Anteau is a 21-year-old University of Georgia student from Atlanta majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in sequential art and writing. Anteau (who uses they/their/them pronouns) said they have always been passionate about art, but didn’t pursue an art major until failing chemistry early in college. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Smartphone Apps Encourage College Students to Invest

    By Brittney Butler

    It is rare to find students with enough money saved in the case of an emergency, according to a personal advisor at a large regional bank. “You have a friend who always invites you to go get dinner and then complains that they only have $2 the next day,” said Christopher Ray, a SunTrust Bank personal finance advisor. Ray said most students should aim for having anywhere from three to six months of their monthly income put aside in a savings account in case something happens with their living situation, car or health. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: How Students Can Budget for Travel Experiences

    By Ben Richmond

    Traveling can benefit college students by providing life-enriching experiences. However, as one student discovered this summer, funding and budgeting for such an adventure isn’t easy. “I went into the summer knowing that I was going to be spending a lot of that money, but I didn’t expect to spend all of it,” said Emma Mathews, a 20-year-old junior from Atlanta majoring in accounting and theatre at the University of Georgia. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Saving to See the World

    By Annie Campbell

    University of Georgia junior Maggie Wigton said a Maymester in Bali was a trip she couldn’t pass up. Double majoring in anthropology and human geography, Wigton was eager to learn more about an entirely different language, population and culture from her own. However, money was a significant hurdle. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Paying for the Dream

    By Andrew Keith

    Ancel Briley maxed out four credit cards, accumulating $12,000 in credit card debt between his sophomore and junior year of college. He was chasing his dreams. What most people would’ve rationalized as poor fiscal responsibility, Briley saw as an opportunity to chase his passion of being an entrepreneur. “Everyone basically told me no, don’t do it. Don’t start your business using credit cards, but for me it was worth the risk. I had to make minimum payments on the cards for a long time. It took me probably two years to pay them off,” he said. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Education: Getting from Ambition to Accomplishments

    By Amethyst Clifton

    Grace Beasley was preparing for college expenses well before her first semester began. “I am always looking towards the future,” said Beasley, a student at the University of Georgia majoring in biological sciences. Beasley maintained a 4.0 grade point average while completing high school, but she said she worked during the summer to raise money for the extra things she knew she would need in college. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: I Hope You Can Learn from My Story

    By Alexandria Montoya

    I have always wanted to attend the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. When I was as senior in high school and first deciding where to go to college I never thought it would be an option because of the cost of tuition at ASU. I’m from New Mexico and out of state tuition was way too much for my middle-class family to afford. It wasn’t until the day that I got a letter in the mail stating that they were going to give me a $50,000 scholarship that I thought it was a possibility for me. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: I Spent All My Bitcoin On Cookies

    By Yael Grauer

    About three years ago, I caught wind of an unconventional bake sale. The Cybertwee bake sale originated as a Kickstarter campaign. For 24 hours, a site on the dark web (also known as the deep web) allowed users to buy rosewater cardamom cookies using cryptocurrency. The project’s goal was two-fold. First, it would show that something cute and innocent can take place on the deep web, even though it’s notorious for nefarious uses. Second, it would teach people how to use the Tor browser and cryptocurrency. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Building a Sense of Security

    By Tavia Matteson

    Being a college student has presented me with many vigorous challenges. I have had to find a balance between juggling my education and working a part time job. However, the biggest lesson I have had to learn was how to manage my money. During my junior year of college, I made the decision to get my own apartment and this financially was a shock. To go from paying very minimal bills living in my parents’ home to paying over a thousand dollars a month just to live was a huge game changer in my daily life. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Always Keep Money Set Aside for Emergencies

    By Rebecca Spiess

    My very first experiences managing my own money as a teenager were surprisingly successful. I started working at 15, after my parents urged me to start a savings account. The job was in the kitchen of a nursing home where I’d been volunteering for years. I was serving seniors with severe dementia. It was a hard job, I didn’t get paid much and the hours were grueling because we were chronically understaffed. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Money is a Big Factor in Creating Who You Are

    By Mythili Gubbi

    It is said that money doesn’t define who you are, but I believe that it does. I feel that everything I am today is a culmination of my experiences and environment – and a lot of that is based on my family’s financial status. Whether it’s the neighborhood you grew up in, the school you went to, the places you’ve visited, the people you have met or the things you have seen, every aspect of your life has a role to play, and money is a big factor in creating who you are. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: The Value in Budgeting

    By Maddie Johnson

    In my just over two years I have spent to college, I have learned the only surefire way to financially successful is to create a budget. I spent two years with sporadic income from working shifts at my serving jobs, as well receiving monthly “grocery allowance” I receive from my parents.  At this time I thought that I was being good with money by never buying things like clothes, makeup, or other things I didn’t necessarily need to survive. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: My Relationship with Money

    By Lauren Bukoskey

    My relationship with money did not fully take off until my college education did. I always was aware of what money was, but it wasn’t until I lived on my own and now had to really fully budget on my own as well. It was the first time I was financially independent and I had no idea where to start or really what that meant. With everything going on freshman year like new clubs, new friends, new insane text book prices-there are a lot of cost that accumulate quickly. Not to mention student loan debt. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Why College Students Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Credit Cards

    By Bryan Pietsch

    In the age of Venmo and splitting bills down to the penny, why shouldn’t college students be taking advantage of the perks of having a credit card? Students are penny-pinchers – they’ll split a $10 Uber ride between five people and Venmo each other the difference. They’re suckers for deals, sales and free shirts. So why not get free money? Credit cards (and credit card debt) seem like a popular choice in America, but a study found that only 6 percent of total student spending was on their own credit cards. Read more…

    College Connect10n Fall 2018: Saving is Hard

    By Barbara Smith

    One thing I have learned about money is that saving is hard. Extremely hard. Growing up, my parents were AMAZING with money. They both paid off their student debts in their 20’s, they paid off their credit card bills in full each month, and had been saving for my college fund since the day I was born. I watched them closely and figured when it was time to start being serious about money I would be good to go. And that wasn’t the case. At all. Can you believe? Read more…

    College Connect10n Fall 2018: Splitting the Check

    By Amy Xiaoshi DePaola

    After I landed my first job in undergrad, my mom’s spending money stopped, but it was a small price to pay for living at home for free. The only time when I missed the steady flow of cash was when I went out with friends. Like a lot of millennials, we love to eat out. We dedicate hours, and sometimes weeks, to online research, calculating coupons and local deals. Then, a long stretch of carpooling to the destination and taking painstakingly-aesthetic photos before digging in. As much as I love to cook, there’s nothing like sitting down and not having to worry about doing the dishes. However, there is another worry: the bill. Read more…

    College Connect1on Fall 2018: I Thought I Knew How to Handle My Money

    By Adrian Marsh

    When I moved out of the dorms at Arizona State University at the beginning of summer 2018 and into a house with a couple of roommates, I was officially on my own, financially. That was the first time I had been responsible for not only covering housing but now utilities, Internet, grocery among other expenses. My parents have always supported me and will always support me, as long as they are around, but it was time for me to be pushed even further out of the nest. And I wanted to take that next step. Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Wallet-less

    By Abdel Jimenez

    In the summer of 2018, I traveled to Santa Monica with a couple of my friends for our annual vacation trip. We spent the Fourth of July weekend near the beach, tucking our toes in the sand with no worries. The second day in California we planned an all day trip at the beach. I remember leaving rushing out of our Airbnb home trying to pack all my necessities in a fanny pack (yes, they still make those). Read more…

    College Connect Fall 2018: Balancing Your Needs for Student Housing

    By Emma Veidt

    Imagine this scenario: you can live near campus, you can have plenty of living space and you can have cheap rent. Now pick two. As I began hunting for my very first apartment last spring, I had little idea of what was considered expensive or affordable. My parents taught me how to save money because I grew up on a budget, but I was privileged in the sense that they never revealed to me the severity of our struggle. Read more…


    Spring 2018

    College Connect: Clashing Cultures When You Go to College

    By Runjie Wang

     “That makes sense to me. That Porsche belongs to a Chinese!” Americans have stereotypes that every Chinese student here is extravagant and squanders away his or her parents’ money. So do many people in China. Even worse, some internet trolls in my country always satirize that we, students studying abroad, are too rich to know where to spend. However, not everyone from China has fancy cars here. Read more…

    College Connect: The Rise of Venmo and Electronic Payment Methods

    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. Read more…


    College Connect: Moving out of the dorms and into an apartment

    By Troy D’Souza

    I personally loved living in the dorms my freshman year of college. I had a good roommate, got along with people on my floor, had a meal plan for the campus dining halls and was only a short walk to most of my classes. But I knew I wanted to move off campus and live in an apartment for the first time. For me one of the most important things was finding good roommates, ones with similar values and personalities. So three guys from my church agreed to live with me and we still do! Read more…

    College Connect: Managing credit for the first time

    By Troy D’Souza

    In high school I was super into business. I took a lot of business classes, was in DECA, a competitive business club and I even almost ended up majoring in business in college. That said, I felt like I always had a pretty good grasp on things. One thing I always wanted was a credit card to start building good credit but my parents were not having it. Finally towards the start of my junior year of college, I finally got a credit card! Read more…

    College Connect: Saving for retirement, starting NOW

    By Molly Stawinoga

    I’m 19 years old, which means I’m about 42.7 years away from retirement (assuming I retire at the U.S. average retirement age of 61.7, according to the United States Office of Personnel Management). Now, in my day-to-day life I cannot even choose what my next-day outfit will be. So why in the world would I start planning for retirement now, when I’m just trying to live a fun college life? Read more…

    College Connect: Treating Yourself on a Bare-Bones College Budget

    By Jonah Emil

    When I came to college, I was so excited to explore everything my campus had to offer. I went downtown to discover the new shops, restaurants, and attractions that added a whole new level of fun to my college experience. However, there is one thing in common with these activities that incoming college kids don’t realize until it’s too late. Money. I was amazed when I glanced at my bank account after first semester. Activities as simple as eating, quickly (and I mean quickly!) diminish your bank account. Read more…

    College Connect: Realizing Your Right to a Raise

    By Adrianna Talavera

    When I was in high school, I worked as a hostess at the same Mexican restaurant for three years. I knew the ins and outs of the restaurant and I could do the job with my eyes closed. With all the experience I acquired there, I was one of few hosts that was capable of keeping the wait short and the hungry customers happy, even during the busiest of Saturday night rushes. However, at the end of my second year, I was still making the same amount of money per hour as the little 16-year-olds who were just starting out: $7.25. Read more…

    College Connect: Finances of a First-Generation College Student

    By Kayley Allen

    Being a first-generation college student is a blessing and a curse. The feeling of being the first person in my family to go to college was, hands down, one of the best accomplishments of my life. Nonetheless, with this feeling of excitement came a dark, looming cloud of uncertainty to what lies ahead. My parents are knowledgeable in many ways, but when it came to questions about college, especially questions about student loans and the FAFSA, they don’t have the answers. Read more…

    College Connect: College and Drinking Your Dollars Away

    By: Kristina Esdale

    When you ask a college student why they are “so poor,” the almost knee-jerk response is to say “food.” But according to Banyan.com, college students spend an average of $900 per year on alcohol; that’s practically double of the average cost of textbooks, around $450. Going away to college comes with a lot of pressures educationally, mentally and especially socially. Drinking is pretty much college culture; you’re always surrounded by people talking about getting drunk, or just drunk people in general. Read more…

    College Connect: First savings account. First laptop. First big money lesson.

    By Alyson Garcia

    Two weeks after I turned 17, I was looking for a job. I realized I was going to need a computer in college and that I only had a year to raise $1,500 which seemed like a lot at the time. All my friends had jobs and paid at least one bill whether it was gas, insurance, or phone. All of them paid something and I paid nothing. After searching for two weeks,I got a call back from Kohl’s department store. Once I started working I wanted to spend my money on everything except bills. Read more…

    College Connect: Budgeting and Spending Money in the Age of Venmo

    By Betsy Smith

    “I forgot my wallet. Can you order my coffee, and I’ll pay you back?” It’s a simple question coming from a trusted friend. You used to say yes and they would pay you back in cash the next time they saw you/had their wallet. Now, everything is different. “Yeah, just venmo me.” Now, they can pull out their phone and pay you the exact amount. I get a notification that says, “Thx for the Dunkin–$2.59.”  Read more…

    College Connect: The importance of emergency savings

    By Marilyn Primovic

    Mice destroyed everything in my storage unit last summer. Instead of moving my belongings to my new apartment, I moved them to a dumpster. I also moved something else: money from my emergency savings account into my checking account to purchase necessary replacements. Ann Woodyard, assistant professor of financial planning at the University of Georgia, encouraged college students to follow my example and build an emergency savings account for scenarios like mine. Read more…

    College Connect: To rent or to buy: that is the millennial question

    By Kristen Rary

    Caroline Wrenn is living her dream. The recent graduate’s husband was drafted by a Major League Baseball team and will finish school in the off season. All of the couple’s plans are falling into place. But they have one big issue: where to live. “My husband is a professional baseball player so we will be moving a lot throughout the year. The players can be traded, promoted, or released, at any time, meaning we could always be moved to another city,” she said. “We didn’t want the financial obligation of a mortgage when we wouldn’t be able to live in the house.” Read more…

    College Connect: New tax laws, but no significant changes for students

    By Maggie Scruggs

    President Donald Trump rolled out a new tax plan early this year making cuts for corporations and some adjustments for individuals. Changes in tax laws can translate into gains or losses due to one’s circumstances, but for students not a lot changed, according to Lance Palmer, professor of financial planning and housing and consumer science at the University of Georgia. When the government has wanted to stimulate the economy historically, individual taxes were cut more than business taxes. Read more…

    College Connect: college students and credit scores

    By Hallie Smith

    Having a good credit score is critical to owning a home, signing a lease and other financial responsibilities of adulthood. However, many college students do not understand how to build credit in a healthy way. Brenda Cude, a professor of financial planning, housing and consumer economics at the University of Georgia, said college students “are way too concerned and too conservative about taking risks.” She said this is especially true when it comes to credit cards. Read more…

    College Connect: Overcoming bad spending habits

    By Henley Tullos

    College is the first time most students have the chance to live away from their parents, which comes with the responsibility of paying bills, buying groceries and budgeting. “I try my best to budget for groceries and utilities.  I don’t make impulsive purchases because my priority is purchasing my needs rather than my wants,” said Abby Feltner, a student at the University of Georgia. Feltner said her parents send a monthly allowance to cover rent, groceries and utilities.  After paying the bills, her budget has little to spare. Read more…

    College Connect: College students and their taxes

    By Catherine Morrow

    A University of Georgia professor said college students can learn important lessons about their financial situation from filing their own taxes. Lance Palmer, a professor in the department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics, said learning those skills as students will make it much easier to understand in the future. “I think it’s a great idea for students to file their own taxes as soon as they can because chances are, whatever state or financial affair they are in today, it’s only going to get more complicated,” said Palmer. Read more…

    College Connect: Planning for that future house

    By Rebecca Nauth

    College students are always trying to find ways to save money. If given an option between buying a new $200 textbook or buying that same book used, water-stained, and a little torn for $50 from Amazon, it’s safe to assume that most college students would gravitate towards the second option. But when it comes to looking for a place to live, college students likely have many questions about how much money is appropriate to save and spend. Read more…

    College Connect: The pros and cons of living off campus

    By Charlotte Norsworthy

    Many college students grapple with the decision to live on or off campus. While there are many factors to consider, for most students, the decision boils down to affordability. At the University of Georgia, most students are required to find a spot on campus to live during their first year, which can vary from single-person dorm rooms, six-person dorm rooms and even two-person apartments. Beyond the first year, however, students are free to decide where they want to live. Read more…

    College Connect: Read the fine print: why students should understand their leases

    By Charlotte Norsworthy

    For most students, college is their first attempts at adulthood. Students must learn how to manage personal finance, maintain class-work-life balance and develop the perfect elevator pitch to answer the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Thus, it is easy to see how signing a rental lease, a legally-binding 12-month contract, can add to the stack of intimidating tasks students come in contact with during their time in college. Read more…

    College Connect: Developing a personal budget

    By Michaela Patafio

    Developing a personal budget serves as a useful way to manage money, allowing for more responsible spending and investing strategies while securing financial freedom for the future. A personal budget opens the door for more financial opportunities. It helps consumers prioritize their spending so that they can ensure funding for the things that are most important. Budgeting also provides the opportunity to reach financial goals, reduce or avoid debt, or meet a specific savings plan. Read more…

    College Connect: Long-term goal setting key to student financial success

    By Emma Korstanje

    “I work a part time job, I make $500 a month and I’m having trouble budgeting,” is a string of phrases commonly heard by Matt Goren, who teaches personal finance at the University of Georgia. For many college students, taming their finances in such a situation may seem of utmost importance. However, Goren said focusing on that immediate situation shouldn’t be a student’s biggest concern. Read more…

    College Connect: Students and Financial Stress

    By Alec Larson

    As the end of the Spring semester nears, many graduating college seniors grow increasingly worried about their finances. “I’m stressed because even though I’ve been saving money my entire life, I’ve spent a lot of it while in college just because it’s hard to work a lot,” said Stephanie Motter, who is graduating from the University of Georgia in May. “You can’t have a full time job because you’re taking classes, and doing internships, and extracurricular stuff.” Read more…

    College Connect: Finding Affordable Health Insurance

    By Alex Marchante

    Nearly three in four college students and recent graduates have challenges finding affordable health insurance, according to a poll published by Agile Health Insurance in 2017. Given that student loan debt in the United States has topped $1.4 trillion and average student debt in 2017 passed $37,000, according to debt.org, health insurance may be one of the last things on college students’ minds when it comes to their budgets. Read more…

    College Connect: Credit cards explained from a student’s perspective

    By Danny McArthur

    When University of Georgia student Kalah Mingo applied for her first credit card in 2016, she thought it was a straightforward offer. Mingo, a fourth-year journalism major from LaGrange, Georgia, was enticed by the student offer from Bank of America: zero interest for the first year. “I felt like it was a perfect time to start working on my credit score, so I said ‘yes’ and applied for it, and they approved me for it,” Mingo said. Read more…

    College Connect: Factors to consider when renting

    By Emmy Medders

    Students living in Athens are only here for a short time. As a result, most of them participant in the local real estate market as renters instead of buyers. For the past five years, apartment complexes have popped up throughout the community, especially downtown. With so many options for students, what is the most important element to look for in a home away from home? “That’s easy. Location, location, location,” said Kathryn Kostovetsky, a 21-year-old fourth-year journalism major at the University of Georgia. Read more…

    College Connect: Income Levels Directly Impact the Health of Americans

    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. Read more…

    College Connect: Renters insurance may not cover theft

    By Ashlyn Davis

    Hayley Ahuja recently called her insurance company to learn if her renter’s policy would replace stolen property. In recent weeks, Ahuja, a 21-year-old fashion merchandising major at the University of Georgia, noticed some of her items in the common area of her apartment were missing. They turned up again after three or four days, so she feared a roommate was taking these things and worried that something of more value would be taken and not returned. Read more…

    College Connect: Digital waves in personal finance

    By Sam Durham

    Financial apps have begun to cement their place in the modern consumer market. Out of the $80 trillion in the world economy today, only $5 trillion is made of up physical currency, according to Business Insider. As global finances become more ingrained in technology, so do our personal finances. Read more…

    College Connect: College Students and Credit Cards

    By Charlie Ferrelle

    Few college students use credit cards to pay for their expenses, but according to the experts they should. College students in 2015 used debit or check cards for 42 percent of their purchases, cash for 40 percent, and credit cards for only 6 percent, according to Credit.com. These statistics, which were gathered in spring 2015 by Student Monitor Financial Services, have increasingly become the norm, and Brenda Cude, an expert in credit cards, explained a few reasons why. Read more…

    College Connect: Student loans increasing; assistance available

    By Amber Haywood

    The numbers are in. The outstanding student loan debt in the U.S. is $1.4 trillion held by about 44 million individuals, according to Katie Lobosco of CNNMoney. The proportion of people going to college is increasing, but the cost of educating them is increasing at a faster rate than inflation. Read more…

    College Connect: Check Your Balance, Kids

    By MacKinley Lutes-Adlhoch

    “- $347,” read my checking account balance on the screen of my phone, glaring in the Phoenix sun. I stopped in my tracks walking home from work. “What’s wrong?” my friend asked. “I think something is wrong with my bank account. It’s fine, I’ll figure it out,” I said. When I got back to my dorm room, frazzled and in disbelief, I called my bank to see what the mistake could be. I certainly could not have overdrawn my account by that much. Five minutes on the phone answered my questions: It was not a mistake, I had messed up. Read more…

    College Connect: Blackjack Tables Won’t Save Your Wallet, but Proper Planning Might

    By Andrew Wei

    Recently some friends and I turned 21, and we decided a Las Vegas trip was appropriate. Walking into the idea, I had quite a bit of money, but leaving the Las Vegas Strip I had 68 cents and the lesson of the importance of understanding inflated local pricing. Without quite thinking the whole plan through, we all agreed to go, booked the hotel, and within a few hours were in the car well on our way down. I knew Vegas was a little more expensive but nothing would prepare me for what I would find. Read more…

    College Connect: The Moment I Viewed Orange Juice as a Luxurious Item

    By SuElen Rivera

    I managed to remain debt free until my junior year of college and because I chose to be spontaneous and study abroad I am now planning out how I will pay off my student debt after graduation. No longer unsure of how I feel joining all of the other students and parents paying off university tuition, there’s only a couple things I’d redo along my journey. Read more…

    College Connect: A Tale as Old as Time: Where Does Your Paycheck Go?

    By Veronica Graff

    Laundry detergent: $11.93, fabric softener: $9.94, dryer sheets: $8.94, stain remover: $9.99, total: $40.80. Karen from Target looks up—slightly irritated that it’s 11:34 p.m. and she’s still on the clock—and asks if it’ll be credit or debit — can I pay in smiles I think to myself, maybe that will brighten her day. Read more…

    College Connect: Scholarship Searching is Serious Stuff

    By Kimberly Rapanut

    Throughout my entire life, education was always stressed as a priority. When high school graduation came and flew by within the blink of an eye, I didn’t hesitate or second guess my decision to apply to college. Pursuing higher education and a college degree was something I felt my whole life, especially my academic one, had led up to. For me, it was simply just the next step. Read more…

    College Connect: When Finances are the Dinner Conversation

    By Stephanie Morse

    I grew up in a family full of accountants. My parents both majored in accounting in college and most of my grandparents were also accountants. Therefore, money lessons were never in short supply as I was growing up. Words and phrases like “withholding,” “depreciation” and “F.I.C.A limit” often dominated dinner conversation after my sister and I talked about our school day. Read more…

    College Connect: The First Rime I filed My Taxes

    By Abdel Jimenez

    Taxes are a language only a few speak. Like French, some words have one consonant and with others the ending of a word isn’t pronounced. But when it comes together it sounds beautifully.  In the same way learning how to talk taxes can make you astute by conducting a strategic tax plan. Read more…

    College Connect: Practicing Patience

    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. Read more…

    College Connect: That Ancient Relic Called Cash and the Power of Budgeting

    By Derek Hall

    Physically handling cash is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Even if you haven’t bought in to the idea of using cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, chances are your money is managed digitally from beginning to end. I opened my personal checking account online. The income my employer pays me is automatically deposited into that checking account. When I want to spend that income, I use a little plastic card that’s far too easy to slip in and out of my pocket. Read more…

    College Connect: College Connect: Being Money Savvy and Balancing Family Demands as a First-Generation Student

    By Bo Tefu

    The expression “money doesn’t grow on trees” is a cliché. However, it is often overlooked by the people who use the expression the most. My family is the perfect example. Growing up I never had the luxury of saving money to buy myself a cute present. Saving money meant I had to make ends meet on my own by finding a way to be self-sufficient. Read more…

    College Connect: On Finding Fulfillment and a Living Wage

    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. Read more…

    Finesse Your Way through College Finances

    By Sabine Galvis

    My experience with college finances has been a story of stress and worry. I often find myself wondering how I can stretch out each dollar to cover the various costs of attending school while having time to maintain my grades and extracurricular involvement. Unlike many of my peers, I cannot rely on my parents to take care of my expenses. Read more…


    Fall 2017

    Navigating Housing and Renting Issues as a College Student

    By Morgan Brown

    Amari Tillman is a 19-year-old second-year undergraduate at the University of Georgia. Midway through her sophomore year, the safe path she had travelled by living on campus split in front of her. Should she finally leave the campus and dive into apartment life, or should she continue enjoying the benefits of living and studying in the same place? Read more…

    Financial Planning and Millennials

    By Steffenie Burns

    Millennials have been criticized for being egocentric, easily distracted, unmotivated to work and frivolous with their finances. While some in the older generations may still believe such negative stereotypes about millennials, research has indicated otherwise about their financial habits. Read more…

    College Students Should Start Building Credit Sooner Rather than Later

    By Zachary Hansen

    Going off to college creates a lot of new freedoms for the average student. With this increased independence also come extra responsibilities that weren’t present before. Among these, managing debt can be one of the most challenging. While the 2009 CARD Act banned issuing credit cards to anyone under 21, many students still end up with some form of credit card debt before graduation. According to a 2016 Experian study, about 30 percent of grads-to-be had an average balance of $2,573 in credit card debt. Read more…

    Credit Cards: What Students Should Know

    By Becky Burgess

    Credit cards can be intimidating for students, especially since many of us don’t know how to manage and maintain them. For senior Sociology major Noga Baruch at the University of Georgia, a credit card was the first step for establishing credit before graduating college. But she said spending and paying back the money can prove difficult. Read more…

    Student loans: Burden or Investment in the Future?

    By Conner Burks

    Do you, a relative or close friend have student loan debt? Chances are all three hold some outstanding student debt. Student loans are now the second biggest type of debt in America only behind mortgages, but eclipsing credit cards. According to Forbes, more than 44 million people in the U.S. have outstanding student loans totaling $1.3 trillion. The average student in the class of 2016 had $37,172 in student loan debt. Read more…

    Millennials Cash In On Financial Apps, Highest Saving Generation

    By Heather Bryan

    Anything from shampoo to a treadmill can be purchased at the touch of a button on a smartphone. It only makes sense money can be managed the same way through an increasing array of mobile apps. People, particularly millennials, use apps for budgeting, spending, investing and pretty much everything in between. In fact, millennials are coming out ahead of past generations when it comes to saving and investing. Read more…

    Coping with Student Loans

    By Kaleigh Galvin

    When it comes to the infamous juggling act of college life, Andrew Dugan, 21, has been forced to become a master. On top of a full course load, the fourth-year religion student works 25 hours a week on campus to fight the looming reality of student loans, while also maintaining heavy involvement in his local church. “My biggest sacrifice is personal health,” he said. “There have been multiple weeks this semester alone that I have averaged thirty hours of sleep – maximum.” Read more…

    Four Things to Know Before Signing a Lease

    By Savannah McCoy

    Renting an apartment or house is a milestone in a young adult’s life. It’s typically one of the first steps toward independence. No longer dependent on parents and paying for your own housing is a critical step toward adulthood. Before signing that first lease, however, renters understand their rights and responsibilities. Those obligations go beyond the obvious “you pay me, I’ll provide you housing” relationship between renter and landlord. Read more…

    College Students Need More Financial Education

    By Rakel Johnson

    College is a place where students learn all kinds of new skills. In addition to learning academically, they are also learning a plethora of life lessons. However, a lot of college students feel they are collectively lacking in one important area that applies to the real world: financial education. Many students still feel ill-prepared to make their own major financial decisions. Read more…

    Understanding the Tiny House Trend

    By Rachel Hinkle

    Ashley Jonasson, an entertainment and media studies student at the University of Georgia, has been interested in tiny houses since they became popular through television shows on HGTV and other networks. She is considering building her own tiny house one day and had a few questions about the tiny house movement and where it is projected to be in the future. Read more…

    From Piggy Banks to Building Personal Credit

    By Devon Tucker

    An exciting, but uneasy part of moving into adulthood is the need to become financially independent.  No more allowance or piggy banks. The real world requires one to establish credit, but college students are far more likely to carry only a debit card rather than a credit card, explained Brenda Cude, a consumer economics professor at the University of Georgia. Read more…

    Budget Builders: Advice for Those Entering, Existing in or Exiting College

    By Josie Wall

    The average student graduates with over $30,000 of debt as of As of April 2017, according to USA Today. The prospect of such a bill after graduation can deter many from even beginning the process of higher education, but there are ways to plan ahead and stay out of the hole. Read more…

    Emergency Savings: Because It Could Happen to You

    By Kalah Mingo

    Elizabeth Medlock, a third-year linguistics major at the University of Georgia, walked to her car in her parking deck in Downtown Athens, Ga. She had a yoga class to attend, however, something was wrong. Her car was not in her assigned parking spot. She almost started to panic, but remembered she parked in a “future residents” spot closer to her apartment the night before. Unfortunately, she forgot to move it and her car had been towed. It would cost $150 to get it back. Read more…

    Budgeting Tips for New Graduates

    By Kelly Miller

    Life after graduation for college students can mean many things: a change of pace, a chance to explore and a time to discover. However, with that freedom comes great responsibility. College grads are thrown into the “real world,” where training wheels come off, and bills are sent to them instead of their parents. Read more…

    Young People and Overcoming the Fear of Taxes

    By Maureen Sheeran

    Alexa Gilomen, a senior at the University of Georgia said she doesn’t consider her taxes to be “a huge deal” now, but added, “I feel like in the future, it is going to be scary.”  Matt Goren, who teaches personal finance in UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences, said students should overcome any fears about taxes by simply jumping in. “Give it a shot,” he said. “I think people think taxes are really confusing, and they’re really not that bad.” Read more…

    Students and the Search for Housing

    By Angelina Lewis

    Caroline McHam, now a fourth-year consumer economics student, first came to the University of Georgia without knowing anyone, and the quest for housing was a daunting search. A friend of a friend led her to her roommate, Maddie Baker, who has since become a best friend. McHam said Baker had many qualities she looked for in a roommate, and since they were both in the honors program, it seemed to be a perfect match. After their first year living in the Myers honors program dorm on-campus, the two decided to move to an off-campus apartment. Read more…

    Six Steps to Develop Good Money Habits

    By Emily Haney

    When it comes to personal finances, students typically fall in to one of two categories: seasoned or beginner.  J.T. Lynch, a sophomore at the University of Georgia, falls in to the latter category. Lynch said his parents covered only the basics of dealing with money while he was growing up. “It was just pay off your debt and use credit cards for emergencies,” said Lynch. “I really don’t know how to do those things, but I know I should. I don’t know how to save.” Read more…

    Millennials and Urban Living

    By Katherine Sauceda

    Recent studies by the U.S. Census Bureau show more millennials are choosing to live in major cities after graduating college rather than suburban areas. These educated millennials’ population in cities has grown by up to 78 percent within the past few years, according to a Forbes report. Read more…

    The Psychology of Money

    By Kristin M. Bradshaw

    Following the turn of their first tassels, graduated high school seniors enter the collegiate world wide-eyed and inspired by their new-found independence. While some have the soft cushion of their parents’ savings accounts, others with fewer resources find the move stressful. Read more…

    Climb Your Way Out of Credit Card Debt

    By Mary Grace Heath

    Credit cards can be a great tool to have in college. They can help you develop good spending habits, earn rewards and build your own credit history, which will be important if you want to buy a house one day. But credit cards can also become a dangerous burden if they are used incorrectly, leaving students in major debt. Sometimes students don’t recognize the consequences debt can have until they are too far in. Read more…

    College Connect: Earning Money from a Job that Pays Other Dividends

    By Ron Davis

    I’ve put in countless hours at the journalism school over the past few years. I am now in my final semester of college, still putting in those same hours, but now getting paid for it. Following a strong semester, I impressed my professor enough that he offered me a position to be his lone undergraduate teaching assistant. Read more…

    College Connect: Making Sure You Earn Your Own Good Credit

    By Ron Davis

    Before my sophomore year of college, my dad gave a credit card that was to be used strictly for emergencies. The problem was, the card had my name on it, but wasn’t linked to my social security account, but to his, rather. It did nothing for my credit score. Read more…

    College Connect: Treat Your Self!  Retail Therapy to Match a College Kid’s Bank Account

    By Natalia Amandari

    We’ve all had that moment. You see something nice in the store. Or maybe it’s a pricier drink at the coffee shop. You think to yourself:  No, I shouldn’t. I’d be better off saving that money. But then another thought creeps into your head…I just did well on my last exam, so it’s time to…Treat yourself! Read more…

    College Connect: Eating Healthy on a College Student’s Budget

    By Natalia Almandari

    For most college students, living on your own for the first time also means cooking and grocery shopping on your own. Between classes, work and friends, it can be easy to resort to eating out every day or whipping up a quick bowl of ramen noodles. Read more…

    College Connect: Tackle the High Cost of College with Parents as Partners

    By John Messer

    Finances in college have been a rollercoaster so far.  Actually, it’s more like juggling dynamite which may or may not be lit while riding a rollercoaster and Iron Maiden is blasting at top volume.  Between housing, food expenses, tuition, considerations for studying abroad, etc, and etc, the only positive emotion I feel is abject amazement that it’s working out as well as it has been so far. Read more…

    College Connect: Decisions, decisions, decisions: How to pick among multiple job offers

    By Carolyn Heger

    The recruiting season for many majors is in full swing this month, with company recruiters visiting college campuses to encourage seniors to apply for their jobs. There is a significant amount of stress involved in networking with representatives from different firms, submitting job applications and interviewing for various positions. Read more…

    College Connect: Saving for Retirement Early: Why It Matters and How to Do It

    By Carolyn Heger

    When I was in high school, my grandfather frequently stressed to me that I should begin saving for my retirement early. Back then, putting money aside for me to spend when I would be in my 60s and beyond was not at the forefront of my mind. I was focused on applying to colleges at that time, not on whether I would have enough money to live comfortably once I would stop working. Read more…

    Planning and Restraint Help Me Make It On My Own

    By Michael Boyer

    I have been managing my own finances since I was about 15. This was never a huge issue until I came to college. In high school, I could count on one hand the number of times my parents gave me money for something. I didn’t ask, and they didn’t have anything to give me. I knew they had their own money problems. Fortunately, I earned enough from various jobs – from lifeguarding to fixing iPhone screens – to pay my expenses. Read more…

    Saving Even While a Student

    By Veronica Graff

    For most, college is about embracing bankruptcy and finding peace within the fact that you’re simply broke—that was quite the wake-up call. Spending money is like gaining weight, it’s definitely noticeable, and the proof is in your bank account, but for some reason you don’t make the connection that those smoothies or juice cleanses and even those shoes that you had to have, eventually add up to a hefty credit card payment. Read more…

    From Student to Adult (Gulp!)

    By Sydney Maki

    College is hard on your bank account. The fiscal responsibilities you’ll have after graduation hit even harder. This summer was my last as a student, and as financial aid dispersal season loomed close, I wondered what my life could look like in another 12 months. No more would I be able to craft a formula of savings and paychecks minus rent, utilities, textbooks and groceries to calculate how much my student loans needed to be. Read more…

    Savvy Parents Lead by Example

    By Mitchell Atencio

    When I was 10-years-old my family and I moved into a new house. We moved from a medium-sized suburban house in Chandler, Arizona to a custom home in south Gilbert. First off, I recognize the privilege in this, I wouldn’t feel right writing this if I didn’t acknowledge that. But, that’s not the point of this. The point is finances and saving and the lessons learned. Read more…

    New City and New Budget

    By Kara Carlson

    Over the summer I had the opportunity to intern in Seattle, and explore a new city I had no familiarity with. Living in a new, big, and expensive city all summer completely on my own made me really see money and budgeting in a new way. Being in a new city, I naturally wanted to take in as much of the sites, tourist attractions, local food and of course Seattle coffee as possible. The catch of course was how to manage this while balancing most of my costs on an intern’s salary. Read more…

    Early Credit Training Pays Off

    By Joe Gilmore

    I learned at a very young age how important credit is. My parents opened up a bank account for me when I was still in elementary school or junior high. I got my first credit card in high school. Since then, I have been using it to build up my credit score so that when I need to take a loan the interest rate will be acceptable. Read more…

    Tackling Student Loans and Credit

    By Jimmie Jackson

    For a first-time college student, it can be hard to figure everything out financially. You have to fill out the FAFSA in order to be offered scholarship, loan, or grant options. I filled out the FAFSA for my first year of undergrad at the University of Illinois. This was my first time having to know all about interest rates and such. At the time I qualified for subsidized loans that did not collect interest because the government would cover the interest. Read more…

    Bargaining in Thailand

    By Gabriel Sandler

    “Two paintings for 1200 baht.” In a small art booth in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as it rained outside and my friends wandered away down the market street, I decided to stay and haggle. This is how I started. I wanted two paintings: one blue and black, an ethereal river town at night, the other black and orange and yellow, silhouetting a fisherman in a small boat, floating in front of a tree line. It was July 2012, I was 18 on a cultural immersion/community service trip. I wanted souvenirs. Read more…

    Saving in School, Saving on Your Own

    By Ethan Millman

    Over the past few years as a college student, like almost any other student, I’ve had to become more frugal. As a first semester freshman, I didn’t hesitate to go to every dinner, movie or other social event to attempt to solidify the friendships I’d always heard would be the most important of my life. And for the first few months of college, I lived like this with no reservation. But given how unsustainable a lifestyle this was, it’s no shock that changes came relatively quickly. Read more…

    The Little Things Add Up

    By Courtney Beesch

    My first set of consistent paychecks began when I was 15-years-old, working as a hostess for a local food joint. After finishing my school day, I’d wipe down menus, seat families, and make sure there were enough crayons for children accompanying their parents. I didn’t need the extra cash, but I felt a sense of pride in knowing that the money I did spend came from my own pocket. Read more…

    Still a Lot to Learn About Money

    By Arren Kimbel-Sannit

    I thought long about how I could best illustrate the impact of money or finances in my life. I thought I might write about financial hardship, about paychecks getting stuck in the mail, or stipends getting delayed, and having to eat bread and peanut butter for a week. Read more…

    Money’s Pros and Cons

    By Andrew Wei

    This summer I got a speeding ticket. I wasn’t going as fast as they said I was but I guess everyone says that. Without a doubt, it was a new experience. I’ve been pulled over before, but I don’t think anybody gets used to seeing the red and blue lights flicker on behind them. Read more…

    Saving is NOT Over-Rated

    By Andres Guerra Luz

    Some people have to live paycheck-to-paycheck, but for me, I did it because I was dumb. It was my freshman year of college and I was a student worker at Arizona State University, where I study journalism. At my job, pay was good. It came every two weeks, so I had to make sure not to blow my whole paycheck in one week. Read more…

    Starting a Mortgage While in College

    By Erdenetungalag Erdenekhuyag

    I am a student at University of Missouri who already have a mortgage. A home is typically the largest purchase for almost every student. The average home sale price in the U.S. is more than $300,000, according to the recent research conducted by St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank. That’s a lot of money for anyone, but especially for someone who may be paying for college too. Read more…

    How to Avoid From the Exchange Rate Stress

    By Erdenetungalag Erdenekhuyag

    This is my second year at University of Missouri (MU) and I am from Mongolia where one US dollar equals to 2500 tugrug, the Mongolian national currency. Since I came to the US, just in a year, the Mongolian Tugrug depreciated in value by 17 percent relative to the US dollar. This means all my costs here increased while my parent’s income remains unchanged in Mongolian currency. Read more…

    Saving Money On Things of Short-Term Value

    By Abby Ivory-Ganja

    College students buy a lot of stuff – and often they don’t use it very long.   You might need something for the dorm, but different for an apartment. Tastes (and fads) change. We’ve all bought something and then kind of regretted it. Whether it’s a book or piece of clothing, you aren’t getting full value from the item anymore. Read more…

    Students Can Save Money while Eating Out

    By Abby Ivory-Ganja

    As a college student, it’stempting to eat out. In fact, some near-campus restaurants take our student meal charge, so it’s even encouraged. If you aren’t careful, you’ll end up spending more than you realize on food. Lunch can cost $10, and diners about $20. That can really add up. Read more…

    Troubled In Managing Your Financial Accounts? These Mobile Apps May Help.

    By Huiqi Xu

    An international student may have many accounts. I’ve found it difficult to manage my accounts as well as credit cards. Using an app on your smartphone or tablet is one way to put everything in one place. Read more…

    How to Increase Credit Scores as an International student

    By Huiqi Xu

    Most international students have this problem – how to build credit in the United States when they are starting from zero? It was once a problem to me when I first came to the U.S. But luckily, I found an efficient way to increase credit scores within one year. Read more…

    Maintaining a Healthy Credit Score in College

    Learning About the “B” Word – Budgeting!

    By Emma Diltz

    Credit cards are a necessary evil, and it is better to start young to boost credit. It’s difficult to purchase a house or a car without showing fiscal responsibility. But, many young people, and even some matured adults get some level of anxiety when thinking about spending money they might not have. Read more…

    Be Prepared When You Consider Post-College Move to NYC       

    By Kouichi Shirayangi

    Many college students aim to work in New York City after graduation. The searching can be daunting – weighing neighbors, commute time, cost and safety. You may have heard that New York is a very expensive city. That’s because it is. Read more…

    For Many College Students, School Combines with Parenthood

    By Kouichi Shirayangi

    Nothing can be more satisfying (and thrilling!) than introducing a new life into the world. Yet being a first-time parent can be daunting, especially when considering the cost of raising a new infant. Add to that the stress finding out a baby is on the way just after getting handed by Masters in Journalism diploma. Read more…

    College Students and the Equifax Breach

    By Lauren Steffens

    You’re a grad student. You’ve had a credit card for a couple of years, and you’ve been responsible. In fact, thanks to the Credit Card Act of 2009, it;s rare that you could get a credit card under your own name until you were 21 and had an income. That’s because credit card companies were now forbidden to basically hand out credit cards to college freshmen. Read more…

    Applying for Graduate School – A Cost Analysis

    By Lauren Steffens

    I’ve been taking part-time graduate classes, but am seeking to enter a program full-time. I’m also working part-time, so the cost of applications is weighing on me. I am applying to MFA programs – master’s in fine arts. Because there are only a few doctoral programs in art, an MFA is considered a terminal degree. Read more…

    Football May be a College Classic, but it’s Pricey!

    By Alex Schiffer

    For a lot of college students, Saturdays in the fall are the most unproductive day of the week. When college football season is in full swing it’s a tall task trying to get anything done on game day. Read more…

    The High Cost of Turning 21

    By Alex Schiffer

    It’s a situation probably every college student remembers to some degree; the first time they got offered to drink alcohol in college. Sometimes that offer comes at a house party, other times in the dorms and heck, maybe if you have a good fake ID or know the right bouncer, maybe at a bar. Read more…

    College Connect: In Today’s Work Journey – Be Prepared for Detours

    By Philip Joens

    As a student at the University of Missouri I’d often spend nights working at an on-campus dining hall—usually working in the dishroom or cooking cheese burgers on a hot and greasy grill— and say to myself, “There’s got to be something better than this.” Read more…


    Spring 2017

    College Connect: I took Jay Leno’s advice – will you?

    By Philip Joens

    In my last post I talked about my own experiences after graduating from college and how I’ve come to terms with the business side of my life as a reporter. When you’re young and not making much money though, it may be helpful to choose carefully where you’ll live and what you do in your free time. Read more…

    College Connect: Ways College Students Mismanage Their Money

    By Denver Ellison

    It’s a fact that people mismanage their money. However, when college students mismanage their funds, it may be a lifestyle issue rather than a mistake. Read more…

    College Connect: Reasons to Build Your Savings Account Early

    By Denver Ellison

    As college students, we find many ways to blow through our money.  We like to use our funds for new clothes and going out to eat with our friends. However, many finance professionals believe college students should recognize the importance of saving. Read more…

    College Connect: Financial Expert Explains the Basics for College Students

    By Denver Ellison

    Many of us may think we have our personal finances under control. This is especially true if we have been living on our own for some time. However, talking to an expert can help us to better understand the various aspects of personal finance and how money is important in our lives. Read more…

    College Connect: How I Prepared for Off-Campus Living

    By Denver Ellison

    Before making the final decision to move into an off-campus apartment, many of us may wonder what the difference is between living on and off campus. We go back and forth in our heads on if it is worth it to come out of pocket every month only because we want our own place. Read more…

    College Connect: Turning to a Peer for Advice

    By Denver Ellison

    Peer advice can be some of the best advice to rely on when it comes to understanding college experiences. Our peers may have gone through similar situations and can help us learn from the mistakes that they made. Read more…

    College Connect: Paying the Bills, While still Working towards a Career

    By Garrett Michael

    Abbi Camillo, an interior design major at the University of Georgia, has struggled to find a stable college job that will cover rent and other monthly living expenses, while also enhancing her ability to find a career. Read more…

    College Connect: What should I be spending on?

    By Garrett Michael

    Lilley Cushman, a sophomore Biology major at the University of Georgia, said she has trouble deciding what to spend money on, while still growing a healthy savings account. She can cover most of her basic needs, like food, a place to live, and school tuition, but said she struggles to decide what to purchase when it comes to her wants. Read more…

    College Connect: Debit Card Theft: 18 Cents She’ll Never Get Back

    By Kalah Mingo

    Emma Williams, a third year digital marketing major at the University of Georgia, was the victim of debit card theft. Her mother called asking why she had used her card at a gas station in Atlanta when she should’ve been in Athens. Read more…

    College Connect: A Planning Tip When Preparing to Repay Your Student Loans

    By Kalah Mingo

    Alexis Williams, a third-year public relations major, has an unpaid internship, but makes money and saves on dinner as a server at Olive Garden. “I eat salad and breadsticks almost every night for dinner so it has its perks,” said Williams, who attends the University of Georgia. Read more…

    College Connect: A College Students Gets Expert Advice on Her Five Key Questions

    By Rachel Hinkle

    Taylor Liszewski, an advertising major at the University of Georgia, had several questions about personal finance and budgeting as she prepares for life beyond college. College Connect turned to Matt Goren, an assistant professor at UGA who teaches Introduction to Personal Finance, for answers. Read more…

    College Connect: An Expert Answers Five Questions about Planning for the Long-Term

    By Rachel Hinkle

    Taylor Liszewski, an advertising major at the University of Georgia, had more questions for a personal finance expert as she thought about her long goals for owning a home and planning a family. College Connect once again turned to Matt Goren, an assistant professor at UGA who teaches Introduction to Personal Finance, for the answers. Read more…

    College Connect: Students with Questions about His Entrepreneurial Dream Gets Expert Answers

    By Rachel Hinkle

    Victor Edwins, 20, a marketing major at the University of Georgia, has questions about his dream of opening his own restaurant. College Connect found answers to those questions from Bob Pinckney, director the entrepreneurship program at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. Read more…

    College Connect: Students Have Options When Considering Post Graduation Plans

    By Rachel Madray

    As graduation approaches, college students are faced with a tough question. Now what? Perhaps the three most considered options are taking a year off to travel, going to graduate school or getting a job. There are financial pros and cons for each option so careful consideration is important before making a decision. Read more…

    College Connect: What Most College Graduates Don’t Anticipate After Graduation

    By Rachel Madray

    Many college students are not prepared for the financial obligations they will face after graduation. After relying on their parents for the past 20 plus years of their lives, the transition to becoming self-sufficient can be shocking to many, especially if they have not prepared for what to expect. Read more…

    College Connect: Being a Broke College Student

    By Reann Huber

    Having gone through three years of college, I have seen just about every type of student that likes to designate themselves as a “broke” college student. They might not have received as big of a paycheck because they missed a few shifts while preparing for a test, or had to spend a little extra on textbooks for the semester. Read more…

    College Connect: Expert Explains the Reality of Credit Cards

    By Reann Huber

    Diann Moorman is an associate professor at the University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences, and specializes in research on bankruptcy, single parent households, credit card debt and more. I reached out to Moorman to learn more about credit cards and the debt that often comes along with them and how they affect college students. Read more…

    College Connect: Considering Law School? You May Have to Give Up the Part-time Job

    By Reann Huber

    Many students consider the possibility of attending graduate school immediately after finishing their undergraduate degree, but the daunting price tag that comes along with pursuing a higher degree brings financial concerns to students they may not have faced in the past. Read more…

    College Connect: Creating and Actually Sticking to a Budget

    By Reann Huber

    For college students, financial planning and budgeting is easily one of the biggest headaches to deal with when also pursuing a degree. Nonetheless, there are easy ways to make and stick to a budget that any college student can follow. Read more…

    College Connect: The Money Ups and Downs of College Students from a Single-Parent Home

    By Reann Huber

    On the surface, it is not easy to see any differences between a college student who comes from a single-parent household or one from dual-income household. But, research shows these different environments often lead to students approaching their college expenses in completely different ways. Read more…

    College Connect: Tapping into Tuition Assistance Programs

    By Tommy Lehner

    What if there was a legitimate way to get most of your college tuition paid for while you work? Sounds intriguing, right? In the state of Georgia, this is a reality through a Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Read more…

    College Connect: My first credit card

    By Alexa Nicole D’Angelo

    The first time I really started to think about money was when I got my first credit card. I am a notorious shopaholic with a tendency to shop until I have nothing in my bank account when I am stressed. Read more…

    College Connect: Gambling in Las Vegas

    By Allie Morgan Newman

    Like many people do, I celebrated by 21st birthday in Las Vegas. It is easy to see the opportunity to both spend and make money in a place like Vegas. Read more…

    College Connect: The lessons of money

    By Brianna Stearns

    Although some may warn that money is the root of all evil, my life would be vastly different if I had not had the financial ability to participate in luxuries such as traveling, trying new activities and attending an out-of-state university. Read more…

    College Connect: Line of credit

    By Corinne Roels

    Something that I learned a lot about during while working in retail was how applying for credit cards and acquiring them can affect your credit score.  As an employee of a large-size mall retailer, it was frequently a part of our required performance to “sell” credit cards to customers. Read more…

    College Connect: Keeping a budget

    By Jenna Miller

    Most of my life I haven’t kept a budget. I didn’t see the need to put energy into recording what I make and spend. I never looked at my credit statement or my bills and I thought it worked totally fine. Read more…

    College Connect: Real world budgeting

    By Kara Carlson

    When you’re sixteen years old, getting your license finally means freedom. For me, as student involved in several extracurriculars and two sports it meant that my long days at least began and ended with me behind the wheel. Read more…

    College Connect: Fake discounts

    By Lan Jiang

    Amazon.com, Jet.com, Ebay.com and Taobao.com, these e-commerce websites provide cheaper goods than that in the off-line stores. It is very often that those e-commerce websites providing a discount on some special festivals, such as Best Buy’s time-limited discount on the President Day. Read more…

    College Connect: Investing in the future

    By Madison Alder

    A time I learned something about money was when I discovered my summer internship had automatically set up a 401K for me and I had to transfer the balance. Read more…

    College Connect: Exchange rates

    By Ziluo Qiu

    When thinking about money, the first thing that comes to my mind is the exchange rate. I am an international student. It is necessary for me to understand exchange rate because it affects my life abroad. Read more…

    College Connect: My first paycheck

    By Ross Leviton

    One of my first, and most memorable times with money was after the arrival of my first paycheck. I had volunteered with a company for a few months and they had decided to hire me, which meant I was going to get paid! Read more…

    College Connect: Staying on top of finances

    By Saundra Wilson

    This year I got my first credit card and I had a sentimental moment in my car afterwards. I realized that there was no going back. I had taken a giant leap into the pool of adulthood and was officially submerged. Read more…

    College Connect: Putting time and money in perspective

    By Michelle Maki

    When I first watched “The Avengers,” I leaned over and asked my friends, “How much do you think it would cost to rebuild the whole city after they’re done?” Read more…

    College Connect: Credit scores can be confusing

    By Yu Zhang

    As an international student, I am a newcomer as to the credit scores in the U.S. As soon as I was told that a U.S. credit card will benefit me in terms of flying miles and, I went to Chase to applied for a credit card. However, I was turned down as my credit history was too short. Read more…

    College Connect: Watching the Little Things Can Be Essential to College Student Budgeting

    By Casey Williams

    Managing the often routine expenses can pay off for college students on a budget. Ann Woodyard, an assistant professor of financial planning, housing and consumer economics at the University of Georgia, said simply saving money on gas can make a difference.

    College Connect: College Students Lack Training in Financial Literacy

    By Shannon Duffy

    Nearing graduation, Caskey Dyer feels optimistic about his post-graduation job options. Dyer’s education in international affairs at the University of Georgia has equipped him to intern with Georgia Rep. Park Cannon, work as a teacher’s assistant and publish work on housing inequality.

    College Connect: How to Survive on a Graduate Student Budget

    By Ryan Kor

    As a first-year master’s student freshly off of my parents’ payroll, the only thing tougher than graduate coursework is figuring out how to manage my personal finances. I constantly have to monitor my spending to ensure that I can pay for essential expenses.

    College Connect: Financial Savvy Needed When Entering the Working World

    By Russell Vandiver

    College is a time in life to grow personally and to learn skills that will help establish a career. Although college graduates leave with greater knowledge in their chosen major, they often lack significant training that will prepare them for the financial decisions they will confront.

    College Connect: Student Loan Debt Not Only Factor in Millennials Delaying Homeownership

    By Rakel Johnson

    College comes at a hefty price. It’s no surprise that many students take out thousands in loans to afford their education, and many graduate with a large amount of debt.

    College Connect: Savings Can Make College Less Affordable for Some Families

    By Nathaniel Berg

    For parents of prospective college students, it’s important to plan ahead financially. And while conventional logic would suggest that saving money is the best way to prepare for your child’s higher education, a professor in the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences said that is not always the case.

    College Connect: UGA Finance Students Provide Free Tax Filing Through Community Outreach Program

    By Nathan Hutto

    The University of Georgia gives back to its Athens community in many ways, but one service gains special attention every spring: finance students provide free tax filing and financial advice.

    College Connect: College Students Advised to Start Saving Early

    By Nate Harris

    Though some college student may work part-time jobs during school, for many, their first job outside college is their first steady flow of sizeable income. It’s also when many face a plethora of personal expenses, from rent and utilities to food and gas. Some might also enter the professional world with thousands in student loan debt.

    College Connect: Mortgages and homeownership could benefit some students over apartment rentals in the long-run

    By Lindsey Conway

    For most college students, homeownership is not at the top of the to-do list. But Ashley Panter, who has owned two homes since graduating with her bachelor’s degree in public relations from Augusta University in 2012, said more should consider it.

    College Connect: Financial Planning: Save Now or Pay Later

    By Killian Wyatt

    Never before have people had to make so many financial decisions on their own. Most college students aren’t prepared for these choices, but they can take steps now to secure a solid financial future.

    College Connect: Students Need to Adapt to Budgeting in College

    By John Hammel

    Getting used to harder classes, making new friends and learning to live with a roommate are all reasons why many students find it hard to adapt to their first year of college. Another reason often overlooked is managing money.

    College Connect: Many students have debt; few understand their credit score

    By Harrison Young

    In the age of rising costs of attendance and omnipresent student loan debt, few students graduate from college without developing their credit.

    College Connect: Financial Satisfaction a Result of Strong Financial Behavior

    By Gracie Thompson

    Strong financial behaviors are more important than a base of financial knowledge when it comes to a person’s overall financial satisfaction.

    College Connect: Students should confront their money through budgeting

    By Chelsey Shirley

    For many, college is four years of great adventure, growth and learning. It can also be a time when parents begin to wean their children off of their ‘payroll’ to allow their now young adults the time to practice what is known as ‘adulting.’

    College Connect: Unfamiliar Surroundings Can Make Housing Search Difficult Without Thorough Research

    By Casie Wilson

    Angel Hogg, a 3rd year pre-veterinary student at the University of Georgia, is searching for a home in Athens, Georgia. While juggling the challenges all young adults face when house-hunting for the first time on their own— from managing credit to contacting the right realtors— Hogg also faces a problem familiar to non-Athens natives: the outsider perspective.

    College Connect: Some College Students Can Qualify for Government Support to Meet Basic Needs

    By Brittany Johnson

    The cost of living in college is costly. Students are responsible for tuition, textbooks, rent, and other miscellaneous bills that can make paying for food seem like an option, rather a necessity.

    College Connect: Stress Can Hinder College Students’ Performance

    By Andrew Fisher

    College tends to inflict a great deal of stress onto students, but many people do not understand the extent of it.   High levels of stress hinder learning, memory, immune function and more.  Being able to acknowledge stress can help students get a head start on managing it.

    College Connect: Lack of Affordable Housing Can Negatively Affect College Students

    By Amy Libby

    College students living off campus often grapple with few housing options and poor housing conditions. Students shouldering heavy course loads that don’t allow for full-time employment are limited by scarce affordable housing options within their budget.

    College Connect: Saving Money at the Grocery Store

    By Zack Newman

    I relish food and am constantly enticed by the possibility of a smorgasbord of flavors. While the occasional splurge is ok, constructive habits can lead to long-term savings. This happens a few dollars at a time. I compiled a few of my favorite tricks below to save money at the food store.

    Filing Taxes Cause College Students to Confront their Money Skills

    By Lisa Fu

    College is when many young adults take their first step to financial independence. It may be taking on a part time job or simply remembering to pay the rent on time, but college is when many students often confront their responsibilities with money and find their knowledge is lacking.

    College Loans are Necessary, but Require Planning

    By Azure Aladin

    College is expensive. Tuition, rent, textbooks, groceries and other bills add up, forcing many college students to take out loans to defer the expense of attending a university.

    Yes, You Really Can Afford to Take That Internship

    By Covey Eonyak Son

    Around this time last year, I finally got a call I spent months hoping to get. The voice on the other end offered me an internship at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It was a happy ending to an annual ritual that thousands of college students take part in each year. We spend hours writing and refining cover letters and résumés with the hope that we’ll be chosen. So naturally, the call left me feeling high with joy.

    Managing Your Money Doesn’t Have to Be So Stressful

    By Covey Eonyak Son

    You probably grew up getting allowances from your parents. Your parents probably got you a piggybank one day, and told you to not to break it open until you’ve saved enough money. And they almost definitely at some point told you to put something back at the store because you don’t really need it.

    In Today’s Electronic Age, Receipts Can Be Your Friend

    By Covey Eonyak Son

    My dad always told me to hold onto my receipts, no matter how minor the purchase. He was obsessed with collecting them. He even had boxes (yes, multiple) of old receipts and invoices in his home office. Just in case.

    College Connect: Effectively budgeting for the holiday season

    By Emma Diltz

    As the holiday season is upon us, students are strapped for money more than usual. Throughout the rest of the year, they’re usually focused on buying groceries, paying rent and with the little money they have left, shopping or attending a variety of events. All too often, December rolls around, the same time every year, and students haven’t even started pricing gifts, let alone purchasing them.

    College Connect: Getting your first credit card and how to manage it

    By Emma Diltz

    Getting a credit card is a big push into adulthood for a lot of people, including students. Going into college, it’s a good idea to start thinking about getting a credit card. Without good credit, it’s hard to buy a house, pay off student loans or buy a car.

    College Connect: Best money-saving apps for students

    By Emma Diltz

    At this age, students struggle with saving money. There’s rent to pay off, groceries to buy and miscellaneous bills to check off. But half of the fun in college is being able to go out with your friends, whether it is dinner, drinks or concerts. The problem with all of these is how much money they cost. I’ve compiled the best apps that students can use to save money for the fun parts of their lives.

    College Connect: As an international student, make sure your bank is actually ‘local’

    By Daniel Levitt

    Telling your bank that you’re going abroad on vacation is often unnecessarily laborious. Try telling them that you’re moving abroad to study until ‘who knows when?’

    College Connect: Grad School Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

    By Daniel Levitt

    When I first told my friends and family of my plans to study in America, they thought I was barmy. And that was before I told them it was a master’s degree that I wanted to pursue.

    College Connect: A new bicycle isn’t worth it – YES IT IS!

    By Daniel Levitt

    “I’ll buy one at the start of the semester.” “I’ll buy one after my exam.” “No, seriously, I’ll buy one on the weekend.” Sound familiar? There’s only one time to buy that bicycle you need, and that’s now!

    College Connect: Why I have a Safety Net

    By Charlie Clark

    I got my first job at 19 making $8.25 per hour working in a coffee shop. Although I would by no means characterize that as good pay, I was in college on a scholarship, and it was certainly enough income to fill my gas tank and supply my diet of ramen and microwavable mac n’ cheese.

    College Connect: Money Can’t Buy Love

    By Jacob Garcia

    I’m sure you’ve heard of the saying, “Money can’t buy love.” I agree, and I hope my experiential story about money demonstrates that.

    College Connect: Lessons in Money from New York City

    By Kanak Jha

    This past summer I had the opportunity to move to bustling New York City. New York is full of life lessons, especially for a young student working their first full time internship far away from home. Some of the most prominent lessons the city taught me was about money.

    College Connect: The Bank of Mom and Dad

    By Connor Murphy

    After swallowing my pride, I called the bank which every college student dreads, but inevitably uses: the bank of mom and dad.

    College Connect: Why I never buy anything that’s not on sale

    By Kourtney Balsan

    I never buy anything that isn’t on sale. Red stickers and slashed prices is my norm. Why? Well, besides the fact I am a broke college student, I realized that everything will usually go on sale eventually.

    College Connect: Is Money Happiness?

    By Anya Rogers

    Money is a medium of exchange, a unit of accounts and a store of wealth. Money is many things, but it is not happiness, time or love.

    College Connect: Buy Now, Pay Later

    By Sophia Kunthara

    The simplest lesson in personal finance: don’t spend what you don’t have (or won’t have). This is true for borrowing money in the form of loans and for credit card spending. Taking out a loan and using a credit card can have enormous benefits, but can easily be a trap for debt as well.

    College Connect: Magic or Credit?

    By Serena Zhang

    I remember being in awe of credit cards when I was really young. Before I even knew the official name, I use to call them “magic cards” because money was magically stored in them. I was 16 when I got my first magic card.

    College Connect: Can you really live without a TV set?

    By Kouichi Shirayangi

    We all grew up with television as part of the background in our lives. So, when we get to college, a TV comes along with us. I did a research of ads, and most dorm residents get a TV that’s about 32 inches.

    College Connect: 4 Fun Ways to Save Money

    Video by Andrea Stoll

    College Connect: Some simple hacks to help you get your deposit back!

    By Lauren E. Steffens

    I’ve lived in every type of campus and off-campus housing – dorms, sorority house, furnished apartments, unfurnished apartments and houses. Each and every one requires a deposit.

    College Connect: The debate about what it costs to go to college

    By Lauren E. Steffens

    This year’s Democratic primaries talked about the cost of a college education and student debt. Here are some interesting facts I found about the cost of higher education from an annual survey taken by the non-profit, College Board.

    College Connect: The very high cost of college parking

    By Lauren E. Steffens

    Parking is the bane of college students. It’s a scene repeated every day – students are circling the metered parking lot near inner campus, waiting for students to leave so they can claim a coveted spot. After finally grabbing a spot, putting in coins or a pay card, they dash to class.

    College Connect: Coupons for students go high-tech

    By Kouichi Shirayangi

    On a college campus, there are a lot of coupon books with student discounts. Are they good deals? That depends. Is this an item you’d buy anyway? If it isn’t it might make you spend money and not save money.

    College Connect: Tips to save at the grocery store

    By Kouichi Shirayanagi

    A typical college students spends $80 –to $200 on groceries, depending on how much you cook.

    College Connect: Don’t be penny safe and pound foolish when making big decisions

    By Kouichi Shirayanagi

    Perhaps the worst decision I made over the past year with my money was when I did not spend more to save anguish in the future, but I just did not know what the future held for me.

    College Connect: Credit Cards: What To Know and Watch Out For

    By Alex Ring

    With the laundry list of other responsibilities that flood into the life of a college student credit cards can be a double-edged sword that solidifies adulthood and can pave the way for future but it should not be taken lightly.

    College Connect: Starting in college – measured spending and saving

    By Alex Ring

    We learned in Econ 1010, that money is defined as a medium of exchange, a unit of account, and lastly, a store of value. As the school year, approaches I begin to understand that last part — the practical job of money.

    College Connect: Saving money

    By Larissa Garza

    Spending cash is a lot easier when you aren’t looking forward to a paycheck every week. As a server and bartender, most of the time my paychecks are about $20.

    College Connect: Wants versus needs; a lesson learned

    By Lindsey Wisniewski

    For as long as I can remember, my parents warned me about the dangers of money. Before I was of legal age to obtain credit, my mom and dad, who were divorced since I was 12, had a combined four bankruptcies between the two of them. In other words, they didn’t know how to handle money properly.

    College Connect: One financial regret

    By Hilary Davis

    I don’t have many regrets in life. I don’t like to be haunted by “what ifs.” But if I could turn back the clock, I would start saving for retirement from my first paycheck.

    College Connect: Dump the cable bill

    By Krandall Brantley

    Several times throughout my first 3 years of college, my mother kept saying she was planning on getting rid of cable because my parents were paying too much for a bunch of channels they didn’t use.

    College Connect: Change the way you save

    By Judson Tomaiko

    Change has a way of being taken for granted. Not “change” like the concept of something new happening but rather the physical metal coins that people get from a business on the off-chance they didn’t use their debit card.

    College Connect: Credit cards are evil

    By Lauren Potter 

    When I first moved to the U.S. from Australia nine years ago, I was fortunate to land a really great job. For my age, and given that I had no higher education at the time, I was making a lot of money.

    College Connect: Money experience story

    By Anthony Prosceno

    When traveling, it is a good idea to carry a little extra cash because it may turn out that your physical dollars may more value than your credit cards.

    College Connect: My tips for money management

    By Joseph Steen

    Having money is one thing, but being able to handle it wisely is another. I’ve had both good and bad experiences and will try to give you tips on how to handle your money better.

    College Connect: Getting started on budgeting

    By Adam DeRose

    After I landed my first job out of college, finances were tight. The consistent paychecks were great, but I also struggled figuring out how much money I had to spend on non-essential purchases (restaurants, drinks, events, etc.) Read more…

    College Connect: Saving money in college: smart grocery shopping

    By Sabella Scalise

    In college, the first year away from my parents meant freedom, no curfew and no rules. A childhood dream come true. But college is not a dream. It is reality. Read more…

    College Connect: Think small business when you have extra money

    By Jiahui Jia

    If I ever find myself with extra money and there are business opportunities, my experience indicates it is a good time to act. Read more…

    College Connect: A lesson in debt collection

    By Andrea Stoll

    I have worked at a debt collection agency here in Columbia for about a year and a half. While most people start working in the mail department and get drafted into a permanent department, I was immediately called to work in Bookkeeping. Read more…

     

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Bryan Borzykowski becomes SABEW’s first Canadian president

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Thursday May 23, 2019

    Phoenix – May, 2019

    Bryan Borzykowski, an independent business journalist who has written for CNBC, the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, BBC Capital, Fortune, Inc., and Financial Planning, among other publications, was installed as the new president of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) at its annual conference on May 18, 2019, in Phoenix.

    He succeeds Mark Hamrick, Washington bureau chief and senior economic analyst for Bankrate.com, who served as SABEW’s president for the last two years.

    Borzykowski, who now lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, after spending more than 15 years in Toronto, is SABEW’s first Canadian president in the organization’s 55-year history. He helped bring SABEW to Canada in 2015 and served as SABEW Canada’s first chair.

    “SABEW has given me so much over the years; it’s an honor to be able to give back in a bigger way and help others get as much out of the organization as I have,” he said. “Creating strong business journalism – and high-quality journalism in general – has never been more important. SABEW has a crucial role to play in helping writers, editors, producers, broadcasters, bloggers, podcasters, and others enhance their training and develop the connections they need to succeed.”

    Over the next 12 months, Borzykowski and SABEW’s 22-member board, plan on creating new training programs for its members, new opportunities to network and new ways to showcase its members’ work. SABEW will also continue to produce its popular monthly virtual training programs and its Best in Business Awards, one of the most highly respected business journalism award programs in the world.

    “We want to do even more for our members and give business journalists everywhere the skills and opportunities they need to tell the stories they need to tell,” said Borzykowski.

    In addition to Borzykowski (@bborzyko), SABEW’s officer ladder is comprised of Kim Quillen (@QuillenKim), SABEW’s vice-president and business source editor of the Chicago Tribune, and Caleb Silver (@calebsilver) SABEW’s secretary/treasurer and Investopedia’s editor-in-chief and SVP content.

    As well, ballots were cast during the SABEW19 conference for six seats on the SABEW Board of Governors, all with a term ending in 2022.

    SABEW members elected three new members to the Board of Governors:

    • Alan Deutschman, professor and Reynolds endowed chair of business journalism University of Nevada, Reno
    • Desiree Hanford, lecturer, Medill/Northwestern University
    • Scott Wenger, group editorial director, SourceMedia

    Three incumbent governors were also re-elected, each serving three-year terms:

    The rest of SABEW’s board includes:

    • Xana Antunes, executive editor, Quartz
    • Cesca Antonelli, editor-in-chief, Bloomberg BNA
    • Robert Barba, deputy spot news editor, the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires
    • Rich Barbieri, executive editor, CNN Business
    • Brad Foss, global business editor, Associated Press
    • Pallavi Gogoi, chief business editor, NPR
    • Glenn Hall, chief editor, Dow Jones Newswires
    • Andrew Leckey, president/business journalism chair, Donald W. Reynolds National Center, ASU
    • Heather Long, economics correspondent, the Washington Post
    • Dean Murphy, associate masthead editor, the New York Times
    • James B. Nelson, business editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and business journalism instructor Marquette University
    • Cindy Perman, partnerships and syndication editor, CNBC.com

    Ex-officio members:

    • Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst, Washington bureau chief, Bankrate.com
    • Joanna Ossinger, editor, cross-asset group, Bloomberg News
    • Cory Schouten, senior newsletter editor, The Wall Street Journa
    • Marty Steffens, SABEW chair in business and journalism School of Journalism, University of Missouri

    About SABEW
    SABEW, the largest association of business journalists, encourages comprehensive reporting of economic events without fear or favoritism and upgrades the skills and knowledge of business journalists through continuous professional development and educational efforts. For more information, contact Executive Director Kathleen Graham at [email protected] Follow @sabew on twitter.

  • Susanne Craig provides a look into The New York Times’ Trump tax exposé – SABEW19

    Posted By David Wilhite on Sunday May 19, 2019

    Susanne Craig of The New York Times gave a glimpse inside the 18-month investigation into the original of President Donald Trump’s wealth.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    By Andres Guerra Luz
    The Cronkite School

    When Susanne Craig and her colleagues began what would turn into an 18-month investigation into the origins of President Donald Trump’s wealth, the New York Times reporter said they had a simple question that originated from the president’s 2005 tax returns.

    “The most stunning thing on them was that Donald Trump made money that year,” Craig told audience members at the Society for Advancing Business Writing and Editing spring conference. “We couldn’t figure out how, knowing what we knew about his financial condition.”

    The three reporters knew from previous work that Trump reported an almost $1 billion loss in his 1995 tax records. Then, Trump’s 2005 tax records leaked to former Times journalist David Cay Johnston showed that Trump made $153 million in income that year.

    Craig and her colleagues focused on bridging the gap in between, diving into the cash empire of the president’s father, Fred. The result was an over yearlong investigation that involved more than 100,000 pages of documents, meticulous sourcing and piecing together findings from a patchwork of public and private documents.

    Craig recently received a Pulitzer Prize and SABEW Best in Business award for her work on the investigation and the followup stories that spawned from it.

    She spoke at the SABEW conference for a Friday session titled “Go Inside The New York Times’ Trump Tax Exposé,” which featured a discussion between her and Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Hall, who is chief economics correspondent and senior investigative reporter for McClatchy Newspapers and a former SABEW president.

    In the over hour-long session, Craig answered questions from both Hall and audience members to offer unique insight on how her team provided a definitive narrative on how Trump made his riches.

    Describing the reporting process, Craig said she and her colleagues first worked to establish what all Fred owned. Then, they logged biographies for every building and listed chronologically what happened in each building, some of which dated back to the late 1940s.

    One of the biggest revelations in the reporting process was discovering an obscure family-owned company named All County Building Supply & Maintenance.

    Craig said she made the finding when she was passing time one night, Google searching an outdated term the team had come across in their reporting, “mortgage receivable.” From there, Craig said she found an unredacted disclosure form that Trump’s sister, Maryanne, filed in relation to a Senate hearing to confirm her appointment as a federal judge.

    The document showed a $1 million contribution from All County, which Craig said led the team to inquiries that ultimately revealed the Trump family was using the company to move cash from Fred’s companies to his children without paying for a 55 percent tax on gifts.

    Craig said she and her team also took a lot of considerations into who they spoke to and how they interviewed them. When preparing for the interview, Craig said the team deliberated how many of them should go, what information they would bring up and sometimes which one of them was best suited to speak with the source, depending on their characteristics.

    Henry Dubroff, founder and editor at the Pacific Coast Business Times and a judge for the SABEW Best in Business awards, praised Craig and the team for the project.

    “It had never been so clear to us that a story was superior to all the other entries in a category,” Dubroff said.

    Craig said the significance of the story was that it uncovered outright fraud that Trump and his family participated in and reversed a narrative that the president created about how he gained his wealth.

    “We’ve written definitively the matter of his life,” she said. “I still can’t believe what we’ve found. And that’s now out there, and it’s told powerfully through their own documents and their own words.”

  • How to write an award-winning business story – SABEW19

    Posted By David Wilhite on Saturday May 18, 2019

    Andres Guerra Luz, left, a student journalist from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Politico’s Margaret McGill and Hannah Denham, a student journalist from Washington and Lee University, discuss their stories recognized in this year’s Best in Business Awards.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    By Hailey Mensik
    The Cronkite School

    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.

    Andres Guerra Luz from the Cronkite School won a best in business award as a student journalist for his story on the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico’s efforts to rebuild through its tourism industry.

    He said that after a semester of pre-reporting from Arizona, being able to actually visit the island and talk with residents gave the story the color and direction it needed to stand out from other coverage.

    “What I was trying to do was capture the whole picture, not just San Juan or some of the bigger areas, but see what’s going on in mountains rural areas people didn’t know about,” Guerra Luz said.

    Another student winner, Hannah Denham from Washington and Lee University, produced an award-winning story out of what moderator Jim Nelson from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called an “intern’s dream.”

    She received a tip about unfair charges from freeway toll roads and reached out to sources to turn a quick daily. After receiving a scoop several days later, she ran with the story and ended up producing a 15-part investigative series for the Tampa Bay Times on the company contracted to handle toll lanes on Florida freeways.

    Professional journalists too spoke about their award winning business stories, and lauded their publications for supporting their projects and providing the resources needed to tell them.

    Margaret McGill, a technology reporter with Politico, was covering the digital divide affecting rural areas in the country with limited internet access when she found her award-winning story.

    “If we’re going to do something on the digital divide, we have to go to the place, and write about the people who are literally the least connected, the farthest away and have the most problems,” McGill said.

    She used data from the Federal Communications Commission to find that tribals lands in Idaho had some of the lowest broadband connectivity in the nation. She asked her editor to travel there for just a day and speak with those affected.

    Despite covering a niche community, she made the story relatable through vignettes of residents who drive miles just to send an email.

    One of the largest projects to receive an award was from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. It involved over 250 reporters in 30 different countries.

    The group covered faulty medical implant testing and procedures, which led countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom to look into their practices, 

    The news organization is unique in its collaborative efforts and global reach, said Will Fitzgibbon, senior reporter with the ICIJ.

    “We do not spend 12 months, which is the average length of our project, doing investigations unless there is a certain quantum of journalists and countries involved,” he said.

    Stories produced by the ICIJ have appeared in international papers such as La Monde, The Indian Express and Times of Zambia, among others.

    You can find a list of winners and other highlights from the awards here.

  • 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.

     

  • Scott Wenger

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

    Scott Wenger is a group editorial director at SourceMedia, managing its Investment Advisor and Employee Benefits Groups, including the flagship titles Financial Planning and Employee Benefit News, as well as four additional brands.

    Over his career, Scott has reported or managed editorial teams at some of the nation’s top media outlets, including the New York Daily News, CNN, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal and The Hartford Courant. Scott also worked as a health care analyst at Alex. Brown & Sons, where he was a Series 62 registered securities representative.

    Under Scott’s leadership, his teams have won numerous reporting, commentary and digital media awards. A groundbreaking investigation by Financial Planning edited by Scott that probed the links between financial distress and military suicide resulted in congressional action. The project received awards from SABEW, the Society of Professional Journalists, Connectiv/Business Information Association, and was a finalist for a Gerald Loeb Award. Also under his leadership, Scott’s teams have won several SABEW awards and more than a dozen Connectiv/Business Information Association Jesse H. Neal Awards, including for General Excellence/Best Media Brand and Best Website.

    Scott rose to Managing Editor/Money & Business at the New York Daily News, where he created the Your Money personal finance section and the Small Biz: Big Impact conferences. Scott was honored for excellence in economic reporting by the Institute on Political Journalism for a weeklong series he authored on China’s economic expansion, and was part of the team that produced the Daily News’ 9/11 coverage, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

    Scott also worked as a senior producer at CNN and CNN International, and as a producer at CNBC. Earlier, his investigative journalism at The Hartford Courant contributed to a George Polk reporting award. His professional and personal travels have taken him to all seven continents.

    Follow him on Twitter: @ScottWengerNYC

  • College Connect Spring 2019: The Scholarship Strain

    Posted By David Wilhite on Wednesday April 10, 2019

    By Eleanor Cash

    With the end of spring semester approaching, college seniors across the country are looking forward to wearing their caps and gowns and receiving their diplomas.  Soon after flipping their tassels, however, many of these new graduates will be forced to confront a growing national problem: repaying their student loan debt.

    Student loans place only second to mortgage debt in the consumer debt category. In 2018, 69 percent of students took out loans, and graduated with an average debt of $29,800. To paint a broader picture, Americans owe over $1.5 trillion in student loan debt.

    Students searching for ways to ease the financial burdens of a college education are increasingly applying for scholarships. According to the College Board, from 2014-2015, approximately two-thirds of full-time college studentsused scholarships and grants to help pay for school. However, even with billions of dollars up for grabs each year, the scholarship hunt is becoming more competitive.

    “It was super stressful. I remember talking to my guidance counselor and she was like you need to apply for three scholarships a week,” said Alexis Crewse, a 2017 graduate from the University of Georgia. “As a high school student, I worked 20 hours a week, I played sports, I was involved in extracurriculars, I needed to make good grades to keep my college acceptances on the table.”

    According to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website, UGA gave more than $7 million in scholarships and awardsto undergraduate students last year. At a university with over 28,000 undergraduate students, it may seem hard to know where to even begin looking for scholarships, or to even know if achieving a scholarship is possible.

    Most universities including UGA provide comprehensive lists of scholarships and online search tools to help find them, but the sheer numbers can be overwhelming. Crewse, however, suggested that students should use those numbers to their advantage rather than become intimidated.

    “If you have time, use the spaghetti-at-the-wall tactic. Throw it all at the wall and see what sticks, because there’s a lot out there and you never know where you’re going to shine as an applicant,” said Crewse. “Be diligent and ask around. There’s money out there and people want to give it away.”

    Karen Sterk has served as the executive director of the Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund (JRF) since 2015. The fund has raised over $3 million in scholarships and has assisted more than 1,000 women since the first scholarship was awarded in 1978.

    The scholarships serve non-traditional students, specifically women aged 35 and older. Sterk noted that these scholarships also are unique because they can be used for daily living expenses like buying food or paying for car and home expenses.

    “As every student knows, it costs more than just tuition and books to go to school,” said Sterk.

    As someone who reviews hundreds of scholarship applications a year, Sterk has found a few qualities that make an applicant stand out. Her number one tip: present a clear picture of future aspirations.

    “Two biggest things: they have goals, they’ve achieved goals, and they know what they want to do,” said Sterk. “Grit and perseverance are those things that we talk about and they show through their life experiences and what they share with us on the page.”

    Sterk recommended approaching the application process from a place of authenticity.

    “Tell your story. It’s really  . . .  the story that supports what you’re saying your goals are that get us,” said Sterk.

    Eleanor Cash is a journalism student at the University of Georgia.

     

  • College Connect Spring 2019: Federal Work-Study Offers Flexible Job Opportunities for Students

    Posted By David Wilhite on Tuesday April 9, 2019

    By Kelly Mayes

    Having a part-time job in college can be a balancing act for many students, but some may find the flexibility they need if they qualify for the Federal Work-Study Program.

    This program, offered by about 3,400 colleges in the U.S., awards grants for undergraduate and graduate students who qualify to gain valuable work experience pertaining to their career.

    Peyton Etheridge, a first-year intended public relations student at the University of Georgia, has worked in the front office of the Odum School of Ecology this year. The Federal Work-Study program has been a good option for her.

    “I would definitely recommend Federal Work-Study to anyone who qualifies for it,” said Etheridge. “Since I’m living on campus it’s so much easier to work on campus as opposed to a fast-food joint because I don’t have a car here.”

    Etheridge said the program puts students first, recognizing they are in school to learn. Providing they communicate with their supervisors and meet hourly requirements, the schedule can be flexible, she said.

    Students participating in Federal Work-Study must prove through their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that their family’s income is low enough for them to qualify. They are then awarded a grant for Federal Work-Study based on their family’s income and have the option of applying to work at various positions at their university.

    Participating universities provide a list of on-campus positions available for students and award grants that are paid bi-weekly throughout the semester.

    According to the University of Georgia Fact Book, in 2018 the university provided 373 undergraduate Federal Work-Study awards totaling $750,405.

    Students can only work a certain amount of hours per week depending on what their award allows them to be paid. Etheridge said that while this lightens her financial burden, sometimes it is not enough to cover all of her expenses.

    John Grable, professor of financial planning, housing and consumer economics at UGA, said pre-planning is essential if they want to participate in programs such as Work-Study. Students who know they are in need of assistance should begin looking for opportunities before they enter college, he said.

    “Having a job can be good for the pocketbook and also just good for college performance,” said Grable.

    While some students may believe a part-time job takes away from the college experience or hurts their academic performance, Grable said that may be offset by establishing relationships that could help students get a job in the future.

    Grable also pointed to a 2014 study by researchers at Winona State Universityindicating that students who have a job in college often perform better academically when they work less than 11 hours a week.

    According to Grable, working a reasonable amount can provide structure to college life because students allocate their time intentionally to balance work and classes.

    “Literally, just this week I had a paper that I had worked very last minute on and I was able to call out of work to work on my paper,” said Etheridge. “They always tell me to put school first if I have a hard assignment or anything going on in student life.”

    Kelly Mayes is a journalism student at the University of Georgia.

     

  • Best in Business Canada

    Posted By sabew_admin on Tuesday April 2, 2019

    This Best in Business contest is a subset of the overall prestigious North American Best in Business award, specifically for members of SABEW’s Canadian chapter.

    2019 winners

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

    Previous contest years

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

    4th Annual SABEW Canada Best in Business Award Winners

    3rd Annual SABEW Canada Best in Business Award Winners

    2nd Annual SABEW Canada Best in Business Award Winners

    1st Annual SABEW Canada Best in Business Award Winners

  • Mourning the loss of SABEW board member Sho Chandra

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Friday February 22, 2019

    SABEW is saddened to report the death of board member Shobhana Chandra. Known as Sho to friends and colleagues, she served as an economics reporter for Washington-based Bloomberg News, which she joined in 1998.

    Sho joined the SABEW board in 2015. Read more about her impressive career and volunteer efforts. View the video tribute produced by Brendan Murray.

    Among those mourning Sho’s passing and saluting her legacy is SABEW President Mark Hamrick, who noted the many reporters whom Sho helped to train and encourage. “As a SABEW board member, Sho was a remarkable, beloved and highly respected mentor and leader within the tight-knit business and financial journalism community. We mourn the loss of her friendship, high degree of professionalism, dedication, collegiality and sense of humor,” said Hamrick, Washington bureau chief and senior economic analyst with Bankrate.com.

    “Sho was a delightful colleague, both on the SABEW board and at Bloomberg News. Whether she was helping organize a conference or judging the Best in Business Awards, among so many other examples, she was ready to help. She was also always there with a friendly greeting or words of support. This is a great loss to both SABEW and the profession, but the many happy memories of Sho will live on,” said Joanna Ossinger, markets editor at Bloomberg, former SABEW president and current Best in Business Awards contest chair.

    “Sho brought an international perspective to the SABEW Board of Governors and was a well-liked member by everyone,” said Kathleen Graham, executive director of SABEW. “She was an eager volunteer and shared her time and talent with the SABEW membership. Her contributions to the profession and the organization will be recognized at the SABEW spring conference at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, May 16-18.”

    SABEW sends its condolences to Sho’s family, many friends and colleagues. If you would like to make a donation in memory of Sho, you can mail a check to:

    SABEW
    Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
    Arizona State University
    555 North Central Ave., Suite 302
    Phoenix, AZ 85004-1248

    Or you can donate online, please designate your contribution in memory of Sho Chandra.

  • Michelle Singletary Biography

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Friday February 8, 2019

    Biography

    Michelle Singletary is a nationally syndicated personal finance columnist for The Washington Post. Her award-winning column, “The Color of Money,” is carried in dozens of newspapers across the country.

    She is the author of three books:

    “The 21 Day Financial Fast: Your Path to Financial Peace and Free” (Zondervan)

    “Your Money and Your Man: How You and Prince Charming Can Spend Well and Live Rich” (Random House).

    “Spend Well, Live Rich: How to Live Well With the Money You Have” (Random House)

    In January 2012, Singletary was part of the cast for “The Revolution,” a daytime program on ABC. She was the show’s financial expert and did regular money segments. For two years, Singletary was host of her own national television program “Singletary Says” on TV One.

    In 2011, “Spend Well, Live Rich with Michelle Singletary,” an hour-long program, premiered on the PBS station WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto.

    For several years, Singletary was a regular personal finance contributor for National Public Radio’s afternoon program “Day To Day.” She is also a frequent contributor to various NPR programs including “1A,” “On Point,” “Weekend Edition,” and American Public Media’s “Marketplace Money.” She has appeared on all three major networks, NBC, ABC and CBS. She has prepared personal finance segments for local and national news programs, and for a number of cable and nationally syndicated programs, including “Oprah,” NBC’s “Today Show,” “The Early Show” on CBS, CNN, MSNBC, “The View, and “Tavis Smiley” on PBS. She has also appeared on “Meet The Press.”

    As part of her commitment to community service, Singletary volunteers as the director of “Prosperity Partners Ministry,” a financial program she founded at her church, First Baptist Church of Glenarden (FBCG), in which women and men, who handle their money well, mentor others who are having financial challenges.

    Singletary and her husband, Kevin, also volunteer in Maryland prisons to teach financial literacy to male and female prison inmates involved in a prerelease program. At FBCG’s The Institutes, Singletary and her husband teach a class called “Mastering Money In Marriage.” In 2010, Singletary was named Ministry Leader of the Year at FBCG, one of the largest churches in Prince George’s County with more than 15,000 members. She was recognized for her direction of Prosperity Partners and her prison volunteer work.

    Singletary has written for the flagship “O, The Oprah Magazine.” For a time, she was the personal finance columnist for “O at Home” magazine. The quarterly magazine was a spinoff of the monthly “O, The Oprah Magazine.”

    She is currently the host of a popular weekly live online chat on washingtonpost.com. She also writes two widely read weekly newsletters on retirement and personal finance, which are distributed by The Washington Post to 65,000 subscribers. In her column, chats, newsletters, television show and books Singletary delivers advice on personal finance issues that range from lending your honey money (Don’t do it!), to raising money smart kids (You can do it!) to the importance of saving and investing (You must do it!).

    Her column won a prestigious award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Singletary is the recipient of numerous national awards for her journalistic work. In 2005, she won the Consumer Federation of America Betty Furness Consumer Media Service Award. In 2013, The National Foundation for Credit Counseling honored her with the organization’s Making the Difference Award for her significant contributions toward advancing financial education in America. Consumer Action awarded her its 2014 Consumer Excellence Award in the media/press category. In 2015, she was the recipient of Generations United Media Award. She has also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins University.

    In 2018, she won a Wharton Seminars for Business Journalist fellowship awarded by National Press Foundation to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

    She is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, and Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a master’s degree in business and management. Singletary and her husband reside in Maryland with their three children and dog, Simba.

  • Joanna Ossinger of Bloomberg News will receive the 2018 SABEW’s President’s Award

    Posted By Aimee O'Grady on Thursday September 27, 2018

    Joanna Ossinger, markets editor at Bloomberg News, will be presented with the President’s Award by the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing on Oct. 25, 2018, during SABEWNYC18, SABEW’s annual fall conference, in New York. 

    Ossinger, a former SABEW board member who served as SABEW president from 2015 to 2016, was chosen for this honor based on her years of service to the organization.  

    “Although it has been more than a couple of years since she served as SABEW president, Joanna has continued to provide significant, invaluable support, often behind the scenes, to our organization and leadership. At the top of the list is her leadership and hard work on our vitally important Best in Business awards, which continue to grow in scale and impact. By honoring her in this way, our members can help celebrate her remarkable continued involvement,” said Mark Hamrick, SABEW president and senior economic analyst, and Washington bureau chief at Bankrate.com. 

    “I’m truly honored to receive this award,” Ossinger said. “I believe wholeheartedly in SABEW’s mission and have been happy to play a part in helping the organization thrive at a time when quality business journalism is more important than ever.” 

    Ossinger is an editor in the cross-asset group, which covers markets globally, at Bloomberg News, where she has worked since 2010. She is the first Bloomberg representative to be SABEW president.  

    She previously worked as a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal, as the manager of day-to-day website operations at Fox Business and as a managing editor at TheStreet.com. 

    Ossinger has a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University and a dual B.A. cum laude in chemistry and classical civilizations from Cornell University. She is a native of Colorado. Follow her on twitter at @ossingerj.  

    About SABEW: Members of SABEW band together in the individual and collective pursuit of the highest standards of economic journalism. The organization recognizes that economic freedom is inextricably linked to political freedom and that an informed citizenry can ensure these freedoms are sustained. It is SABEW’s mission as an independent, nonprofit organization to encourage comprehensive reporting of economic events without fear or favoritism and to increase members’ skills and knowledge through continuous education. 

    SABEW recently has become more focused on press freedom. To that end, it has issued statements and created events and training highlighting the importance of journalism, including the principle that fact-based reporting is necessary for the health of robust democracies. SABEW advocates for full access to financial and economic data, including information collected and distributed by governments. 

     

  • Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) Unveils New Logo

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Monday July 30, 2018

    SABEW has launched a new logo in conjunction with its name change to the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. The logo also represents a more modern and evolving organization.

    “The logo better communicates what SABEW stands for today,” said SABEW Executive Director Kathleen Graham. “We’ve used visual elements to emphasize our forward-thinking mindset, and digital and global expansion objectives.”

    The logo’s overlapping circles reflect inclusion and the blending of print, broadcast and online journalism. The circles also represent innovation, globalization and forward motion. Accents of green signify money and the important role SABEW members play in reporting on business, personal finance and the economy.

    The unveiling of the logo marks an evolution for the SABEW brand. The design brings with it a more sophisticated, professional and inclusive brand expression.

    SABEW recently changed its name from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers as part of a broader effort to rebrand and embrace a global focus on business journalists and other stakeholders around the world.

    Having “American” in the original name suggested SABEW did not offer membership or training to international journalists. In fact, SABEW expanded into Canada, holding its first Toronto event in 2010, and has since hosted workshops in investigative journalism and other training seminars. The new logo and name more closely align SABEW to business journalists around the world.

    About SABEW:
    It is SABEW’s mission as an independent, nonprofit organization to encourage comprehensive reporting of economic events without fear or favoritism and to increase members’ skills and knowledge through continuous education.

    SABEW recently has become more focused on press freedom. To that end, it has issued statements and created events and training highlighting the importance of journalism, including the principle that fact-based reporting is necessary for the health of robust democracies.

    SABEW advocates for full access to financial and economic data, including information collected and distributed by governments.

    SABEW also holds an annual Best in Business awards competition, recognizing outstanding journalism conducted in the U.S. and abroad among professionals and students.

    For more information about the organization, go to SABEW.org or contact SABEW Executive Director Kathleen Graham at [email protected].

  • Dig Deep into Health Care Data

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Monday June 11, 2018

    How do you get past the press release on the health beat? The hardest thing for reporters, veterans or newbies alike, is knowing where to look for information. What kind of financial shape is your local hospital or health insurer? How does the state or federal government rate that nursing home? Does a particular doctor have an unusually high number of medical malpractice claims? We are going to dig into these and other issues with veteran investigative reporter Matt Dempsey of the Houston Chronicle.

    View the webinar.

    Listen to the recording.

    Health Care Data Tip Sheet

     

    Matt Dempsey, Data Reporter at the Houston Chronicle
    Matt Dempsey is the data editor for the Houston Chronicle’s Investigations team. He joined the Chronicle in 2014. Matt previously worked for the Arizona Republic and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His data journalism skills were used in projects involving payday lending, wildfires, state pensions and inequalities in high school sports. His passion for public records frequently leads to disclosure of important data from agencies at all levels of government. Matt has trained journalists at professional conferences and taught graduate and undergraduate students at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Matt has received four first-place awards from the Arizona Press Club, including two in 2013, for sports reporting, environmental/science reporting and education reporting. He won first place from the Best of the West for growth/environmental reporting, was an IRE Award finalist in 2010 and received the Valley of the Sun Chapter of SJP First Amendment Award in 2006.

    Made possible by a grant from:

  • College Connect: Finances of a First-Generation College Student

    Posted By David Wilhite on Monday May 7, 2018

    By Kayley Allen

    Being a first-generation college student is a blessing and a curse. The feeling of being the first person in my family to go to college was, hands down, one of the best accomplishments of my life.

    Nonetheless, with this feeling of excitement came a dark, looming cloud of uncertainty to what lies ahead. My parents are knowledgeable in many ways, but when it came to questions about college, especially questions about student loans and the FAFSA, they don’t have the answers.

    For a first-generation college student, money is a major stressor, but there are many ways to find answers and tips on how to save effectively while in school. Here are few ways to become more knowledge about financial aid and for finding financial opportunities for college.

    1. Scholarships. This is an obvious one but is extremely important. Because scholarships can be such a hassle to apply for, many students may overlook them; nonetheless, a few $1,000 scholarships here and there can truly add up. While there are many scholarships that offer need-based and academic scholarships, many people don’t know that there are also a number of scholarships that are offered specifically for first-generations students. These awards recognize and are aware of the hardships that may come with being a student from a family with no college graduates. Whether it be financial hardships or others, these awarders are continuously impressed with the work ethic they see from these students and use these scholarships as a way to encourage and aid first-generation students to attend college.

    2. The TRiO Program. TRiO is a federal outreach and student services program “designed specifically to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.” Across the U.S colleges have TRiO programs implemented and are working towards serving low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities. The program offers opportunities to students such as special academic advising, financial literacy programs, and scholarships. Become a part of the TRiO program can open so many doors full of opportunity. There’s a team of knowledgeable staff members waiting to advise and assist you in ways that your family might not be able to, and that’s okay! You’ll also meet other first-generation students, which can help the campus feel smaller and to make you feel not alone with whatever financial hardships you may encounter. More information on the TRIO Programs can be found here: https://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/411

    3. Ask for help. Whether you’re in high school or already in college, you’re surrounded by professionals that are there to help you. Many high schools assign their juniors and seniors to a college counselor who can guide you in not only deciding what school to attend, but also financial aid and scholarship opportunities as well. Most likely, they went to school and got their degree, and want to see you do the same. If you’re already in college, there’s a good chance you were assigned to a financial aid advisor upon enrollment. They are there specifically to help you with whatever financial questions you may have! Whether it be help with the FAFSA, student loans or scholarships, or even a breakdown of tuition, they can tell you everything you need to know about how financial aid works at your school. Having a conversation with my financial aid advisor taught me a lot of simple things such as financing, but also about my student loans and how to apply for them.

    Being the first in my family to go to college was scary. I was constantly comparing to myself to others and felt alone when my parents didn’t know the answers to some of my questions. Being a first-generation student doesn’t have to feel like this! Each and every college and university strive to make sure every student feels welcome. Knowing where to look for information about financial aid and scholarship opportunities can make the start of your college career a stress-free one.

    Kayley Allen is a freshman from St. Louis 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

  • 2018 – 2019 Committees

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Tuesday May 1, 2018

    (*) indicates Committee Chair
    (**) indicates Vice Chair

    Executive Committee
    Consistent with the requirements of the Society’s constitution and bylaws, the Executive Committee typically meets monthly either in-person or via conference call to discuss business, to make decisions and to lead the organization. These discussions include coordination of plans with the executive director.

    *SABEW President, Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst and Washington bureau chief, Bankrate.com

    SABEW Vice President, Bryan Borzykowski, freelance business writer

    SABEW Secretary/Treasurer, Kim Quillen, business source editor, Chicago Tribune

    James Madore, senior business writer/economy, Newsday

    Cory Schouten, senior newsletter editor, The Wall Street Journal (ex-officio member)

    Caleb Silver, editor-in-chief & SVP content, Investopedia

    First Amendment Committee
    The First Amendment Committee is dedicated to helping protect press freedoms. We are vigilant in our role as a watchdog over government agencies, working to ensure that journalists – and all citizens – have access to accurate, relevant government-supported data. The committee regularly issues statements in support of press freedom and for sufficient funding of government-collected and issued information. It engages government officials, private economists, watchdogs, other stakeholders and the public on the importance of robust and transparent economic and financial data as well as on the mission of business and financial journalism more broadly.

    *Henry Dubroff, founder and editor, Pacific Coast Business Times

    **James Madore, senior business writer/economy, Newsday

    Roseanne Gerin, English news editor, Radio Free Asia

    Kevin Hall, chief economics correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers

    Bernie Kohn, editor-at-large, Bloomberg BNA

    James B. Nelson, business editor at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; instructor at Marquette University

    Kim Quillen, business source editor, Chicago Tribune

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

    First Amendment Legal Counsel: Steven D. Zansberg, partner, Ballard Spahr

    Membership Committee
    The membership committee is focused on ensuring SABEW remain a vibrant professional organization that is useful and relevant to future generations of business journalists. It will seek to fulfill its mission by increasing the number of individuals and institutions affiliated with SABEW, improving diversity, and strengthening the connections between existing SABEW members.

    *Xana Antunes, executive editor, Quartz

    Robert Barba, spot news editor, The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires

    Rich Barbieri, executive editor, CNN Business

    Megan Davies, editor/reporter, Thomson Reuters

    Brad Foss, global business editor, Associated Press

    Heather Long, economics correspondent, The Washington Post

    Cindy Perman, partnerships and syndication editor, CNBC.com

    Nominations Committee
    *Cory Schouten, senior newsletter editor, The Wall Street Journal

    Bryan Borzykowski, freelance business writer

    Dean Murphy, managing editor for Investigations, The New York Times

    Joanna Ossinger, editor, cross-asset group, Bloomberg News

    Marty Wolk, freelance

    Finance Committee
    The Finance Committee meets monthly either in-person or via conference call to review SABEW’s financial statements and other statements with SABEW staff. The committee also reviews the organization’s annual budget.

    *James Madore, senior business writer/economy, Newsday

    **James B. Nelson, business editor at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; instructor at Marquette University

    Bryan Borzykowski, freelance business writer

    Kim Quillen, business source editor, Chicago Tribune

    David Milstead, freelance writer and columnist, The Globe and Mail

    Michael Rapoport, reporter, The Wall Street Journal

    Zoe Sagalow, federal tax and data reporter, Tax Notes Today

    Investment Sub-Committee
    This group helps monitor and optimize SABEW’s long-term investments, with the goal of balancing return with preservation of funds to help ensure the Society’s long-term financial success. 

    *James Madore, senior business writer/economy, Newsday

    Gail Marks Jarvis, syndicated financial columnist, Chicago Tribune

    David Milstead, freelance writer and columnist, The Globe and Mail

    SABEW19 Committee

    *Chair – Bryan Borzykowski, freelance business writer

    **Vice Chair Newsmakers and Headliners – Caleb Silver, editor-in-chief & SVP content, Investopedia

    ASU Representative – Andrew Leckey, chair ASU Walter Cronkite School, president Reynolds Center

    Robert Barba, spot news editor, The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires

    Rich Barbieri, executive editor, CNN Business

    Brad Foss, global business editor, Associated Press

    Matthew Goldberg, consumer banking reporter, Bankrate

    Kevin Hall, chief economics correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers

    Bernie Kohn, editor-at-large, Bloomberg BNA

    Heather Long, economics correspondent, The Washington Post

    James B. Nelson, business editor at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; instructor at Marquette University

    Jenny Paurys, managing editor, S&P Global Market Intelligence

    Ryan Randazzo, reporter, The Arizona Republic

    Jennifer Strong, radio correspondent, The Wall Street Journal

    Training Committee
    The Training Committee supports SABEW’s mission by planning and coordinating near-monthly distance training programs, utilizing moderators and presenters who represent a variety of backgrounds and organizations. As many newsroom budgets shrink, SABEW training programs are an important resource, and offer an added value by promoting the professional development of SABEW members.

    *Patrick Sanders, assistant managing editor/investing, U.S. News & World Report

    *Kim Quillen, business source editor, Chicago Tribune

    Roseanne Gerin, English news editor, Radio Free Asia

    Jenny Paurys, managing editor, S&P Global Market Intelligence

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

    Best in Business Committee
    *Joanna Ossinger, editor, cross-asset group, Bloomberg News

    ** Kim Quillen, business source editor, Chicago Tribune

    International Committee
    The International Committee seeks to encourage and expand SABEW’s impact and membership within the global business and economic journalism community.  Business journalists worldwide deal with issues of corporate transparency, reliability of government data, trade conflicts and personal financial wellbeing that directly affect readers, viewers and listeners. SABEW’s dedication to improving financial knowledge and accuracy, commending outstanding coverage and upholding the highest ethical standards has relevance in all countries. Seeking new members for SABEW, the International Committee finds opportunities to share information and training while encouraging business journalists at all experience levels regardless of borders.

    *Bryan Borzykowski, freelance business writer

    *Andrew Leckey, chair ASU Walter Cronkite School, president Reynolds Center

    Megan Davies, editor/reporter, Thomson Reuters

    Roseanne Gerin, news editor, Radio Free Asia

    Awards System, Membership Database and Website Committee

    James B. Nelson, business editor at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; instructor at Marquette University

    Heather Long, economics correspondent, The Washington Post

    Renee McGivern, Director of Conference Sponsorships

    Past President Committee
    Grateful for their substantial contributions over many years, this committee engages former presidents of the Society by maintaining communication and involvement with current leadership, encouraging meetings and other activities.

    *Joanna Ossinger, editor, cross-asset group, Bloomberg News

  • SABEW18-Morgenson receives Distinguished Achievement Award

    Posted By Student Newsroom on Friday April 27, 2018

    By Charlotte Norsworthy
    University of Georgia

    With the bull market in stocks in its ninth year, Gretchen Morgenson, a senior special writer in the investigations unit at The Wall Street Journal, said she thinks business journalists should be prepared for when things change.

    Morgenson, who won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for her coverage for The New York Times of Wall Street during the dot-com boom and subsequent bust, was this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award at the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing’s Best in Business Awards on April 27.

    “I think that when the market turns, if it does, then we’re really going to see that the kind of structure of the market is probably more fragile than anybody realizes,” she said, “and we will realize it when stocks go south.”

    After more than a 20-year career, Morgenson covered a variety of business scandals including the collapse of the Long-Term Capital Management hedge fund in 1998, the bursting of the dot-com bubble in 2000, the accounting scandals of Enron in 2001 and WorldCom in 2002 and the 2008 financial crisis that wiped out family income and net worth by 40 percent, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve.

    Lisa Gibbs, director of news partnerships at The Associated Press asked Morgenson during the ceremony what business journalists should prioritize when it comes to coverage looking forward.

    “I think market structure would be my main thing that I think we should be trying to pay attention to,” Morgenson said, “because we’ve lived through a great bear market and a great bull market.”

  • SABEW18 Student Newsroom

    Posted By David Wilhite on Thursday April 26, 2018

    Welcome to the SABEW18 Student Newsroom.

    Business journalism students cover sessions from this year’s SABEW Spring Conference, SABEW18.

    Click here for the student bios.

    Check back for our latest stories and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for continued coverage of SABEW18.

    Canada ambassador expects permanent U.S. tariff exemption

    Canada is “fully confident” that it will receive permanent exemptions on aluminum and steel tariffs from the U.S. despite challenging trade negotiations, said David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., Thursday night at the Embassy of Canada. Click here to read more.

    Rubenstein expects private equity investors to look to emerging markets

    Private equity investors are likely to focus more on opportunities in emerging markets as countries like China and India increase their share of the global economy, said David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-executive chairman of private equity giant The Carlyle Group. Click here to read more. 

    Ross, Hassett address policy impact on economy

    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. Click here to read more.

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

    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. Click here to read more. 

    Morgenson receives Distinguished Achievement Award

    With the bull market in stocks in its ninth year, Gretchen Morgenson, a senior special writer in the investigations unit at The Wall Street Journal, said she thinks business journalists should be prepared for when things change. Click here to read more.

    SEC ‘best interest’ standard well-intended but challenges remain

    The new “best interest” standard for brokers proposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission is a positive step with good intentions but several problems, said Maureen Thompson, vice president of public policy at Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. Click here to read more. 

    More than just ‘white noise’: Media leaders address solutions to harassment

    In the wake of the New York Times Harvey Weinstein investigation and the Me Too movement,  female media leaders tackled the issue of sexual harassment and the systems that enable such behavior. Click here to read more.

    Morgenson: ‘It’s about more than the awards’

    Gretchen Morgenson was walking up Third Avenue in New York City, still fresh off her move from The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal, when an abrupt shouting sounded in the distance. Click here to read more. 

    Cryptocurrency and blockchain pose challenges for news organizations

    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, according to top news editors interviewed at SABEW’s spring conference. Click here to read more.

  • The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) Announces Name Change to Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Monday April 23, 2018

    SABEW’s familiar acronym remains the same, but the organization is changing its name to the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. The change, which is effective immediately, is part of a broader effort to embrace a global focus on business journalism. The new name comes in advance of the SABEW18 annual spring conference in Washington, D.C., April, 26-28, 2018.

    As an example of SABEW’s global reach and impact, the conference’s opening event will focus on international trade and be held at the Embassy of Canada. In 2014, SABEW Canada was launched and continues to thrive with new members, social events, programs and BIB awards.

    The SABEW Board of Directors approved the name change as part of the organization’s international expansion and rebranding effort directly reflecting its global growth initiatives.

    “The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing name more closely aligns SABEW to business journalists and other stakeholders around the world,” said Kathleen Graham, executive director. “Having ‘American’ in the name suggested 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.”

    Said President Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst and Washington bureau chief of Bankrate.com: “SABEW will always be primarily invested in business and financial journalism excellence, respect for press freedom and the need for robust and transparent financial and economic data. I’m confident we can gain further traction with a more inclusive name. I encourage our members and others currently outside our terrific organization to join us in these critically important pursuits.”

    A new SABEW logo will be unveiled in the next phase of the group’s strategic branding process.

    About SABEW: Members of SABEW band together in the individual and collective pursuit of the highest standards of economic journalism. The organization recognizes that economic freedom is inextricably linked to political freedom and that an informed citizenry can ensure these freedoms are sustained. It is SABEW’s mission as an independent, non-profit organization to encourage comprehensive reporting of economic events without fear or favoritism and to increase members’ skills and knowledge through continuous education.

    SABEW recently has become more focused on press freedom. To that end, it has issued statements and created events and training highlighting the importance of journalism, including the principle that fact-based reporting is necessary for the health of robust democracies. SABEW advocates for full access to financial and economic data, including information collected and distributed by governments.

    SABEW also holds an annual Best in Business awards competition, recognizing outstanding journalism conducted in the U.S. and abroad among professionals and students.

    For more information about the organization, go to SABEW.org. For information about the upcoming SABEW18 conference, contact SABEW Executive Director Kathleen Graham at [email protected].

  • 4th Annual BIB Canada Winners

    Posted By David Wilhite on Thursday April 19, 2018

    And the winners of the 4th annual Best in Business Canada Awards are…

    Beat Reporting

    Gold: Christine Dobby, The Globe and Mail (Telecom)

    Silver: Claudia Cattaneo, Financial Post (Energy)

    Breaking News

    Gold:Paul Waldie, Tim Kiladze, Alexandra Posadzki, Andrew Willis, Jeff Gray, Tavia Grant, Kelly Grant, Tu Thanh Ha, Molly Hayes, Joe Friesen, Josh O’Kane and Susan Krashinsky Robertson,The Globe and Mail (The murders of Barry and Honey Sherman)

    Silver: Theo Argitis, Greg Quinn, Maciej Onoszko, Erik Hertzberg, Josh Wingrove, Natalie Wong, Kevin Orland, Lily Jamali, Katia Dmitrieva, Dan Moss, Katherine Greifeld, Allison McNeely, Doug Alexander, Anny Kuo, Luke Kawa, Marc Perrier, Kristine Owram, Rita Devlin, Linly Lin and Courtney Dentch, Bloomberg News (Bank of Canada rate hike)

    Commentary

    Gold: Rita Trichur, Report on Business magazine

    Silver: Eric Reguly, The Globe and Mail

    Long Feature

    Gold: Charlie Wilkins, Report on Business magazine (“Home of the Strange”)

    Silver: Claire Brownell, Adrian Humphreys and Jake Edmiston, Financial Post (“Two legacies, one dark mystery — the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman”)

    Short Feature

    Gold: Danielle Bochove, Bloomberg News (“The Ghost Town Tesla is bringing back to life”)

    Silver: Susan Krashinsky-Robertson, The Globe and Mail (“Saying Goodbye: Kanata paper founded by 14-year-old is one casualty of Postmedia-Torstar deal”)

    Personal finance and investing

    Gold: Sarah Efron, The Globe and Mail (“Only the wealthy? The truth about the Liberals’ proposed small-business tax reforms”)

    Silver: David Milstead, The Globe and Mail (Investing columns)

    Investigative

    Gold: Marina Strauss, Report on Business magazine (“Inside the messy transformation of Tim Hortons”)

    Silver: Tavia Grant, The Globe and Mail (“Canada’s deadliest jobs”)

    Profile

    Gold: Jacqueline Nelson, The Globe and Mail (“Mark Machin: Appetite for risk”)

    Silver: Claire Brownell, Financial Post (“Vitalik Buterin: Cryptocurrency prophet”)

    Package

    Gold: Mike Hager, Nathan VanderKlippe, Jill Mahoney, Matthew McClearn, Barrie McKenna, David Parkinson, Janet McFarland, Tamsin McMahon and Tim Kiladze, The Globe and Mail (Housing)

    Silver: Sarah Efron, Brenda Bouw, Chris Hannay and Bill Curry, The Globe and Mail (“Small business tax changes”)

     

  • 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.

  • Gretchen Morgenson to receive SABEW’s 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Monday March 12, 2018

    Gretchen Morgenson, senior special writer in the investigations unit at The Wall Street Journal, will receive the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ highest honor, its Distinguished Achievement Award, for 2018. 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.

    “I am thrilled and honored to receive this distinguished award from SABEW. It underscores my belief that speaking truth to power has never been more crucial than it is today,” said Morgenson. “I look forward to attending the spring conference in Washington. Thank you SABEW!”

    Morgenson will accept the award Friday, April 27, 2018, at the SABEW Best in Business Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., during the SABEW18 spring conference. She will share 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. Early-bird registration for the conference, which includes admission to the Best in Business ceremony, is $349 (ends March 31). Tickets to the BIB reception and dinner are $149.

    Prior to joining The Wall Street Journal in November 2017, Morgenson spent almost 20 years as assistant business and financial editor and a columnist at The New York Times. She began covering the world financial markets for the newspaper in May 1998 and won the Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting in 2002 for her “trenchant and incisive” coverage of Wall Street.

    Morgenson, a graduate of Saint Olaf College in Minnesota, joined Forbes in 1986. Nine years later, she became national press secretary to magazine editor Steve Forbes when he ran for president of the United States. When he withdrew from the race in March 1996, she returned to writing and editing at the magazine. She was named assistant managing editor in September 1997.

    Morgenson is co-author, with Joshua Rosner, of “Reckless Endangerment,” a New York Times bestseller about the origins of the 2008 financial crisis published. She has won two Gerald Loeb Awards, one in 2009 for her coverage of Wall Street and another in 2002 for excellence in financial commentary.

    The SABEW Distinguished Achievement Award was established in 1993, when it was awarded to Hobart Rowan of the Washington Post. There have been 24 recipients since its inception. SABEW is the world’s largest organization dedicated to business and financial journalism.

    For more information, contact Kathleen Graham, SABEW executive director, 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].

  • 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].

  • SABEW Announces New Executive Leadership Ladder

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Monday January 22, 2018

    The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), the largest association of business journalists, has elected new executive officers effective immediately. The terms of service are through spring 2019 at the annual SABEW conference. The executive ladder changes were approved unanimously by the SABEW Board of Governors.

    Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst and Washington bureau chief of Bankrate.com, will lead SABEW as president for a second term.

    An award-winning journalist, Hamrick joined personal-finance site Bankrate.com in January 2013 after leading business news for the Associated Press’ radio and television/online video operation in Washington, D.C., for more than 18 years.

    Along with his work analyzing economic developments, financial markets, politics and business for Bankrate.com, Hamrick provides commentary or content hundreds of times a year for radio, television, print and online news organizations. Before joining the SABEW board in 2014, he served as president of the National Press Club.

    Xana Antunes, executive editor at Quartz, will resign as SABEW vice president effective immediately due to personal time demands inhibiting her ability to serve as an officer. Antunes will remain engaged and supportive of SABEW’s mission through her service as a board member.

    Bryan Borzykowski, a freelance business writer, will take over as vice president through spring 2019, when he will become SABEW’s first Canadian president. Borzykowski is a Toronto-based business writer, editor and author. He has written for a number of publications in Canada and the U.S., including The Globe and Mail, Canadian Business, The New York Times, CNBC, BBC Capital and CNNMoney.

    Kim Quillen, an editor on the Chicago Tribune business desk, will be secretary/treasurer. Quillen joined the Tribune staff in 2016 from The Arizona Republic. She also has been business editor at The Times-Picayune, where she was involved in the New Orleans newspaper’s award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 BP oil spill.

    “The SABEW executive ladder is in excellent hands with Mark Hamrick, Bryan Borzykowski and Kim Quillen. Mark has raised SABEW’s profile on First Amendment issues; Bryan has expanded our international efforts; and Kim has produced incredible virtual training for members,” said SABEW Executive Director Kathleen Graham. “I’m thankful to have Mark’s steady leadership for another term, and I’d also like to thank Xana Antunes for her work on the Best in Business Awards and ongoing contributions to SABEW as a board member.”

    The Society of American Business Editors and Writers was formed in 1964 to promote superior coverage of business and financial news and issues. The non-profit organization promotes excellence through training opportunities, including conferences, workshops, fellowships and online programs.

    For more information, contact [email protected] or follow us on Twitter @SABEW.

  • 2018 Best in Business

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Thursday November 30, 2017

    SABEW’s 24th Best in Business awards competition

    This contest covers work published, broadcast and posted in the calendar year 2018.

    Click here for categories and guidelines.
    Click here for FAQs.
    Click here to start the entry process. Must be a SABEW member to enter the contest. Members must log-in to the membership database.
    Click here for step by step, BIB entry form instructions.

    Deadlines
    The entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST on Thurs., Feb. 7.

    Entry Fees
    $75 for Story Type and Story Topic categories
    $140 for General Excellence categories
    $60 for freelancer Use the promo code Freelancer on the payment page.
    $30 for Students

    Staff Hours
    SABEW staff is available by email ([email protected]) or phone (602-496-7862) to help with BIB questions and entries, Mon. – Fri. from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.

  • 2018 Best in Business FAQ

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Thursday November 30, 2017

    Here are some basic questions and answers regarding the BIB.

    Q: Do I have to be a SABEW member to enter?
    A: Yes. At the time of submission, entrants must be either an individual member of SABEW or a journalist listed on a current institutional membership. If you are unsure if you’re a part of an institutional membership, please contact your organization’s SABEW representative or SABEW staff at [email protected]

    Q: What is a “category” as defined by the contest?
    A: “Category” refers to the size of the news organization’s staff.

    Q: The rules state that I am limited to three elements per entry. What if I am submitting work from a series?
    A: We recommend selecting the three best examples from the series.

    Q: Can I “park” an entry in mid-submission and go back to it later?
    A: Absolutely. Entries are stored in “My Contest Entries” if you need to take a break, gather more information, etc. You may resume the entry process at your convenience.

    Q: Can I pay for multiple entries all at once? 
    A: Yes. Your entries are stored under “My Contest Entries” until you’re ready to submit. Upon completion of all entries, you can pay for all entries at one time.

    Q: Is an international media outlet eligible for other categories beyond the international division?
    A: Yes. You may compete in the same categories as their U.S. counterparts. The BIB is an international award competition. All entries must be submitted in English.

    Q: Can freelancers enter the Best in Business contest?
    A: Yes; however, freelancers who enter must be SABEW members.

    Q: When will I find out if I won?
    A: Winners and honorable mentions will be notified during the month of March. They will be honored at the BIB Awards Ceremony on May 19, 2019 at our annual conference hosted by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in Phoenix.

    Still can’t find the answer?  SABEW can help. Contact us at [email protected] or 602-496-7862 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. E.S.T.

  • 2018 Best in Business Categories and Guidelines

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Thursday November 30, 2017

    Eligibility: The Best in Business contest is open to regular members of the Society of 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 2019. Winners will be recognized during SABEW19 at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on May 17, 2019.

    CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS

    There are 26 contest categories in 2018, 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, 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, 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 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. The cover letter is required. (Style the PDF title like this: yournamecoverletter.pdf)

    Stories Written for Professional Publications
    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 Written for Student Publications
    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.

  • Young Journalists, Big Impact

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Thursday October 19, 2017

    Monday, October 30
    2 p.m. EDT

    There’s a lot to be learned from today’s young financial journalists through their strong beat reporting.

    Take Jillian Berman, 28, of MarketWatch, for example. Her work covering the student-debt crisis earned her this year’s Larry Birger Young Journalist Award, which honors journalists under the age of 30. The judges of the contest noted that on this extensively covered topic, Berman repeatedly found new story angles. She dug through mounds of data, distilled complex information and told compelling stories of those affected by this crisis.

    On SABEW’s next teletraining session, hear from Berman, as well as our Birger award finalists Sarah Freir of Bloomberg and Jen Wieczner of Fortune, as they discuss how they work sources, develop their beats and uncover unique ways to tell important stories.

    Listen to the recording.

    Moderator

    Jon Chesto, a business reporter for the Boston Globe, served as Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize judging team chair. Jon covers the leaders who shape Boston’s business community. He has been reporting on business and politics in New England for the past two decades. Before joining the Globe, he was managing editor at the Boston Business Journal. Prior to that role, he was the business editor at The Patriot Ledger in Quincy. His weekly Ledger column, “Mass. Market,” won several national awards with SABEW. A graduate of Wesleyan University and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, he has also worked as a business reporter at the Boston Herald and as a political reporter with Ottaway Newspapers.

    Panelists

    Jillian Berman, a New York-based reporter for MarketWatch, is the 2017 winner of the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist contest, honoring journalists younger than 30. Berman focuses on student debt. Previously, she worked as a business reporter for HuffPost, covering retail and food companies as well as gender politics at work. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Bloomberg.

    Sarah Frier is a technology reporter at Bloomberg News, where she is focused on breaking news and writing features about social media companies including Facebook and Snap. Her work appears on Bloomberg.com, in Bloomberg Businessweek and on Bloomberg Television. In her more than six years at Bloomberg, she has received several awards from SABEW. Frier is a 2011 graduate of the University of North Carolina, where she majored in journalism and was editor-in-chief of the Daily Tar Heel.

    Jen Wieczner is a senior writer at Fortune covering Wall Street, finance and cryptocurrency. She has profiled business leaders including two-time Fortune 500 CEO Meg Whitman; controversial Mylan CEO Heather Bresch; and hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen, featuring his first interview since his involvement in a record-breaking insider trading case. Recently, she launched The Ledger, a publication within Fortune dedicated to covering the intersection of money and technology. Previously, Jen covered health care for MarketWatch and The Wall Street Journal. Her work has also appeared in SmartMoney, The Atlantic, Fast Company, New York, Edible Manhattan, Boston, Glamour and Marie Claire. In 2017, she received the American Society of Magazine Editors “Next” Award honoring journalists under 30. Originally from Boston, Jen graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in journalism.

  • International Trade in the Era of Trump

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Monday August 28, 2017

    President Donald Trump has talked tough on trade ever since he first hit the campaign trail. He criticized China for a massive U.S. trade deficit. He also said the North American Free Trade Agreement was bad for the United States. Once in office, he fulfilled a campaign promise of pulling the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation deal negotiated under former President Barack Obama, which Congress had not yet approved. Since that time, international trade issues have continued to be at the forefront of President Trump’s agenda.

    For SABEW’s September training session, we’ll dive into the difficult task of covering international trade in the era of President Trump. A panel of experts and experienced journalists will discuss the latest developments in international trade discussions, offer historical perspectives on the topic and provide thoughts on what journalists may be overlooking in their coverage. 

    Listen to the training.

    Moderator

    Rich Barbieri is the executive editor of CNNMoney, overseeing digital coverage and newsgathering for CNN’s worldwide coverage of brands, media, markets, economics, technology, and personal finance.Prior to joining CNN, Barbieri worked for 15 years at American Lawyer Media as a reporter and editor covering law, business and government in New York, Washington and San Francisco. He has also worked as New York news editor at the Associated Press and as managing editor of Crain’s New York Business. He won an AP reporting award in 1992 for coverage of California’s first execution in decades, and his newsrooms have won more than 100 editorial and design awards from local and national journalism organizations.

    Panelists

    Gary Hufbauer is a senior fellow at the Petersen Institute for International Economics in Washington, who has written extensively on international trade, NAFTA, investment, and tax issues. His previous positions include the Maurice Greenberg Chair and Director of Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, the Marcus Wallenberg Professor of International Finance Diplomacy at Georgetown University, and deputy director of the International Law Institute at Georgetown University. Gary also served in the U.S. Treasury Department as deputy assistant secretary, where he was responsible for trade and investment policy during the Tokyo Round of multilateral trade negotiations, and as director of the international tax staff. The most recent books he has coauthored include Bridging the Pacific: Toward Free Trade and Investment between China and the United States and Economic Normalization with Cuba: A Roadmap for US Policymakers.

    Joshua Teitelbaum is counsel in the public law and policy practice and advises clients across a diverse array of industries on issues related to trade and health policy, among others at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Prior to his current role, Teitelbaum served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials with the International Trade Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce. While serving in this role, he was a policy-maker for, and public advocate of, the Obama administration’s highest international trade priorities. His work included substantial contributions to the development of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the DOC’s implementation of the conflict minerals provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, among other multilateral, regional and bilateral trade initiatives. His work spanned a broad cross section of U.S. industries, including textiles, apparel, home furnishings, processed foods, distilled spirits, recreational transportation, cosmetics, chemicals, and building materials. He also served as the chairman of the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, which supervises the negotiation and implementation of textile and apparel agreements.

    Prior to his role at the DOC, Teitelbaum served as staff director for the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Children & Families; as legislative assistant to Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC); and as legislative counsel to Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), where he advised on a wide range of issues, including health care, international trade, education and financial services. His experience in the Senate included advising Senator Hagan on international trade policy during Senate floor consideration of three U.S. free trade agreements as well as the negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    Doug Palmer is senior trade reporter at Politico and one of the most experienced trade reporters in Washington after nearly 15 years on the beat. He was on the scene when efforts to launch world trade talks failed in Seattle in 1999 to the delight of thousands of protesters who clashed with police throughout the week. Since then, Palmer has covered trade negotiations with more than a dozen countries as well as the long-running Doha round of world trade negotiations, which was launched in 2001 and still has not successfully concluded. Palmer’s job currently includes keeping tabs on trade frictions with China and negotiations on two huge regional free regional trade agreements, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

    Kristi Ellis is a retail editor for S&P Global Market Intelligence and former Washington bureau chief for Women’s Wear Daily. Prior to joining S&P, she was a trade reporter in Washington for 16 years. She covered negotiations on several trade deals and developed a deep understanding of Washington trade policy, spanning three administrations. Ellis was on hand for the World Trade Organization’s Doha ministerial round in Cancun, Mexico in 2003 and filed a series of stories on the intensifying disputes that ultimately led to the collapse of those talks. She has covered several national political conventions, including the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia where anti-TPP tensions were running high and trade was a key campaign issue. Her current job as a retail editor involves training and guiding a team of reporters, including a policy reporter covering the Trump administration’s trade agenda.

  • Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. ET – 10 Great Digital Tools for Business Journalists

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Wednesday August 2, 2017

    For SABEW’s August training session, we’ve teamed up with the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism to present a webinar via the Adobe Connect video-conference platform. The session will introduce business reporters and editors to new web tools and apps that are mostly free, easy to learn, and fun to use. The digital tools will simplify many of the tasks that business journalists must perform, including social media posting, recording and transcribing interviews, and scanning documents.

    Listen to the training.

    Presenters:

    Eric Newton is a professor of practice at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and innovation chief of Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS, staffed by students and faculty from the Cronkite School. He previously was senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation where he expanded the organization’s journalism and media innovation program. Eric was also the founding managing editor of the Newseum, the first major museum of news, and a managing editor of the Oakland Tribune, where he helped guide the paper to numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize.

     

    Sally Kilbridge is associate director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism where she spearheads the center’s digital marketing efforts and contributes to web marketing at the Cronkite School. Previously, she was vice president of content at the national content marketing agency McMurry/TMG. Sally spent more than 25 years in editorial positions at Condé Nast, and has written for a variety of consumer publications and websites.

  • 10 Great Digital Tools for Business Journalists

    Posted By Crystal Beasley on Wednesday August 2, 2017

    For SABEW’s August training session, we’ve teamed up with the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism to present a webinar via the Adobe Connect video-conference platform. The session will introduce business reporters and editors to new web tools and apps that are mostly free, easy to learn, and fun to use. The digital tools will simplify many of the tasks that business journalists must perform, including social media posting, recording and transcribing interviews, and scanning documents.

    Listen to the training.

    Eric Newton is a professor of practice at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and innovation chief of Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS, staffed by students and faculty from the Cronkite School. He previously was senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation where he expanded the organization’s journalism and media innovation program. Eric was also the founding managing editor of the Newseum, the first major museum of news, and a managing editor of the Oakland Tribune, where he helped guide the paper to numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize.

     

    Sally Kilbridge is associate director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism where she spearheads the center’s digital marketing efforts and contributes to web marketing at the Cronkite School. Previously, she was vice president of content at the national content marketing agency McMurry/TMG. Sally spent more than 25 years in editorial positions at Condé Nast, and has written for a variety of consumer publications and websites.

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