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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Outstanding Achievement Award
Claudia Cattaneo (Financial Post)

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

CONGRATULATIONS, CLAUDIA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audio or visual storytelling

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

Beat reporting

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

Breaking news

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

Commentary

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

Editorial newsletter

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

Feature (long-form)

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

Feature (short-form)

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

Investigative

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

Package

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

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Personal finance and investing

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

Profile

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

Scoop

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

Trade article

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

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

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

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

If you have anything questions about the contents of this press release, please contact SABEW Canada chair Dawn Calleja at dawncalleja@gmail.com.

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. Learn more about membership.

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

Canadian members also can choose to participate in a subset of these awards. You’ll find those winners here.

For more information, 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 aogrady@sabew.org.

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 dawncalleja@gmail.com or 416-554-6450

 

 

Awards

Posted By Crystal Beasley on Thursday May 26, 2016

Distinguished Achievement Award

Established in 1993, this award singles out individuals who have made a significant impact on the field of business journalism and who have served as a nurturing influence on others in the profession.

President’s Award

President’s awards are given by the then current SABEW president at their discretion.

Larry Birger Young Business Journalist of the Year Award

The Larry Birger Young Business Journalist Award is made possible by a gift from rbb Public Relations of Miami, Fla., the award commemorates Birger, the former Miami Herald business editor who led SABEW as president in 1977. Birger was later a principal in rbb until his death in 1998.

SABEW Best in Business

SABEW celebrates the Best in Business journalism. This contest is open to regular members of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing in good standing as of the date of entry.

David J. Morrow Scholarship for Business Journalism

The Morrow scholarship is a partnership between the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina and SABEW. The scholarship is for students aspiring to become business journalists. The funds are designated for college tuition and expenses associated with attending a SABEW conference.

Cox-SABEW Fellowship

The Cox-SABEW Fellowship recognizes student commitment to learning and engaging in business journalism. Sponsored and funded by the University of Georgia’s Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership, the fellowship recognizes students who have embraced business journalism and qualified for the recognition through professional internships.

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 cbeasley@sabew.org 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 andrew.leckey@businessjournalism.org.

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 Andrew.Leckey@businessjournalism.org or call him at 602-496-9186.

 

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

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

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

Listen to the recording.

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

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 kgraham@sabew.org. 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 aogrady@sabew.org 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 announced for the 5th Annual SABEW Canada Best in Business Awards

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

BIB Canada Award honorees were recognized a reception on April 17, at Baro, 485 King Street West, Toronto.

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. 

 

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Posted By David Wilhite on Wednesday August 22, 2018

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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 kgraham@sabew.org.

July 31 – Birger Young Biz Journalist Contest Deadline

Posted By Crystal Beasley on Monday July 23, 2018

The contest is now open.

Deadline for entries is Wednesday, July 31 at 5 p.m. ET.

The winner will receive $1,500 plus a stipend toward travel expenses for a trip to SABEW’s next conference where the award will be presented.

A team of five journalist/judges will determine the winner, as well as up to four named finalists.

A total of 23 young journalists entered in 2018, with one winner and two finalists named.

Eligibility:

– Journalists 29 years old and younger during 2018 are eligible. A journalist who turned 30 during 2018 is eligible.

– Freelancers are eligible but must meet all criteria except supervisor recommendation.

How to enter:

– Entrants should send a one-page resume and one letter of recommendation (1-2 pages) from a nominating supervisor. The letter of recommendation should confirm the applicant’s name, title, start date of employment, a recommendation about their work and why they are a good candidate. The letter should reference any initiative the person has taken and if they have been received any promotions, title changes, advancements other awards while being employed at the newsroom. The letter should outline the candidate’s overall accomplishments,  strengths, and characteristics that make the applicant worthy of the award and a potential newsroom leader. It should display an overall support of the applicant. The letter can be addressed to the SABEW Birger judging team. Please include the contact information of the reference.

– Entrants must also include two professional references other than the nominating editor. Names (with title), e-mail and telephone number must be included with each reference.

– Both the resume and references can be saved as a single PDF and uploaded with the supporting elements with each entry; or they can be emailed separately to sabew@sabew.org

– Entrants must include five (5) published work samples or video packages from the period 2014 through 2018. They should represent a mix of long- and short-form journalism. Digital samples are allowed. The work should show sophistication and acumen in the covered topic.

– Entrants may submit up to three (3) work samples with multiple byline credits, but samples with single bylines are strongly preferred by the judges.

– Up to five (5) supporting elements may be included with an entry. Supporting elements include text sidebars, videos, photos, multimedia pieces, etc.

– Contest entries will be accepted in PDF and/or through permalinks from URLs.

There will be no charge for entries. You must be a SABEW member, or be part of a SABEW institutional membership to enter.

Specific instructions for entering the contest:

Log in through the SABEW Member portal and select “Enter Contest” in the left side bar. Select Larry Birger Young Business Journalist.

– Enter the contest through the orange “Enter Contest” button.  You will be taken to the Publication page.

– Even if you are affiliated with a specific publication, please enter Larry Birger Young Business Journalist in the Publication search bar. This will allow your entry to be independent without ties to a publication.

– On the Contributors page, please select yourself and continue.

– On the Select Contest page, please select the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist Contest.

– On the Entry Details page, use your first and last name as the entry title. Add a description, credits and your mailing address.

– On the Upload Entry page, add your work using PDF and/or URL. You are not limited as to how many pages/links you are allowed to upload in order to fully represent your five main work samples. After you attach each PDF/URL, click on Save Attachment and Add Another. Even if you have only one attachment you must click on Save Attachment and Add Another. A green box at the top will confirm that your attachment has been saved. Once all attachments are submitted, click on Finish and Review Entry.

– Review the entry details, and click on save and review order.

– Click on Complete Order, then Complete Purchase to submit your entry. You will see a confirmation page after the entry has been submitted successfully.

Click here to begin.

If you have questions about membership status or contest entry, please email Aimee O’Grady.

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.

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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.

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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, reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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, deputy spot news editor, The Wall Street Journal

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, reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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, deputy spot news editor, The Wall Street Journal

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, reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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, reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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 kgraham@sabew.org.

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 kgraham@sabew.org.

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 cbeasley@sabew.org.

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 cbeasley@sabew.org.

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 sabew@sabew.org or follow us on Twitter @SABEW.

SABEW January Spotlight

Posted By David Wilhite on Wednesday January 17, 2018

SABEW Best in Business

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

SABEW Goldschmidt Data Immersion Workshop

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

SABEW18 – Spring conference

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

Training

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

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

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

Member news

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

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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 (bib@sabew.org) 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 sabew@sabew.org.

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 BIB@sabew.org 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 sabew@sabew.org.

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.

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