SABEW News

May 2019

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

SABEW welcomes the release of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) welcomes the release of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo after more than 500 days in jail in Myanmar. As we have been saying for more than a year, they should never have been imprisoned. The reporters, who were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for exposing atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, had been sentenced in September 2018 ...[Read More]

April 2019

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

SABEW Board of Governors Elections 2019

Ballots will be cast during SABEW19 for six open SABEW Board of Governors seats with three-year terms ending in 2022. If you are interested in running send your statement of intent, bio and photo to Aimee O’Grady at [email protected] by next Tuesday May 7. Voting members will receive their ballot information directly from online voting service provider Opavote.org. Board Candidates as of 4/30/19 ...[Read More]

February 2019

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Mourning the loss of SABEW board member Sho Chandra

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 ...[Read More]

January 2019

Friday, January 25th, 2019

SABEW continues to urge all parties to end the government shutdown so journalists have access to data.

The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) is deeply troubled by the five-week partial government shutdown delaying the release of important economic reports. Timely access to data about the United States economy is critical to decision-making by our nation’s businesses and consumers. The continued partial shutdown is disrupting the vital flow of information as the Bureau of ...[Read More]

September 2018

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Results of the state of the industry snapshot survey for members

SABEW and rbb Communications Snapshot Survey Results 80 Respondants Question 1 Answers * It seems like the general tone and tenor of today’s environment has forced reporters to use “unnamed sources” more than ever.  What below best reflects your feeling on this? 1. There is a distinct, growing skepticism about the use of unnamed sources, fueled ...[Read More]

July 2018

Monday, July 30th, 2018

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

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 ...[Read More]

June 2018

Friday, June 29th, 2018

SABEW offers condolences to the Capital Gazette newsroom

The murderous assault on the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, MD, has left us heartbroken. As members of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, we wish to express our condolences to the families and co-workers of the slain members of that newsroom. The rampage was an assault on the journalists there – and on free speech everywhere. We support the news professionals who have been left ...[Read More]

May 2018

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Remembering Warren Watson, former SABEW executive director

SABEW mourns the loss of Warren Watson. This obituary is written by his longtime friend and SABEW Chair Marty Steffens, a professor at the University of Missouri   Former SABEW executive director Warren Watson died May 27 at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, where he had been hospitalized since mid-December with complications of diabetes. The longtime journalist and nonprofit executive ...[Read More]
Thursday, May 24th, 2018

SABEW takes exception to Tesla’s Elon Musk accusations

The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) takes strong exception to the accusations made by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has accused reporters who cover his company of being biased and influenced by advertising interests. Musk made his statements on Twitter May 23-24 after Consumer Reports announced it would not recommend the Tesla Model 3, citing performance quality issues and ...[Read More]
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Executive Director’s Report May 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 ...[Read More]
Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

SABEW supports World Press Freedom Day, May 3

UNESCO is marking the 25th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day. This year’s event comes as we absorb this week’s news of the slaughter of at least nine journalists in a bombing attack in Kabul. Around the world, journalists are being killed, assaulted, maimed and imprisoned as they attempt to do their jobs. As members of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW), we ...[Read More]

April 2018

Friday, April 27th, 2018

SABEW18-SEC ‘best interest’ standard well-intended but challenges remain

By Jinman Li Medill News Service The new “best interest” standard for brokers proposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission is a positive step with good intentions but several problems remain, said Maureen Thompson, vice president of public policy at Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. Thompson spoke at a panel discussion Friday at the Society for Advancing Business ...[Read More]
Friday, April 27th, 2018

SABEW18-Morgenson receives Distinguished Achievement Award

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 ...[Read More]
Monday, April 23rd, 2018

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

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 ...[Read More]

March 2018

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

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

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, ...[Read More]

February 2018

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

SABEW stands with Reuters in condemning the detentions of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) stands with member news organization Reuters in condemning the detentions of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and in calling for their immediate release. Police in Myanmar detained the two reporters on Dec. 12 for allegedly “obtaining state secrets” related to a military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in the country’s ...[Read More]

January 2018

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

SABEW Announces New Executive Leadership Ladder

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 ...[Read More]
Friday, January 5th, 2018

SABEW urges the president and his administration to respect the First Amendment

SABEW welcomes the decision by publisher Henry Holt to move up the release of “Fire and Fury.” 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 ...[Read More]

November 2017

Monday, November 20th, 2017

The ACA: Still alive or on life support?

Join a panel of health policy experts who will discuss the impact so far of the administration's policies on the Affordable Care Act. Are people signing up on the exchanges? Are there regional or state by state differences? What is the future of the ACA? Listen to the recording. Moderator Tami Luhby, senior writer, CNNMoney. CNNMoney Senior Writer Tami Luhby covers the Affordable Care Act ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Under Siege: The State of Press Freedom under the Trump Administration

Monday, Dec. 4 2 p.m. EST President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media pose serious obstacles to U.S. press freedom enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution. During Trump’s 10 months in office, reporters have been arrested or manhandled for shouting questions at federal government officials, and some have been subjected to equipment searches and seizures. Some government agencies ...[Read More]

October 2017

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Digital Strategy – How to use SEO to hook an audience

Monday, Nov. 6 2:00 p.m. EST Business journalists today are not only reporting, writing and editing the news, they’re also helping drive the distribution of their stories. Join our panel of experts as they do a deep dive into the subject of SEO and how it can best be used to build and engage an audience. This session will examine the tools, tips and best practices for writing headlines and meta ...[Read More]
Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Young Journalists, Big Impact

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 ...[Read More]
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

SABEW condemns Trump’s recent tweet on revoking broadcasting licenses

President Donald Trump’s apparent advocacy for revoking the broadcasting licenses of television networks that he dislikes is unacceptable. Only in totalitarian regimes are licenses removed from networks in response to the airing of stories that upset politicians. This should not happen in a democracy such as ours. While in our system of checks and balances, we remain confident that such an anti-democratic ...[Read More]

August 2017

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

SABEW protests Trump’s verbal assault on journalists

SABEW protests, in the strongest terms, President Donald Trump's latest verbal assault in Phoenix on our profession. Some of his comments were factually incorrect, but moreover, others risk inciting violence against journalists. His comments also undermine the vital watchdog role that journalism plays in our and in any healthy democracy....[Read More]

July 2017

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

FOIA at 51: Still going strong, but real improvements are needed

July Fourth is not only the birthday of our nation, but also the anniversary of the enactment of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)—the groundbreaking law enabling all persons, and in particular journalists, to obtain nonexempt information from any federal government agency. At first glance, it appears as though the law, which turns 51 this year, has benefitted from recent improvements. This ...[Read More]
Monday, July 3rd, 2017

SABEW stands with CNN in condemning violence against reporters

The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) stands with member news organization, CNN in condemning President Trump's tweet encouraging violence against reporters. SABEW’s First Amendment Committee is increasingly concerned about the threats against journalists from public officials and attacks on the media from President Trump. On Sunday July 2, Trump tweeted an edited video ...[Read More]

May 2017

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Executive Director’s Report May 2017

AWARD HIGHLIGHTS SABEW Distinguished Achievement Award Larry Ingrassia, managing editor of the Los Angeles Times, received the Distinguished Achievement Award at the Best in Business ceremony at SABEW17 in Seattle on Saturday, April 29. 2016 Best in Business Awards This year’s transition to a platform-agnostic contest went smoothly thanks to SABEW board members Brad Foss and Xana Antunes ...[Read More]
Monday, May 1st, 2017

Mark Hamrick of Bankrate.com takes the helm at SABEW; seven are elected to the Board of Governors

Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst and Washington bureau chief at Bankrate.com, was installed as the new president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) at its annual conference on April 29, 2017, in Seattle. Hamrick succeeds Cory Schouten, senior editor at the Columbia Journalism Review. “I’m humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve SABEW members and ...[Read More]

April 2017

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Ingrassia: Journalists need to protect their objectivity and independence

By Mindy Tan and Hannah Levitt Medill News Service News organizations need to protect journalism's objectivity and independence, said Lawrence Ingrassia, the managing editor of the Los Angeles Times, at the Best in Business Awards Dinner of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers spring convention in Seattle. Ingrassia was on stage to receive the SABEW Distinguished Achievement Award ...[Read More]
Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Investigative reporting tips from SABEW honorees

By Urvashi Verma Medill News Service Journalists play a critical role in holding corporations, governments, and others to account by creating powerful stories using investigative journalism. BuzzFeed reporter Rosalind Adams and ProPublica’s Cezary Podkul shared how they investigated and produced award-winning stories at a session titled “Best in Business Investigative Awards: How They Did ...[Read More]
Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Working with millennials in the newsroom: two views

By Shen Lu Medill News Service Engage your 20-something employees in the newsroom; don’t try to change them. That was the message from Kristen Fife, Seattle-based senior technical recruiter, and Olivia Barrow, freelance writer at Linkedin Top Voice, at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers spring conference in Seattle on Saturday. Fife, a Gen X-er, and Barrow, a millennial, ...[Read More]
Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Business storytellers urged to embrace VR/360

By Hannah Levitt Medill News Service Virtual reality and 360 video technologies raise unique opportunities for business storytellers, particularly in industries that are highly visual. “Will it be successful? Who knows, but I think as journalists we really need to be there,” said Retha Hill, executive director of the digital innovation and entrepreneurship lab at the Walter Cronkite School ...[Read More]
Friday, April 28th, 2017

Starbucks ‘Upstanders’ project presents solutions-oriented stories

By Kanak Jha Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University Rajiv Chandrasekaran started out as a business reporter for The Washington Post. He covered stories around the world, including assignments in Baghdad and Cairo. Twenty years later, he and Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz are forging a different style of storytelling. They aren’t content ...[Read More]
Friday, April 28th, 2017

Covering Trump Amid Conflicts of Interest

By Urvashi Verma Medill News Service Conflicts of interest and lack of transparency in the Trump administration are challenging journalists to persist in finding and reporting the facts in a climate of hostility and polarization. “This presents a unique scenario. The lack of transparency regarding Trump’s businesses has made it difficult to determine who is benefiting from what,” said ...[Read More]
Friday, April 28th, 2017

Cheddar CEO: Millennials, though often overlooked by cable TV, love business news

By Saundra Wilson Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University Some people may think business news doesn’t appeal to millennials, but Cheddar TV founder and CEO Jon Steinberg said people in their 20s and 30s love business news. Steinberg spoke at a session Friday morning at the spring conference of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Steinberg ...[Read More]
Friday, April 28th, 2017

Journalists need consumer data to regain market share

By Mindy Tan Medill News Service At a time when Facebook and Google are claiming 89 cents of every new dollar of digital advertising, journalists must "reclaim" their relationship with users by leveraging consumer data to better package content for them, according to Michael Shane, global head of digital innovation at Bloomberg LP. "For most people, the internet is essentially some combination ...[Read More]

March 2017

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Journalists Honored in SABEW’s 22nd Annual Best in Business Competition

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) on March 17, 2017, announces the results of its 22nd annual Best in Business competition, which recognizes outstanding stories published or aired in 2016. The 112 winners and honorable mentions represent all formats and corners of the world. One hundred seventy-five news organizations submitted 946 entries across 65 categories. For ...[Read More]

February 2017

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Mark Hamrick to be next SABEW president

Feb. 17, 2017 – Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst and Washington bureau chief of Bankrate.com, has been named vice president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the largest association of business journalists. Hamrick, who began serving as SABEW treasurer last year, will take over as president at the conclusion of the organization’s 2017 spring conference, which ...[Read More]

November 2016

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

The Power of Business Journalism

SABEW members and friends: It isn’t news to you that business journalism is more powerful and relevant than ever, from coverage of the Panama Papers to Brexit, the Wells Fargo scandal to the Mylan EpiPen price hike, China’s economic reforms to the United States’ presidential candidates’ financial records. Our work holds corporate titans, elected officials and tax-dodging plutocrats to ...[Read More]

October 2016

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Kevin G. Hall receives SABEW’s top honor

  Kevin G. Hall, chief economics correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, was recognized by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers with one of the highest honors, the President’s Award. Hall received the honor Friday, Oct. 7 during the SABEW fall conference held at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in Midtown Manhattan. Hall, a former SABEW board member and past president, ...[Read More]

September 2016

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

William Alden wins 2016 Birger Award for Young Business Journalists

William Alden, 27, a San Francisco-based business reporter for BuzzFeed News covering the technology industry, is the 2016 winner of the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize, honoring journalists younger than 30. He will receive the award and a $1,500 honorarium Oct. 7 at SABEW’s New York Fall Conference in midtown Manhattan. It is the third year for the competition. The past two years’ ...[Read More]

July 2016

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Longtime SABEW Board Member Elizabeth Whitney dies

Renowned journalist, Elizabeth Whitney, died Tuesday. Whitney was the first female business editor at a major U.S. newspaper, the then-St. Petersburg Times. She was both an influential and exceptional reporter and editor to the journalism community. Whitney had a distinguished career of reporting and editing staying devoted to business-related news. She served on SABEW’s Board of Governors from ...[Read More]

May 2016

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

The Panama Papers: A New Face For Investigative Journalism

Story by Kristy Westgard Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University Video by Kat Lonsdorf Medill News Service The Panama Papers marked a shift away from the traditional lone wolf method of investigative journalism in favor of collaboration, a panel of journalists said Saturday. Four journalists involved in the investigation spoke about their ...[Read More]
Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Consumers have plenty to learn about money management

By Cassidy Trowbridge Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University People don’t know how to manage their money. That’s the main theme from “Mining Behavioral Research and Government Data to Tell Personal Stories,” a Friday session at the SABEW 2016 annual conference. Financial experts highlighted their research on consumer protections and ...[Read More]
Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Entrepreneurship is key to media outlets being successful

By Xiumei Dong Medill News Service While some traditional media outlets struggle to make a profit because of the disruption caused by technology and innovation, others that welcome the changing trends have experienced much success. The difference, experts said, is how willingly the outlets embraced entrepreneurialism. “I still think the most important thing, which you alluded to, is they have ...[Read More]
Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Business journalists discuss making tough ethical decisions

By Sydney Maki Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University If a news organization sends out a tweet that the Capitol has been attacked, but no one can confirm it — should you report it, too? What if that tweet causes markets to drop? As business journalists, SABEW attendees must answer questions like this regularly. Glenn Coleman, Joanna Ossinger, ...[Read More]
Saturday, May 21st, 2016

SABEW focuses spotlight on Baron’s leadership at Globe and Post

By Will Racke Medill News Service Marty Baron gets about three public speaking requests a week, thanks to his newfound celebrity courtesy of “Spotlight,” the Oscar-winning film that depicts the true story of the Baron-led Boston Globe investigation of sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church. His day job as the executive editor of the Washington Post prevents him from fulfilling most of those ...[Read More]
Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Economists, academics cautiously optimistic about US economy

By Charles Clark Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University A panel of economists and academics expressed a relatively optimistic view on the progress of the U.S. economy, and to a degree, the possibility of future wage growth. The discussion about the economy and wages occurred Friday at the SABEW 2016 annual conference. The panel was moderated by ...[Read More]
Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Global economic growth still struggling following financial crisis

By Katie Murar Medill News Service There are many signs that point to the U.S. economy improving following the financial crisis a few years ago, but the global economy hasn’t fully bounced back, said Council of Economic Advisors member Jay Shambau. In a panel discussion Saturday at the SABEW 2016 annual conference, Shambau explored the ways in which slow global growth is playing out in ...[Read More]
Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Marriott CEO: Hotel industry growing despite recent terrorist attacks

By Xiumei Dong Medill News Service Recent terrorist attacks around the world are hurting the travel industry, but Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson said that hasn’t stopped the growth of the hotel industry. Following a bidding war in the past few months with China’s Anbang Insurance Group, Marriott International Inc. sealed a deal in April with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. for ...[Read More]

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