SABEW News

September 2020

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

2020 Best in Business Book Contest Judges

Many thanks to the judges for volunteering their time and talent! • Michael Batnick, director of research, Ritholtz Wealth Management • Theresa Carey, brokerage and investing expert, Investopedia • Ben Carlson, director of institutional asset management, Ritholtz Wealth Management • Dan Colarusso, senior vice president of CNBC Business News, CNBC • Alan Deutschman, SABEW ...[Read More]
Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

SABEW marks Labor Day with a call to federal and state lawmakers to adequately fund data collection

As the nation pores over news about workers and the workplace this Labor Day, many stories are based on data from federal and state governments. Data is critical to telling not just the stories of workers but of many aspects of our economic life. That's why the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) is alarmed by the growing number of cases where the integrity of government ...[Read More]

August 2020

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

SABEW August President’s Column

It’s no secret that newsrooms across the country are examining their diversity practices when it comes to both coverage and their own hiring. And for good reason: It’s essential that our coverage, and our news staffs, reflect the communities we cover. Our industry, including SABEW, still has a great deal of work to do on the diversity front. But if you’re like me, you came away from the virtual ...[Read More]
Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Between jobs? Here’s how to catch the eye of a recruiter

Beth Hunt is director of editorial recruiting and development for American City Business Journals. It's not an ideal time to be looking for a job right now, especially a journalism job. How's that for stating the obvious? Between a global pandemic, an economic crisis and an industry that has been teetering on the brink for years, it's hard to feel anything but hopeless when news of a ...[Read More]

July 2020

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

SABEW update from President Kim Quillen

It’s July, and we’re halfway through a doozy of a year. SABEW wasn’t able to hold its May conference in Toronto because of the coronavirus, so I missed seeing many of you. But I’m pleased and honored to serve as SABEW president until next spring, and I wanted to take a moment here to introduce myself and share a couple of exciting things our organization has been up to. This month, we ...[Read More]
Friday, July 17th, 2020

Best in Business Awards Book Contest

SABEW's inaugural Best in Business Awards Book contest recognizes and celebrates outstanding business books, and the journalists who write them. SABEW is well-known for its prestigious Best in Business annual awards, but this is the first year we are focusing on business books as a standalone category, outside of the BIB contest. The awards recognize ground-breaking books published between July ...[Read More]
Thursday, July 9th, 2020

SABEW’s Statement on the Supreme Court’s Ruling Regarding President Trump’s Financial Records

The Society for Advancing Business Reporting applauds today’s Supreme Court ruling that a New York prosecutor is entitled to see President Trump’s private and business financial records. SABEW remains hopeful that the lower courts will see the value of releasing Trump’s financial records. Today’s rulings remind us once again that President Trump will be the first president since the 1970s ...[Read More]

June 2020

Monday, June 29th, 2020

SABEW Calls on the SBA and Treasury to Publicly Release PPP Loan Recipients

As the Paycheck Protection Program wraps up on Tuesday and as Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day, SABEW highlights the importance of government transparency and disclosure. We call on the U.S. Small Business Administration and Department of the Treasury to publicly release information about every PPP loan recipient in a timely manner. This information should include the borrower’s ...[Read More]
Thursday, June 18th, 2020

SABEW20 Focus on the Future Virtual Conference, Nov. 17-20

SABEW’s virtual conference will Focus on the Future offering a mix of newsmakers, timely topics, skill-building, networking and big ideas sharing. Sessions will focus on the country's economic recovery. The conference is just after the presidential elections, so we’ll be tapping the administration’s economic advisors to hear their plans. We'll examine diversifying the ranks of business ...[Read More]
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

SABEW Welcomes 27 Dow Jones News Fund Student Members

Dow Jones News Fund promotes journalism careers in the digital age. In keeping with the News Fund’s commitment to diversity, the 2020 internship class is 47% students of color. SABEW is proud to welcome 27 Dow Jones News Fund student members! ...[Read More]

May 2020

Friday, May 29th, 2020

SABEW Urges the Trump Administration to Rethink Economic Reporting Policies

The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) calls on the Trump Administration to rethink two significant policy changes that would place new curbs on access to information about the U.S. economy. We refer to a recent directive from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that will “permanently discontinue” lock-ups that give news organizations an advanced look at key releases, effective June ...[Read More]
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

SABEW Announces Three New Officers

Kim Quillen, business source editor at the Chicago Tribune, was installed as the new president of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) on May 18, 2020. She succeeds Bryan Borzykowski, freelance business journalist, who served as SABEW’s president for the past year. Quillen's term is from spring 2020-2021. Quillen has been one of the editors on the Chicago Tribune ...[Read More]
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

SABEW Announces the 2020–2021 Board of Governors

SABEW members voted for eight seats on the SABEW Board of Governors, six with a term ending in 2023, and two with a term ending in spring 2021. • Cesca Antonelli, editor-in-chief, Bloomberg Industry Group (2020-2023 term) • Robert Barba, spot news editor, Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal (2020-2023 term) • Pallavi Gogoi, chief business editor, NPR (2020-2023 term) • Matthew ...[Read More]
Monday, May 4th, 2020

Andrew Leckey Retires After 14 Years Leading Business Journalism at Cronkite School

As originally posted by Rian Bosse Andrew Leckey, who has built the business journalism program at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication into a national powerhouse, is retiring after 14 years at Arizona State University. As the Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism and president of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, Leckey has ...[Read More]

April 2020

Monday, April 27th, 2020

6 Tips for Freelancers on How to Get Work During COVID-19

By Bryan Borzykowski Freelance business journalist SABEW President May 2019 - May 2020 • Create a list of story ideas in a Google Doc that you can pitch and repitch. If one place says no, then take that idea and find another outlet. Keep track of who you've pitched. • Broaden your client base. A lot of companies are looking for help to write editorial-style content. Reach out to marketing ...[Read More]
Monday, April 27th, 2020

SABEW calls for CARES Act transparency

As we prepare to celebrate World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) calls on Congress, the Federal Reserve and the Trump Administration to provide much needed transparency in covering government and particularly recipients of funds under the CARES Act and its successors. The coronavirus pandemic and the response in terms of unprecedented ...[Read More]
Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

SABEW Board of Governors Election 2020

SABEW 2020-21 Board of Governors Voting Opens April 27 Voting for the SABEW 2020-21 Board of Governors opens Monday, April 27 and closes at 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 1. Voting members will receive your ballot information direct from the online voting service provider Opavote.org. If you are the voting member for your newsroom and also have an individual membership, you will receive two separate ...[Read More]
Friday, April 17th, 2020

SABEW welcomes 67 new members from South Asia

In an expansion of SABEW’s international initiative, 67 journalists from major news organizations throughout Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have officially joined the business journalism organization as members. The South Asian business journalists met each other in Dubai last year at the “Benefits of South Asia Economic Integration” journalism summit developed ...[Read More]
Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

SABEW Canada announces the finalists for the 6th Annual Best in Business Awards

The Canadian chapter of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) is excited to (belatedly) announce the list of finalists for the 6th Annual Best in Business Awards competition, recognizing outstanding business reporting published and produced in Canada in 2019. This year’s finalists covered a wide range of stories, including a rags-to-riches-to-rags tale of Dofasco’s founding ...[Read More]

March 2020

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Journalists Honored in SABEW’s 25th Annual Best in Business Awards

The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) announces the results of its 25th annual Best in Business competition, which recognizes outstanding business journalism of 2019. Panels of judges selected 69 winners and 68 honorable mentions out of 1,082 entries. Submissions came from 183 news organizations across all platforms representing the breadth of business journalism, from ...[Read More]
Monday, March 2nd, 2020

SABEW calls on the Trump administration to provide the public with timely, accurate information about the coronavirus

The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) calls on the Trump administration to recognize the valuable role that a free press plays in disseminating information about the coronavirus and its impact on society and the economy. Now is precisely the time that scientists and health professionals, who are the best informed about risks to the public, should be allowed to freely ...[Read More]

February 2020

Friday, February 28th, 2020

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January 2020

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

SABEW mourns loss of board member Xana Antunes

SABEW is extremely saddened to report that board member and former vice president Xana Antunes has passed away from cancer. Since 2014, Xana had been the executive editor of Quartz. Before that she was an executive editor and vice president at CNBC, an editor at Crain’s New York Business, an executive editor at Fortune and CNN/Money and the editor of the New York Post, where she oversaw a ...[Read More]
Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

James B. Stewart to receive SABEW’s 2019 Distinguished Achievement Award

James B. Stewart, columnist at The New York Times, a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of eleven books, will receive the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing’s highest honor – its Distinguished Achievement Award, for 2020. 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 ...[Read More]
Thursday, January 16th, 2020

SABEW calls on the Trump administration to share its rationale behind the change to the BLS lockups process

The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, which represents 3,000 business and financial journalists in North America, is deeply concerned by the lack of a clear explanation behind an apparent decision by DOL to ban all electronic devices in the lockups.  This limits journalists' ability to produce immediate, complete available-to-all reporting on government releases of economic data. Such ...[Read More]

November 2019

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

SABEW advocates for access to government experts, records

November 6, 2019 The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) is increasingly concerned about the shroud of secrecy that has enveloped the federal government and government agencies. For that reason, we have co-signed a letter to Congress, authored by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and signed on by journalism organizations, in support of legislation that would ensure ...[Read More]

October 2019

Monday, October 28th, 2019

CNBC’s “My College Dream” launched today from College Connect posts

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., October 28, 2019 From CNBC CNBC’s Invest in You: Ready. Set. Grow., a financial wellness initiative in partnership with Acorns, today debuted My College Dream, a series of first-person accounts by students about their college and career aspirations, the serious money struggles they have faced along the way and the real-world consequences that resulted from their circumstances ...[Read More]
Monday, October 14th, 2019

Quartz Executive Editor Xana Antunes wins Front Page Lifetime Achievement Award

Quartz Executive Editor and SABEW board member Xana Antunes recently won the Front Page Lifetime Achievement Award from The Newswomen's Club of New York. Antunes is executive editor at Quartz. Prior to starting there in 2014, she was executive editor and vice president at CNBC Digital; editor at Crain's New York Business; executive editor at Fortune and CNNMoney.com; and editor, deputy editor and ...[Read More]

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 on February 20. 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 ...[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

2018 State of the Industry snapshot survey for released

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]

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