News Archive

November 2018

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

2018 Annual Appeal

Dear Friends and Supporters of SABEW: As we look across the media landscape globally and closer to home, the words of Charles Dickens come to mind. He wrote in A Tale of Two Cities more than 150 years ago, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

November 19: Behind the lens: How to shoot video for business stories

Listen to the audio. View the video. Nov. Training Presentation. High-quality video can bring business stories to life, and journalists are increasingly being asked to shoot segments on their smartphones. SABEW’s next training session will give you an overview of how best to shoot video and audio, even if your equipment is limited. Mitchell Masilun, an Arkansas-based editorial photographer ...[Read More]

October 2018

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Dec 1: 2018 Best in Business Award Competition Opens for Entries

On December 1, the 24th annual Best in Business awards competition, sponsored by the Society of Advancing Business Editing and Writing, will open for entries. This contest covers work published, broadcast and posted in the calendar year 2018. The Best in Business contest is open to regular members of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in good standing as of the date of entry. Renew ...[Read More]
Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Feb. 25-Mar. 1: 2019 SABEW Goldschmidt Data Immersion Training

The application period has ended. SABEW’s sixth annual Goldschmidt data immersion training is geared toward reporters who want to learn more about federal economic and investment data. The weeklong session is made possible thanks to a grant from the Chicago-based Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation. The training in Washington, D.C., will allow journalists to climb inside economic and labor ...[Read More]
Monday, October 1st, 2018

2018 David J. Morrow Scholarship for Business Journalism Winners

These are the 2018 David J. Morrow Scholarship for Business Journalism winners. For more information about the Morrow scholarships, click here. Zoe Nicholson is a senior multimedia journalism student at the University of South Carolina. She is from Greer, SC, where she grew up with her older sister, parents and pets. Zoe worked as an arts and culture staff writer at The Daily Gamecock from 2016 ...[Read More]

September 2018

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

How to use social media to build a beat and break news

Social media is a tremendous resource for journalists looking to build a beat, break news, or track down elusive man on the street sources on deadline. The real challenge is sifting through all the chatter and harnessing the full potential of social platforms. SABEW’s next teletraining session — featuring some of the best in the business when it comes to social media reporting -- will help you ...[Read More]
Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

SABEW 2018 Fall Spotlight

New Format and Fresh Content for SABEW’s Fall Conference #SABEWNYC18 is Thursday, Oct. 25, at Reuters in New York. Whether you’re seeking skills training, content ideas or networking opportunities, you’ll leave inspired and with useful information for your newsroom. Sept. 21 is the early bird registration and special discounted hotel rate deadline (unless the hotel block ...[Read More]
Monday, September 10th, 2018

CHEDDAR’S ALEX HEATH WINS SABEW’s BIRGER AWARD FOR YOUNG BUSINESS JOURNALISTS

Alex Heath, 25, a senior reporter for Cheddar, is the 2018 winner of the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist contest, honoring journalists younger than 30. Additionally, the judging panel chose to honor two finalists Dani Burger of Bloomberg News and Robert Hackett of Fortune.  Made possible by a $7,500 gift from rbb Communications of Miami, the award commemorates Larry Birger, a former ...[Read More]
Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

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

The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) stands with member news organization Reuters in condemning the unjust sentencing on Sept. 3 of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. They were sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of illegal possession of official documents. Police in Myanmar detained the two reporters on Dec. 12, 2017, for allegedly “obtaining state ...[Read More]

August 2018

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

SABEW welcomes Jenny Paurys, news desk manager at S&P Global Market Intelligence, to its board of governors

Jenny Paurys, news desk manager at S&P Global Market Intelligence, has been appointed to the board of governors of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW). Paurys oversees her newsroom’s coverage of the global consumer staples and discretionary sectors. Paurys takes the place of S&P Global Market Intelligence SABEW board member Amy Gleason. Gleason was recently ...[Read More]
Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

SABEW supports August 16th campaign defending press freedom

SABEW and its members are working to draw attention to the importance of a free press. On August 16, journalists from around the country will disseminate editorials supporting the First Amendment. As the nation's leading association of business journalists, we wholeheartedly support robust, fair and accurate reporting. The importance of our mission is underscored by the First Amendment....[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]
Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

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

A key lesson for business reporters is to follow the money to get the story. Nowhere is this truer than with federal, state, and local governments, which spend hundreds of billions of dollars annually on goods and services. They are the primary buyers of technology of all shapes and sizes, ranging from IT services to cloud-based software, electronic warfare and blockchain data storage. Companies large ...[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]
Monday, June 18th, 2018

Freelance Journalism: Getting down to business

Flexibility. Working remotely. Being your own boss. Freelance writing offers many benefits, but it requires a business mindset. On SABEW’s next training session, we’ll talk about how to run your freelance business like a true business, addressing things like keeping track of clients, growing revenue, managing invoices, setting up a home office and adopting an entrepreneurial mindset needed to be ...[Read More]
Monday, June 18th, 2018

SABEW Spotlight – Summer 2018

Birger Award The fifth annual Larry Birger Young Business Journalist Award contest is open. The deadline for entries is July 31 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The winner will receive $1,500 plus an expense paid trip to SABEW’s next conference where the award will be presented. A total of 29 young journalists entered in 2017, with one winner and two finalists named. Business of Health Care Summit Sixteen ...[Read More]
Monday, June 11th, 2018

Dig Deep into Health Care Data

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 ...[Read More]
Friday, June 8th, 2018

SABEW, Reporters’ Groups Decry Seizure of NYT Reporter’s Records

Following reports that the Justice Department seized telephone and electronic communication records of a New York Times reporter, leaders of the National Press Club and several professional journalism organizations plan to invite Attorney General Jeff Sessions to meet about the dangers such investigative techniques pose to a free press and the democracy that depends upon it. Members of the working ...[Read More]

May 2018

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

SABEW announces 2018 Health Care Fellows

View the 2018 Health Care Symposium agenda. Sixteen journalists have been selected as fellows for SABEW’s sixth annual Health Care Symposium made possible by a grant from The Commonwealth Fund. The group will gather in Washington, D.C., June 28-30 at the National Press Club and at the Bloomberg, Washington, D.C. bureau. The symposium will help the fellows better understand health-care economics ...[Read More]
Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Larry Birger Young Business Journalist contest is open for entries!

The fifth annual SABEW award contest honoring a top young business journalist is now open for entries. The winner will receive $1,500 plus an expense paid trip to SABEW’s next conference where the award will be presented. Journalists 29 years old and younger during 2017 are eligible. (A journalist who turned 30 during 2017 is eligible).  About Larry Birger The Larry Birger Young Business Journalist ...[Read More]
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]
Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Maintaining the Quality and Integrity of US Government Data: A Discussion and Mixer for Journalists and Economists

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 3:15 - 5:15 PM Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, DC Speakers: Brian Moyer, director, BEA William Wiatrowski, acting commissioner, BLS Stephanie Studds, chief, Economic Indicators Division, U.S. Census Bureau Moderator: Lydia DePillis, economy reporter, CNNMoney Timely and reliable economic statistics are key to the work of both economists and journalists as they ...[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 23rd, 2018

Training: Metrics to Magnify Your Journalism

Join us for a discussion about metrics in the newsroom, the pros and cons of different analytics platforms, and using data to drive news decisions. As the revenue model for journalism moves away from heavily relying on advertising and more toward paying customers and subscribers, newsrooms will have to measure audiences differently. This session, led by Liz Worthington of the American Press Institute, ...[Read More]
Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

Teletraining: Understanding Economic Indicators

GDP, CPI, M1 and M2. Leading, lagging and coincident. Procyclical, countercyclical and acyclical. The economic indicators are an indispensable part of the economics beat, pointing to the state of health of local, regional and national economies. Covering the economy is not your run-of-the-mill business beat. Journalists tasked with writing about the economy rely on economic indicators issued by statistical ...[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]
Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Bernie Kohn receives SABEW’s President’s Award

Bernie Kohn, weekend managing editor at Bloomberg News, was recognized by the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing with the President’s Award, on April 27, 2018, during SABEW18, SABEW’s annual conference, in Washington, D.C. SABEW President Mark Hamrick chose to honor Kohn, a former SABEW board member and past president, for his years of service to the organization, including ...[Read More]

April 2018

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Seven elected to the SABEW Board of Governors at SABEW18

Ballots were cast during SABEW18, SABEW’s annual conference, in Washington, D.C. for seven seats on the SABEW Board of Governors, six with a term ending in 2021 and one ending in 2019. SABEW members elected three new members to the Board of Governors: Megan Davies, editor and reporter, Thomson Reuters (term ends in 2019) Heather Long, economics correspondent, The Washington Post (term ...[Read More]
Monday, April 30th, 2018

Cryptocurrency and blockchain pose challenges for news organizations

By Ang Gao Medill News Service New and arcane technologies such as blockchain and cryptocurrency pose challenges and opportunities for major news organizations that are scrambling to meet reader demand for more coverage. Among the biggest challenges are how to help readers understand the burgeoning technology and guide coverage of a world that few people, including themselves, fully understand, ...[Read More]
Monday, April 30th, 2018

Fellows Sought for 2018 Health Care Symposium in Washington, D.C.

The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) is seeking applications for a symposium that will help journalists better understand health care economics and provide an update on the Affordable Care Act fixes and repeals, Medicare changes, Medicaid cuts, prescription-drug affordability, changes to the child health system and the overall future of health care. The announcement about ...[Read More]
Saturday, April 28th, 2018

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

By Sarah Foster Medill News Service 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 ...[Read More]
Saturday, April 28th, 2018

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

By Danielle Chemtob UNC-Chapel Hill 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 at the spring conference for the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing in Washington, D.C., Saturday. The conversation largely focused on employees who ...[Read More]
Friday, April 27th, 2018

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

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]
Friday, April 27th, 2018

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

By Roxanne (Yanchun) Liu Medill News Service The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis said it plans to develop county-by-county gross domestic product data and expects to have prototype statistics available by this fall, Director Brian Moyer said on Friday. The GDP statistics will cover more than 3,000 counties in the U.S. and may include breakouts by major industry sector for each county, Moyer ...[Read More]
Friday, April 27th, 2018

Ross, Hassett address policy impact on economy

By Danielle Chemtob and Brian Baker University of North Carolina and Medill News Service Trump administration officials defended recent tax reform and tariffs Friday at the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing’s spring conference in Washington, D.C. In two separate sessions, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Kevin Hassett attributed ...[Read More]
Friday, April 27th, 2018

Rubenstein expects private equity investors to look to emerging markets

By Brian Baker Medill News Service 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. “If the emerging markets are 55 percent of world’s GDP, but they’re only getting 17 percent ...[Read More]
Friday, April 27th, 2018

Canada ambassador expects permanent U.S. tariff exemption

By Ethel Jiang Medill News Service WASHINGTON – 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. “I continue to be hopeful that we will have a permanent exemption,” MacNaughton said ...[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 29th, 2018

Training: Optimizing your professional brand on LinkedIn

Conduct research on companies and individuals. Develop story ideas. Build a personal brand. LinkedIn can help journalists do all of those things and more, and SABEW’s next teletraining session will teach you how. We’ll do a deep dive with Yumi Wilson, a social media expert and former LinkedIn trainer, who will demonstrate the social media platform’s research tools and share best practices on ...[Read More]
Monday, March 12th, 2018

Gretchen Morgenson to receive SABEW’s 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award

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 ...[Read More]
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]
Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Digital Strategy: Put together an e-newsletter that readers can’t resist

You’ve got mail. Or at least, an emailed newsletter. Newsletters today come in all stripes, from conversational missives to news-driven bulletins. They are an important tool for news organizations interested in both informing and engaging audiences. SABEW’s March session will look at the evolution of this trend, and the strategies various news organizations are deploying. From timing and logistics ...[Read More]

February 2018

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Covering Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology

Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology stands to be one of the biggest and most compelling financial stories of 2018. While bitcoin’s wild roller-coaster ride draws headlines, there are more than 1,500 other digital currencies on the market today, with companies such as Kodak, Atari and Long Island Iced Tea getting into the cryptocurrency game. Other major companies, such as Intel, IBM, Microsoft ...[Read More]
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]
Thursday, February 8th, 2018

February 2018 SABEW Spotlight

SABEW18 – Spring conference Join SABEW in April for the 2018 spring conference set to a backdrop of cherry blossoms and all of Washington, D.C.’s springtime glory. This year’s conference is all about getting back to basics. Over the past year we’ve seen a number of ground-breaking stories, and all were done the old-fashioned way: by cultivating sources, digging into documents and data, ...[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]
Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

SABEW January Spotlight

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, ...[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]

December 2017

Monday, December 11th, 2017

22 Journalists Selected for the 2018 SABEW Goldschmidt Fellowship

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) has selected 22 business journalists for the five-day SABEW Goldschmidt Data Immersion Workshop, which will be Jan. 8-12, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Fellows were chosen from a pool of 37 applicants. Click here for the agenda. The workshop will focus on understanding how the government uses data, and participants will be able to speak ...[Read More]

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