News Archive

May 2018

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]
Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

December 2017 SABEW Spotlight

Happy Holidays from your friends at SABEW! 2017 Annual Appeal Make a statement, and a difference, in support of ethical, strong and trustworthy business reporting. At SABEW, the leading organization for business journalists, we advocate for our members and our profession, exemplifying the highest standards. We’re asking for your financial support through a year-end donation. Click here to ...[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

The importance of a free press and quality business journalism

Dear Friends and Supporters of SABEW: We share a passion for something fundamental to democracy: business journalism. Its themes are key to understanding the common financial interests and conflicts among government, enterprises and individuals. Now is the moment for our profession and our nation to demand engagement and response. At SABEW, the leading organization for business journalists, we ...[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]

September 2017

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

MarketWatch’s Jillian Berman Wins Birger Award for Young Business Journalists

Jillian Berman, 28, a New York-based reporter for MarketWatch, is the 2017 winner of the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist contest, honoring journalists younger than 30. It is the fourth year of the competition. The past winners were William Alden, Cezary Podkul and Mina Kimes. Additionally this year, the judging panel chose to honor two finalists: Jen Wieczner of Fortune and Sarah Frier ...[Read More]

August 2017

Monday, August 28th, 2017

International Trade in the Era of Trump

President Donald Trump has talked tough on trade ever since he first hit the campaign trail. He criticized China for a massive U.S. trade deficit. He also said the North American Free Trade Agreement was bad for the United States. Once in office, he fulfilled a campaign promise of pulling the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation deal negotiated under former President Barack ...[Read More]
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]
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

10 Great Digital Tools for Business Journalists

For SABEW’s August training session, we’ve teamed up with the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism to present a webinar via the Adobe Connect video-conference platform. The session will introduce business reporters and editors to new web tools and apps that are mostly free, easy to learn, and fun to use. The digital tools will simplify many of the tasks that business journalists ...[Read More]

July 2017

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Going Public: Reporting on IPOs

Initial public offerings—the first sales of stock issued by a company to the public—are slowly making a comeback following a dearth of them in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008 and uncertainty about the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. News-making IPOs this year include Snap, Inc., the parent company of communications app Snapchat, which raised $3.4 billion in March, making it ...[Read More]
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]

June 2017

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Fourth Annual Larry Birger Young Business Journalist of the Year Award

Entries are being accepted for the fourth annual SABEW award honoring a top young business journalist. The winner will receive $1,500 plus an expense paid trip to New York where the award will be presented during SABEW's annual fall conference, October 12-13, 2017. Journalists 29 years old and younger during 2016 are eligible. (A journalist who turned 30 during 2016 is eligible). The entry deadline ...[Read More]

May 2017

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Training – Freelancing your way to success

Flexibility. Working remotely. Being your own boss. Freelance business writing offers many benefits, but whether you do it full-time or on the side, it comes with a whole new terrain to navigate. On SABEW’s next training session, we’ll address how to get started in freelancing and how to cultivate regular customers. We’ll also cover the business aspects of being an independent journalist, including ...[Read More]
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

World Press Freedom Day 2017

Wednesday, May 3 is World Press Freedom Day. As part of a new, concerted effort in our organization, SABEW President Mark Hamrick joins with other leaders around the world in issuing the following statement: Please share using the @SABEW Twitter handle and the #WPFD2017 hashtag. World Press Freedom Day 2017 arrives at a time when press institutions worldwide are under siege from forces that ...[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]
Monday, May 1st, 2017

Beth Hunt receives SABEW’s President’s Award

Beth Hunt, director of editorial recruiting and development at American City Business Journals, was recognized by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers with the President’s Award, on April 28, 2017, during the annual SABEW17 conference in Seattle. SABEW President Cory Schouten chose to honor Hunt, a former SABEW board member, for her years of service to the organization, including ...[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

Recruiter offers 9 tips for landing your first business journalism job

By Saundra Wilson Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University It’s the question many soon-to-be college graduates dread: “What are you going to do next?” While trying to land a first job can be daunting, Beth Hunt, a national recruiter for the American City Business Journals, said confidence and intention go a long way. Hunt spoke at a session ...[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

Experts: Journalists shouldn’t fear technology, they should embrace it

By Kara Calson Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University Robots, 360-degree video, 3-D printing, virtual reality. These are terms that used to seem like something out of a sci-fi novel, but they’re now reality. As technology evolves, journalists must adjust to the fast pace and ever-changing tools. Each new piece of technology draws questions: ...[Read More]

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