News Archive

June 2019

Friday, June 28th, 2019

SABEW calls on the Trump administration and Congress to commit to providing adequate funds for statistical agencies

June 28, 2019 As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day on July 4, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) reminds the public of the important work performed by economists, researchers and statisticians at government agencies that is crucial to the functioning of our markets. The Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Department of ...[Read More]

May 2019

Friday, May 31st, 2019

The Larry Birger Young Journalist Contest is open for entries

Entries are being accepted for the sixth annual SABEW award honoring a top young business journalist. The winner will receive $1,500 plus a stipend to travel to New York where the award will be presented during SABEW's annual fall conference. Journalists 29 years old and younger during 2018 are eligible. (A journalist who turned 30 during 2018 is eligible). The entry deadline is 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, ...[Read More]
Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Bryan Borzykowski becomes SABEW’s first Canadian president

Phoenix - May, 2019 Bryan Borzykowski, an independent business journalist who has written for CNBC, the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, BBC Capital, Fortune, Inc., and Financial Planning, among other publications, was installed as the new president of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) at its annual conference on May 18, 2019, in Phoenix. He succeeds Mark Hamrick, ...[Read More]
Saturday, May 18th, 2019

Six elected to the SABEW Board of Governors at SABEW19

Ballots were cast during SABEW19, SABEW’s annual conference, in Phoenix for six seats on the SABEW Board of Governors with a term ending in 2022. SABEW members elected three new members to the Board of Governors: Alan Deutschman, Professor and Reynolds Endowed Chair of Business Journalism University of Nevada, Reno Desiree Hanford, Lecturer, Medill/Northwestern University Scott Wenger, ...[Read More]
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 aogrady@sabew.org by next Tuesday May 7. Voting members will receive their ballot information directly from online voting service provider Opavote.org. Board Candidates as of 4/30/19 ...[Read More]

March 2019

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Journalists Honored in SABEW’s 24th Annual Best in Business Awards

The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) announces the results of its 24th annual Best in Business competition, which recognizes outstanding business journalism of 2018. Panels of judges selected 74 winners and 48 honorable mentions from 946 entries. Submissions came from 175 news organizations across all platforms representing the breadth of business journalism, from international, ...[Read More]
Thursday, March 14th, 2019

As we observe Sunshine Week, SABEW expresses outrage over the arrest of two SABEW members covering a CA protest

The arrest of any member of the working press at any time in any nation is disturbing. When it happens to SABEW members covering a public protest in the capital of the nation's most populous state, SABEW considers it to be an outrage. The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) is offering this statement in support of two SABEW members who were arrested on March 4 while videotaping ...[Read More]
Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

SABEW supports open government and Sunshine Week, March 10-16

As the nation marks Sunshine Week ’19, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) is celebrating the importance of the First Amendment and press freedom. Journalists, consumers and businesses require timely, accurate data to understand the state of the economy and to make sound decisions affecting all aspects of a democratic society. SABEW is alarmed at how Trump administration ...[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]
Friday, January 11th, 2019

SABEW urges 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 delays in the release of important economic reports due to the partial government shutdown. 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 Economic ...[Read More]

November 2018

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Cheddar Seeks Younger Audiences with Different Approach to News

 By John Durham, Cox-SABEW Fellow Cheddar CEO Jon Steinberg is challenged to build his audience daily, but that is a difficult task in a world where technology is constantly evolving. Cheddar’s website describes the company as a “video news network focused on covering the most innovative products, technologies and services transforming our lives.” Steinberg spoke recently at the 2018 ...[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]
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]

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]
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]

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]
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]
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

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

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]

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