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Former Wall Street Journal Managing Editor and ProPublica Chief Executive Paul Steiger will chair a â€œtown hallâ€? critique of the business media and the financial crisis to open the Society of American Business Editors and Writers annual meeting April 26 in Denver.
A star-studded panel — personal finance columnist Jane Bryant Quinn, New York Times Business Editor Larry Ingrassia, Columbia Journalism Review writer Dean Starkman and University of Michigan professor Greg Miller â€“- will join Steiger to address criticism of the business mediaâ€™s handling of the crisis story, and discuss lessons learned.
SABEW has formed a new partnership with the National Endowment for Financial Education, which advocates for enhanced economic literacy, to present this panel.
The Denver business community is invited to attend the discussion.
The event will kick off the three-day SABEW conference, which is packed with authoritative speakers and practical skills sessions. Another highlight of the conference will be the presentation of awards in the societyâ€™s annual Best in Business competition, the largest such business journalism contest in the country.
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Eight university students from around the country who have shown promise in the field of business journalism have each been awarded a $4,000 scholarship from the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.
After being nominated by a faculty member on the basis of achievements, each student submitted an application packet to indicate proficiency in and an aptitude for business journalism. This is the second year of the scholarships, which are for the 2009-2010 academic year.
“With economic events underscoring the importance of quality coverage, we are pleased to award these scholarships to students who will play a future role in assuring that quality,” said Andrew Leckey, president of the Reynolds Center, located at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. “We applaud their focus on the forces affecting families around the globe.”
The scholarship recipients are:
- Jose Bayona, Baruch College/CUNY
- Karina Ioffee, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
- Laura Marcinek, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Steven Overly, University of Maryland
- Priti Patnaik, New York University
- Stephanie Riel, Arizona State University
- Megan Thomas, Arizona State University
- Ying Zhao, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
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Twenty prestigious journalism fellowships will be awarded to working journalists to attendÂ a two-day conference and workshop “How Do They Get Away With It? Tracking Financial Crimes in a New Era” on Â April 1 and April 2 at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.
The John Jay Center on Media, Crime and Justice and the McCormick Tribune FoundationÂ are seeking applications from journalists writing or broadcasting in a variety of beats (business, finance, education, politics, health, crime, courts, etc.) to submit a project statement on how their current reporting could benefit from workshops and panels presented at the conference.
Topics at the session will include: identifying corporate misbehavior, strategies for investigating fraud and white collar crime at the local and national levels, social-political ramifications of corporate corruption, regulation and policing of white-collar crime, etc.
Applications should focus on the intersection of reporters’ assigned beats with criminal justice and financial crime, and be related to work in progress or proposed work. The project should be supported by a senior editor, with a letter attesting to their commitment.
Fellows will be required to attend both days of the conference in its entirety.Â Fellows from outside the New York area will be an awarded an all expense-paid trip for three days. In lieu of travel expenses, New York-region journalists will receive a $500 stipend. Meals and local travel will be provided for all fellows for the duration of the event.
Applications must include a capsule (no more than 250 words) biography,Â a 200-250 word statement of purpose on how this would benefit their beat, andÂ aÂ supporting letter from editor. Journalists can access applications, contest rules and contact information online at: www.jjay.cuny.edu/cmcj/journalismfellowship.asp
The deadline to apply is March 9.Â Fellowships will be announced on March 16.Â
Questions?Â Please contact deputy director Cara Tabachnick at (212) 484-1175 or via e-mail at:Â firstname.lastname@example.org
The Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks an outstanding journalist to design and lead a new program in business journalism.
Its ad states, “Our ideal candidate will combine broad experience in business coverage with an interest in emerging issues of the green economy, economic sustainability and fiscal stress. We are looking for someone who has a distinguished record of publication in print, broadcast or online media and who is energized by the challenges facing journalism today.
“He or she should have extensive experience in journalism or journalism education and be equipped to teach in-depth reporting, both explanatory and investigative. Like all specialties in our school, the business curriculum will be expected to explore new forms of content and delivery.
“We believe the green economy will be one of the next decadeâ€™s biggest stories, and we seek a candidate who can bring together policy-makers, business people and journalists to discuss and debate key issues. This emphasis will complement our Masterâ€™s program in environmental journalism and our chair will also be able to work with faculty in our College of Business Administration and our Academy for the Environment.
“The chair was made possible by a gift from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, and the person who fills it will be expected to collaborate with Reynolds chairs in business journalism at other universities. The salary will be highly competitive.”
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The Society of American Business Editors and Writers will hold its annual conference in Denver on April 26 through April 28, and the program has a number of skills sessions for business journalists to help them advance their careers.
Those sessions include:
- “The Power ofÂ Twitter and otherÂ Social Networking” sites to helpÂ build your source network and break stories,Â with CUNY DigitalÂ MediaÂ professor Sandeep Junnakar;
- “CreatingÂ aÂ Podcast”Â with CNET managing editor Tom Merritt, co-host of the CNET technology podcast “Buzz Out Loud”;
- “GoodÂ WritingÂ StillÂ ShinesÂ Online” withÂ University of Missouri professor andÂ renowned writing coach Jacqui Banaszynski;
- “An Introduction to FlashÂ Online Design Software” with Christine Birch, features design editor of the Rocky Mountain News;
- “OrganizingÂ YourÂ TechnologyÂ Using RSSÂ Feeds andÂ OtherÂ TimeÂ Savers” with Denver PostÂ managingÂ editorÂ digitalÂ mediaÂ Mark Cardwell;
- “Write Fast forÂ Online”Â like the wire services byÂ taking theÂ BreakingÂ News drill thatÂ Thomson Reuters training manager Greg McCune delivers toÂ Reuters reporters;
- “InterviewingÂ Like an FBI agent,”Â one of the most popularÂ sessions ever at SABEW, brings inÂ FBI agents to tell you how theyÂ elicitÂ informationÂ without waterboarding.
To register for the conference, go here.
A SmartBrief on Leadership survey released Wednesday shows that nearly three out of every five business executives who believes that the business media sensationalizes coverage still read stories, but they filter out what they need.
Another 17 percent believe that they are not getting accurate information from any source, while 15 percent state that they still trust a couple of business media sources to be accurate.
Another 8 percent say they look to people outside of the media for their information.
Eva Schmatz, president of Summus Limited, writes, “The majority, 59%, consult a variety of sources to “filter out what I need,” indicating that most business news consumers have devised this work-around to get the truth. They have to read and listen to more to get less. Is this another culprit in our struggle with information overload?”
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Barney Calame, the former deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, has been named as the Ottaway professor of journalism at State University of New York at New Paltz.
An Associated Press story states, “The Ottaway Professorship brings renowned journalists to the campus each spring semester to teach a special topics course. Calame, a 42-year journalism veteran, will offer his insight on ethical issues, focusing on what values of journalism are critically important to maintain as the press makes its transition to the online arena.
“Calame spent nearly 40 years at the Wall Street Journal, working as a reporter in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., before becoming top editor. After retiring from the Wall Street Journal, he served as president of the board of directors of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund then stepped into the position of public editor at the New York Times. There he wrote columns that attracted national attention and assessed the paper’s journalistic integrity.
“In his class, ‘Journalism and Integrity,’ Calame said he plans to ‘zero in on the essential ethical and reporting standards that need to be preserved on the Web, if the news provided there is going to have the credibility required of the traditional watchdog role that print journalism has long played.’”
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The Missouri School of Journalism invites nominations and applications for the Donald W. Reynolds Chair in Business Journalism. This new endowed position, funded by a gift from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, will:
- Develop and teach new courses at the undergraduate and masterâ€™s level in business journalism.
- Work with other Missouri faculty, including the SABEW Chair in Business Journalism and faculty at the Trulaske College of Business, to develop curricular and extra-curricular programs for students interested in careers in business journalism.
- Collaborate with the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and other Reynolds business journalism chairs around the country in training and research programs aimed at improving the practice of business journalism.
- Work with the staff and fellows of the Missouri School of Journalismâ€™s Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute on programs aimed at improving coverage of the new-technology industry.
Missouri isÂ looking for talented journalists with the best track records in the country in covering business. The salary will be highly competitive.Â Missouri anticipates the appointment will be at the rank of full professor, professional practice (continuing non-tenure track).
Application screening will begin in March 2009 and continue until the position is filled.
Applications must include a letter of interest, a C.V. or resume and a list of professional references. Applications may be sent electronically (preferred) to email@example.com, or by mail to Elizabeth Hardt, Executive Staff Assistant, Missouri School of Journalism, 120 Neff Hall, Columbia, MO 65211. If sending application electronically, please send as a Word or PDF attachment with candidateâ€™s last name as title.
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Michael Diamond, a business writer at the Asbury Park Press, writes about how there’s little difference between business journalists and the people they cover.
Diamond writes, “I always enjoy telling the story of how I became a business reporter without taking a single economics class in elementary school, high school or college. About how I traipsed around for the first, oh, 10 years of my career without any real understanding of what I was doing. About the embarrassing questions I askedÂ – about the difference between sales and profits, about how the bond market works, about how the Small Business Administration calculates its funding.Â I wish I could have avoided that pain.
“But it turns out,Â we were all in the same boat. No oneÂ had a very good grasp of economics. Not the consumer who signed on for a subprime loan. Not the CEO who signed off on bonuses with one hand and took taxpayer moneyÂ with the other. Not theÂ elected leaders who got so confused by, say, the financial services industry, they handed legislation over to the companies themselves.
“It continues, by the way, even with the Obama election. I was watching a couple of the Sunday morning shows yesterdayÂ and saw Vice President Biden and Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio,Â plow through the details of their economic stimulusÂ proposals.Â Before I couldÂ wrap my mind around what they had said,Â the host was onto the next topic. By the way,Â just once Iâ€™d like to see the host say: ‘I have no idea what you are talking about. Can you explain it again?’”
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Jim Offner, the business editor of the Waterloo Courier, writes Sunday about what happened when he sat in on a business reporting class at the University of North Iowa taught by Christopher Martin.
Offner writes, “It’s a major part of their job in the course, after all, to follow events in the business sector with some depth, Martin said.
“‘It’s kind of the only business journalism class we have, so we cover just about everything,’ Martin said. ‘They learn how to read SEC (Securities & Exchange Commission) documents. They look at mergers. One of our projects is looking at mergers five years later. We’re also looking at executive pay and compensation, as well as labor and working-class issues.’
“It’s an upper-level course, and students are heading toward careers in business-related fieldsÂ – as marketing agents, in the public-relations field and even business reporting — Martin said.
“‘We’ll be looking at some specific places where business intersects with the environment, the green economy and health-care as a business issue,’ Martin said.”
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