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The Society of American Business Editors and Writers announced that for prominent speakers have joined the line-up for its annual conference, to be held April 26 to April 28 in Denver.
The speakers areÂ Christina Gold, president and chief executive officer at Western Union; Dave Hunke, CEO of the joint operating agency that oversees the business operations of the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News; Lynn Turner, a former chief accountant at the Securities and Exchange Commission; and William Cohan, author of “House of Cards,” a just-published book that tracks the fall of Bear Stearns.
At Denver-based Western Union, Gold oversees a network of more than 350,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories. Western Union is the global leader in the money transfer business, which immigrants the world over depend upon. Fortune magazine named her one of Americaâ€™s 50 most powerful women in business in 2003, 2006 and 2008.
Hunke, who is also publisher of the Free Press, has been in the newspaper business for 30 years. He is in charge of this yearâ€™s move by the two Detroit dailies to drop home delivery for four days of the week and put more focus on the papersâ€™ Web sites. â€œDetroit may prove to be a laboratory for determining whether a large metropolitan daily can meld print and online into a successful business model, or eventually become online only,â€? media analyst John Morton recently told the American Journalism Review.
Turner, who was actively involved in the legislative process that led to passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, served as the chief accountant for the SEC from 1998 to 2001. He has an unusually broad perspective, having been a corporate director, a trustee of both a mutual fund and a public pension fund, an accounting professor, a partner at a major international auditing firm and a chief financial officer. Turner received the SEC chairmanâ€™s Award for Excellence twice.
Cohan wrote “The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Freres & Co.”, a 752-page book that won the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs award for the best business book of 2007. He began his career as an award-winning newspaper reporter and then spent 17 years on Wall Street, working at Lazard and as a managing director at JP Morgan Chase.
To register for the conference, go to www.sabew.org.
Business journalists can help another business journalist affected by media downsizing attend the Society of American Business Editors and Writers annual conference.
All you need to do is register on a new site offering journalists a suite of Web tools.
Simply register for Publish2 by March 31 and choose SABEW from the participating journalism organization list when you complete your registration. If enough SABEW members register, Publish2 will pay the SABEW conference registration fee for one or more business journalists.
Publish2 offers free online tools, a social network, and reporting resources for journalists. With Publish2, journalists and newsrooms can save, organize, and publish links to the best journalism on the web.
They can also create a digital notebook for story research and create professional profiles with links to their best work.
Publish2 is also the driving force behind Digital Sunlight, a pioneering collaborative journalism project.
To register for the SABEW conference, and Publish2, go to the SABEW site at www.sabew.orgÂ or use the links above.
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.
Read more here.
Times are tough, something the Society of American Business Editors and Writers understands. That’s why, to better serve members, SABEW announces a revamp its job listings site and launch of aÂ market to connect business freelancers and editors.
“We’re responding to a huge need among people who have been caught up in especially severe cutbacks among business journalists, not just in daily newspapers but across all media. A lot of them have suddenly been thrust into freelancing to support themselves,” said SABEW President Bernie Kohn of the Baltimore Sun. “It’s a scary proposition, especially in this economic climate, and we want to do all we can to get folks back on their feet and keep them in the profession they love.”
The revamped jobs site on the organization’s web site, www.sabew.org:
* Prominently displays JOBS on the home page left menu to click directly to the job site;
* Removes password protection from job listings so they are accessible to any journalist looking for work;
* Removes password protection so any mediaÂ outlet can post a job;
* Accepts listings from journalism, PR and related fields. SABEW members post jobs for free. Non-members pay $30 per job per month.
SABEWÂ also has launched a freelance market for its members to help bring editors together with freelancers looking for work. SABEW established a listserv of more than 100 business freelancers. Any editor or media organization can circulate freelance work proposals to the listserv.
To post a job with SABEW, circulate a freelance opportunity, add your e-mail address to the freelancer listserv, or join SABEW, e-mail email@example.com.
The jobs listings and freelance initiatives are part of SABEW efforts to help its membership cope with the media transformation. Last month, SABEW announced a one-time special offer of a discounted membership rate for members whoÂ have lost their jobs.
SABEW also will offer a mentor forÂ business journalistÂ who accepted a buyout was laid off or otherwise put out of work by the cuts. The aim is toÂ help these journalists by providing advice, networking opportunities and career development suggestions. To request a SABEW mentorÂ e-mail Dawn.Wotapka@DowJones.com.
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.
ThirteenÂ members of the Society of American Business Editors andÂ WritersÂ are running for the seven vacant seats onÂ the organization’s board of governors.
The top six vote-getters will serve three-year terms. The next highest vote-getter will serve the remaining two years of the term of Jill Jorden Spitz of the Arizona Daily Star, who is joining the officerâ€™s ladder as treasurer.
Three candidates are incumbents: Josh Mills of Baruch College, Chris Roush of the University of North Carolina and David Wilson of Bloomberg News.
Three incumbents decided to leave the board: John Corrigan of the Los Angeles Times, Andre Jackson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Susan Tompor of the Detroit Free Press.
Voting begins April 26 in Denver and closes the following day at noon. Members must attend the annual conference to vote. Institutional members receive one vote.
Others running for the board are: Los Angeles Times assignment editor Sharon Bernstein, Crain’s New York Business editorial director Greg David, Markets Media editor Natasha Gural, McClatchy Newspapers national economics correspondent Kevin Hall, International Herald Tribune deputy business editor Julie Makinen, former Cleveland Plain Dealer business editor Paul O’Donnell, New Orleans Times-Picayune business editor Kim Quillen, Reuters writer Walden Siew, Freelance writer Maya Payne Smart and MSNBC.com executiveÂ business editor Marty Wolk.
Read their bios and statements here.
Time to enter the Society of American Business Editors and Writers‘ Best in Business contest is running out.
Entries must be completed by 5 p.m. Central time on Friday, Jan. 30. Daily and weekly newspaper General Excellence entries must be postmarked by that day.
But don’t wait until Friday to enter. Here are two important things you need to know:
1. If you plan to enter one of the six online categories, please send SABEW an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, Jan. 28 and let SABEW know your name if you’re an individual member or the name of your publication if you’re an institutional member.
SABEW needs to tweak the online categories’ entry form to include your paper. If you don’t contact SABEW by Wednesday and are having trouble entering, contact SABEW at www.sabew.org orÂ (573) 882-7862Â Â before the 5 p.m. Central time, Jan. 30 deadline.
2. In order to complete the entry process for any News, Online or General Excellence category you must be a SABEW member. The last day to verify current membership or become a member is Thursday, Jan. 29. Go here to check your membership.Â
The Society of American Business Editors and Writers announced Thursday a number of initiatives to help business journalists cope with the current economic downturn.
The organization said it will offer a one-time, one-yearÂ ”conversion” membership rate of $25 to anyone who was previously covered by an institutional membership but no longer is because they lost their job or theirÂ media outletÂ has dropped its SABEW membership.
The $25 is half the normal individual membership rate.
To make the conversion option more attractive, SABEW will look to pair up any newly jobless member who indicates interestÂ with a mentor who can assist in leads, skill development, and contacts.
This new effort will be coordinated by Dow Jones Newswires reporter Dawn Wotapka, a SABEW board members,Â and beÂ offered as a membership benefit.
“This is a critical time for business journalism and the people who practice it. We want to keep the professional ties goingÂ – and make them more personally meaningful,” says Bernie Kohn, SABEW’s president and head of the investigative team at the Baltimore Sun. “Our members need the networking and skills improvementÂ SABEW can offer toÂ thrive in the new media environment.”
Separately,Â SABEW Â has agreed to drop the early-bird registration fee forÂ its annual conference, to be held in Denver on April 26 to April 28,Â to $299. ItÂ is now listed atÂ $350, and the conference cost was $375 last year.
For more information on how to get involved in these initiatives, contact SABEW at email@example.com.
The Society of American Business Editors and Writers is now accepting entries for the 2009 Best in Business contest. The contest honors the best business journalism published in 2008, with categories for all publications as well as categories specifically for online publications and magazines.
This year SABEW is launching its new Best of the Best awards, designed to reward the very best work entered in SABEW’s Best in Business contest. After BIB judging is completed, two uber-judging panels (one for General Excellence, one for all other categories) will review all the winning entries. Best of the Best judging panels, made up of SABEW past presidents and Distinguished Achievement Award winners, will single out only those entries that rise far above the other winners.
For example, they might decide that a column entry is particularly noteworthy, that a project was truly groundbreaking or that a business section showcased so much watchdog reporting or creative presentation that it stood far above the competition.
Best of the Best winners will be announced at the 2009 Best in Business ceremony, to be held at SABEW’s Annual Conference in Denver, April 26-28, 2009. All other winners will be announced in advance and presented at the BIB ceremony.
To find categories, rules and information about how to enter this year’s contest, visit www.sabew.org/contest or click on the “Best in Business contest” link in the vertical bar on the left side of the sabew.org home page. Entries must be received in the SABEW office by 5 p.m. CST Jan. 30, 2009.
Ray Shaw, chairman of American City Business Journals, will receive the 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers at its 46th annual conference in Denver in late April.
Shaw has run the publisher of 40 business weekly newspapers since 1989. Before that, he was president and chief operating officer of Dow Jones & Co., the publisher of The Wall Street Journal, where he also worked as a reporter and editor.
“Ray has had a profound impact as both a business journalist and a business journalism entrepreneur,” said Bernie Kohn, investigative editor of the Baltimore Sun and president of SABEW. “In his so-called retirement, Ray built American City Business Journals into a company that has filled a major need for business-to-business journalism in numerous communities. We’re delighted to recognize his achievements in both journalism and business.”
Shaw is the 19th business journalist or business news executive to receive SABEWâ€™s highest award since it its inception in 1993. Other winners include: Floyd Norris of the New York Times; Barney Calame and Paul Steiger of The Wall Street Journal; Stephen B. Shepard, former BusinessWeek editor in chief; Carol Loomis of Fortune; and Myron Kandel of CNN.
During the 10 years that Shaw was president of Dow Jones, the company’s annual revenues more than tripled to $1.7 billion. Shaw is credited with expanding Dow Jones’ business journalism operations into international markets.
Following his retirement from Dow Jones, Shaw Publishing Co. acquired control of American City Business Journals. It was sold to Advance Publications in 1995, but Shaw continues to oversee the company, which now employs more than 600 business journalists.
“I like Ray’s commitment to quality journalism,” said Kent Bernhard, who is vice president of editorial at American City. “He’s not a corner cutter when it comes to that.”