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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.”
Want to help shape programs, contests andÂ outreach forÂ business journalists?
The nominations committee ofÂ the Society of American Business Editors and WritersÂ is seeking dedicated business journalists to runÂ for election to SABEW’s board of governors.Â
It wantsÂ a broad mix of nominees from acrossÂ its membership regionallyÂ and from various forms of media or business journalism academic programs.
Candidates should be willing to actively participate in committees engaged in conference planning,Â the annual Best in BusinessÂ contest, development, training and other board activities.Â Board members also are expected to participate inÂ financial support of SABEW’s match grant initiatives.Â
If interested, please contact pastÂ presidentÂ Gail DeGeorge, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put â€œSABEW Nomineeâ€? in the subject line.
The Society of American Business Editors and Writers will hold a teleconference next Wednesday on re-inventing business coverage during a time of newsroom cutbacks.
The call will attempt to provide help on ensuring that business journalism gets the resources it needs in an era of shrinking newsholes and newsroom budgets, and it will provide examples of what’s working, and what isn’t, at other business news desks.
The panelists on the call are Seattle Times business editor Becky Bisbee, Miami Herald business editor Lisa Gibbs and Sacramento Bee business editor Wayne Davis. The call will be moderated by John Corrigan, deputy business editor of the Los Angeles Times.
The discussion will likely be of most interest to editors, but reporters are welcome to participate too.
Those wishing to join the call should dial 1-218-936-799. You will be prompted for an access code, which is 316748.
To send questions in advance, e-mail Corrigan at email@example.com.
Bill Choyke, who was business editor at the Virginian-Pilot until earlier this year before taking on a management role, will be leaving the paper on Dec. 31.
Choyke is also a board member of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
Choyke became director of community news at the paper at the end of July.Â He oversawÂ six local publications. That unit is being reorganized as part of a newspaper-wide restructuring.
Choyke began his professional career at his hometown newspaper in Waukegan, Ill., after graduating from Ohio University in Athens. He moved to Washington, D.C., in 1975, and provided coverage in the nationâ€™s capital for a number of Texas newspapers, including The Dallas Morning News from 1981 to 1989.
Awarded a Batten Fellowship at The Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, he received his MBA in 1991.
Choyke joined Gannett Co. in 1993 as marketing director for its newspaper in Iowa City, Iowa, and moved back to the newsroom in 1995, serving primarily in Nashville as an editor, including assistant managing editor for business. He became business editor of The Virginian-Pilot in March 2003.
Clifford Cumber, previously the business editor at the Frederick News-Post in Maryland, is now an assistant city editor at the paper as part of a reorganization at the paper that included layoffs in the newsroom.
Cumber, a board member of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers,Â remains responsible for the daily business section and Monday’s agriculture page.
Cumber writes, “Business and politics. What more natural intersection could there be?
“Business reporters Ed Waters Jr. and Ike Wilson are still on my team, but now they’ll be joined by county reporter Meg Tully, Frederick City Hall reporter Adam Behsudi, and Fort Detrick and military reporter Justin Palk.
“Let me tell you, that’s not a half bad team right there, and I have plans for them.
“I’ve already started work on morphing the business blog (originally named ‘Biz Blog’) into a Business & Government blog and shanghaiing my reporters into filing for it everyday.”
Read more here.
The Society of American Business Editors and Writers announced its mandatory entry dates for its annual Best in Business contest.
The mandatory dates for newspaper business sections in the general excellence category are Thursday, May 1; Sunday, July 13; and Wednesday, Sept. 24.
In addition, editors can chose any Monday or Tuesday edition, any Friday or Saturday edition, and any Sunday edition.
For the magazine general excellence category , the mandatory entry date is the May issue or the first issue published after May.
For blogs, the mandatory entry date is Friday, Jan. 11, or the first blog entry after Jan. 11.
Read more here. The deadline for entries is Jan. 30, 2009.
The Society of American Business Editors and Writers named a former organization president as its interim executive director and said it is exploring moving its headquarters from its current location at the University of Missouri.
Dave Beal, retired business editor and columnist at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and a past president,Â succeeds Carrie Paden, who left the organization for health reasons.
Beal will work under contract to the SABEW board to oversee all aspects of day-to-day operations. He will serve until the appointment of a permanent executive director, which is being deferred while the board evaluates the potential for relocating the society’s headquarters. A task force headed by SABEW past president Dave Kansas, of FiLife.com, is in the process of soliciting proposals from interested university partners.
As SABEW’s president in 1983-84, Beal organized and led the drive to anchor the society’s headquarters at Missouri, where it continues to be based.
Beal retired in 2006 after 25 years with the Pioneer Press. He still writes a business column occasionally for the paper, does the “Capitol Beat” column for Twin Cities Business monthly magazine and contributes to the MinnPost.com online newspaper site.
I interviewed Bernie Kohn, the president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the head of the investigations team at the Baltimore Sun, on Tuesday to get his impressions of how the business media was covering the current economic crisis.
Here are some of his thoughts:
On why coverage is different now than with the tech bubble of 2000: “I’m not sure you saw a lot of cheerleading for the housing bubble or the breakdown in lending standards. A good cross-section of media saw trouble ahead several years ago, though perhaps few if anyone saw the contagion that has led to the panic of the past several weeks.”
On whether the business media could have anticipated the crisis: “I think we did a good job in anticipating the component parts, but I’m not sure anyone saw how they all fit the way they did. It’s easy to place blame on media, but clearly, the Secretary of the Treasury didn’t see this either. Nor the chairman of the Fed. It’s hard to foresee panic, which is a human reaction rather than an economic one.”
What business journalism can do better: “Don’t forget the explainer. Everyone is doing the consumer Q&A and the mainbar piece, but those who can make sense of these swirling forces adds extra value. And be smartly local. Not man on the street, or stockbroker-handholding stories, but real measurable impact stories – like customers of a local brokerage whose funds were swept into a money market fund that broke the buck essentially seeing their accounts frozen as the market went to hell.Â Keep close watch on local banks with lots of bad loans and weak capital and be ready for the possibility of a Friday night failure. Be aware of what local businesses are particularly dependent on credit from outlets that may be drying up.Â If all you’re doing is duplicating the wires or the New York Times, why should people be reading or listening to you?”
Read the rest of the interview, posted on the SABEW site,Â here.