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The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences is raising money to honor Benita Newton, the Virginian-Pilot business reporter who died suddenly last summer.
To read the story in the Tuscaloosa News, go here.
The Society of American Business Editors and Writers is also raising money to create a program to encourage minorities to consider the field of business journalism in Benita’s honor.
SABEW has added a new category to its annual Best in Business contest. They are now opening it up for columnists. A student category was added last year.
The column category will break down into the same circulation divisions as its breaking news, enterprise and projects categories. There also will be an additional category for freelance/syndicated columns. Any kind of business column is eligible: local business, Wall Street, personal finance, advice or even reporter’s notebook columns. All will be lumped together, and the panel of judges will choose what they feel are the best columns from the bunch.
Each entry will consist of four columns: three of the writer’s choice, and one mandatory date. The mandatory date is Thursday, June 16, 2005. Columnists who don’t publish a column on that date must choose the first column that ran after the mandatory day.
This blog argues that the way to improve the quality of journalism, including economics journalism, is to have some sort of credentialing system.
Specifically, it states: “Another possible response is improved journalistic credentialling. Why donâ€™t all journalists have the same sorts of credentials that TV meteorologists do? There should be credentials in economics reporting, health care reporting, science reporting, military affairs reporting, and foreign policy reporting. Ideally, these credentials should be open to people who donâ€™t already have J-school degrees. Genuine knowledge and demonstrated expertise could potentially improve both traditional journalism and blogging. And it would give the consumer the ability to distinguish between writers armed only with opinions from those who at least know the basics of what theyâ€™re writing about.”
Phil Meyer, a well-known journalism professor at UNC, has also been promoting this idea of “certification” of journalists. The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism gives certificates to business journalists who complete all of its courses within a year.
Yet, I can’t come with a good way to accomplish this on a widescale basis in business journalism. Who would oversee the certification process? SABEW? Not sure the national organization could take on such a project — or that it’s members would want to do such a task.
Could business journalists be de-certified for screwing up too many stories? Would the certification mean more money as far as salary or the chance at getting a better job? How would a business reporter be “certified”? Would they have to pass a test? Seems like a lot of places such as Bloomberg already give job applicants a test to assess their business acumen before hiring them. Isn’t that the same thing as “certification”?
Too many questions, and not enough good answers right now.
This Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005, SABEW needs help in testing our new online entry registration process for the 2006 Best in Business contest.
It’s worth looking at. It’s pretty cool and could eventually pare its data-entry expenses.
From 11 a.m. To 1 p.m. CENTRAL TIME on Wednesday, could you please click on to the link listed below and follow the instructions. Act as if you were entering BIB for your organization.
Please complete the whole process and click on the submit button. Don’t worry, your test entry will not be officially submitted, as the system is not yet live.
We want SABEW members from all over the country to be on the system at the same time to see if it can handle the strain.
Given the Donald’s relationship with a New York Times writer who recently published a book about his operations, I’m surprised to discover that there is a business reporter who is one of the contestants on The Apprentice.
Her name is Rebecca Jarvis, and she has posted some of her stories for Crain’s Chicago Business and Business 2.0 on her web site. You can read the stories here.
I don’t watch the show. But if she wins, do you think the Donald will hire her to write a book to refute the current one?
Rebecca is the daughter of Gail MarksJarvis, a SABEW board of governor member and a business writer for the Chicago Tribune. Gail formerly worked at the Minneapolis paper.
Charles Crumpley, who has been the business editor at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans during hurricanes Katrina and Rita, is leaving the paper at the end of the year to become the editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal, according to this post at LA Observed.
Crumpley is a SABEW board member, and he is truly one of the nice guys in the business journalism industry. He kept his staff together in New Orleans after the hurricanes despite damage to his own home, and I thought they did a great job in chronicling the business angle of the disaster. He also chronicled the week of a business editor for the Donald W. Reynolds National Center at www.businessjournalism.org.
Charlie came from Kansas City. He had been Money editor of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans since 2002. He had been business editor at The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City from 1999-2002, and before that he had been the senior financial writer at The Kansas City Star. Crumpley has won four national journalism awards and he was a Fulbright scholar in 1990-91.
If you’re looking to become business editor at a metropolitan newspaper, New Orleans now has an opening.
The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at the American Press Institute has unveiled its schedule of seminars and workshops around the country for the first half of 2006. These one-day seminars are free to business reporters or those interested in the field, and you can register for them here.
Many of the SABEW Education Committee members are speakers at these seminars, and other SABEW members are also frequent participants. I highly recommend these workshops to anyone. You learn a lot about the profession. You get story ideas to take back to the newsroom. And you learn new ways to mine your beat for information.
In the letter sent to newspaper chain from Knight-Ridder alumns, a member of the business journalism community and SABEW — Washington & Lee’s Reynolds Professor of Business Journalism Pam Luecke – is among the signers who say they will nominate a slate of new directors for the company’s board.
The Knight-Ridder papers have been all over this story on their business desks. For example, The Miami Herald had a story this past Tuesday exploring the deal’s options. The Philadelphia Inquirer had a story in this morning’s paper about the letter sent by the K-R alums. You can read it here. The San Jose Mercury News also had a staff writer cover the letter. Its story can be found here. Note that all K-R newspaper Web sites require registration.
It must be strange for business reporters and editors at Knight-Ridder papers covering this story knowing that they’re writing about the company that cuts them a paycheck every two weeks. Their coverage may be eventually disclose that some of them would lose jobs if K-R is sold.
At the SABEW convention last year, there was a session on how the media covers itself, and I remember Newsday reporter James Madore discussing how aggressively his paper covered their circulation scandal. If you’re not aggressive in covering your own company, then your readers will question how aggressive you’re covering the rest of the business community.
I had a meeting this afternoon here at UNC with two large donors to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I was explaining to them the program that we have for business journalism education, and I mentioned the fact that in the “Business Reporting” class, all of the students learn how to read a financial statement and a balance sheet so that they can write an earnings story.
One of the donors, who had been silent throughout the entire 15-minute conversation, suddenly chimed in with his opinion that this type of education should be required of all journalism majors, not just those in the business journalism curriculum.
I couldn’t agree more. Knowing how to explain numbers and what they mean helps all types of journalists — and even those who plan to go into a career in public relations or advertising. Yet few schools offer such training to their journalism majors.
I think it would be great if we could get SABEW and business news organizations such as Dow Jones, Reuters, Bloomberg, The Street.com and others to send letters to the deans of all of the major journalism schools in the country requesting that they start making business training a mandatory requirement for all of their students. Then we’d get a reaction from the J-Schools and start seeing better — and more uniform — business journalism education in this country.
One of the things that I have been wondering about in relation to the Society of American Business Editors and Writers is how to keep this fine organization growing. And it seems as if SABEW has yet to tap the vast potential of membership within business-related magazines and with the weekly business newspapers that are in most metropolitan markets.
It seems as if the last people on the SABEW board that were part of either of these sectors were Mark Calvey and Sougata Mukherjee, both of whom represented weekly business newspapers. I’ve had discussions with Sougata about this issue because I’m worried that the organization is becoming dominated by the daily newspapers, particularly the daily newspapers in the big metropolitan cities.
And as far as the magazines go, we have virtually no membership from Fortune, Forbes, BusinessWeek, Money, Smart Money and the others in the field. Are we — current SABEW members — beneath them? Or are they beneath us? When I worked at BusinessWeek, I don’t remember any discussion of SABEW involvement. Maybe that’s because a lot of the New York-based business writers belong to the New York Financial Writers Association.
I’ve only been a SABEW member off and on for the past 15 years, and I’ve only started attending the conventions and meetings in the past five years, so I don’t know if there is some sort of historical reason for the lack of interest in SABEW from these areas of business journalism.
I wonder if we could draw more interest from these areas if the Best in Business contest was expanded to include categories specifically tailored to business journalism published in weekly newspapers and in the magazines. Having judged it for two of the last three years, the contest is already stretching the capabilities of the organization, but I think taking such a step would help make SABEW more of an all-inclusive business journalism organization.
Just thinking out loud here.