SABEW17 has ended


It’s an all-new SABEW Spring Conference where we’ll focus on the future of business news. You can count on big ideas and Ted-style talks, hands-on skills development and more time for member networking. It’s like nothing we’ve ever done. We promise you’ll go back to your newsrooms with plenty to share and use.

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Conference chairs are Lisa Gibbs, global business editor, Associated Press and Beth Hunt, director, editorial recruiting and development, American City Business Journals.

For sponsor or exhibitor information contact Renee McGivern.

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Friday, April 28

9:00am PDT

Opening Keynote - A Conversation with Michael Shane: Innovating in the Age of Platforms

At a time when 99 percent of all digital ad sales growth came from two companies — Facebook and Google — Michael Shane, Bloomberg's global digital innovation chief and former operations director for the Verge, talks about prototyping for the future and what journalists, product teams, and revenue teams need to focus on to not only survive, but to thrive.

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Retha Hill

Executive director, Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
Retha Hill joined the Cronkite faculty in the summer of 2007 after nearly eight years at BET, where she was vice president for content for BET Interactive, the online unit of Black Entertainment Television and the most visited site specializing in African-American content on the Internet... Read More →

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Michael Shane

Global head of digital innovation, Bloomberg LP
Michael Shane is global head of digital innovation, Bloomberg LP, where he works with other senior leaders to develop and execute the product, editorial, and business strategies that drive Bloomberg's global digital properties. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Michael was director of operations... Read More →

Friday April 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Elliott Bay Room, Lobby Level The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101

10:15am PDT

Guess What? People in Their 20s and 30s Love Business News

The under-40 crowd may not be watching much traditional TV or flipping through anything printed these days, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in business news. Jon Steinberg’s Cheddar is rebooting live business video aimed at a young, business-savvy audience. In this session, the former president and COO of Buzzfeed will unpack what’s working with adults in their 20s and 30s, and how Cheddar is delivering it through deals with Twitter, Amazon Channels and Vanity Fair.

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Jon Steinberg

Founder and CEO, Cheddar TV
Jon Steinberg is the founder and CEO of Cheddar, a video media company sitting at the intersection of business news and culture. He was named to Ad Age's 2015 40 under 40. Prior to founding Cheddar, Jon was chief executive officer, DailyMail.com North America, where he played a leading... Read More →

Friday April 28, 2017 10:15am - 10:40am PDT
Cascade Ballroom I The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101

10:50am PDT

Content + Coffee: Storytelling Lessons from One of the World’s Top Brands

The September debut of "Upstanders" marked Starbucks’ first foray into producing original content – 10 stories about people creating positive change in their communities, in text, video and podcast forms. It’s “journalism in the public interest,” says Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a former senior editor of The Washington Post who leads this effort along with chairman and CEO Howard Schultz, noting that these kinds of stories are often overlooked by traditional media. Before joining Starbucks in 2015, Chandrasekaran spent two decades reporting from more than three dozen countries and was bureau chief in Baghdad, Cairo and Southeast Asia.

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Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Senior vice president of public affairs, Starbucks
Rajiv Chandrasekaran is senior vice president for Public Affairs at Starbucks and the executive producer of the company’s social impact media initiatives. Prior to joining Starbucks in 2015, Rajiv was senior correspondent and associate editor at The Washington Post, where he worked... Read More →

Friday April 28, 2017 10:50am - 11:15am PDT
Cascade Ballroom I The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101

3:45pm PDT

Robots Will Change Your Newsroom. Are You Ready?

Reg Chua, Reuters’ editor of data and innovation, presents a provocative talk on how technology has made it possible for us to think more creatively about story forms that will better serve readers — and perhaps even our own bottom line — and how we will take advantage of that opportunity. Includes a discussion of the latest in how machine learning is being used in business news, and whether it’s right for your newsroom. Joining Reg Chua, is Lisa Gibbs of Associated Press and Robbie Allen, CEO of Automated Insights.

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Robbie Allen

Founder and CEO, Automated Insights
Robbie Allen, founder and CEO at Automated Insights, where he drives the company’s strategic vision, oversees engineering and research, and ensures the company continues to be named best place to work in the Raleigh-Durham area, an honor it’s received for four years in a row.  Robbie... Read More →
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Reg Chua

Executive editor, Editorial Operations, Data and Innovation, Thomson Reuters
Reginald Chua is executive editor, Editorial Operations, Data and Innovation at Thomson Reuters, where among other duties, he leads development of Reuters’ computer-assisted reporting and newsroom technology capabilities. Before joining Reuters in April 2011, Reg was Editor-in-Chief... Read More →
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Lisa Gibbs

Global business editor, Associated Press
Lisa Gibbs is global business editor, Associated Press, where she oversees more than 65 business reporters and editors worldwide. Before joining the AP, Lisa was a senior writer at Money magazine, where she was a three-time finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business... Read More →

Friday April 28, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm PDT
Cascade Ballroom I The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101
Saturday, April 29

1:00pm PDT

That Sound You Hear is a Drone

Learn how business journalists can incorporate aerial photography into their reporting, understand the legal landscape, determine the right drone to buy, participate in a demonstration and more. Featuring The Drone Girl: Sally French, drone technology reporter and social media manager of MarketWatch.

Session sponsored by UPS. 

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Sally French

Social media editor and drone reporter, MarketWatch
Sally French is a journalist reporting on drones for The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch. Sally first got interested in drones when she served as a photographer and producer at the Missouri School of Journalism’s drone journalism program in its inaugural year. The first “drone... Read More →

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Founded in 1907 as a messenger company in the United States, UPS has grown into a multi-billion-dollar corporation by clearly focusing on the goal of enabling commerce around the globe. Today UPS, or United Parcel Service Inc., is a global company with one of the most recognized and... Read More →

Saturday April 29, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Cascade Ballroom II The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101