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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Meals and Receptions [clear filter]
Thursday, April 27

6:00pm PDT

The Future of Business News Welcome Reception

Welcome to SABEW17's opening event! Join SABEW and the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism for the opening reception at the Seattle Times. Seattle is an exciting urban city surrounded by surrounded by water, mountains, and unmatched natural beauty. Famous for its coffee, music and rainy weather, Seattle is home to many famous landmarks, such as Mt. Rainier, the Space Needle and Pike's Place Marketplace.

Reception sponsored by Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

Venue hosted by the Seattle Times.

Welcome: Andrew Leckey, the Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism, president of the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, and professor at Arizona State University; Cory Schouten, president of SABEW; Frank A. Blethen, publisher and chief executive officer, The Seattle Times.

Location: Seattle Times

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Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism has trained more than 22,000 journalists and educators since it was established in 2003 with the goal of improving the quality of media coverage of business and the economy. The center offers training in person and online... Read More →

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Frank A. Blethen

Publisher and chief executive officer, The Seattle Times
Frank Blethen is a fourth-generation member of the Blethen family, which founded The Seattle Times in 1896. He has been publisher and chief executive officer since 1985, having joined the family business full time in 1968. He held a variety of training positions at The Seattle Times... Read More →
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Andrew Leckey

President, Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism
Andrew Leckey is president of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, and Endowed Chair at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and a professor at Arizona State University. Andrew's professional journalism career has included a nationally-syndicated column... Read More →
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Cory Schouten

SABEW president, CJR senior editor
Cory Schouten is a senior editor at Columbia Journalism Review, where he commissions and edits stories from staff and freelance journalists for CJR.org. He was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University. Previously he served as managing editor... Read More →

Thursday April 27, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Seattle Times 1000 Denny Way, Seattle, WA 98109
Friday, April 28

11:30am PDT

Lunch Session: When a Businessman Becomes President: Covering Trump

The sprawling business ties of President Trump and resulting potential conflicts of interests, not to mention the stream of new economic policies and programs, blur the intersection of politics and business news in ways rarely seen. While we scramble to make sense of it all, the administration calls journalists the real opposition party, putting us at risk of attacking back in ways that backfire or constantly playing defense. Our skills with data and economic thinking help ground us, yet we still need to recognize the ways in which our newsroom culture (and even ideology) shape our work. How do we hold our subjects accountable while remaining above the fray? How do we ensure our work serves audiences across the political and economic spectrum?

These questions are the subject of the 2017 Klott Memorial Ethics Symposium. Our moderator is Timothy L. O’Brien, executive editor of Bloomberg View and Bloomberg Gadfly. O’Brien, a former editor and reporter with the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and HuffPost, is the author of TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald. O’Brien will be joined by NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax, who leads NPR’s Conflicts Team monitoring President Trump’s business interests, and Lawrence Ingrassia, managing editor, Los Angeles Times.

Klott Ethics Session: This session is offered in memory of former SABEW president Gary Klott, who died in August 2002. Gary spent considerable time educating members on ethical decision-making for journalists. The Klott ethics session is produced annually in his honor.

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Marilyn Geewax

Senior business news editor, National Public Radio
Marilyn Geewax is a senior business news editor at NPR, assigning and editing radio stories. Since the election, she has had a special assignment, heading a team of reporters covering the Trump administration’s conflicts of interest and ethical issues. She regularly discusses those... Read More →
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Lawrence Ingrassia

Managing editor, Los Angeles Times
With a career spanning more than 40 years, Larry Ingrassia is one of the most accomplished business journalists in the country and has directed coverage that has won numerous Pulitzer Prizes, awards and other honors. He joined the Los Angeles Times in January 2015 as managing editor... Read More →
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Timothy L. O'Brien

Executive editor, Bloomberg Gadfly and Bloomberg View
Timothy L. O’Brien is the executive editor of Bloomberg View and Bloomberg Gadfly, Bloomberg News' platforms for analysis and opinion about business, markets, politics, international affairs, and public policy. He is the author of “TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald... Read More →

Friday April 28, 2017 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Elliott Bay Room, Lobby Level The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101

4:30pm PDT

Dow Jones News Fund Alumni Reception
Have you previously participated in the Dow Jones News Fund business reporting internship program? Join other former interns at an alumni reception during SABEW17 on Friday, April 28, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at The Westin Seattle. For more information on the reception please contact Linda Shockley, DJNF managing director. DJNF alumni and media partners can RSVP here.

Friday April 28, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
The Loft The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101

6:00pm PDT

Reception at the Gates Foundation’s Interactive Museum

Join SABEW and Reuters for a private reception at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In the foundation’s interactive museum, you will discover innovations and inventions that are helping to create a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy and productive life and every person has the power to use their voice for good!

Reception sponsored by Reuters.

Venue hosted by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Location: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center.

Welcome: Reg Chua, executive editor, editorial operations, data and innovation, Thomson Reuters; Kathleen Graham, executive director, SABEW, and Gabriella Stern, director, media & external relations, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Friday April 28, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center 440 Fifth Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
Saturday, April 29

11:30am PDT

Lunch Session: Why "InfoSec" Should Be Your Favorite New Buzzword

Information. It’s the most important commodity in the modern world. And from Edward Snowden’s protocols to anonymous tip dropboxes, protecting information is critical — especially for journalists, whose livelihood depends on its security. Join Olivia Martin, a digital security fellow at Freedom of the Press Foundation, as she walks us through the importance of InfoSec in a digital news environment. Learn how to protect yourself, your digital accounts, your sources and your stories from threats you can’t see until it’s too late. After Martin’s session is over, take advantage of her expertise one-on-one, as she holds office hours for anyone who’s interested in individual help.

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Olivia Martin

Digital security fellow, Freedom of the Press Foundation
Olivia Martin is a digital security fellow at Freedom of the Press Foundation. A graduate of NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, her professional work focuses on researching and delivering digital security trainings to journalists, activists, and human rights defenders... Read More →

Saturday April 29, 2017 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Elliott Bay Room, Lobby Level The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101

5:30pm PDT

Best in Business Awards Reception
Mix and mingle with some of the best and brightest minds in the field of business journalism! This is the perfect opportunity to relax and socialize with old friends and colleagues, make new connections and meet this year's BIB award winners and honorees. This promises to be a special night that will leave you inspired.

Reception sponsored by B2BCFO. 

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B2B CFO® offers expert services to help thousands of business owners successfully sell their companies and then enjoy an active lifestyle. Owners of privately-held companies usually need on-site assistance from two important services: CFO Services; and Exit Strategy Services. We... Read More →

Saturday April 29, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm PDT
Cascade Foyer North The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101

6:30pm PDT

Best in Business Dinner and Award Ceremony

Come celebrate the best in business journalism! SABEW's 22nd annual Best in Business awards ceremony promises to be the business journalism event of the season.

Reception sponsored by Bloomberg News. 

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Xana Antunes

Executive editor, Quartz
Xana Antunes  is executive editor at Quartz. She is an award-winning editor and content creator with a career spanning digital media, video, long form storytelling, and daily news reporting. Previously at Quartz, Xana was the editor for new initiatives, where she combined responsibility... Read More →
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Brad Foss

Deputy business editor, The Associated Press
Brad Foss is deputy business editor of The Associated Press. He directs daily coverage and long-term strategy for global staff of more than 60 reporters and editors. Staffers under his supervision have won numerous SABEW Best in Business awards. Brad, who has been with The AP since... Read More →

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Bloomberg News

Bloomberg delivers business and markets news, data, analysis, and video to the world, featuring stories from Businessweek and Bloomberg News. Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and... Read More →

Saturday April 29, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
Cascade Ballroom I The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101