Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Join me at SABEW in Indianapolis on March 17

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers holds its spring conference in Indianapolis, and yours truly has been asked to join a panel discussion on covering the media. It's scheduled for Saturday, March 17, from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.

Here's the summary from the conference schedule:

"From Tribune perhaps emerging from bankruptcy and a Facebook IPO, covering media and social media companies is today’s hot topic. Panelists include: Jim Hopkins, formerly of USA Today, is a prolific online reporter whose Gannett Blog attracts an average of 50,000 pageviews per week. Phil Rosenthal, media reporter for the Chicago Tribune covers the array of media players in Chicago, including Tribune, Sun-Times, Groupon and Playboy; and veteran media reporter Jon Friedman of Marketwatch, who covers issues emerging in national media. Moderator: Marty Steffens, former newspaper editor and now SABEW chair in business and financial reporting at the University of Missouri."

Steffens was the top editor at New York's Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin until 1999.

Other conference speakers include Mary Schapiro, chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Richard Cordray, the recently appointed director of the new U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, often mentioned as a possible vice presidential running mate as the GOP campaigns for the White House.


  1. I give SABEW props for inviting you. Most journalism groups, which grovel for sponsorships from G or G foundation could never do this. Lucky for SABEW that they have other corporate sponsors.

  2. Jm, that is awesome. Alongside Jon Friedman of Marketwatch.

    Good for you.

  3. Sounds like a SXSW boondoggle. Where us the outrage folks?

  4. Jim doesn't work for Gannett.

    He can do what he wants.

    That's the beauty of owning your own business.
    You don't have stockholders to be accountable to.

  5. Yes, because those SABEW conference after parties always draw throngs of paparazzi.

    1. How do you spell hypocrite? You allowed your pals to tear apart a young colleague who asked to speak at co ferebces across America but somehow when you're asked to speak its important and acceptable.

  6. Dear 6:48. This conference is being held in Indy with nuts and bolts stuff for serious business journalists. Not a pretentious SXSW social climbing event.

  7. "From Tribune perhaps emerging from bankruptcy and a Facebook IPO, covering media and social media companies is today’s hot topic."

    Forget a false range - that's a nonexistent range. SABEW clearly needs a copy editor.

  8. Wasn't Sabew in some of the Tarzan movies?

  9. Jim, do these people remember what happened the last time you spoke at a public event? Obviously not.

  10. You using the same security co. you used at the shareholders' meeting?

  11. 9:14, ha! I was going to ask him the same thing.

    Someone should suggest following Jim around Indy, and then he will get some security.


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