The Society of American Business Editors and Writers is offering up to 20 all-expenses-paid fellowships to attend a seminar on covering public pensions in Phoenix June 1-3.
The training is supported by a $40,000 grant from the McCormick Foundation. It will be held at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where SABEW is headquartered.
Two journalists whose newspapers separately published their work on the issue, Craig Harris of The Arizona Republic and Jason Grotto of the Chicago Tribune, will be among the speakers. Harris recently won the first Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting for his coverage of public pensions in Arizona. Also speaking is Steve Doig, Knight Chair in Journalism at Arizona State.
The Pew Center on the States, a nonprofit that focuses on state policy issues, has estimated that a $1 trillion gap exists between what the states are setting aside for public employees’ retirement benefits and how much those benefits will cost.