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Quotable: SABEW, who’s saying what about business journalism?

“You see the story just simmering below the surface. It’s not focusing on the broader policies. It’s not looking at the nature of what we are doing… We need to start thinking that the story is not just about the social issues but about the issues in the policies of the federal government.”
Paul Combe, president and CEO of American Student Assistance, on student loan coverage.

“Ethics is not a slippery slope. You either got ‘em, or you don’t.”
Jodi Schneider, Bloomberg News

“Our basic advice is that you have to do an awful lot of this work before pitching. There is a lot of advanced work that needs to be done to get something ready…Once they see that something really has promise and that work has already been done, they might be more receptive.”
Jim Steele on pitching a story to an editor.

Barlett and Steele“Whatever you hear coming out of Washington, whatever you hear the talking heads mimicking, that’s not it… You name the subject and they are wrong. Why because people have a vested interest”
Don Barlett on how to spot the next big story.

“I’m a big believer in tricking my editor into believing it was his idea.” – Matt Apuzzo, The Associated Press

“It’s against our instincts to bother someone at home but it’s against their instincts to throw you off their porch.”
Matt Apuzzo, The Associated Press

“Don’t use analysts for their analysis.”
Matt Apuzzo, The Associated Press

“We’re the last generation who’ll be able to recognize the sound of a 24k dialup modem.”
Sean Carlson, Google

Walter Robb, Kip Tindell, Whole Foods, Container Store, conscious capitalism

Walter Robb (left), co-CEO of Whole Foods, and Kip Tindell, CEO of the Container Store.

“Why do you exist as a company? It’s not just all about making money.
Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods

“Leadership and communication are the same thing….

You can’t call yourself an employee-first culture and go around and lay people off.”

Kip Tindell, CEO of the Container Store

“I had this funny idea that editors are human beings. I tell people, ‘please edit it.’ I want them to edit it. I want it to be clear.”
Allan Sloan of Fortune Magazine

“I produced a story every day to feed the beast. I bought time for doing the things I wanted to do by doing the things I needed to do.”
Allan Sloan of Fortune Magazine on his career.

“Do not whine for yesterday because yesterday is not coming back… We have to figure out some way to get paid for what we do. If we can’t get advertisers to do it, we need to get someone else.”
Allan Sloan of Fortune Magazine on the future of journalism.

“I hire strong women and good looking men.”
Eric Schurenberg, CBSMoneyWatch blog on how he won a SABEW Best in Business award.

“The key to all of this for everyone is to make sure that it doesn’t appear to be rocket science. Instead of using a percent, do the math for them…Just help people through it.”
Gail MarksJarvis, a Chicago Tribune columnist, on personal finance coverage.

“Personal finance is a front-page story.”
John Wasik, personal finance writer and author.

“In this marketplace, many Americans were rolling the dice every time they invested in something.”
Elizabeth Warren, White House adviser and head of new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

“The good news is that with the economic recovery we’ve seen business traffic come back. If the economy stays on track, that bodes well for the future. The bad news is that we are now faced with another fuel crisis. That is the current major issue confronting the industry. We are all very worried about what’s happening in the oil markets.”
Gerard Arpey, CEO American Airlines

“We are first and foremost concerned about the safety of flight to take care of our customers and our own employees. From that prosepctive we are very pleased that there were no seriously injuries… It is not expected. It is not what we want for our customers.”
Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines

“There were trade-offs and unintended consequences, some of which were distinctly unpleasant. In saving the system, for example, it can be argued that we protected imprudent lenders and investors from the consequences of their decisions; we rescued sinners and penalized the virtuous.”
Richard Fisher, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank president

“In the tradition of central banking, I’d be happy to avoid answering any questions.”
Richard Fisher, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank president, concluding his keynote speech at SABEW 2011.

“Central bankers are sourpusses.”
Richard Fisher, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank president

“People are working very hard and we are stretched incredible thin. We can get the rules written. What we are not going to be able to do is operationalize them except when we identify severe risks of a current nature.”
Mary Shapiro, SEC chairman, during her keynote speech at SABEW 2011.

Mary Shapiro SEC

Mary Shapiro, SEC chairman, opens SABEW 2011 spring convention on April 8, 2011.

“One of the great byproducts of Dodd-Frank has been the ability of federal and state regulors to work together much more efficiently and much more collaboratively…the repo market is one where we have had some significant conversations and discussions.”
Mary Shapiro, SEC chairman, during her keynote speech at SABEW 2011.

“There are days when I read the financial news and I feel I have somehow been transported back to 1928.”
Mary Shapiro, SEC chairman, in opening statement at SABEW 2011.

“PR people aren’t always great at pitching a story, but they are great at finding sources for you when you need them.”
Lauren Young, personal finance editor, Reuters

“There’s always been misinformation out there…” mistakes aren’t particular to social media.
Dan Loving, Wichita Eagle Business Today editor.

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