The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism has awarded two journalist $1,000 fellowships to attend the annual conference of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) in Indianapolis March 15-17.
As part of the fellowship, Emery Cowan, a reporter at the Durango Herald in Colorado, and Christopher Nelson, a freelance journalist based in Baltimore, will also attend the Reynolds Center’s training events held during the conference. Those workshops include:
- Be a Better Business Watchdog – CAR for Business Journalists, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15, before the conference starts, with Jaimi Dowdell, training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). Separate registration is required.
- Demystifying Math and Numbers for Journalists, 7:15 – 8 a.m. March 16, with Knight Professor Sarah Cohen of Duke University.
- Don’t Be Bamboozled by Local Economic Development Studies, 1:45-2:45 p.m. March 16, with Cohen.
SABEW is also offering stipends to attend the conference. Details for how to apply for will be available soon on the organization’s website.
Here’s additional information on this year’s fellows:
Emery Cowan has been covering business and education at the Durango Herald since 2010. She has written for the Greeley Tribune, the Colorado Springs Gazette, Delicious Living magazine and the University of Colorado’s alumni magazine, the Coloradan. She graduated from the University of Colorado with degrees in journalism and Spanish.
Christopher Nelson is a freelance journalist based in Baltimore where he currently contributes to outlets such as The Loop 21. Nelson was previously an assignment editor working on the network desk at NBC News world headquarters in New York. He worked on the desk during a number of breaking news stories ranging from the aftermath of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, to the death of Osama Bin Laden, the Casey Anthony trial, and the deadly Joplin, Missouri tornado. He joined NBC News as part of the prestigious News Associates program and contributed more than 30 pieces to the network’s videocentric African-American oriented news site The Grio, and worked briefly as a writer and assistant segment producer at MSNBC. Nelson began his career at WJZ-TV in Baltimore where he was a broadcast apprentice training as an assignment editor, news writer, and web producer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a specialization in journalism from Loyola University Maryland. Nelson is currently pursuing a master’s in legal studies from the Georgetown University Law Center.