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Pre-Conference SABEW Workshop: Covering Regional Economies

April 23, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Learn how to find and cover regional money stories in this pre-conference workshop by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. You’ll learn how to locate, mine and analyze economic data in your region. Plus, we’ll discuss the money in regional sports rivalries and how to cover it. Speakers include:

Marilyn Geewax, an NPR senior editor, in charge of editing regional business stories with freelance and member-station reporters.

Vincent Duffy, news director at Michigan Radio and the past chairman of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).

Joanne Gerstner, sports journalist in residence at Michigan State University and a long-time contributor to The New York Times.

Donald Grimes, noted economist, and senior associate with the Institute For Research On Labor, Employment and the Economy at the University of Michigan.

Jennifer ConlinNew York Times contributor and founder of Creative Voice.

You can register here.

Marilyn Geewax

Marilyn Geewax

Marilyn Geewax is a senior editor for NPR’s Business News Desk, assigning and editing business radio stories. She also serves as the national economics correspondent for the NPR website, and regularly discusses economic issues on NPR’s mid-day show “Here & Now.” Before joining NPR in 2008, Geewax served as the national economics correspondent for Cox Newspapers’ Washington Bureau. Prior to that, she worked at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, first as a business reporter and then as a columnist and editorial board member. She got her start as a business reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal. Geewax was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, where she studied economics and international relations. She earned a master’s degree at Georgetown University and has a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University.

Vincent Duffy

Vincent Duffy

Vincent Duffy has been news director at Michigan Radio (an NPR affiliate) since May 2007. He is past chair of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). In his eight years leading the Michigan Radio newsroom, the station’s team of 12 journalists has won more than three dozen national journalism awards for news coverage. He also advised the regional reporting project, Changing Gears, which looked at the future of the industrial Midwest. Previously, Duffy worked as a reporter, “Morning Edition” host and news director for WILL at the University of Illinois and at WKSU in Ohio as host for the weekly television news program “NewsNight Akron.” Duffy holds a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a master’s degree from Miami University of Ohio.

Joanne Gerstner

Joanne C. Gerstner

Joanne C. Gerstner is an award-winning multi-platform sports journalist, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Detroit News,, espnW, NPR, PGA Magazine and other outlets. She has covered the world’s biggest events, including the Olympics, soccer World Cups, the French Open, the U.S. Open, the Super Bowl, both NBA and NHL championships and the NCAA Final Four. She is the former past president and chair of the board of the Association for Women in Sports Media. Gerstner is the sports journalist in residence at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism.

Donald Grimes

Donald Grimes

Donald R. Grimes is a senior research specialist at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy, where he is assistant director of the Center for Labor Market Research. He is a frequent guest on public radio, PBS NewsHour and a regular speaker on economic topics. His primary research interests are in labor economics and economic forecasting. He received his master’s degree in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Jennifer Conlin

Jennifer Conlin

Jennifer Conlin is a frequent contributor to The New York Times. She writes features and columns on a variety of subjects including business, travel, social trends and multi-generational living. In 2012, Conlin founded Creative Voice (formerly CriticCar Detroit), a social media-based arts-and-culture journalism project that produces and posts videos showcasing the arts and cultural scene in Detroit and Southeast Michigan. Creative Voice was funded through the Knight Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts’ Community Arts Challenge. Conlin holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.




April 23, 2015
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism


Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile
633 N. Saint Clair St.
Chicago,IL60611United States
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