Five Grady students took on New York City for the fall conference of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers through a fellowship organized and sponsored by Grady’s Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership.
The students recognized as Cox-SABEW Fellows for 2016 included seniors Michelle Baruchman, Daniel Funke, Lauren Herbert, William Robinson and Kaitlyn Yarborough. They achieved their fellowship status by writing stories on money and business through classroom assignments, student media, internships or part-time jobs.
This year’s conference was held at the City University of New York, October 6-7. The students attended along with Marilyn Geewax, senior business editor for NPR, who is a Cox Institute adviser.
“Being a Cox-SABEW fellow gave me the chance to dive into how business journalism is so important in our society, especially when placed in the context of social issues and politics,” said Kaitlyn Yarborough, who interned last summer at Business Insider. “We heard firsthand from leading journalists in the field just how much business journalism can help inform readers about difficult topics they might not understand.”
Robinson said the conference setting in New York was also a special part of the program. “Being a Cox-SABEW Fellow gave me the opportunity to explore the world of business journalism by going inside the belly of the beast,” said Robinson, who interned last summer at The Atlanta Business Chronicle. “I got to meet and learn from leading journalists in one of the most active cities in the world.”
This year’s group marked the fourth year of the partnership with SABEW.
“We are grateful to the Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership at the University of Georgia for creating an opportunity to advance SABEW’s commitment to support the next generation of business journalists,” said Kathleen Graham, executive director of SABEW. “Congratulations to these fine students.”
In addition to attending the conference, the Cox-SABEW Fellows toured the offices and newsrooms of Fortune magazine and the Wall Street Journal. They also met with several Grady alumni and supporters currently working in business news and other news media organizations.