The growing important of social media as both a reporting tool and a publishing platform, and a recovering job market in business journalism, were among the major points made to an audience that included several Baruch journalism students and several alums at the fall meeting of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers on Oct. 13-14.

In a discussion among some of journalism’s most influential editors on the future of journalism (with Robert Thomson of The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones, Norman Pearlstein of Bloomberg News and Stephen Adler of Reuters), the panelists said business journalism was becoming more specialized and focused – and that social media plays a vital role.

Job opportunities are expanding in business journalism niche media that capitalize on new technology, they said.

Other speakers at the meeting included Kenneth Rogoff, the Harvard economist, and Sylvia Nasar, the author of A Beautiful Mind, whose new study of economics, Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius, was recently published.

At another panel featuring hiring editors from various news organizations, the news was good: some organizations (particularly Reuters) are expanding, and others are replacing staff they laid off during the recession.

The journalism department is committed to helping students attend the meetings of SABEW and other journalism organizations – and if you find one you’re interested in, please let us know.

The SABEW meeting was held at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, with a closing reception at The New York Times.

-- Ashley Tavoularis

The City University of New York