Worthwhile Assorted Events

Submitted by ub on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 15:46

Event: Covering Political Polls
When: September 24, 2012 9:00 – 11:00am
Where: National Press Club Journalism Institute, Washington D.C., Bloomberg Room
Just in time for the fall campaign crush the Election Boot Camp series will hold a training session on the ins and outs of polling. Cliff Zukin of Rutgers University, a past president of American Association of Public Opinion Research, will help you get the skills you need to understand how polls are conducted, what to look for in the methodology and how to determine the legitimacy of a poll. He’ll pay special attention to problems of election polls, explaining how they are different from other polling, and why two or more polls on the same election at the same time sometimes produce different results. Most folks just want to know the results, but HOW those results were derived is sometimes just as important to the story. How can a reporter or editor tell a good poll from a bad one? Who did the pollsters ask? How are “likely voters” determined? How can results be affected by question wording and ordering? Were the responses weighted, and what does it mean if they were? Can you do a valid telephone survey without including cell phones? And if the pollsters won't tell you how they got their results, what should you do. Register for this free class at

Event: Dig Deeper: Ratios and Red Flags in Financial Statements
When: September 27, 2012
Where: New York, NY
The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the free business journalism workshop, “Dig Deeper: Ratios and Red Flags in Financial Statements,” with Michelle Leder of and Tom Contiliano of Bloomberg. The afternoon workshop at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism precedes the SABEW Fall Conference there. SABEW offers a $50 rebate for its Fall Conference to attendees of this Reynolds free workshop. For more information, please visit the main workshop page:

Event: SABEW presents its annual fall conference, a program of skills sessions and headliners in business journalism
When: September 27-28, 2012
Where: City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W. 40th St., New York, NY
A stellar cast of speakers and panels have been announced for SABEW’s annual New York City event. Speakers include: Glenn Hubbard, Columbia University; Jill Abramson, The New York Times; Gillian Tett, Financial Times; Bethany McLean, author; Nik Deogun, CNBC; Sree Sreenivasan; Columbia University; and Floyd Norris, The New York Times. Diana Henriques will receive SABEW’s highest honor, its distinguished achievement award, in an evening program September 27. A full day of workshops follows on September 28. Click for terms & conditions & to register.

Event: New York Press Club Foundation 20th Annual Conference on Journalism
When: September 29, 2012
Where: New York, NY
The New York Press Club Foundation presents its 20th Annual Conference on Journalism, featuring keynote speaker Joan Walsh, editor-at-large of and an MSNBC political analyst, who will discuss the role that partisan media is playing in the current landscape.
The keynote tops off a half-day program of panel discussions and workshops, including the plenary session “Is this any way to cover an election?” featuring Newsday and Fox News’ Ellis Henican, CJR’s Greg Marx, Anna Sale of and Michael Howe of The 4th Estate Project.
Participants can get investigative reporting tips from award winning journalists; learn personal branding techniques from experts, and hear advice on “Taming the Information Overload” from social media leaders. Additional sessions include discussions on covering NYC sports and covering the “Big Soda” wars. PR Pros won’t want to miss the “Hacks vs. Flacks” session on establishing relationships with journalists.
And students and professionals can get free assessments of reels, resumes and websites from our experts.
Admission, which includes breakfast and lunch, is just $35 for Press Club members, $50 for non members. Student members get in for just $10, non-member students $20.
For more details or to register, visit

Event: Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists Flagship Program - Accepting Applications
When: October 1, 2012 (deadline)
Where: Philadelphia, PA
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce that the Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists will hold its flagship program October 21-24 with new faculty and several financial aid options. For over four decades the Seminars have helped journalists gain a better understanding of key business and economic issues via intensive lectures conducted by senior Wharton School faculty. The flagship program in October features sessions on financial statement analysis, executive compensation, innovation and global markets. Please note:
Applications are required and available here:
The agenda is here:… Application deadline: For paid applicants, Monday, October 1, 2012. Scholarship deadlines vary. Tuition, course materials and most meals are included with payment (early bird rate--$1,499) and scholarships. Travel assistance is available for some scholarships. Our most recent media alert is here: Each participant will receive a Wharton School Certificate of Completion. For complete information visit the Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists Web site or contact Peter Winicov, Senior Associate Director, Wharton Communications at +1-215-746-6471 or

Event: Charlotte SPJ Presents “A Conversation With Tom Sorensen”
When: October 4, 2012, 6:30pm
Where: The Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 East Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC
The Charlotte chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists presents "A Conversation With Tom Sorensen," an informal question-and-answer session with The Observer's popular sports columnist. You can also enjoy a nice spread of hors d'oeuvres during the evening.

Event: Morningstar ETF Invest Conference
When: October 3-5, 2012
Where: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL
Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, is hosting its third annual ETF Invest Conference for financial advisors, money managers, and exchange-traded fund investors. This year’s keynote speakers are Liz Ann Sonders, senior vice president and chief investment strategist, Charles Schwab, who will speak on Oct. 3; and Christopher Gardner, CEO of Gardner Rich LLC and author of the book The Pursuit of Happyness, who will speak during a keynote luncheon Oct. 4.
Other scheduled general session speakers include Vineer Bhansali, managing director and portfolio manager, PIMCO; Paul Hatch, vice chairman, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Russ Koesterich, managing director and global chief investment strategist, BlackRock; and Mark Wiedman, managing director, iShares.
The Morningstar ETF Invest Conference costs $495 per person, which includes a preconference workshop, two breakfasts, luncheons, and receptions. To register for the conference, financial professionals may call toll free at 866-839-9729. More information about the Morningstar ETF Invest Conference, including the full agenda, hotel accommodations, attendee registration, and continuing-education credits, is available at Conference updates are also available on Twitter at or through the conference hashtag: #ETFInvest.
Full-time members of the news media may receive complimentary registration to the Morningstar ETF Invest Conference. If you are a member of the media and want to register for the conference, contact Shawn Malayter at or 312-696-6050.

Event: Be a Better Business Watchdog – CAR for Business Journalists
When: October 6, 2012
Where: Missoula, MT
The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the free business journalism workshop, “Be a Better Business Watchdog – CAR for Business Journalists.” Even if you’ve never touched an Excel spreadsheet before, you will leave this hands-on workshop with the skills you need to begin analyzing the wealth of information available in public databases about businesses. For more information, please visit the main workshop page:

Event: Business Journalism Boot Camp
When: October 13, 2012
Where: Portland, OR
The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the free business journalism workshop, “Business Journalism Boot Camp,” at The Oregonian. In this free workshop, you’ll learn the basics of business for public companies, private companies and nonprofits. For more information, please visit the main workshop page: