SOURCE: Society of American Business Editors & Writers

December 11, 2009 18:04 ET

NYT Publisher Sulzberger to Speak at SABEW's Phoenix Conference

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - December 11, 2009) - Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., chairman of The New York Times Co. and publisher of The New York Times, will speak about the future of newspapers at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers 2010 national conference in Phoenix March 19-21.

Sulzberger will deliver the luncheon keynote speech on Saturday, March 20. That evening SABEW will hand out its Best in Business awards at a banquet at the Heard Museum, one of the world's best collections of Native American art.

Sulzberger's remarks are of particular interest to business journalists who have seen their ranks severely diminished in recent months due to tumultuous economic times for American news media.

Sulzberger was named chairman of The New York Times Co. on Oct. 16, 1997, and as such is responsible for the company's long-term business strategy. He continues to run The Times as publisher, a position he has held since 1992. Over the past decade, he has shaped and implemented innovative print, broadcast and online initiatives including:

Transforming The Times into a national newspaper.

Developing a major Times company presence on the Internet, which now includes, a top five global news and information site,, and

Acquiring the International Herald Tribune.

Becoming a minority partner in New England Sports Ventures, which includes the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park and 80 percent of the New England Sports Network.

During Sulzberger's tenure as publisher, The Times has earned 39 Pulitzer Prizes.

Sulzberger joins a growing list of speakers at the conference. Among them:

Len Downie, former executive editor of The Washington Post and author of a recent study seeking a new model for news reporting that concluded, among other things, that the government should subsidize local journalism.

Kenneth Feinberg, whom President Obama appointed special master for executive compensation, and has become known in the mass media as the White House's "compensation czar," with sweeping authority over the compensation given to executives of corporations receiving federal bailout money.

Ricardo Salinas Pliego, chairman of Mexico's Grupo Salinas, ranked in 154th place on the 2008 Forbes magazine list of the world's richest people.

The Phoenix conference is expected to draw more than 200 business-news journalists to Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, which is also the new home of SABEW's national headquarters. The conference planning committee is working on three tracks: technology, immigration/international trade and skills training. ASU's fantastic facilities allow for hands-on computer sessions that will allow us to learn skills we can take home and put immediately to use.

Skills and technology training sessions will include: using social media in business reporting, understanding numbers for business journalists, podcasting, better business visuals, better writing, covering real estate and finding sources within companies.

Starting the day before the conference, ASU's Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will offer several sessions in multimedia reporting. They include creating business news videos, still photography, being interviewed on camera and more.

The conference fee is $299 per person. Accommodations are available at the nearby Sheraton Phoenix Downtown hotel at a conference rate of $155 per night. You can make reservations by calling (602) 262-2500, or online at

For more on SABEW and to register, visit For conference information, contact SABEW executive director Warren Watson in Phoenix at (602) 496-5186 or at

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