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Journalists, economist discuss 2008 financial crisis

By Megan Sexton,, 803-777-1421

A panel of top financial journalists and a leading Federal Reserve economist will discuss the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath at a University of South Carolina conference Friday, Sept. 28.

The 11th annual Convergence and Society Conference, "Advancing Business Journalism and Convergence," will feature Gabriella Stern, a veteran editor at the Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires in New York; Mary Fricker, an award-winning investigative financial reporter from California and editor of the news website; and John Weinberg, senior vice president and research director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Rob Wells, a USC lecturer and former Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal deputy bureau chief in Washington, D.C., will moderate the panel.

Panelists will discuss, “The 2008 Financial Meltdown: Lessons For Journalists and Educators,” at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Inn at USC, 1619 Pendleton St., Columbia. Each panelist will examine the meltdown from his or her perspective and recommend ways business reporters, students and educators can gain the skills to address complex financial topics in the future.

The conference also will feature a Sept. 28 luncheon speech by Linda O’Bryon, chief executive officer of South Carolina ETV; a presentation by Chris Roush, a business journalism professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Pam Luecke, journalism professor and department head at Washington and Lee University; and presentations from other top academics on business journalism and convergence.

For details and registration information, see:

The 2008 financial crisis panel is a project of the Baldwin Business Journalism Initiative at the USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

For more information, contact Rob Wells,, 443-591-1189

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Posted: 09/24/12 @ 4:00 PM | Updated: 09/24/12 @ 4:55 PM | Permalink



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