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SABEWDC16 is chaired by Mark Hamrick, Washington bureau chief and senior economic analyst for Bankrate.com. The conference is co-chaired by Cory Schouten, Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University and SABEW vice president.

Attire for SABEWDC16 is business casual for working sessions and business attire for receptions and awards dinner.

Refund Policy Reminder - SABEW will refund 100 percent of an attendee’s registration remittance if e-mail notice of cancellation is received at sabew@sabew.org by 5 p.m. EDT Thursday May 5, 2016. A 50 percent refund will be granted if notice is received at sabew@sabew.org by 5 p.m. EDT Thursday May 12, 2016. No refunds will be issued after 5 p.m. EDT May 16, 2016.
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Friday, May 20 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Covering the Business of Pot

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The legalization of marijuana in a growing number of states means marijuana is becoming big business. According to Bloomberg’s 2015 weed index, pot represents a $3 billion market in the U.S.

Discover how to cover this emerging market. In this workshop produced by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at the SABEW conference, you’ll learn how to locate financial data for what is mostly a cash business conducted in a complicated regulatory environment. You’ll come away with ideas for stories on banking, entrepreneurship, agriculture, technology, pharmaceuticals, energy, consumer products and safety – and even RICO lawsuits.

Session introduction by Andrew Leckey, President, Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, ASU. Presenters are Ricardo Baca, editor of The Denver Post's website The Cannabist; and Kevin Dale, executive editor of Arizona PBS’s Cronkite News, who directed pot coverage as a top editor at the Post.

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Ricardo Baca

Editor, The Cannabist
Ricardo Baca is the world's first marijuana editor and the editor/founder of the news site The Cannabist. After 12 years as The Denver Post's music critic and served as the paper's entertainment editor, he was tapped to become the Post's first marijuana editor in 2013. Baca also co-founded music blog Reverb and music festival The UMS.
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Kevin Dale

Executive editor, Cronkite News, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Dale is executive editor of Cronkite News at Arizona PBS, a multiplatform daily news operation and innovation hub operated by the Cronkite School. With more than 20 years of senior-level leadership experience, Dale oversees full-time editors/professors and students who produce daily news content on TV and digital platforms for Arizona audiences. Previously, he was news director of The Denver Post, where he expanded coverage to new digital... Read More →