9 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Welcome and Introductions

10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Budgets A to Z with Greg David (includes lunch break). At 1:30, Cuomo Budget Tricks with David Friedfel, Citizens Budget Commission

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.:  Budget Red Flags with Bill Glasgall, Volcker Alliance

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: What Makes a Good Fiscal Reporter with Stephen Fehr, Pew

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Dinner with Dick Ravitch, the dean and others



9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Bonds 101

9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.: How States and Cities Raise Money: All You Need to Know About the Bond Market with Greg David

11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.: How the WSJ Uncovered a Municipal Bond Scandal with Tom McGinty, WSJ

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch break

1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Get to Know EMMA

For reporters covering state or local government, the Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®) website provides free access to detailed information about the financial health of states, cities and counties, as well as many hospitals, universities, stadiums and other ventures financed by public debt. Staff from the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board will demonstrate how to find data and information on EMMA, from public finance credit ratings to comprehensive annual financial reports. This interactive session will also highlight several EMMA tools and resources that can assist reporters with monitoring state and local finances and identifying potential stories.

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.: Budget Enterprise Reporting with Arlene Martinez, Ventura County Star

4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: Question time



 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: The Pension Crisis with Don Boyd

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.:  Covering Pension Investments with Greg David

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch break

1:30 p.m.  – 2:30 p.m.: Reporting on Pensions with Chad Livengood, Crain’s Detroit Business

2:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Inequality, the Election, and State and Local Policies with Greg David



9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.:  Your choice of either:

  • Data journalism for state and local reporting
  • Actual reporting writing assignment

11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.:  Covering Tax Incentives with Bill Glasgall, Volcker Alliance

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Lunch break

2:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.: Opportunity Zones A to Z with Lydia O’Neal, Bloomberg Tax

4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: Question time


FRIDAY Jan. 10

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Wrap up with Greg David

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