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

10 a.m. –2:30 p.m.: Budgets A to Z — with Greg David (With lunch break)

2:30 to 4:30 Data Journalism for Fiscal Reporting, Ben Casselman, 538

4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: What makes a good fiscal reporter — with Stephen Fehr/Pew Charitable Trusts

6:15 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Dinner with Dick Ravitch


 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Pensions—the history, fiscal and health issues — with Peter Kiernan/Schiff Hardin

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Pension investment strategies, pension bonds, retiree health care — with Greg David

1 p.m. –2 p.m.: Lunch break

2 p.m. –3 p.m.: The case for public pensions — with Bailey Childers, National Public Pension Coalition

3:30 p.m. –5 p.m.: How to cover infrastructure – and any Trump Plan with John Howard Foote of Cornell


9 a.m. – 9:30: Bonds 101

9:30 to 11:30 p.m.: How states and cities raise money: All you need to know about the bond market — with Lourdes German, Lincoln Land Institute.

11:30 to 12:30 : Uncovering bad bond deals with Joe Mysak, Bloomberg.

12:30 to 1:30 : Lunch

1:30 to 3:30 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.

3:45 to 5:00 Introduction to CAFRs with Chad Livengood


9:00  a.m. – 10:30 a.m.:  Covering Incentives 1 with Bill Glasgall

How to find the new required disclosures on incentives and other tax breaks and use them in reporting

10:30 to 11:30:  Covering Incentives 2: Work shop on incentive stories with Mike Reicher of the Nashville Tennessean

11:30 to 12:30 Incentives work session

12:30 to 1:30  Lunch

1:30 to 4: Trump Budget and states and cities. Greg David

4 p.m to 5 pm. Why municipal finance reporting matters like never before…fiscal stress plus dodgy accounting plus regulators stepping up Steve Malanga, Manhattan Institute


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

–Economics and fiscal policy

– Review of potential sources

– Shaping stories

– How to make stories compelling

– Convincing editors of a story’s importance

– What we learned

— Staying in touch

– Survey participants on efficacy of session