Editors Conference


July 22, 2018

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The Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program will hold a two-day working conference for editors on the growing fiscal crisis affecting state and local governments–designed to improve editors’ expertise and show how outlets can produce high-impact stories.


The program will begin on Thursday March 31 at 3:30 p.m. and conclude on Friday April by 5:00 p.m.


The Ravitch Program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York pays all expenses including travel to New York, local transportation, hotel and food. The event will be held at the J School’s home in New York’s Times Square


Interested editors can apply by emailing Ravitch Program Director Greg David at with information on their current responsibilities and reason for attending.


The highlights of the program include Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who will keynote the Thursday session with a discussion of the fiscal issues he has faced and presentations by five reporters who will discuss their impressive work on fiscal issues.


The full agenda is below:


Thursday March 31


3:30 p.m.

Welcome and Introduction

Ravitch Program Director Greg David outlines the national picture on how fiscal issues are pressuring state and local governments.


4:00 p.m.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

How a governor faces fiscal issues, including the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history


5:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Group dinner


Friday April 1


9:00-9:30 a.m.



9:30 to 11:30

What You Need to Know as an Editor

Four fast-paced 30-minute sessions on the Must-Knows on budgets, dirty tricks and new maneuvers.


Greg David, Ravitch Program

Matt Fabian, Municipal Market Analytics

Steve Malanga, Manhattan Institute

Kristie Culpepper, Munilass


11:45 to 12:30

The Pension Crunch

How poor decisions and market declines are digging pensions plans in a bigger hole


12:30 to 1:30



1:30 to 3:30

The Best Fiscal Journalism

5 reporters outline how they do their work

Carolyn Adloph         KWOU Pugent Sound

Heather Gillers          Chicago Tribune

Chad Livengood        Detroit News

Robert McClendon     New Orleans Times Picayune

Claudia Vargas          Philadelphia Inquirer


3:30 – 4:30

Editors Discussion

Moderated by Bill Glasgall, Volcker Alliance


4:30 Wrap up

Richard Ravitch


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