Editors Conference March 31-April 1

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 4:00 p.m. and conclude on Friday April 1 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 greg.david@journalism.cuny.edu with information on their current responsibilities and reason for attending.


The highlights of the program include a keynote Thursday featuring Kevyn Orr, who was the driving force in restructuring Detroit’s finances through the largest municipal bankruptcy in the city’s history, a group dinner Thursday night, a quick-paced session on what editors need to know about fiscal stories and presentations by five reporters who will discuss their impressive work on fiscal issues.

Email Greg David or call 646-758-7808 if you have any questions.

The full agenda is below:

Thursday March 31

4:00 p.m.

Welcome and Introduction

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

4:30-5:30 p.m.


Kevin Orr

Emergency Manager, Detroit Bankruptcy

6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Group dinner

Friday April 1

9:00-9:30 a.m.


9:30 to 12:00

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

Budget ABCs

Matt Fabian, Municipal Market Analytics

The Bond Market and Debt

Kristie Culpepper, Munilass

Red Flags

Steve Malanga, Manhattan Institute

Nothing New In Fiscal Policy

12:00 to 12:15 Break

12:15 to to 1:30

Lunch and the The Pension Crunch

Peter Kiernan, Schiff Hardin

Steve Malanga, Manhattan Institute

1:30 to 3:30

The Best Fiscal Journalism

5 reporters outline how they do their work

Carolyn Adolph         KWOU Pugent Sound

Heather Gillers          Chicago Tribune/WSJ

Chad Livengood        Detroit News

Robert McClendon     New Orleans Times Picayune

Claudia Vargas          Philadelphia Inquirer

3:30 – 4:30

Editors Discussion

Moderated by William Glasgall, Volcker Alliance

4:30 Wrap up

Richard Ravitch