Learn about social media, podcasting at 2016 Boot Camp

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Register now for ASBPE Boston Boot Camp

This year’s Boot Camp will be held Monday, Sept. 19, from 8 a.m. to  1:30 p.m. at the offices of TechTarget at 275 Grove Street in Newton, Mass. Sessions will include:

Learn how to be more successful at multitasking across the social media spectrum. Ben Rubinstein of TechTarget is the go-to guy for social media and regularly trains people on the topic. He’ll have tips for optimizing your social media routine.

Podcasting: a huge opportunity for content creators. Tools exist to permit fairly rapid creation of podcasts. Members of New England Podcasters will be on hand to provide an overview of commercial tools, philosophy, promotional methods, and a few short demos of what’s involved.


  • If registered by Sept. 7: $30 per person
  • Sept. 8-Sept. 19: $40 per person

Bagels, coffee, and light lunch are included.

Register now online.

Steve Maas, author of  a new biography of B2B pioneer Norman Cahners, was the keynote speaker at our banquet.

ASBPE Boston 2016 Azbee Banquet

We met at John Harvard’s Brew House in Framingham. Regional winners from publications based in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island were honored with regional Albee awards. The event featured a keynote talk by Steve Maas, author of a recent biography of B2B publishing pioneer and philanthropist Norman Cahners. Excerpts of the book can be read at the Folio: website.

See who won regional and national awards or view a gallery of the winning entries.

Boston/New England Chapter

The Boston/New England chapter of ASBPE serves Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Southern Connecticut. Most events are held in the greater Boston area.

Past Events

2015 Boston Boot Camp

The half-day boot camp offered tips on improving B2B coverage in a digital age and more. The sessions were:

  • Making the Transition from Print Thinking to Video Thinking
  • Search Revisited – What’s the Latest on Living and Prospering with SEO
  • The Azbees – Why and How to Enter ASBPE’s Design and Editorial Competitions

Here’s a recap of the event: Boston/New England Boot Camp Tackles Video Use and SEO; Offers Award-Entry Tips

New England Regional Azbees 2015

The ASBPE New England Region Azbee Awards were given out on July 15, 2015.  You can see the full list of winners here (23K PDF).

At the link below are photos from the banquet and tweets from our panel and audience discussion, The Future of the Business Press.


2014 Fall Boot Camp

The 2014 ASBPE Boston Boot Camp—our third—was offered in conjunction with the Society of Professional Journalists and New England Science Writers. The Boston Boot Camp included workshops on:

  • data journalism.
  • technology for reporting and publishing—including free software.
  • creating and maintaining an effective blog.

2014 New England Azbee Winners

On June 19, we celebrated the best of the New England business press at the Crown Plaza Boston — Newton. The banquet also featured a keynote panel discussion, What Does it Take to Succeed in a B2B Media Career? You can download a list of the New England region Azbee Award winners in PDF format.

National winners were announced on July 25 during the ASBPE National Conference in Chicago. Here’s the PDF listing the national winners.

See tweets and photos from the New England region awards banquet.


August 20, 2014: Third Thursday Happy Hour

Shade Bar & Grill at the Radisson Nashua was the venue for the last happy hour of the summer. Topic: What’s the worst pitch you’ve ever received?

July 17, 2014: Third Thursday Happy Hour

We enjoyed drinks and appetizers at Sidney’s Grille in the Meridien Hotel while hobnobbing with other business-to-business media pros. The special topic of this Third Thursday was Social media best practices

May 15, 2014: Third Thursday Happy Hour

The first Third Thursday of the summer took place May 15 at Audubon Boston. The topic up for discussion was: Social media stories — how to get your article to go viral. There were also tweets with general tips for work. You can see the tweets from the May 15 Third Thursday on Storify.

Sept. 24, 2013: Second Annual Boston Boot Camp: New and Improved

At ASBPE’s half-day Boot Camp in September 2013, attendees learned how to:

  • balance good writing with the demands of search-engine optimization.
  • find affordable sources for quality images.
  • shoot professional-looking video.

Oct. 17, 2013: ASBPE Third Thursday Happy Hour

Editors and designers gathered at John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House for networking, plus appetizers and drinks courtesy of ASBPE at the same time that other ASBPE chapters across the country gathered for their own happy hours. The event had a theme: Handling Increased Job Responsibilities. ASBPE national gave away an iPad mini to the attendee who tweeted the best, most insightful comment from the event.

The winner for October was came from David Wallace (@deedubya), at the Boston chapter happy hour, who tweeted:

#ASBPE Telling right from wrong isn’t just for dailies. Biz theft & wrongdoing outpace govt corruption. Tks for 3rd Thurs meetup @asbpe

June 20, 2013: ASBPE Third Thursday Happy Hour

Editors and designers gathered at Sidney’s Grille in the Le Meredien hotel in Cambridge, Mass., for networking. Appetizers and drinks were provided by ASBPE. Other chapters across the country held similar events. The events had a theme: How to Conquer Twitter as an Editor. Editors were encouraged to discuss that topic and to tweet observations from the event. ASBPE national gave away an iPad mini to the attendee who tweeted the best, most insightful comment.

April 5, 2013: Meet the National Board

Chapter members were invited to stop by Boston’s Barracuda Tavern to learn about upcoming programs and tell the national and chapter boards how ASBPE can best meet their needs.

Sept. 21, 2013: Boston Boot Camp: The Rules of Engagement

Attendees at this half-day workshop learned:

  • how to use mobile tools for reporting.
  • how to balance print and online work.
  • what works in social media.


Business editors and writers now have a local organization geared specifically to their needs.

  • Regular membership in ASBPE is open to editors and writers who work for business, professional, trade, and association/society publications, including freelance writers.
  • Affiliate membership is open to any individual or supplier who offers products or services to regular members and/or their publishing organizations.

For more information on membership, click here.

Chapter Officers

Martha Spizziri, freelance writer
marthaspizziri at gmail dot com

Board Members

David Brousell, Editor in Chief
Managing Automation
Thomas Publishing Co.
dbrousell at thomaspublishing.com

Kristin Burnham, Editor
Information Week

Roy Harris, Editorial Director
CXO Media Inc.
IDG Enterprise
rharris at cfoworld.com

Eamon McCarthy Earls, Associate Site Editor

Sue Pelletier, Editor
Medical Meetings
Penton Media
spelletier at meetingsnet.com

Mark Schlack, VP/Editorial