Business Journalism

How to Report on Business and Economics

By Keith Hayes

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Business Journalism: How to Report on Business and Economics explains the techniques for journalists in reporting business news for various media: text (print and Internet), television, and radio. It also explains what basic knowledge journalists need to understand about the financial and business sectors.

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-4302-6349-4
  • 248 Pages
  • User Level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2014
  • Available eBook Formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF
  • Print Book Price: $24.99
  • eBook Price: $17.99
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Business Journalism: How to Report on Business and Economics is a basic guide for journalists working in countries moving to open-market economies, students in journalism courses, journalists changing direction from general news reporting to business and economic reporting, and bloggers. It also explains the differences in technique required for general reporters to deliver business news for text, TV, or radio.

Veteran journalist Keith Hayes, who has worked for such organizations as Reuters, PBS, the BBC, CBC, and CNBC, provides a quick reference to journalistic practice that covers everything from how to meet a deadline to getting answers from company or government officials who would rather not talk. It also provides background on specific knowledge that journalists should have to report on the business and the economy accurately and with insight. That includes understanding the major markets and how they work, learning to read a balance sheet, and getting the story even when a company or government sets up roadblocks.

As Hayes demonstrates, effective journalists are story tellers who need to tell the story well while making certain they are providing the facts as they find them and understand them. Among other things, readers will also learn:

  • How to write a business news story
  • How to report business news on television
  • How to report in a globalized business world
  • How to get usable information from press conferences and briefings
  • The basics of macroeconomics, the financial markets, and company-specific financial data
  • How to dig for facts and get the story

This book covers comprehensively the basics of business and economic reporting. With its insights and tips from Hayes and other veteran journalists, it’s a book that will remain on your shelf for years to come and help you acquire and cement career-enhancing skills. It will also help you hone your craft as you begin to write more sophisticated stories and take jobs of increasing responsibility.

What you’ll learn

  • Good basic journalistic practice
  • How to write an effective business news article
  • Reporting business for television
  • Basics of economic reporting and the importance of the census
  • Understanding financial markets and privatization
  • Reading and interpreting company accounts

Who this book is for

Journalism students; novice journalists; experienced journalists in general news who want to switch to business reporting; and journalists in emerging economies where training opportunities are sparse.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Establishing Good Journalistic Practices 

Writing an Effective Business News Article

Writing for the Different Business News Media

Establishing Sources of Information

Enterprise Reporting

Ethics and Change

Making Economic Reporting Relevant

Getting the Best from Press Conferences and Briefings 

Television Reporting Skills 

Reporting on Business for Television 

Newswires and their Role

Getting the Pictures

Writing and Reporting for New Media

Macroeconomics

Globalization and Comparisons with Neighboring Economies 

Stock and Bond Markets 

Markets for Commodities and Exotic Financial Products 

Investigating Company Accounts and Assessing the Board

Privatization

SMEs and the Economy 

The Importance of a Census 

Current Reporting: The Good, The Bad, and

The Ugly

The Pros Speak

Sample Balance Sheet

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