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Show Me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communicationby Chris Roush
Synopses & Reviews
Show Me the Money is a business reporting textbook offering hands-on advice and examples on doing the job of a business journalist. Author Chris Roush draws on his own business journalism background to explain how to cover businesses and industries, and where to find sources of information for stories. He includes examples of business stories demonstrating how reporters take financial information and turn it into relevant facts that explain a topic to readers. With numerous examples of documents and stories in the text, it is an essential guide for doing business journalism. This definitive business journalism text:
*provides real-world examples of business articles;
*presents complex topics in a form easy to read and understand;
*offers examples of where to find news stories in SEC filings ;
*discusses, in full-length chapters, how to write stories on mergers and acquisitions, as well as bankruptcy court filings;
*gives comprehensive explanations and reviews of corporate financial, balance sheet, and cash flow statements, dissected so reporters at all levels of experience can understand them;
*provides tips on finding sources, such as corporate investors and hard-to-find corporate documents; and
*gives a comprehensive listing of Web sites for business journalists to use. Show Me the Money is essential for graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in business journalism, and will also serve professional reporters and editors new to the field of business journalism or needing a refresher. In addition, it will be of value to public relations students and professionals, particularly those who are in the corporate communications field.
Show Me the Money is the most complete and definitive business journalism textbook and guide available to college students and professional journalists.
About the Author
Chris Roush has a bachelor's degree in history and journalism from Auburn University and a master's degree in mass communication from the University of Florida. He is an assistant professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he teaches in the News/Editorial department. He has taught newswriting, specialized reporting, business reporting, and economics reporting. He is one of the few full-time professors in the country working to develop improved academic training in the growing field of business journalism. Before entering the academic world, Roush worked as a business journalist for the
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Tampa Tribune, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, BusinessWeek and Bloomberg News. He was also editor-in-chief of a Virginia publishing company that produced magazines, such as Thrift Investor and Insurance Investor. In addition, Roush wrote a book about retail giant, Home Depot, in 1999 and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1993 in the beat reporting category. He is also the founding director of the Carolina Business News Initiative, created in November 2002, to improve the quality of business reporting and editing throughout mass communication in the state of North Carolina through training, outreach, and undergraduate education.
Table of Contents
Why business reporting is important — Building a foundation — The economy and business — The basics of company financial reporting — Writing company news — Mergers and acquisitions — Wall Street and IPOs — The executive suite — Private and small companies — Nonprofit organizations — Business in the courthouse — Bankruptcy court — Writing about real estate — State and Federal regulatory agencies — Finding information on the Internet.
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