Show Me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication

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State and Federal Regulatory Agencies

AGENCIES THAT REGULATE AND WHERE THEIR
POWERS ARE DERIVED

Throughout many of the earlier chapters, the SEC and its powers in regulating businesses and stocks are discussed, particularly how those regulations can help business journalists do their job in informing the public.

But there are plenty of other federal regulatory agencies that also have a hand in overseeing businesses and corporations. And state and local government bodies are also involved in ensuring that Corporate America does not run afoul.

Business regulation is the passing of rules, procedures and laws to govern business and industry. Although many business executives might argue that regulation limits their ability to produce a profit, the laws and rules do serve a purpose. Most laws and regulations governing businesses are enacted to protect other businesses, consumers, employees, and competitors.

Business regulation has not been around that long in the United States. Most laws governing the business world were not enacted until the 19th century, long after proprietors set up shop and began selling their goods and services to consumers. In fact, it took the misdeeds of some major businesses to lead lawmakers into creating

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Table of contents

  • Lea's Communication Series *
  • Show Me the Money - Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication *
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • 1 - Why Business Reporting is Important 1
  • 2 - Building a Foundation 22
  • 3 - The Economy and Business 48
  • 4 - The Basics of Company Financial Reporting 77
  • 5 - Writing Company News 109
  • 6 - Mergers and Acquisitions 136
  • 7 - Wall Street and Ipos 161
  • 8 - The Executive Suite 193
  • 9 - Private and Small Companies 218
  • 10 - Nonprofit Organizations 243
  • 11 - Business in the Courthouse 270
  • 12 - Bankruptcy Court 300
  • 13 - Writing About Real Estate 327
  • 14 - State and Federal Regulatory Agencies 349
  • 15 - Finding Information on the Internet 385
  • Glossary 408
  • Index 423
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