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

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Finding Information on the Internet

ANALYZING AND DETERMINING RELIABILITY
OF SITES

Nowadays, reporters are getting more and more of their information and facts used in stories from the Internet. But is everything on the World Wide Web credible? No, and that is why business journalists conducting research online should be wary of what they are finding.

The Internet has drastically changed how reporters and editors do their jobs in every area of journalism. It used to be that reporters or editors would have to go to the courthouse to find a lawsuit or criminal record, or they would have to send a check to some out-of-town federal agency and wait two weeks for a document to show up in the mail.

The Internet has made it possible for journalists to get much of the information they need to report a story just by clicking on a few favorites on their desktop— without leaving their desk in the newsroom. But, according to the Public Record Research System, only about 20% of public records are available on the Internet. The others are still maintained on paper stored in millions of file cabinets and drawers, unable to be perused with some keyboard clicks.

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  • 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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