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Business Editing in Depth – 10 Things You’d Better Know: Online, May 1

The Particulars

Instructor: Merrill Perlman,
former director of copy desks
at The New York Times

Location: Online

When: Noon or 4 p.m. EDT May 1

Registration is now closed.

More than ever before, business is everybody’s business. From instability in Europe to issues affecting local economies, if it involves money, it’s news.

This free, hourlong Webinar aims to bring into better focus some of the issues and ideas non-specialists face when reporting or editing business stories. In one hour, we’ll detail 10 points that will take you beyond the basics.

What You Will Learn

  • What does the International Monetary Fund do? How about the World Bank? Why do we care?
  • What’s the difference between the national debt and the deficit? How are they related?
  • What makes a company an Inc., a Co., or an LLC?
  • What does the Securities and Exchange Commission really do? What powers does it have?
  • And more, including how to translate business jargon into understandable terms.

You can attend the  interactive session at either noon or 4 p.m. EDT on May 1. It is geared to editors, copy editors and reporters who are called upon to edit or write business stories. This Webinar builds on one Chris Wienandt, business copy chief for The Dallas Morning News, taught on March 29, 2011: 15 Red Flags When Editing Business Stories. By clicking on the link, you can access a recording of that Webinar, as well as other resources. However, you will benefit from this training even without reviewing the earlier session.

Your Instructor

Merrill Perlman, consultant  and former director of copy desks at The New York Times

Merrill Perlman

Merrill Perlman spent 25 years at The New York Times in jobs including business copy editor, manager of staff editor recruiting, managing editor of the New York Times News Service and director of copy desks. She is an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and writes the Language Corner column for the Columbia Journalism Review.

First-Time Attendees

Check out our Technology Help Page for connectivity requirements, helpful tips and an instructional video on how to access Reynolds Center Webinars.

About the Program

This free Webinar is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. If you have any questions about the Webinar or the center, please e-mail Executive Director Linda Austin or call 602-496-9187.

Those who successfully complete three regional workshops or Webinars presented by the Reynolds Center are eligible to receive a “Circle of Achievement” certificate.

About the Author

The Reynolds Center, created through generous grants from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation of Las Vegas and operated by ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is dedicated to improving the quality of business and economics coverage through training programs for business reporters and editors.

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