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Robin J Phillips

I am digital director at the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism, which I joined in 2009. Before that I was Online Community Manager for azcentral, the online site for The Arizona Republic. Before arriving in Arizona, I worked at Newsday where I was Deputy Business Editor. I was the small business editor at BusinessWeek Online. I teach journalists to use Twitter, Facebook and other social media tools to expand and manage their networks. And I am a cofounder of #wjchat, a weekly Twitter chat about web journalism. You can reach me at Email: Robin.Phillips@BusinessJournalism.org OR RobinJPhillips.com OR @RobinJP

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Forbes publishes ‘Curbing Cars’, an EBook by Micki Maynard

Curbing Cars Micki Maynard

Micheline Maynard is Reynolds Visiting Professor of Business Journalism.

The most recent Forbes EBook is by Micheline Maynard, Reynolds Visiting Professor of Business Journalism at the Cronkite School at Arizona State University and a Forbes contributor.

‘Curbing Cars: America’s Independence From the Auto Industry,’ is the sixth book in Forbes’ EBook series.  Distributed by Vook for $6.99, the book looks at one of the biggest changes over the past decade: Americans are driving less, and fewer teens and young people are getting their driver’s licenses.

Maynard writes about how Americans are changing their habits and finding ways to drive less, in some ways what she calls “driving light.”

Curbing Cars explores a movement is brewing among cyclists, public transportation devotees and auto upstarts like Tesla and Uber. The next automobile revolution in America, according to Maynard’s book, may just be one with fewer cars.

Maynard is the author of four books, including “The End of Detroit: How The Big Three Lost Their Grip on the American Car Market.”

Forbes’ 2014 e-book line will feature several unique subjects over the upcoming months, including “How the World Changed For Millenials.”

In addition to being a Reynolds Visiting Professor, Maynard also writes for BusinessJournalism.org.  One of her most popular (sadly) posts is on How to Cover a Plane Crash




Storify: Nation’s business journalists gather in Phoenix


Gorkana surveys 500 biz journalists: Online news sources advance

On the opening day of SABEW’s spring 2014 conference in Phoenix, Gorkana released its second survey of financial journalists throughout the U.S.

The 2014 findings show that there is ongoing optimism that the economy will continue to grow. In contrast to the 2012 Survey of Financial Journalists, the 2014 survey shows that while traditional media still dominate as the most influential outlets, online sources are starting to break the stronghold.

One of the largest studies of the financial journalism industry,  Gorkana’s 2014 Survey of Financial Journalists looks at journalist’s outlook on the economy, opinions of leading sources of news and information and how they themselves find stories.  |  For your own copy, The 2014 Gorkana Survey of Financial Journalists

Carried out by the Gorkana Group in collaboration with Matt Ragas, Ph.D. and Hai Tran, Ph.D. of DePaul University College of Communication, nearly 500 financial journalists responded to this survey.

Key findings for 2014 study include:

  • US Economy: 45% hold a positive outlook and 42% neutral
  • Financial Sector: 36% hold a positive outlook with 49% maintaining a neutral view
  • Financial Journalism Industry: 32% maintain a positive position and 42% neutral
  • Most Influential Journalist: Andrew Ross Sorkin voted no.1; Jon Hilsenrath no.2 and New York Times journalists, Gretchen Morgenson and Paul Krugman share third spot
  • Most Influential Outlet: The Wall Street Journal retains the top position with Bloomberg News second and the New York Times third. Two online outlets, Yahoo! Finance and Business Insider, enter the top 10 for the first time.
  • Most Reliable Sources: Newspapers and publications retain the top spot, personal interest remains in second position, and corporate news releases jump into third place
  • Most Credible Sources: Academic/expert rises from second to first place, swapping places with company CEOs who move to second. Technical expert in a company takes third place
  • Most Respected PR Professionals: Brandon Ashcraft of Barclays ties for first place with Tucker Hewes


ACBJ is looking for editor for new Bizwomen site


American City Business Journals BizwomenAmerican City Business Journals is looking for an editor to create, launch and grow a new business news site aimed at women and about women in business.

Bizwomen, which will hold Monday mentoring events in coordination with the ACBJ network of business journals, is scheduled to launch on April 7.  The site aims to cover the interests of women in all kinds of buisness, from Fortune 100 to start-ups.

An ad for an editor for Bizwomen describes the idea candidate as someone with proven experience driving news coverage, demonstrated ability to grow an audience and the entrepreneurial chops to build a brand from scratch. 

The job will require travel, public speaking and an ability to coordinate coverage of women’s news with the ACBJ network.

The editor position is based in Charlotte, N.C.



IRE watchdog workshop will focus on financial and data

IRE’s highly rated Watchdog Workshop, held in New York City at the end of this month, will have a particularly interesting focus for business journalists.

2014 New York Watchdog Workshop will include an expanded program that will include two extra tracks focused on financial and data journalism.

IRE business watchdog training NYCWHEN & WHERE

Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 – Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
219 West 40th Street, Fourth Floor
New York, New York 10018

REGISTRATION for IRE members closes on Friday, Jan. 17.

Just some of the interesting sessions on the business beat include:

And those are among all the other great detailed sessions about investigative techniques.



Healthcare, Snowden, side hustles: Learn by exploring Slideshare

If you don’t already spend time on Slideshare, you might check it out. Slideshare.net is a huge website where people share presentations – PowerPoints, documents, PDFs, videos and webinars.

I know it’s popular to diss PowerPoints, and I agree that bad ones are terrible, but good ones can be great tools for learning something new. This makes Slideshare not only a tool for people who create presentations, but a great tool for people wanting to learn new things.

You can find presentations on any topic, download them, print them out, share them or just read them. You can even go on Slideshare to find out how to make better PowerPoints: You Suck at PowerPoint.

We share a lot of Reynolds Center training here: Slideshare.net/BizJournalism. And there are many more that will be helpful for journalists.

You never know what you’ll find on Slideshare. If your sources use it, you should be checking them out. Intel’s a good example: Intel shares slides for employees who are trying to connect with other Intel employees about industry topics or projects.


Here are a few presentations that caught my eye this week:

HEALTHCARE: Marie Ennis O’Connor is a PR consultant based in Ireland, but her list of healthcare accounts to follow on social media is international and extensive.

MAKING TIME FOR THE SIDE HUSTLE: Thinking about freelancing or branching out on your own?

YOU EFFEN’ KIDDING ME? 15 actual examples of business shortsightedness you can reference.

SHARE WITH PR FRIENDS: S%#T PR people do that journalists hate

BIG CHARTS: Big Data. Big Products. Info that people share within their own industries can be interesting, useful.

OR… : What a cyber security company thinks about how Edward Snowden did it.


ICFJ is looking for reporters inspired by neglected issues in Japan

Want to try your hand at being a foreign correspondent?

National Journal reporter Olga Belogolova

Olga Belogolova interviews a farmer in Fukushima Prefecture. Photo: ICFJ

Five U.S.-based journalists will be selected for 12-day reporting trips in Japan, to be conducted throughout the spring and summer of 2014, in the second year of ICFJ’s “Illuminating Today’s Japan for American Audiences” program.

The International Center for Journalists to begin orientation in late January, early February 2014. Travel to Japan will take place from March to July next year.

Applicants will be selected based on story ideas they pitch. The program, which is organized by ICFJ and funded by the United States-Japan Foundation and Japan U.S. Friendship Commission, aims to spark independent coverage of neglected issues.

In 2012, nearly two years after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown that devastate Japan, three journalism fellows traveled to Japan to do in-depth work on ICFJ’s behalf. They were Olga Belogolova, an environmental policy reporter for the National Journal; Chris Benderev, a production assistant at NPR; and Joe Rubin, director of digital media for Civil Beat. View the 2012 Fellows’ Stories.

Here’s one of Belogolova’s stories from her trip: 20 Months After Nuclear Disaster, Japanese Town Struggles to Rebound.

APPLICATIONS are being accepted now at this page: 2014 Illuminating Today’s Japan and Inspiring New Perspectives for American Audiences.



New comment system: Share your views, tips, ideas with ReadrBoard



We've started using ReadrBoard for comments. You can too!


Have you noticed the little ReadrBoard reactions logo bugblue bubble logo in our blog posts?  It’s right there under the byline and to the left of our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ share buttons.

It’s a new way of commenting on our posts and engaging with our writers and other readers.  Give it a try.  We’ve preloaded the comments with a few options, but you can add your own.  This tool is called ReadrBoard. It’s designed to increased interactions.  We think it may also help business journalists share tips, resources, ideas. We’re finding that it helps us know what you care about and why.

Watch this quick video to see how ReadrBoard works.  Keep an eye out for the ReadrBoard ‘reactions’ bubbles at the end of each paragraph.  And try it out. You can comment on the full post or highlight any part of it.  We know our readers have a lot to share and ReadrBoard will help you direct your comments to specific information on our site.

After you react a few times on the same computer, you’ll be asked to log in a ReadrBoard account or through your Facebook account. Watch the video. See how it works. And then, go ahead, react to this post.


Former NY Times, CNN journalists named Reynolds Visiting professors

A former New York Times senior business correspondent and a former CNN Wall Street correspondent will be the Donald W. Reynolds Visiting Professors in Business Journalism for the spring semester at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Former Times airline and auto industry reporter Micheline Maynard and former CNN Wall Street correspondent Susan Lisovicz will serve as Reynolds visiting professors at the Cronkite School during the spring 2013 semester. Maynard was a Reynolds Visiting Business Journalism Professor at Central Michigan University last year, and Lisovicz has twice before been a Reynolds Visiting Business Journalism Professor at the Cronkite School.

Maynard and Lisovicz

Micheline Maynard (left) and Susan Lisovicz are Donald W. Reynolds Visiting Professors in Business Journalism.

Maynard, a reporter and bureau chief for the Times until 2010, left to become senior editor of a two-year NPR grant project called “Changing Gears.” She recently launched a new crowd-funded journalism venture, “Curbing Cars: Rethinking How We Get Around,” examining why people are driving less and turning to different types of transportation. Curbing Cars is featured on the cover of the current issue of the Columbia Journalism Review. Maynard’s e-book on the project’s findings will be published in 2014.

“It’s never been more important for prospective journalists to understand business,” Maynard said. “I’m excited to bring my expertise in transportation, urban topics and other economic subjects to Arizona State.”

Lisovicz was a correspondent for more than a decade at CNN, interviewing business leaders and providing daily Wall Street coverage. She previously worked as a correspondent for CNBC. She is a former president of the New York Financial Writers Association and also has been an Asian Pacific Fellow, a Jefferson Fellow in Asia and a Radio Television Digital News Association Fellow in Europe. She received the President’s Medal from her alma mater, William Paterson University.

“The Reynolds Center does invaluable work for students and working pros alike in breaking down today’s complex business news,” Lisovicz said. “I’m thrilled to return to Reynolds and help teach a subject that is critically important and yet still so misunderstood.”

The school has two visiting business journalism professors in spring semester 2014 because Andrew Leckey, president of the Reynolds Center and the Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism, will be teaching in Guangzhou, China, as a Fulbright Scholar at Sun Yat-sen University during that semester.

“Micheline Maynard and Susan Lisovicz have proven their ability to help journalism students better understand the world of money, and we’re delighted the school will benefit from their knowledge during the upcoming spring semester,” Leckey said. “I’ve gotten to know both of them, and consider their outstanding professional careers coupled with proven teaching ability to be the optimum formula for student success.”

At the school, Maynard will teach the business issues and reporting courses in business journalism, while Lisovicz will teach broadcast-related business journalism courses. The position is made possible by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The foundation also supports the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and the Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism at the Cronkite School.

Former New York Times business reporter Leslie Wayne was the school’s inaugural Reynolds Visiting Professor in Business Journalism in 2010, followed by Lisovicz in 2011 and Sharon Bernstein, former business reporter and editor of the Los Angeles Times, in 2012. Lisovicz returned last year.

This post originally appeared on Cronkite.ASU.edu.



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