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Day 3: Reynolds Week 2014 – Business Journalism Professors resources
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Day 3: Reynolds Week 2014 – Business Journalism Professors resources

Below are session recordings, PowerPoint presentations and handouts from Day 3 of Reynolds Business Journalism Week 2014, which consists of concurrent four-day seminars: one for business journalists called Strictly Financials, and one for professors on how to teach business journalism.

The business journalism professors continued their exploration of financial statements with Jimmy Gentry, professor and former dean at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas.

Thinking about taking a crack at new back-to-basics mortgage rules?
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Thinking about taking a crack at new back-to-basics mortgage rules?

Spring real estate season is going to be here in the blink of an eye, and if you haven’t done so yet, you might also kick off residential real estate coverage for 2014 with a personal finance primer about the new Ability to Pay /Qualified Mortgage rules that will affect borrowers and lenders.  The new [...]

Quicktips: Cute CEOs, not-so-cute kids, tragic movie texting
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Quicktips: Cute CEOs, not-so-cute kids, tragic movie texting

Snippets of news translated into audio memos on my smartphone or notes scrawled on the margins of my planner represent a number of timely story nuggets that many not merit their own long post but are too good for the recycle bin.  Here are a handful of eye-catching headlines and related resources you might consider [...]

Brainstorm 2014 story projects before opportunities slip away
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Brainstorm 2014 story projects before opportunities slip away

This week of limbo, as one year flickers out and another is about to dawn, is an annual opportunity to do some long-range planning and thinking about fresh angles for approaching your beat. It’s also a good time to seize ideas for projects or longitudinal stories and set them into motion. Otherwise all too soon, [...]

In the wake of Target’s data breach, newsrooms scramble to explain
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In the wake of Target’s data breach, newsrooms scramble to explain

Retailers like to make headlines in December — but for triumphs like double-digit sales increases, not the security fiasco that discounter Target is red-faced over in the final crucial shopping days before Christmas. News that hackers may have been picking off data from tens of millions of shopper credit cards for weeks on end is [...]

8-K Filings Guide: Introduction
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8-K Filings Guide: Introduction

When there’s news at a publicly traded company, there’s probably also an 8-K filing. These are the filings that many investors watch most closely, and among the ones companies file most often. Beat Basics: MORE on 8-K Filings An introduction Kinds of 8-Ks Tips and Tricks Traps and mistakes Resources Video tour: 8-K Glossary of [...]

8-K Filings Guide: Kinds of 8-Ks
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8-K Filings Guide: Kinds of 8-Ks

One often-overlooked feature of the 8-K is the number that designates which 8-K “item” is being reported by a particular filing. These numeric codes appear in the Edgar filing database’s list of results. They also often appear in the alert emails or results lists for third-party filings services, and some such services also let you use the categories to narrow your searches; that lets you you can zero in on, say, director departures and related events. Often even a single development can trigger disclosure under multiple items.

8-K Filings Guide: Tips and tricks
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8-K Filings Guide: Tips and tricks

The 8-K’s strong suit for reporters is news. After all, companies use them to disclose (or try to bury) news of their own.

8-K Filings Guide: Traps and Mistakes
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8-K Filings Guide: Traps and Mistakes

Most 8-K filings are pretty straightforward, but some can still prove confusing. Some companies bury important information, or emphasize the rosy and downplay the gloomy. Further complicating matters: widespread misconceptions about what companies are required to do, and what kinds of developments are significant enough to appear in an 8-K.

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