AOL’s chief created quite the brouhaha last week by not only making a big (and not worker-friendly) change to the company’s 401(k) program, but blaming the shift on high health-care costs generated by babies who needed intensive medical care. No, this blog post isn’t about managing a major public relations crisis, though the topic does [...]
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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. Gary Trennepohl, professor of finance at Oklahoma State University, led Day 3′s Strictly Financials sessions [...]
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.
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.