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Boston Business Journal’s Jon Chesto on ‘digital first’ regional weekly-style

By on Apr 28, 2014

Jon Chesto, who serves as the Boston Business Journal’s managing editor for print, jokes that when he first stepped into the role of business reporting, he knew not the difference between a stock and a bond nor had he reported on an earnings release. “But I was fascinated by it almost immediately,” Chesto said. “It […]

Charisse Jones USAToday
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USA Today’s Charisse Jones on tackling business travel writing

When USA Today’s Business Travel Correspondent Charisse Jones moved onto the travel beat about 4 years ago, she didn’t know what to expect. She had spent her entire career as a hard news reporter at the Los Angeles Times, covering issues on social justice and even had her share of L.A. riots coverage which won […]

Wendy Lee KPCC radio
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KPCC’s Wendy Lee on transitioning from print to radio

As a reporter for 89.3 KPCC public radio, Wendy Lee helps Southern California commuters and visitors to the station’s website to better understand how business and economic stories affect their lives—and sometimes in under 90 seconds. Listening to Wendy Lee’s friendly voice, public radio fans learn about things like Hite Jinro, a beer from South […]

Testy Copy Editor: In summary, part 2
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Testy Copy Editor: In summary, part 2

Editor’s note:  This will be Phillip Blanchard’s final regular post for BusinessJournalism.org. A copy editor on the Washington Post Financial desk for 6 1/2 years and founder of an online forum called Testy Copy Editors, Blanchard has written here about best practices for the business press since January 2011.  An archive of his posts will […]

Testy Copy Editor:  In summary, part 1
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Testy Copy Editor: In summary, part 1

Mistakes are inevitable: a wrong number here, a typing error there. The news media are full of them. There was never a realistic hope that they would disappear entirely. But when mistakes multiply, when the same ones are made over and over, the system is broken. With the Worldwide War on Copy Editing nearing its […]

Controversy, yes. Hostility, no
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Controversy, yes. Hostility, no

Ms. Yellen will face hostile questioning from Republican senators who oppose the Fed’s policy of quantitative easing. (Financial Times, Nov. 13) Many analysts had predicted a rough hearing for Ms. Yellen, given the antipathy of congressional Republicans toward the Obama administration, the poor state of the economy and the controversies around quantitative easing – as […]

Sal Rodriguez Los Angeles Times
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Los Angeles Times’ Sal Rodriguez on setting yourself apart as a tech reporter

Salvador Rodriguez graduated from Arizona State University just in 2012, but he’s already made a name for himself as Lead Reporter at the Los Angeles Times’ Tech Now blog. Rodriguez’s interest in technology reporting began when he interned at the Times two years ago. Now a full time employee, Rodriguez covers tech giants like Facebook, […]

EBITDA? Eh. Oh, and we get to the bottom of bitcoins
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EBITDA? Eh. Oh, and we get to the bottom of bitcoins

We might take a number like profit margin and look at maybe 100 different variables to figure out which one explains profitability the best, so I can take action on that. But it’s a hard thing to do; you have to know what’s signal and what’s noise. (Rusty Frioux of DataClear in the Greater Baton […]

Want an interview? Send me an email
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Want an interview? Send me an email

E-mail has made the news, news stories, and newspapers dull. (Patrick B. Pexton) Pexton, a former Washington Post ombudsman,doesn’t like email interviews. “E-mail is a rotten reporting tool for journalists, particularly here in Washington. Every elected and appointed official is so worried that they might go off message, they don’t do in-person or telephone interviews […]