ASU Reynolds Center Releases New Email Course in Covering Financials

by May 19, 2016

Reporters can learn how to better cover public companies’ financial performance through a new, free email course from The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University.

The course, “Introduction to Covering Financials,” is taught by Clinical Assistant Professor Steven Orpurt, who teaches corporate governance and sustainability in the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU. It is based on his popular blog series on financials for journalists on the Reynolds Center’s website,

The course covers:

  • How to read financial statements and what financial statements measure
  • Conservatism in accounting
  • Understanding the links between income statements and balance sheets
  • Reading statements of cash flows and how to contrast cash flows with earnings
  • Non-GAAP earnings metrics
  • Where to find financial information about public companies

“For reporters covering business, understanding company financials is among the most critical skills needed to unearth and pursue meaningful stories on the business beat,” said Elizabeth Mays, Reynolds Center assistant director. “This email course is a great way for reporters to get introduced to concepts that can help them read and interpret companies’ financial statements better.”

Interested journalists can sign up to receive the seven-day email course at

The Reynolds Center, part of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has provided training to more than 22,000 journalists since 2003. The center’s mission is to help journalists improve business coverage through in-person and online training and its website,

The center is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, it has committed more than $145 million nationwide through its journalism program.