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Erik Sherman

Erik is an independent journalist and author who primarily covers business, economics, finance, technology, politics, and legal/regulatory, while elegantly expressing the complex and often incorporating data analysis.

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Forget the source’s fancy pedigree

You know the drill. You receive a response to an outstanding query, or maybe it’s something tepid coming in over the transom. The email lauds the potential source. Went to

Be honest and forget the hagiographies

There were a lot of bad things about Sumner Redstone and how he ran a business. He could be utterly ruthless. And yet, in the obituaries, what you could see

Don’t get duped on the business beat

There’s a sucker born every minute. As a reporter, particularly a business journalist, you don’t want the next one to be you. There have been major examples of companies and

New tools for doing data

I’ve come across some new (at least to me) tools that are great for reporters doing data work as part of their business journalism. Here they are. Give them a

Reporting lessons from May’s job numbers

Early in June 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the jobs numbers for May. The media rejoiced as though it were a brisk rain after a drought—which, in

Avoid getting played by ‘polls’

Who confuses the coronavirus family and Corona beer? Earlier this year, it would seem like many people, if you believed a poll that had come out. “Survey finds 38% of

Judging the information you get

There is no good journalism without information. But there are very different types: poor, decent, good, great, and too good. Most of these gradations sound like they should be obvious,

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