Posts From Erik Sherman

Develop a Specialty Outside of Journalism

For years, on the occasional request for advice from someone who wanted to get into reporting,

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Tips on How to Approach Financial Journalism

I’ve mentioned before the advantages for reporting of having knowledge of a functional silo within business.

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Create Your Digital Go Kit

Most of us live and work in a mobile world and in business reporting, there’s often

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Take a New (Skeptical) Look at Unicorns

Unicorns—startups with at least a $1 billion valuation—used to be as rare in business as they

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Work with a Spreadsheet and Calculator at Hand

Would you sit to write with only a typewriter and plan to send paper drafts to

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Understand the Jargon, Don’t Just Repeat It

Covering any beat in journalism means dealing with jargon, which is more than a collection of

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Different Definitions Can Change What You Think You’re Reporting

Definitions of terms may seem like a dull topic, but few other things have the capacity

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Approach ‘AI Everywhere’ with Proper Skepticism

Everything is powered by artificial intelligence these days, if you took stock of manufacturers’ claims and

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Own Your Style but Don’t Get Owned by It

There’s a level of writing development and individuality that many if not most reporters try to

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Don’t Push Sources Beyond What They Actually Know

You’re no better than your sources, and the more varied and deep the information they can

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