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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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Tips on working with 10-Ks and 10-Qs

For any business journalist—even if you don’t focus on finance—a public company’s 10-Ks (financial reports for the year) and 10-Qs (quarterly earnings reports) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission

Finding new story ideas during a crisis

I know, I know, if you hear coronavirus or COVID-19 one more time you’re going to scream. The topics are critical right now—lifesaving, actually—but the intense concentration can be draining.

Tips on how to approach financial journalism

I’ve mentioned before the advantages for reporting of having knowledge of a functional silo within business. (The deeper, the better, so long as you can pull yourself up out of

Create your digital go kit

Most of us live and work in a mobile world and in business reporting, there’s often a good chance that you will have to be on the road. But it’s

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 were in fairy tales. No more. According to market research firm CB Insights, there

Understand the jargon, don’t just repeat it

Covering any beat in journalism means dealing with jargon, which is more than a collection of buzzwords. I remember a professor of biochemistry decades ago saying in class that buzzwords

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 achieve—personal style. It’s a unique form of expression that identifies a writer’s work as

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