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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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The Reynolds Center for Business Journalism is starting 2023 with a new look that we hope better illustrates our core mission to provide accurate and authoritative resources about business journalism, in order to help both reporters and news consumers understand the importance of business news and to demystify the sometimes arcane topics it covers.
Businesses, markets, and economies move in cycles – ups and downs – which is why our new logo contains a “candlestick” chart representing increases as well as downturns, and serves as a reminder that volatility is an unavoidable attribute of modern life. But it’s also possible to prepare for volatility by being well informed, and informing the general public to help level the information playing field is the primary goal of business journalism. The Reynolds Center is committed to supporting that goal, which is why the candlestick pattern in our logo merges directly into the name of our founding sponsor, Donald W. Reynolds.
Our new logo comes with a shorter name. Business is borderless, and understanding the global links in supply chains, trade, and flows of funds and people is essential to make sense of our fast-paced, globalized world. So we’re dropping the word “National” from our name and will aim to provide content that is applicable to business news globally.
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