Thursday, December 29, 2005

Business journalism resources

Have you been tossed a business story by your editor and need some help understanding all those numbers? Or maybe you're covering the business beat but want to know more and brush up on some of those financial analysis skills.

The Chartered Financial Analysts Institute Web site ( has some great resources, including several webcasts aimed specifically at journalists on how to take apart those financial statements.

The latest is an audio presentation, "How to read earnings releases like an investment professional."

There also is a set of three webcasts by Jay Taparia on basic financial analysis. The CFA's webcasts normally cost, but these are free -- a heck of a deal!

And a link to archives of the Financial Journalists Newsletter that, sadly, published its last issue in November.

If business scares you, then this site is a big help, as is, the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. The center also has several free upcoming Web seminars on writing and reporting buiness for which you can register.

Now, go get 'em!

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At 1/2/06, 11:07 AM, Blogger Susan Weiner, CFA said...


You made a common mistake in assuming the "C" in "CFA Institute" means "Certified." It's actually "Chartered."

Today's the first time I've seen your blog. I'm enjoying it.

Susan Weiner, CFA

At 1/2/06, 5:00 PM, Blogger Doug said...


Yeah, and I know better, too. Thanks for the outpoint. It shows we all need editors (my excuse -- really -- I had just finished compiling some tax stuff for my CPA and had that C on the brain).

And thanks for the kind words about the blog.



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