Real estate coverage: Negative news, or PR spin?

Chris Roush

Chris Roush is the dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He was previously Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Professor in business journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a former business journalist for Bloomberg News, Businessweek, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Tampa Tribune and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He is the author of the leading business reporting textbook "Show me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication" and "Thinking Things Over," a biography of former Wall Street Journal editor Vermont Royster.

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  1. Nan Connolly says:

    Thanks to Prof. Geogre Harmon of Northwestern for cutting to the chase on this tedious protest from real estate types. His comment about a deafening lack of objections when the entire US housing market was portrayed as an up-only profit escalator is especially cogent. One thought – some of the reporters and many of the headline writers on RE stories need a refresher course in the difference between average and median. These qualifiers help deflate the hyperbole and would better serve both reader and Realtor. Meanwhile, I fully expect to see housing stories as key to biz reporting in 2008. The cost of gasoline and groceries has been rising quickly and I want to know why, as a journalist and a consumer. Yet this information doesn’t keep me from filling my tank and frig every week, it just keeps me better appraised. Last time I checked, that’s what brought us into this profession in the first place.

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