Top 10 business journalism news events of the first six months of 2006

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  1. Dan says:

    “Does Byrne’s aggressive tactics signal ….”


  2. Emerson Schwartzkopf says:

    Sorry to side with the Powers That Be here, but the cut in stock listings is long overdue. With the Internet, financial news (well, maybe, when Lou Dobbs takes a bathroom break) on cable and full national circulation of financial newspapers, there are plenty of places to get detailed information. Older folks — surprise, newspaper editors! — use the ‘Net, and getting business information is a large reason why they make the jump to online. And do you really believe that younger investors, with their tech savvy and Blackberries and online trading, really use those pages and pages of agate listings?
    The loss of stand-alone sections is a minus, but how many of those contained yards of wire copy chosen by bored copy desks or business “editors” plucked from the general-reporting staff? Did we get good business reporting or a bunch of profiles/features and annual “well, now that it’s [insert tired old season/holiday/state fair] time again” pieces?
    At least the number-one slot on the list actually dealt with a trend, which is more than I can say about the NYT/Beltway-centric stuff that preceded it, which looked more like the New York Post’s Page 6 with a navy-blue suit and wingtips.

  3. Lisa Holton says:

    I absolutely agree with Chris’ No. 1 ranking. The move to slice stock listings is ageist, racist and a critical landmark in the death of local newspaper content. Publishers may be patting themselves on the back for saving newsprint while they continue to turn their product into showcases for wire copy, but what they’re doing is accellerating their obsolescence. Newspapers are tangible objects, and when the amount of useful content in readers’ hands continues to shrink, well, there’s just no point to buying it anymore, is there?


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