AP biz reporter Weber on BP oil team

Dean Rotbart of NewsBios writes Wednesday about Associated Press business writer Harry Weber, who is part of the team of journalists covering the BP oil catastrophe. Rotbart writes, “Ordinarily a business writer based in Atlanta where he covers airlines and transportation, Weber has been contributing to the BP oil leak story since May 3rd, about […]

AP biz desk looking to expand

The Associated Press business news desk is looking to increase its staffing. There are seven new positions — six beat reporters and one editor, according to a source on the AP business desk. The AP is hiring reporters on these teams: real estate, energy, retailing, autos, markets and Money & Markets. The business desk is […]

2010 AP Stylebook makes business news changes

The 2010 Associated Press Stylebook was released on Wednesday, and the latest edition includes a number of changes to style that affect business journalists. The stylebook makes the distinction between Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the corporate name of the discount retailer, and Walmart, for the stores themselves. One new entry recognizes significant developments in world events: […]

Excellence in financial writing awards named in New York

The New York Financial Writers Association and the New York State Society of Certified Professional Accountants announced Tuesday the winners of the Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards, with the winners including journalists from Bloomberg News, Forbes and Crain’s New York Business. The winners received their awards at the Yale Club in Manhattan. Here are some […]

AP to launch quarterly economic data survey

The Associated Press said Thursday morning that it is launching the AP Economy Survey, a quarterly view of financial trends and policy affecting consumers around the world that will draw on the forecasts of as many as 50 leading economists. The first survey findings will be reported in all formats on Monday, April 12. The […]

SABEW members fell 6 percent in 2009

Membership in the Society of American Business Editors and Writers dropped by 6 percent, or about 200 business journalists, in 2009, according to a report given to its members Saturday. The organization now has approximately 3,000 members. However, some large business news organizations increased their SABEW membership. Journalists in the group from Thomson Reuters rose […]

Biz stories among Polk winners

Two business news stories were among the winners of the George Polk Awards announced Monday by Long Island University. Kathy Chu of USA Today has earned the George Polk Award for Business Reporting for a series of stories documenting how banks and credit unions have used steep fees and unscrupulous credit card practices to profit […]

AP deal with Internet provider means weak stories get filed

Ryan Tate of Gawker reports Monday that the Associated Press has a deal with an Internet site that requires it to file a certain number of business news stories per day to be posted on the site, meaning weak content gets written when the news cycle is slow. Tate reports, “AP’s contract with at least […]

How the AP keeps helping Wall Street

Allan Roth writes on CBSMoneywatch.com that the Associated Press continues to report broad market returns without factoring in dividends, allowing Wall Street firms to make their performance look better in comparison. Roth writes, “What is particularly frustrating for me is that, in the many years of discussion with the various folks at the AP, no […]

The fight for public records

Tim Arango of the New York Times looks Monday at how some media organizations continue to fight, despite the cost, for government records believed public. Arango writes, “On appeals, The A.P., which last year hired a new in-house lawyer, Karen Kaiser, will send documents, sometimes just a letter, that often resemble full legal briefs to […]