CJR EIC Pope: Davos shows we need to fix business journalism

Columbia Journalism Review editor in chief Kyle Pope writes about the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland and what it says about business journalism. Pope writes, “I attended Davos once, on the eve of the subprime crash, when I was a senior editor at Condé Nast’s Portfolio, a glossy magazine that covered global business. The magazine died […]

Why the media fell for Bankman-Fried

Reed Albergotti of Semafor writes about FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried and why he received positive news coverage compared to rival Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong. Albergotti writes, “But reporters appeared to be enamored with Bankman-Fried. “He was a public relations natural. He picked up the phone when reporters called. He leaked stories. He constantly talked about his […]

Pentagon seizes phone of Reuters reporter

The Pentagon seized Reuters reporter Idrees Ali‘s phone and would not allow him to use his electronics while traveling with the Defense Department’s No. 2 official on Sunday, reports Lara Seligman of Politico. Seligman reports, “Ali was given his phone back upon landing after an eight-hour flight. The deputy, Kathleen Hicks, is traveling to Norway, […]

Biz journalist Smythe to write memoir

Business journalist Christie Smythe, the editor in chief of Business to Business, is writing a memoir about her life and her relationship with convicted pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, writes Kayla Webley Adler of Elle. Adler writes, “By the end of 2021, Smythe was promoted to be the publication’s editor-in-chief. ‘There were many, many doomsayers who were proclaiming the […]

FT editor Khalaf: Our coverage is under attack

Financial Times editor Roula Khalaf called for action to stop the intimidation of journalists in a speech this week, reports Bron Maher of Press Gazette. Maher writes, “According to Khalaf: ‘From autocracies to illiberal democracies and unfortunately even thriving democracies, journalists are maligned and manipulated, harassed and intimidated… “‘Our experience at the FT starkly illustrates the […]

Bloomberg EIC Micklethwait: Court ruling is dangerous

Bloomberg News editor in chief John Micklethwait writes about the British Supreme Court decision that allows a company executive under investigation to keep his name out of print. Micklethwait writes, “Today the Supreme Court found in ZXC’s favor, and that his brush with the law should be kept quiet. “The significance of this judgment for freedom of […]

Study: Men dominate business and economic coverage

Men receive 62 percent of the byline and other credits in business and economics coverage across all media formats, according to a new report from the Women’s Media Center. That’s slightly better than overall coverage. Overall, men dominate, receiving 65 percent of byline and other credits in print, online, television and wire news. Women receive […]

Filing: Putting ex-WSJ reporter on witness list a “ruse”

Placing former Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou on the potential witness list by former Theranos head Elizabeth Holmes for her trial is a “ruse” to keep him from reporting on the case, according to a filing by his attorneys, reports Sara Ashley O’Brien of CNN Business. O’Brien reports, “In a court filing Friday, his attorneys say ‘it remains […]

What defines a business news story

Lesley Weidenbener, the editor of the Indianapolis Business journal, writes about how the publication determines a business news story. Weidenbener writes, “IBJ defines ‘business coverage’ more broadly than many business journals. Few have a full-time Statehouse reporter, like our Lindsey Erdody, for example. Or a reporter dedicated to the suburbs, like we do in Kurt […]

Talking Biz News Today — Dec. 29, 2020

Some of Tuesday’s top business news stories: Associated Press Child labor in palm oil industry tied to Girl Scout cookies, by Robin McDowell, Margie Mason From Zoom to Quibi, the tech winners and losers of 2020, by Barbara Ortutay, Mae Anderson CNN England is finding new ways to crack down on unhealthy foods, by Hanna […]