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business Journalism guides

Specialized guides for journalists and journalism students to researching and writing on business.

We have additional online resources on journalism and mass communications, as well as a research guide for W&L's Journalism 371 course..


AMA Handbook of Business Writing

Subtitled The Ultimate Guide to Style, Grammar, Punctuation, Usage, Construction, and Formatting, this 2010 volume is divided into three sections: advice on the writing process; an alphabetical arrangement of over 300 entries on grammar, style, spelling, etc; and over fifty sample business documents.

Business A-to-Z: A Glossary of Business Terms

Alphabetical listing of over 1,250 business terms.

Financial Statement Analysis: A Practitioner's Guide

Fourth edition (2011) is designed to "provide the analytical framework you need to scrutinize financial statements," including guidelines on how to interpret balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements.

How to Understand the Financial Pages: A Guide to Money and the Jargon

2008 volume (second edition) is a "reference guide to the terms and jargon that fill the pages of the financial press -- from bonds and shares, to hedge funds and alternative investments, and to depositary receipts and bonds."

Writing About Business: The New Columbia Knight-Bagehot Guide to Economics and Business Journalism

Second edition (2001) of "guide to writing about business and economics," covering "basic concepts of macroeconomics, microeconomics, financial markets, and international economics and trade."