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Show Me the Money

Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication, 2nd Edition

By Chris Roush

© 2011 – Routledge

396 pages

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Show Me the Money is the definitive business journalism textbook that offers hands-on advice and examples on doing the job of a business journalist. Author Chris Roush draws on his experience as a business journalist and educator to explain how to cover businesses, industries and the economy, as well as where to find sources of information for stories. He demonstrates clearly how reporters take financial information and turn it into relevant facts that explain a topic to readers.

This definitive business journalism text:

  • provides real-world examples of business articles
  • presents complex topics in a form easy to read and understand
  • offers examples of where to find news stories in SEC filings
  • gives comprehensive explanations and reviews of corporate financial, balance sheet, and cash flow statements
  • provides tips on finding sources, such as corporate investors and hard-to-find corporate documents
  • gives a comprehensive listing of websites for business journalists to use.

Key updates for the second edition include:

  • tips from professional business journalists provided throughout the text
  • new chapters on personal finance reporting and covering specific business beats
  • expanded coverage of real estate reporting
  • updates throughout to reflect significant changes in SEC, finance, and economics industries.

With numerous examples of documents and stories in the text, Show Me the Money is an essential guide for students and practitioners doing business journalism.


"…an exceptional section of the book is Roush's annotated list of websites that any journalist or student would find helpful for both breaking news and enterprise stories….This section alone would make the book worth its cover price to practicing journalists….Roush does a superb job of presenting both basic and advanced concepts for the journalist covering business and the economy. The book is a necessary reference for business reporters….Solid skills and knowledge gained from Show Me The Money will enhance any journalist's credibility as well as that of the media organization for which he or she reports."

Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly

"Roush demonstrates a command of the subject in four hundred pages designed for business journalism specialists, but of great importance to public relations and corporate communication generalists, with information about IPOs, annual reports, nonprofits, bankruptcy, real estate, state and federal regulatory agencies. Each chapter is followed by a useful glossary of terms."

Science Direct

"This book will make a valued textbook for beginning, advanced, and practicing journalism students. In addition, it may increase the knowledge of media readers and listeners of all kinds as well as other industry professionals who operate in the world of business. This text is strongly encouraged for any field that requires an understanding of businesses."

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Table of Contents

  1. Business Journalism Is More Fun than You Think
  2. Public and Private and Ethics, Oh My!
  3. It’s the Economy
  4. The Beat Goes On
  5. People’s Money is News
  6. The Ins and Outs of Company News
  7. Let’s Make a Deal
  8. Wall Street Meets Main Street
  9. Financial Numbers Can Be Your Friend
  10. The Corner Office
  11. Small in Size, Large for News
  12. No Profits, but Lots of Money
  13. Headed to Court
  14. Bubble, Bubble, Real Estate is Trouble
  15. Government Issue
  16. The Web Makes it Easier


About the Author

Chris Roush is Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Scholar in business journalism and founding director of the Carolina Business News Initiative, which provides training for professional journalists and students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of two books about business journalism: Show Me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication and Profits and Losses: Business Journalism and its Role in Society. Roush received the Charles E. Scripps Award for the Journalism Teacher of the Year in 2010, awarded by the Scripps Howard Foundation in collaboration with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

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