By Marni Usheroff October 15, 2015
Some tax-exempt groups look a lot like for-profit companies. We look at what separates nonprofits from other businesses and how to dig into their finances.
By Jacob Kushner October 1, 2015
As media outlets beef up their coverage of African business and corruption, investigative journalists are looking into one giant source of plunder: “transfer pricing” deals between African leaders and foreign corporations. We offer some resources for reporters interested in covering the subject.
By Marni Usheroff September 16, 2015
The Affordable Care Act has reshaped the business landscape, creating new business hurdles and opportunities, alliances and rivalries. We offer five tips on where to look for stories as they unfold.
By Jackie Faye June 24, 2015
It took New York Times investigative reporters Louise Story and Stephanie Saul a year to uncover the 200 shell companies behind some of New York’s priciest real estate at the Time Warner Center. We go behind the scenes with Story to discuss their reporting process.
By Jackie Faye May 6, 2015
Forbes magazine has been putting together a list that tracks the wealthiest individuals on the planet for 29 years running, and it is no easy task. We interviewed Forbes’ Deputy Editor of Wealth Keren Blankfeld about the work that goes into Forbes’ annual list.
By Jackie Faye April 30, 2015
Twenty five years ago, tire and rubber giant Firestone helped Liberian warlord Charles Taylor rise to power. We went behind the scenes with T. Christian Miller and Jonathan Jones on their recent ProPublica-PBS Frontline investigation of the facts in the case.
By the Editors April 23, 2015
A Q&A with Davey Alba, who covered the Pao trial for Wired magazine.
By Jacob Kushner April 15, 2015
Lessons from an investigative reporting project on the World Bank.
By Jackie Faye March 10, 2015
Did the iconic charity misspend funds during Hurricane Sandy? CoveringBusiness spoke with reporters Jesse Eisinger and Justin Elliott about how they dug up the answer to this question in their recent investigative report on the subject.
By Jacob Kushner February 25, 2015
Five strategies for covering social entrepreneurship, innovation and start-ups in Africa and other developing countries.
By Damaris Colhoun January 27, 2015
The art world’s growing connection to finance capitalism makes it a subject that more business journalists should be paying attention to, and being outsider on the beat can help you cover it better.
By Minsi Chung January 21, 2015
Three major themes emerged from the year’s best business books lists: Income inequality, economic collapse and the impact of technology on global markets. We’ve compiled a best of the best list of our own.
By Felipe Ossa January 12, 2015
The widely followed financial journalist talks to Covering Business about the digital storytelling he’s doing for his new gig at Fusion, his upcoming video series “Let Me Tell You,” and the rise of “explainer” journalism.
By Alex Plough December 29, 2014
Alex Plough interviews Rob Barry, an award-winning investigative reporter who specializes in the art and science of data mining, about how he does his best work.
By Jacob Kushner December 16, 2014
Sometimes there is a single expert who’s the ‘gatekeeper’ to a castle of information and contacts on a business or deal a reporter is investigating. What can a journalist do to gain the trust of such an expert– and what does the expert expect from the journalist in return?
By Maria Danilova November 24, 2014
A lack of public accountability and reputation for bribe-taking among journalists makes getting good information and winning the trust of sources a difficult proposition in Ukraine and other former Soviet republics. Here are a few strategies for getting the goods.
By Davide Casati November 18, 2014
How I got an exclusive interview with Monsignor Scarano, the former top accountant at the Vatican charged with money laundering, and sold the story to the New York Times.
By Laura Rena Murray November 10, 2014
With an exhaustive hunt for inside sources and public documents and a little bit of simple math, Laura Rena Murray was able to show that Vemma Nutrition Company bilks teenage affiliates out of their own money to prop up sales.
By Sameepa Shetty November 3, 2014
Patricia Sabga, veteran war correspondent and global economics reporter for Al Jazeera America, offers some advice for journalists covering business in conflict zones: Protect yourself, think like the military and ask simple questions.
By Halah Touryalai October 27, 2014
“I had no idea when I started that for them journalists are bugs on a windshield and they’re driving down the highway. They’re beyond ‘no comment.’ And I had no idea how disciplined they were,” said Steve Coll, Dean of Columbia Journalism School and author of “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.”
By Alex Plough June 3, 2014
One perk grad students sometimes miss is free access to a vast number of premium online databases. These often include the same resources that financial professionals pay thousands of dollars a month to use, and learning your way around them can add an extra level of precision and depth to your reporting.
By Mark Glassman May 19, 2014
Bankruptcy may not be the beat you’ve always dreamed about, but if you approach it the right way, it can yield gripping stories and put you on the map. It can allow you to speak truth to power and give victims a voice
By Rob Norton May 5, 2014
Technology is everywhere, and people in the industry are really jazzed about what they do. But you still need to keep your BS detector working.