Kelly Blessing is a senior at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism, where she is studying business journalism. She interned this past summer in New York for Bloomberg News, and she is the recipient of the School’s Van Hecke Award, named after a former business editor of the Charlotte Observer. She is from Annapolis, Md.
- Why aren’t journalists allowed to ask questions on earnings calls?
The quarterly earnings call is much more than a casual conversation among a company’s executives, analysts, investors and the media — it’s a carefully scripted dialogue that is practiced well in advance of a call. The planning and preparation that goes into an earnings call allow little room for journalists to fire questions that may
- What were they thinking? Edition No. 982
Less than a year after the infamous JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s “London Whale” trading scandal that led to a $6.2 billion loss, IR Magazine gave an award to Jamie Dimon, the company’s chief executive officer, for having the best investor relations by a CEO or chairman in the large market capitalization category. Though perhaps IR
- Avoiding errors, and what to do when they happen
The quick pace of social media and the Web have escalated the importance of getting a story right the first time and avoiding errors as a journalist, said Forbes managing editor for business news Dan Bigman in a conference call with Forbes contributors from New York Tuesday. “Just correcting an error doesn’t necessarily correct the
- Stock market coverage: Are the continuous updates too much?
There’s the initial story, with two to four paragraphs. Then there’s the first update that adds more context, the second update and closing the story once the stock market has shut down for the day. The standard for stock market coverage, in the age of media saturation, is to continually publish updates with the most
- How to cover sinking retailers
No company enjoys admitting that it is having financial troubles or is in danger of shutting its doors, and typically does everything in its power to spin a positive outlook to the media and consumers. This desire to maintain a successful image makes it even trickier for a reporter to cover foundering companies. In my