Chris Roush is founding director of the Carolina Business News Initiative, which provides training for professional journalists and students at UNC-Chapel Hill.
In 2010, he was named Journalism Teacher of the Year by the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The judges noted that Roush “has become the expert in business journalism — not just at Chapel Hill, but throughout the country and even in other parts of the world.”
He is the author of two books about business journalism – “Show Me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication” (second edition, 2010) and “Profits and Losses: Business Journalism and its Role in Society” (second edition, 2011). He is the co-author of “The SABEW Stylebook: 2,000 Business Terms Defined and Rated” (2012).
Roush has been quoted about business journalism in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and American Journalism Review and has written about business journalism in Columbia Journalism Review and American Journalism Review.
He blogs about business journalism at www.talkingbiznews.com, which won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers “Best in Business” award in March 2010. He has also created a website on the history of business journalism at www.bizjournalismhistory.org and a website for college students interested in business journalism at www.collegebizjournalism.org.
Roush has led business journalism training sessions for media organizations such as the Associated Press, Reuters, The Motley Fool, Media General newspapers, The Orlando Sentinel, The Mobile Register, the South Carolina Press Association, the International Center for Journalists and newspapers throughout North Carolina. He has also worked with media outlets and universities in South Africa to improve business journalism in that country.
He is author or co-author of books about Home Depot (1999), Pacific Coast Feather Co. (2006), Alex Lee Inc. (2006) and Progress Energy (2009). He has also taught business journalism at Washington & Lee University and the University of Richmond.