We Mean Business

Originally, the “How to Cover Money” podcast series, ”We Mean Business” is produced by The Reynolds Center for Business Journalism, designed specifically for journalists who want to cover business better on their beats.

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5 days ago

Ever wonder what it is like covering the biggest college football game of the season? Janaé Bradford invited Amanda Christovich from FrontOffice Sports to speak with her about her experience covering the business of the big game.
Covering college football isn’t just about covering the X’s and O’s. College football has become an enterprise in itself that reporters should not shy away from covering. Christovich tells us how she started covering the business of sports and how businesses have noticed the significant demand for college football. She notes that reporting on the college championship continues long after the game has been called.
Christovich covers everything from gender equity and sports labor issues to name, image, and likeness -- and was recently named one of LinkedIn's top five creators of the week for my NIL stories. Check out more by Christovich on Twitter, FrontOffice Sports, or her website.

Wednesday Nov 16, 2022

Janaé Bradford interviews Bloomberg reporters Caleb Melby and Polly Mosendz, two members of the bronze award-winning team for their investigation 'Questionable Practices.' Their investigation brings the first important revelations about the largest medical mental-health startup, Cerebral, and its effort to bring telemedicine techniques to mental healthcare.
Bloomberg reporters found a lack of delicate consideration assessment from the million-dollar business when prescribing medication to their patients. Listen to what the reporters had to say about what it took to make this investigation happen.

Monday Jun 27, 2022

For her last episode, Ruby interviews Jeff Timmermans, Director of the Reynolds Center. Ruby asks poignant questions about what is needed from students looking to get into business journalism and why students should consider the field. Jeff shares with us the importance of business journalism and how you don't need a finance background to report on and cover the business beat.

Monday Jun 13, 2022

Ruby interviews Kristen Gilger, co-author of 'There's no crying in newsrooms,' on what it was like as a woman in broadcast journalism in the 1980s compared to today. Kristen shares insights on how her expectations and hope of greater equity have unfortunately not matched up with reality and reminds women in the business to remember that they are never alone.

Monday May 30, 2022

Numbers are the language of the world. Ruby interviews Steve Doig, experienced data journalist and current ASU professor, on how working with data can be a business journalist's superpower. Steve discusses how understanding data tools for smaller stories can prepare you for bigger stories that happen near you or in your beat.

Thursday May 12, 2022

Ruby Arora interviews Todd Merkow, first general manager of FOX Sports Arizona and current strategic and operational consultant who also teaches sports journalism majors at the Cronkite School of Journalism. Ruby and Todd discuss Amazon emerging into NFL streaming and what journalists should be aware of and what to look out for in the future of sports streaming.

Tuesday Apr 12, 2022

Ruby Arora interviews Susan Lisovicz, long-time CNN and CNBC on-air reporter, on how journalists can prepare to be on camera and why business journalism is such an important field for all journalists to understand. 
Stay tuned for the rest of this 5-part series this summer.

Thursday Mar 30, 2017

Los Angeles Times Reporter Harriet Ryan and Editor Matt Lait, now of CNN, spoke with Jenna Miller of the Reynolds Center to discuss their work with the award-winning Oxycontin's 12-hour Problem investigation. This project took home the Bronze Award at the 2016 Barlett and Steele Awards for Investigative Journalism.

Wednesday Mar 01, 2017

Christopher Weaver of the Wall Street Journal talked with Jenna Miller of the Reynolds Center to discuss his work with the award winning Testing Theranos investigation. This project took home the Silver Award at the 2016 Barlett and Steele Awards for Investigative Journalism.

Friday Feb 17, 2017

Bastian Obermayer of the Munich based paper Süddeutsche Zeitung and Gerard Ryle, Director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, talked with Jenna Miller of the Reynolds Center to discuss their work with the award winning Panama Papers. Their organizations, along with more than 100 other media partners, took home the Gold Award at the 2016 Barlett and Steele Awards for Investigative Journalism.


At the Reynolds Center

The Reynolds Center for Business Journalism was established in 2003 with the goal of improving the quality of media coverage of business and the economy. Since then our mission has been to promote the importance of business journalism among journalism students, give journalists tools to improve their business coverage and help freelancers navigate working with a variety of publications.

Over the years the Reynolds Center has trained more than 30,000 journalists and educators through in-person and online training throughout the country. We have worked with a wide range of freelance writers and collaborated with academic professors and departments in order to continuously improve the quality of content we produce including ebooks, podcasts, and instructional fun videos. 

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