Covering a beat can be terrifying. A reporter is thrown into a new assignment, sometimes with little preparation. He or she is expected to intelligently interview people who’ve spent their careers as experts in their field. These newcomers also must compete with seasoned veterans, who may have been covering the same topic for years, and have enviable source lists.

Beats are especially challenging when it comes to covering money. There is jargon to learn. History to understand. And always, the chase after the new.

You can be forgiven for exclaiming, “How am I ever going to know this?”

Luckily, the Reynolds Center is here to help. We’ve taken our Beat Basics series, originally produced for and compiled it in this handy eBook.

Need to know about technology? Check. Have you been asked to write about manufacturing? There are tips here. You can also find information about covering sports, the economy, health care, and many, many more topics.

Whether you’re assigned to cover a specific beat, or just need some help to get you through a story, our guide has answers. We can’t promise you’ll look like you’ve been covering it forever on your first time out, but you’ll get valuable advice from the experts who have covered this subjects for a while.

Feel free to share the word about our eBook with your colleagues, editors, professors and students.

We teach money, and we hope you will learn from The Reynolds Center Guide To Business Beat Basics.


Beat Basics Copyright © 2011 by Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. All Rights Reserved.


18 Responses to Introduction by Reynolds Center Director Micheline Maynard

  1. Dan Daley on December 17, 2014 at 2:38 pm says:

    Is this available as a downloadable file?

    • bizjournalism on December 17, 2014 at 3:26 pm says:

      Hi Dan,

      Not yet, but it will be soon. Check back at in January or February.

  2. Kimberly on December 19, 2014 at 5:31 pm says:

    Is there a mailing list that will notify people when the download is ready?

    • bizjournalism on December 19, 2014 at 6:31 pm says:

      Hi Kimberly,

      I will be glad to add you to our mailing list at the Reynolds Center, which will announce when the download is ready.

      Do you have iBooks or a Kindle reader on your phone/iPad or computer? If so, I’ll send you a file you can side-load in the meantime.

      • Anthony Tweh on December 24, 2014 at 9:20 am says:

        Hi Kimberly,

        Please send me a file of the “Beat Basics” e-book so that I can download it on my kindle.


  3. Christia Gibbons on December 30, 2014 at 9:16 pm says:

    Please put me on the list for when download is available! Thanks.

  4. Carlo on January 1, 2015 at 7:57 am says:

    I’m a Filipino business journalist. I’m also looking forward to the downloadable file of this e-book. 🙂

  5. Dustin Duncan on January 2, 2015 at 6:32 pm says:

    I would also like to know when the download is available. I think this would help me tremendously!

    • bizjournalism on January 2, 2015 at 6:38 pm says:

      If you’d like a copy, let us know whether you have a Kindle or another type of ereader, or if you just want a PDF, which should be readable on any format, but is not as much of an in-reader ebook experience.

      I will send the files individually until our website enables the download.

  6. David Brake on January 4, 2015 at 9:44 pm says:

    I would very much like a Kindle copy and a PDF copy. Thank you for making this great resource available.

    PS the guide seems to be missing the guides to proxies – is it too late to copy and paste it in?

  7. David Brake on January 4, 2015 at 9:48 pm says:

    PS it surprises and amuses me that an organisation full of business literates did not think to highlight on its website that this book is free. I did not initially click through because I assumed that the book would be an attempt to monetise the free content already available on the site. Might I suggest placing the word “free” prominently near the “ad” for the book on the website?

  8. BizJournalism on January 5, 2015 at 5:31 pm says:

    It’s a free download. We’ve mentioned that it’s free a number of times on our Web site.

  9. Timothy Gibbons on January 7, 2015 at 12:15 am says:

    Thanks for creating this. I’ve directed my reporters to the individual beat guides in the past, but it’s great having it all together like this.

    Could you send me a copy, in both PDF and epub if possible?


    • bizjournalism on January 7, 2015 at 3:48 pm says:

      Hi Timothy,

      Thanks for the great feedback. We’re glad your newsroom found the material useful!

      I will send a copy in these formats to your email.


  10. Ruelle on January 13, 2015 at 6:45 pm says:

    Hi! Can I also be included in the mailing list for the downloadable version?


  11. Viviana LEE on January 16, 2015 at 3:24 pm says:

    Quite interesting in this book, can I be added in the mailing list, too?


  12. MICHAEL LAPTEY on January 20, 2015 at 11:43 am says:

    Hi, am from Ghana and Business Journalism here is not that popular. Your site has been very helpful to some of my reports. Please kindly send me PDF version! and add me to your mailing list. Thank you!

  13. Elizabeth Stevens on January 25, 2015 at 5:57 am says:

    I am also interested in reading your book on my Kindle and in being added to your email list.

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