What To Look For In A Good Business News Journal

There are a multitude of business news websites and journals in America. Many of these use the same sources for their articles, even reposting the same information several times. This makes it harder to find relevant information amongst the reprints of the same story. For any reader interested in business news, quality and quantity matter. There are three main areas that any reader should look for in a business journal, helping to make it the best possible source for your life.

Information

Anyone looking for business news wants the most information available. They want details beyond just a press release or a conference call. They want the full story. They want the information to be the best on the market. If every company is using the same media outlet for their information, every website is only telling the same narrative.

A quality business journal will have it's own writers working on stories. They will follow up leads and track down stories. They will look beyond the information presented and find the real story. They work to provide the full story, be it positive or negative. They provide their reader with the most information and the overwhelming quality they deserve.

Quality

For any business journal, quality should be paramount. They should be able to put out stories that are of the highest quality and content for their readers. The information should be factual, timely and accurate. If a business news journal doesn't meet this criteria, then it cannot be considered the best.

Yes, reporters make errors, and information reported changes as new information comes to light. There is a difference between being accurate, and issuing revisions for past articles constantly. A quality journal will admit their mistakes, and make the appropriate changes to existing content. They will release new stories with new information when it becomes available. They will do what it takes to provide their readers consistent quality.

If a journal has several mistakes, poor layouts, or the same stories as other sites, then it fails to truly capture the quality of other information sources. Quality is important when it comes to the reader. There is a reason the biggest business news sites are so big and successful. They strive to provide quality and reliability in their reporting, day in and day out.

Reliability

For any media organization, reliability is extremely important to their business. They need to present their information in the similar manner that the reader has come to expect. They must publish stories at regular intervals, and use the same format for each story. Variations to this model happen, as the market shifts. However, if a company is all over the place, with different schedules, formats, and tones, it breaks the reliability pact.

Journalism And Literature

This was the question I was confronted with since I was 14 and thought I could do well if I took up writing as a profession. By the time it was time to choose between the two seemingly congruent fields, a new 3-year Bachelor's Degree program in Mass Media had newly been introduced in Indian universities, and I just joined the swarming crowds of future's trained advertisers and journalists.

The first class in journalism and I knew, "O God! This is not where I belong!" The opening lesson laid down clearly how unfit a 19-year-old, dreamy-eyed, book-loving fantasist was in the 'realities of the real world'. My story-writing skills had no consequence with the story-writing of a newspaper. In fact, with little room for creativity, there was no place at all for imagination. No wordplay, no symbolism, no flowery descriptions, not even a little harmless subjectivity.

The most disturbing distinction between a fictional article and a newspaper report, for me, was the fundamental style in which the two are normally presented. Those meaty pieces of information that I would have ordinarily kept for the last or sprinkled here and there to keep the suspense building and make my story interesting, HAD to be given out in the lead paragraph and leave the boring odds and ends for the rest of the article. They call it the inverted pyramid structure. To me, it was the murder of all appeal.

Of course, they have their reasons why newspapers settle on such an arid, uninspired style of writing. You know, you'd be worth zilch or almost zilch (for at least you don't have sloppy grammar, we could do with difficult vocabulary) if you were a gold-medalist Master of English Literature. But, if you can write 'crisp', bone-dry, unimaginative stories with 'working knowledge' of the language, then you are in some demand (but, only if you are not too money-minded. Patience teaches you penury is a great virtue.).

No, it wasn't a complete waste of three years, this degree course in Journalism. There is another offshoot of journalism where the rules of writing are slightly relaxed and one can choose almost any style. It is called 'feature writing'. These are 'newsworthy', human-interest stories with the freedom to express your point-of-view, but one needs to make sure there's little self-indulgence (the use of first person, 'I'). Or you could be a columnist where your topics could be specific or anything under the sun! But for you to be accepted as a columnist by a newspaper... you should have had spent donkey's years gaining credibility as a journalist or you have got to be a celebrity of some kind, so that your words have some 'news value'.