Covering Globalization: A Handbook for Reporters

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The first journalism textbook for reporters who cover finance and economics in developing and transitional countries, Covering Globalization is an essential guide to the pressing topics of our times. Written by economists from the Asian Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund as well as journalists who have worked for Dow Jones, the Financial Times, the New York Times, Fortune, and Reuters--and with an introduction by Nobel Laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz--this invaluable resource helps reporters write about subjects such as banking and banking crises, pension reform, privatization, trade agreements, central banks, the World Bank, sovereign debt restructuring, commodity markets, corporate governance, poverty-eradication programs, and the "resource curse."

Each chapter explains the basic economic principles and current thinking on a given topic and provides

• tips on what to look for when covering specific subjects;

• a way to structure business and economics stories;

• a way to use the Internet for reporting with links to more information online;

• extensive glossaries and much more.

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Editorial Reviews

Columbia Journalism Review - James Boylan

This is an impressive work.

Journalism Studies - Tsan-Kuo Chang

The flow of ideas... is smooth and the description easy to follow.

Columbia Journalism Review
This is an impressive work.

— James Boylan


Schiffrin, a Columbia University professor, and Bisat, a hedge-fund manager, have pulled together an excellent primer. Though aimed at financial journalists, it's jsut as helpful for investors and lay readers.

Here's a book with a spine that belongs in every reporter's library.

Journalism Studies
The flow of ideas... is smooth and the description easy to follow.

— Tsan-Kuo Chang

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231131742
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2004
  • Pages: 368

Meet the Author

Anya Schiffrin is codirector of the media program at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. She was the editor in chief of the Istanbul-based daily the Turkish Times, a stringer for Reuters in Barcelona, senior financial writer at the Industry Standard in New York and bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires in Amsterdam and Hanoi.

Amer Bisat is a hedge fund manager focusing on emerging-markets bonds and was previously a portfolio manager at UBS and Morgan Stanley and chief emerging-markets economist at Salomon Brothers in Europe. He has also been a senior economist at the IMF, where he worked on the economics of Russia, Egypt, and Cameroon, and he has published widely on growth, the financial sector, and Middle East economics.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments1. The Importance of Critical Thinking, by Joseph E. Stiglitz and Anya SchiffrinPart 1. Capital Markets 2. Capital Markets, by Catherine McKinleySidebar: Pyramid Schemes, by Tyler Maroney3. Foreign Exchange Markets and Foreign Exchange Crises, by Sara Silver4. Covering Central Banks, by Marjorie Olster5. Capital Controls, by Anya SchiffrinSidebar: The IMF and Capital-Account Liberalization, by Nicholas Rosen6. Dollarization, by Tyler MaroneySidebar: Ecuador and the Dollar, by Nicholas Rosen7. Derivatives, by Randall DoddSidebar: How Derivatives Markets Work, by Randall Dodd8. Hedge Funds, by Amer BisatPart 2. Banking and Macroeconomics 9. Banking Crises: Causes and Solutions, by Anya SchiffrinSidebar: Indonesia-a banking crisis, by Gráinne McCarthy10. Sovereign Debt Crises, by Suzanne Miller11. Debt Relief and HIPC, by Gumisai MutumeSidebar: HIPC in Zambia, by Shantha Bloemen12. Assessing Sovereign Risk, by Graciana del Castillo13. Pension Reform, by Phillip LongmanSidebar: Russian Pension Reform, by Sergei BlagovPart 3. Corporate Reporting 14. Foreign Direct Investment, by Dan DeLucaSidebar: Poland, by Dan Deluca15. Privatization, by Deidre SheehanSidebar: Breaking the Bank-Banking Privatization in the Czech Republic, by Peter S. Green16. Corporate Governance, by Howard I. Golden17. Labor, by Kristin HuckshornSidebar: Nike and Vietnam-a Labor Case Study, by Kristin HuckshornSidebar: Codes of Conduct and the Rise of Corporate Responsibility, by Mila Rosenthal18. Accounting, by Jane M. Folpe and Herbert K. Folpe19. Money Laundering, by David MarchantPart 4. Trade and Commodities 20. International Trade, by Nicholas Rosen and Helen CampbellSidebar: Cambodia-an Attempt to Improve Working Conditions, by Sheridan Prasso21. Commodities Markets, by Vincent Nwanma22. Oil and Development, by Petter NorreSidebar: Rent and Profit, by David Nissen23. Poverty Reduction, by Isabel OrtizPart 5. Reporting and Writing 24. Covering the World Bank, by Abid Aslam25. Internet Reporting, by Jane M. Folpe26. Writing Tips, by Graham WattsList of ContributorsIndex

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