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Covering Globalization

A Handbook for Reporters

Anya Schiffrin (Editor), Amer Bisat (Editor)

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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.

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ISBN13: 978-0231131742
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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.

About the Editors

Anya Schiffrin
Co-Director, Media Program
School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University

Anya Schiffrin teaches at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. She spent ten years working overseas as a journalist in Europe and Asia, writing for a number of different magazines and newspapers. She was bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires in Amsterdam and Hanoi and wrote regularly for the Wall Street Journal. She was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 1999-2000 and then a senior writer at the Industry Standard, covering banking and finance.

Amer Bisat
Portfolio Manager
Traxis Partners

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.

About the Authors

Sara Silver
Reporter
Financial Times

Anya Schiffrin
Co-Director, Media Program
School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University

Anya Schiffrin teaches at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. She spent ten years working overseas as a journalist in Europe and Asia, writing for a number of different magazines and newspapers. She was bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires in Amsterdam and Hanoi and wrote regularly for the Wall Street Journal. She was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 1999-2000 and then a senior writer at the Industry Standard, covering banking and finance.

Petter Nore
Director of Energy Department
NORAD

Tyler Maroney
Writer

Marjorie Olster
Journalist
Reuters

Randall Dodd
Director
Financial Policy Forum

Joseph Stiglitz
Co-President
Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD)

Joseph E. Stiglitz is co-President of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, and Chairman of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. He is University Professor at Columbia, teaching in its Economics Department, its Business School, and its School of International and Public Affairs. He chaired the UN Commission of Experts on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System, created in the aftermath of the financial crisis by the President of the General Assembly. He is former Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank and Chairman of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisors. He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 2001.

Amer Bisat
Portfolio Manager
Traxis Partners

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.

Suzanne Miller

Gumisai Mutume
Journalist

Catherine Mckinley

Nick Rosen

Kristin Huckshorn
Reporter

Jane M. Folpe
Associate Director, Continuing Education
Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia University

Jane M. Folpe is associate director of Continuing Education at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and an instructor in Computer-Assisted Financial Reporting at the Universitat de Barcelona/Columbia University Master in Journalism Program in Spain.  She has lectured on this subject at workshops for journalists from developing countries at the Graduate School of Journalism and the Initiative for Policy Dialogue.  Previously, Ms. Folpe was a reporter at Fortune and deputy editor of Fortune’s Spanish-language supplement, Fortune Americas. She began her career in journalism at the Washington bureau of the Spanish daily, El Pais, where she also served as an editor on the foreign desk in Madrid.

David Marchant
Author, Publisher
Offshore Alert

Howard I. Golden
Journalist
Esquire

Graham Watts
Consultant
New Paragraph Company Limited

Herbert K. Folpe
Adjunct Professor of Accounting
Yale University

Deidre Sheehan
Freelance Producer/Writer

Helen Campbell
Senior Policy Officer
Office of Women's Policy

Dan Deluca

Vincent Nwanma
Journalist

Philip Longman
Senior Research Fellow
New America Foundation

Graciana del Castillo
Adjunct Professor
School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University

Abid Aslam
Case Manager
Royal Bank of Scotland Group

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The Importance of Critical Thinking

3

2

Capital Markets

17

3

Foreign Exchange Markets and Foreign Exchange Crises

32

4

Covering Central Banks

42

5

Capital Controls

52

6

Dollarization

63

7

Derivatives

73

8

Hedge Funds

83

9

Banking Crises: Causes and Solutions

95

10

Sovereign Debt Crises

106

11

Debt Relief and HIPC

118

12

Assessing Sovereign Risk

132

13

Pension Reform

147

14

Foreign Direct Investment

159

15

Privatization

171

16

Corporate Governance

182

17

Labor

191

18

Accounting

200

19

Money Laundering

230

20

International Trade

241

21

Commodities Markets

255

22

Oil and Development

263

23

Poverty Reduction

276

24

Covering the World Bank

289

25

Internet Reporting

300

26

Writing Tips

322

Publication Information

Type Book
Program Research on Journalism Training and Media Development
Posted 11/01/04
Download Not Available
# Pages 344
Publisher Columbia University Press
Year 2004

"Covering Globalization" by Anya Schiffrin and Amer Bisat is certainly an extremely topical book. But it is also a very useful book. All important aspects of the globalisation discussion are thoroughly dealt with in a refreshingly understandable way. It is a goldmine of information both for students and not least for professional business and financial journalists. It is very solid and full of good practical tips. One can only wish the book many readers who will use the well presented information to help the debate become more objective and less ideologically biased.

- Peter Prüfert
Head, International Institute for Journalism; Germany

Globalization presents not only a host of economic and political challenges, but also immense challenges for the media. Schiffrin and Bisat have assembled an impressive, comprehensive guide to tackling some of the toughest stories of our era. This volume belongs on every business reporters' and editors' desks.

- Jim Ledbetter
Senior editor, TIME Europe