Business news is a type of journalism that tracks, records, analyzes and interprets the economic activities and changes in societies. Business journalism can be found in both print and electronic media, including newspapers, magazines and radio, as well as websites, television channels and video platforms. It is a major form of journalism and covers everything from the growth of emerging markets to corporate scandals and financial collapses.
A business is any entity that seeks profit in exchange for providing goods or services. This can include anything from an individual with a side hustle to massive corporations with hundreds of employees. The key is that the entity seeks profit, whether or not it succeeds in achieving that goal. A business can also be organized as a corporation, partnership or sole proprietorship.
The most common sources of business news are newspapers and magazines. Most daily newspapers and weekly magazines feature a section dedicated to business news. Websites and online publications also provide a significant amount of business news, with some even offering live streaming and breaking news updates.
In addition to general business news, there are specialized publications that focus on specific industries and sectors. These are often called trade publications and can provide important insights into the trends, challenges and opportunities that may impact companies in a particular field. They can be located by using a publication or industry guide.
For example, a guide to publishing firms might list trade journals that cover the publishing industry as a whole, while a guide to the healthcare field would list medical publications. The library’s Business Reference Desk can help you identify these and other relevant resources.
While this guide focuses on American business news sources, most of the resources can be used to find international business news as well. However, you may need to adopt more specific search strategies when searching for foreign-based sources.
Skye Schooley is a staff writer at Business News Daily, where she covers a range of small business topics. She has extensive experience writing about human resource management and entrepreneurship, and she frequently interviews subject matter experts to inform her content. Prior to her time at Business News Daily, Skye worked in a marketing and content role for an all-in-one agency and has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Utah. She enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family. She lives in Waltham, Massachusetts.