Business news is the branch of journalism that covers commercial activities, including production, trade and commerce. Business news reports on the economic, financial and social changes that businesses undergo. This area of journalism typically includes reporting on a range of businesses, from local grocery stores to multinational corporations. Most newspapers, magazines and radio news programs include a segment dedicated to business. Online, many businesses maintain websites with detailed information and breaking news coverage.
The Internet has exploded the number of outlets for business news, as many traditional publishers have found themselves competing against tech-savvy Internet businesses that can produce business news quickly and cheaply. Some of these companies are publishing entire magazines on the web, often with a specific focus for the business-to-business market. These business-to-business publications are called trade journals and are a large component of the business press.
Many of the national daily, weekly and monthly general business newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and Fortune publish a broad range of business news on their websites. These online versions of these publications usually offer all or most of the same content as their print editions.
Hundreds of trade magazines, and even more subscription-only newsletters, focus on news in the field of specific industries. The news these publications cover may be mundane or may deal with the day-to-day intricacies of industry business operations. Many of these publications also organize and host trade shows that promote their subject matter, adding to the business-to-business aspect of this segment of the press.
At the local level, most cities and towns have a local daily newspaper with a business section and a weekly or monthly city-specific business tabloid. These publications often cover a wide range of local business issues, such as management-level new hires and promotions, times of meetings of business clubs and coverage of how local company stocks are doing. Some of these local business publications also have special sections devoted to covering the business of particular sectors in their cities, such as real estate or health care.
A staff writer for Business News Daily, Skye Schooley focuses on human resources and small business topics. She conducts interviews and research to write articles that help people manage their employees, improve workplace communication, foster diversity and create positive work environments. Before joining the B2B world, she gained experience in the consumer-tech digital space performing content marketing and search engine optimization. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Weber State University in Utah.