Business news is the part of journalism that records, analyzes and interprets the economic and financial activities of societies. Business coverage appears in newspapers, magazines, radio and television news programs. In addition, specialized business publications and periodicals may cover particular industries or company sectors.
Businesses can be any entity that seeks to profit from activities that produce goods or provide services. They can be individuals with side hustles or massive corporations. Those entities can earn cash or non-cash income, such as bartering goods and services. However, the most important thing for any business is that it seeks to profit in some way.
The aim of a business is to create value for its customers, shareholders and employees. This value can be achieved by achieving high profit levels, reducing costs or expanding into new markets.
It is therefore crucial for businesses to stay informed of any market trends or changes that may affect them. This is why a large number of publications exist to deliver the latest business news to interested readers.
Some of the most popular sources of business news include the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Reuters. The WSJ is one of the oldest and most respected newspapers in the United States, with a large readership and great respect for its journalists. Bloomberg is another highly regarded source of business news, and its publications can be found in many libraries around the world. Reuters is the largest news agency in the world, with a vast array of business and other news stories available online.
A wide range of business topics are covered in these news publications, from industry trends and changes to specific companies and the impact of government policy on them. The business news section of these outlets can also offer opinion and commentary pieces from various analysts and commentators.
Several notable business scandals have taken place in recent years, which have highlighted the need for businesses to be more transparent and accountable to their stakeholders. This has led to a number of reforms and new policies being introduced, such as GDPR, which will require businesses to be more transparent about their data usage and how it is used.
This guide has been compiled by the Business Reference Services team at the Library of Congress. It is intended to be a comprehensive resource for those seeking information on both US and international business news. If you have any questions about this guide or the resources it covers, please feel free to contact Business Reference Services at Ask-A-Librarian. This service is available worldwide in English, and will connect you with a qualified research librarian who can assist you with your request. The guide includes links to selected online sources of business news, as well as the full text of some print and microform titles held by the Library of Congress. You will need to use more targeted search strategies to find regional business news sources, and these are listed in the Search the Library’s Catalog page of this guide.