Financial Journalism Under Fire

April 30, 2009 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Lecture Series

Was the financial press asleep at the switch as the biggest business story since the Great Depression unfolded? In “Financial Journalism Under Fire: Did We Do Our Jobs?” a panel discussion sponsored by the New York Financial Writers Association, four journalists tried to answer that question. “I think the media didn’t do a very good job, for a very interesting reason — lack of knowledge,” said Jon Friedman, columnist for MarketWatch.com. He was joined by Erin Arvedlund, the first reporter to question Bernard Madoff’s business strategies in a 2001 Barron’s article; CNN stock market correspondent Susan Lisovicz, and Dean Starkman, managing editor of The Audit. Former CNN financial editor Myron Kandel moderated the discussion at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
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