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Business and the economy

Since 2007, business and the economy have made all the headlines. In this section of the College of Journalism website, BBC journalists explain the appropriate use of language, business editor Robert Peston gives his view, and chief economics correspondent Hugh Pym guides you through the forest of statistics.

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Reporting the economy: Understanding audiences

Explain the economy in simple language that serves your particular audience. But never underestimate their intelligence or overestimate their knowledge