John Gogick

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Gogick: Business news getting more space

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We asked: What do you want in your newspaper? You answered.

Here are some examples of one common theme:

“Financial news and advice is always welcome,” one of you said.

“An enhanced Business section.”

“Guest columns from the business community.”

“Tips on saving money.”

“More Wall Street Journal news.”

We added two pages from The Wall Street Journal in each Sunday Business section earlier this year. Based on the feedback we received, this was a very popular addition.

Starting Monday, we will return the Business coverage to a full page during the week.

Tim Rausch continues
to spearhead our business coverage. Tim has been covering business for more than 11 years, first at a newspaper in Lima, Ohio, before we brought him to Augusta, where he has covered local business for six years.

“Seeing people succeed and make money,” Tim said when asked about what he likes about covering business.

Finding stories and columns on how to maximize your money will be a key component to the expanded space devoted to the Business page each day. Those columns will come from writers at newspapers such as The Dallas Morning News, the Detroit Free Press and the Chicago Tribune, in addition to some from The Associated Press.

We will continue to wrap up area stocks each Sunday and continue Biz Bits and On the Move – the names and faces of local people getting awarded and promoted. Fill out the form online at chronicle.augusta.com/business/submit-news to tell others about the promotions and awards at your company.

Ribbon-cuttings and the good deeds of area businesses contributing to charities also will stay in the Sunday Business section.

Check out each Monday’s editions for a profile of an area business or person.

Business coverage will continue to evolve – as it has since the beginning of newspapers.

Listings of prices of goods coming off ships evolved into commodity prices and stock prices, and eventually some of the commercial information transformed into advertising.

The 1940 movie A Dis­patch from Reuters, starring Edward G. Robinson, is a nice Hollywood history lesson in the transformation of business coverage. The movie details the life of Paul Julius Reuter, who used his carrier pigeons to provide updated stock information to close a gap in a telegraph lines. His company, Reuters, is today known for business news and coverage.

If the oft-misquoted Cal­vin Coolidge is right and “the chief business of the American people is business,” then the chief thing Amer­icans will want to continue to read about is business.

And keep letting me know how we can make it better.

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