Covering Oil: A Reporter's Guide to Energy and Development

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Svetlana Tsalik, Anya Schiffrin
Open Society Institute, 2005 - Business & Economics - 156 pages
The Revenue Watch program and the Initiative for Policy Dialogue promote transparency and civic participation in natural resource policymaking. Journalists know how hard it is to report on government management of oil, gas, and other natural resource revenues. Governments and industry are seldom forthcoming. And reporters themselves usually lack the background in economics, engineering, geology, and corporate finance helpful to understanding the energy industry and the effects of resource wealth. This book attempts to redress the balance with practical information in easy to understand language. Chapters include Understanding the Resource Curse, A Primer on Oil, Oil Companies and the International Oil Market, the ABCs of Petroleum Contracts, and the Environmental, Social, and Human Rights Impacts of Oil Development. Tip sheets inform reporters about stories to pursue and questions to ask.

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Making Natural Resources into a Blessing rather than a Curse
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About the author (2005)

Anya Schiffrin is codirector of the media program at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. She was the editor in chief of the Istanbul-based daily the "Turkish Times," a stringer for Reuters in Barcelona, senior financial writer at the "Industry Standard" in New York and bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires in Amsterdam and Hanoi.

Amer Bisat is a hedge fund manager focusing on emerging-markets bonds and was previously a portfolio manager at UBS and Morgan Stanley and chief emerging-markets economist at Salomon Brothers in Europe. He has also been a senior economist at the IMF, where he worked on the economics of Russia, Egypt, and Cameroon, and he has published widely on growth, the financial sector, and Middle East economics.

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