Business news is the branch of journalism that tracks, records, analyzes and interprets the commercial and financial activities and changes that take place in societies. It is generally found in newspapers, magazines and radio or television-news shows. It is also common for specialized magazines to focus on certain aspects of the business world, such as a magazine for small-business owners or one for investors and stocks.
A business is essentially any entity that seeks to make profit from an activity. This activity can range from producing goods to providing services. It can be in the form of a sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation. It can involve a wide range of things, including trading goods and services for cash or other assets, such as securities (stocks and bonds), and even barter-style trades of one good for another. Businesses can be large, with hundreds of employees or more, or they can be smaller, with only a few people working for them.
It is often the case that those who run a business will be the target of criticism from those who do not understand the concept of a business as being anything more than a means to make money. This criticism may come in the form of accusations of personal greed or an unwillingness to be sensitive to the needs of society. While these accusations can sometimes be valid, the reality is that most of the time, business leaders are simply doing what they feel is best for their companies and the wider economy.
For this reason, it is important for those who follow business news to be aware that, in most cases, it is not the fault of those running the company that they are following that has caused problems with the economy and society at large. Rather, it is the result of a complex set of factors that include the need to be competitive, the need to invest in technology and research and development, and the need to keep up with the ever-changing consumer marketplace.