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insurance hanbook for reporters

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InsuranceHandbook for Reporters
What journalists need toknow about insurance
InsuranceHandbook for Reporters
What journalists need toknow about insurance
©2007 Insurance Information Institute. 978-0-932387-51-6
To the Reader
or reporters covering the insurance industry many things have changed sincethe Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) published its first Handbook for Reporters in 1993.Stories about insurance, once relegated to the back pages of the businesssection, now often appear prominently, even on the front page, as readers becomemore concerned about personal finance issues and about having enough insurancein the event of a major hurricane or other catastrophe. Readers are also moresophisticated today. They want to know what’s behind current events and trends.They also are increasingly savvy in accessing their news in a variety of ways,from newspapers to Web sites to podcasts.Over the past 15 years insurers have become part of a much broader industry—financial services—and many companies have expanded their productlines. Long a primary source of information, analysis and referral on property/casualty insurance issues, the I.I.I. has broadened its reach. Today, the I.I.I. is alsoa leading source for clear, comprehensive information on annuities, retirementand other life/health insurance concerns.To make the reporter’s job easier, we have greatly expanded the Handbook.We have added a section with basic information on the various types of insurance,including auto, home, life, annuities and long-term care. The glossary sectioncontains over 500 entries, including over 100 life insurance definitions provided by LOMA, a worldwide association of life and financial services companies. Thedirectory of organizations section provides a comprehensive listing of sourcesfor information on a wide variety of topics and issues, ranging from disaster mitigation to insurance fraud to workers compensation.The Handbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the Institute’s other information resources: our Web site (www.iii.org), which provides comprehensiveinformation on all aspects of insurance, and our various publications, includingthe Insurance Fact Book, the Financial Services Fact Book and A FirmFoundation: How Insurance Supports the Economy.Media representatives may obtain free copies of all three books by calling theI.I.I. at 212-346-5500.Robert P. Hartwig, Ph.D., CPCUPresident and Chief EconomistInsurance Information Institute

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