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  • Heirs to the Rockefeller oil fortune withdrew their funds from fossil fuel investments
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    Rockefeller move highlights socially-conscious investing trends

    Beats, Economy, Energy | Utilities | Mining, Featured, Green | Sustainability, Melissa Preddy, Story ideas

    News came  this week — apparently timed to coincide with the United Nation’s Climate Summit 2014 held in New York City — that heirs to the petroleum-based Rockefeller family fortune planned to divest their $860 million charity fund from assets related to fossil fuels as CNBC reported.  Inside Philanthropy says it figures at least another […]

  • Bloggers at FinCon14 in New Orleans
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    Viral business writing: 23 ways to to succeed

    Best Practices, Featured, Financial/economy, Investing | Banking

    Want to get more eyeballs to your stories? Writers and editors on a panel at FinCon 2014 say there are tried and true methods that give your pieces a better chance of going viral. The advice was offered up Friday (Sept. 19) at FinCon in New Orleans. FinCon is a national financial blogger conference that […]

  • Kean University desk at convention
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    Conference and expo uptick may bring new business to your market

    Beats, Economy, Featured, Melissa Preddy, Real estate | Econ development, Story ideas, Transportation | Airlines | Travel

    There’s something about the conference, convention and trade show industry that never fails to grab me. The ephemeral nature of these temporary small cities that arise, buzz for a few days with sales and schmoozing and demos and training and news — and then are dismantled forever… it’s intriguing and of course it’s big business […]

  • Holiday hiring stories are coming very early this year
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    Holiday hiring stories are coming very early this year

    Beats, Economy, Featured, Media | Advertising, Melissa Preddy, Retail | Lifestyle, Story ideas

    Yikes!  I had hoped to hold off till a little bit closer to, well, at least Halloween before tackling the holiday hiring scene.  But with word this last week of summer about the upsized holiday plans of corporations like UPS and Kohl’s, that reindeer has left the stable and your audience will be wondering where […]

  • The End written on a typewriter
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    Business Journalism: Some ‘moving on’ thoughts …

    Basics, Best Practices, Featured, Jon Talton

    I was always Iron Man. I wasn’t the smartest person in journalism and I sure didn’t have the elite degrees, but I could outwork anyone. The reality is that while I am still fast and effective (I hope), my iron is facing its limits. Between my print Seattle Times columns, daily online columns for the […]