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  • Airlines find the money with ancillary revenues
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    Airlines find the money with ancillary revenues

    2014, Beats, Story ideas, Transportation | Airlines | Travel

    Aviation consultancy Oliver Wyman this month released a major new report, Airline Economic Analysis. The report is chock full of data and observations about airline costs, revenues, margins, capacity and global trends for both network carriers — traditional airlines like American and United — and value airlines, like Spirit and JetBlue. What I found most […]

  • Must Read Money Stories for Thursday, Dec. 18
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    Must Read Money Stories for Thursday, Dec. 18

    2014, Economy, Energy | Utilities | Mining, Featured, Politics, Technology

    Sony cancels holiday release of The Interview. Sony Pictures Entertainment, which is currently embroiled in a crippling leak brought on by hackers, cancelled the movie’s release due to threats of violence. “Remember the 11th of September 2001,” read the threats — transmitted via email to news outlets — and ultimately prompted major theaters across the […]

  • The huge economic impact of easing U.S.-Cuban relations
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    The huge economic impact of easing U.S.-Cuban relations

    2014, Beats, Featured, News and Current Affairs, Politics, Story ideas

    Cuba sits just 90 miles from the United States, but for more than a half century, commerce between the two countries has been prevented by an embargo. On Wednesday, Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro took the first steps toward re-establishing full diplomatic relations. The announcement came as part of a prisoner exchange that was […]

  • Entertaining Business: The cost of shelving The Interview
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    Entertaining Business: The cost of shelving The Interview

    2014, Entertaining Business, Featured, News and Current Affairs, Story ideas

    The new Seth Rogen/James Franco vehicle, The Interview, hasn’t even hit theaters yet, and now it looks like it won’t any time soon. Sony Pictures announced Wednesday that it is canceling the Christmas release of the movie, after a number of theater chains in the U.S. and Canada said they wouldn’t show it. The comedic […]

  • Must Read Money Stories for Wednesday, Dec. 17
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    Must Read Money Stories for Wednesday, Dec. 17

    2014, Featured, Must Read Money Stories, News and Current Affairs, Story ideas

    Ruble crisis deepens. The value of Russia’s currency just keeps slumping. The ruble has dropped 50 percent relative to the dollar so far this year, according to Reuters. The Washington Post Wonkblog has a nice explainer of what’s behind the crazy drop, and why it’s so bad for Russia. We can explain it here in two […]

  • Cat cafes: the latest trend in food and philanthropy
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    Cat cafes: the latest trend in food and philanthropy

    2014, Agriculture, Featured, Story ideas

    Coffee, tea and adopt a cat. That’s the mantra at the latest trend in cafes that are beginning to spring up across the United States. Cat cafes are already popular in Japan, where there are also cafes featuring owls and penguins, and where many apartment owners ban residents from owning animals. Now, the New York […]

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    Introducing Business Beat Basics, our first eBook

    2014, Beats, eBooks, Featured, Story ideas

    One of the most popular features on our website has always been our Business Beat Basics. Now, the Reynolds Center has collected all those tips in a handy eBook. The Reynolds Center Guide To Business Beat Basics is a one-stop place to find all the advice we offer from experienced journalists covering money. Inside, you’ll […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Dec. 16
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    Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Dec. 16

    2014, Economy, Featured, Management, Media | Advertising, Technology

    What could have been. Wired’s Mat Honan wrote a wonderful postmortem of Matt Taibbi’s defunct Racket. After launching The Intercept, First Look Media — financed by eBay creator Pierre Omidyar — hired Taibbi to start a site with his own aggressive voice and reporting, but his project never launched after Omidyar squashed it in late […]

  • Major League Baseball's record revenue year
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    Major League Baseball’s record revenue year

    2014, Featured, Sports, Story ideas

    If you’re a baseball fan, you’re probably getting emails offering you the chance to purchase season and single game tickets for 2015. And if you buy them before the end of the year, you’ll make 2014 even bigger for Major League Baseball. Forbes reports that MLB expects to close out 2014 with approximately $9 billion […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Dec. 15
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    Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Dec. 15

    2014, Featured, Media | Advertising, Retail | Lifestyle, Story ideas

    James Bond is the latest Sony email casualty. Those hacked Sony emails have featured everyone from Angelina Jolie to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd to CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter. And now, James Bond is involved. On Sunday, NBC News reported that an early version of the next Bond movie, Spectre, apparently has […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Friday, Dec. 12
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    Must Read Money Stories, Friday, Dec. 12

    2014, Economy, Featured

    #CRomnibus passes. In an effort to further alienate American voters, someone decided to call last night’s must-pass spending bill in the U.S. House the CRomnibus, which, I take it is some kind of bureaucratic portmanteau. But after much wrangling and consternation, the CRomnibus did pass. The bill, in addition to funding the government, will once […]

  • Yes, You Can Survive Holiday Travel With Your Kids
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    Yes, You Can Survive Holiday Travel With Your Kids

    2014, Beats, Featured, Story ideas, Transportation | Airlines | Travel

    It’s the holiday season, and one of the things you will not be able to avoid on your flights to hither and yon are children on your airplane. A Harris Interactive poll in May found that 86 percent of those surveyed say they’re most annoyed by parents letting their children run wild or be disruptive […]

  • Journalists turn to Kickstarter in a big way
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    Journalists turn to Kickstarter in a big way

    2014, eBooks, Featured, Media | Advertising, Story ideas

    Two summers ago, I dove into crowd funding. I successfully funded a journalism project, Curbing Cars: Rethinking The Way We Get Around, which looked at how Americans are changing their attitudes toward driving. Earlier this year, I published the purpose of the Kickstarter, an eBook from Forbes. The project took a lot of planning, and […]

  • 5 Tips To Survive The Nightmare of Holiday Travel
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    5 Tips To Survive The Nightmare of Holiday Travel

    2014, Beats, Featured, Story ideas, Transportation | Airlines | Travel

      Passenger stress goes sky high during the busy holiday travel season. In the first of this two-part series, I’m offering tips and ideas for your audience to get through the busy days around Christmas and New Year’s. Here are five ways to survive nightmare. Make and share lists and documents. I make copies of […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Thursday, Dec. 11
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    Must Read Money Stories, Thursday, Dec. 11

    2014, Must Read Money Stories, Story ideas

    Fallout from Sony’s leak. Last month a crippling hacking attack took down Sony Entertainment’s operations, and unleashed a torrent of private information — unpublished scripts, contracts and executive salaries. The most crippling revelation, the New York Times writes, is a number of email exchanges between Sony co-chairwoman Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin in which […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Wednesday, Dec. 10
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    Must Read Money Stories, Wednesday, Dec. 10

    2014, Featured, Marketing, Must Read Money Stories, Sports

    The World War I financial bonanza. As the centennial of the first world war, 2014 has shone a spotlight on things many people didn’t know about the conflict. The BBC reports that WWI was a bonanza for a number of companies. “Jingoism, anti-German sentiment and guilt were all laid on thick to sell everything from […]

  • Lower fuel prices = less airport infrastructure money
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    Lower fuel prices = less airport infrastructure money

    2014, Beats, Energy | Utilities | Mining, Featured, Story ideas, Transportation | Airlines | Travel

    Falling energy prices are good for everyone, right? Not when it comes to airports. While lower fuel prices may be a good thing for consumers, Colorado’s 74 airports are taking a hit. The Colorado Aeronautical Board has informed airport managers that it will cut $12 million from the 2015 aviation grants award program used to […]

  • An inside look at the economics of college football bowl games
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    An inside look at the economics of college football bowl games

    2014, Economy, Featured, Sports, Story ideas

    College football is big business, and the opportunities to cash in on the sport’s biggest stage — bowl games — has never been greater for sports business bigwigs who run them. The 2014-15 bowl season debuts the College Football Playoff system, a four-team elimination bracket made up of the NCAA’s top-four teams. It replaces the […]

  • Entertaining Business: Christmas movies and the economy
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    Entertaining Business: Christmas movies and the economy

    2014, Economy, Entertaining Business, Featured

    On the surface, Christmas movies may be bits of heartwarming fluff that we turn to every year, but given the way they often accurately portray the economic struggles of their time, it is no wonder we all want a little bit of hope when we are facing similar financial struggles.  The classic 1946 movie It’s a Wonderful Life is […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Dec. 9
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    Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Dec. 9

    2014, Economy, Featured, Must Read Money Stories, Sports, Technology

    Uber is banned in another city. The popular app-driven car service is no longer allowed to operate in Delhi, India, after one of its drivers was accused of raping a woman in her late 20s. Uber’s ban has received mixed feelings from the city’s female professionals who struggle to find a safe way home after […]