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Reporter's notebookWe want to help put business journalists together. In many newsrooms, there is no longer an older reporter, columnist or editor to turn to when you get stuck on a story.

Turn to us and we’ll find help.

We held a Daily Story-Idea Chat for several months and that worked pretty well, but ran its course. We are now researching other ways to bring business journalists together online.

NEED HELP? Just ask.

We are here to answer any questions you have about covering business. And if we don’t know the answer, we will find an editor or business reporter who does.

Got a question? Ask Linda Austin. Email: Linda.Austin@businessjournalism.org

Linda will get back to you.

And if you’d like us to add your name to the list of people who can help, please send me a note Robin Phillips.

About the Author

I am digital director at the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism, which I joined in 2009. Before that I was Online Community Manager for azcentral, the online site for The Arizona Republic. Before arriving in Arizona, I worked at Newsday where I was Deputy Business Editor. I was the small business editor at BusinessWeek Online. I teach journalists to use Twitter, Facebook and other social media tools to expand and manage their networks. And I am a cofounder of #wjchat, a weekly Twitter chat about web journalism. You can reach me at Email: Robin.Phillips@BusinessJournalism.org OR RobinJPhillips.com OR @RobinJP

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  1. Peter Strozniak says:

    Need help in developing story ideas about how small companies are dealing with financial issues or trends, banking issues and trends, or if there are any story ideas about how banks are working with small companies to help them get through this tough economy. All ideas, suggestions are welcome. Thank you in advance for all of your help and consideration.

  2. Linda Austin says:

    Hi, Peter. One big question is how successful the Obama administration’s efforts to get community banks to lend more to small businesses are going to be. Earlier this month, he proposed $30 billion in assistance to community banks to spur such lending: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-02-02/obama-to-outline-30-billion-in-small-bank-assistance-from-tarp.html
    NPR did a good piece looking at whether a single bakery that had taken a beating in the recession would be helped by these efforts: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123311911
    You could do something similar in your town. Does this help?

  3. Peter Strozniak says:

    Thanks, Linda. This should be a good start.

  4. Linda Austin says:

    Great, Peter. Please let me know if you hit any roadblocks.

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