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Occupy UNITY: Covering the Economy Better: Las Vegas, Aug. 1

The Particulars

Instructor: Marilyn Geewax,
national economics correspondent
at NPR

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119

Aug. 1, 2012
1 – 4 p.m.

Hotel: Mandalay Bay Resort
& Casino

This session is open only to
attendees of the
UNITY 2012 Convention.

Register here for UNITY.

Photo by flickr user david_shankbone

We’ve all seen stories about the latest jobs reports and images of protesters on Wall Street clamoring for economic change. But business journalists will tell you that today’s up-and-down economy is yielding stories far richer in depth, humanity and impact.

In this afternoon session on Aug. 1 at the UNITY 2012 Convention in Las Vegas, Marilyn Geewax, national economics correspondent for NPR, will help you sift through the post-recession data and trends to yield reporting gold.

If you’ve heard her on NPR, you know Geewax can break down complicated economic concepts and make them understandable in her chatty, conversational style. You will get a grounding in how the overall economy works, plus specific insights into the employment and housing markets.

Beyond the basics, you’ll see how to apply what you’ve learned to find fresh story ideas on the economy in your town.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees must be registered for the UNITY 2012 Convention.

The Reynolds Center is also sponsoring a second session at the UNITY Convention: The Business of Me, on Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon or on Aug. 2 from 10:45 a.m. to noon (abbreviated version) with Mark S. Luckie, Twitter’s creative content manager for journalism and the media.


  • How to find the economic angle in stories on any beat,
  • How to use statistics to find and develop local economic stories, and
  • How to find fresh angles on joblessness and the foreclosure crisis in your town.

AGENDA: Occupy UNITY: Covering the Economy Better

  • 1-1:10 p.m.: Welcome and introductions — Reynolds Center staff
  • 1:10-2 p.m.: It’s the economy, stupid – What will it take for us to get out of this economic slump? How can you tell whether your local economy is recovering; what are the signs to track? — Marilyn Geewax
  • 2-2:10 p.m.: Break
  • 2:10-3 p.m.: What will it take for jobs to come back – How do you find fresh stories in the drumbeat of stats about joblessness in your area? — Geewax
  • 3-3:10 p.m.: Break
  • 3:10-4-p.m.: Foreclosures and falling housing prices – What needs to happen for the housing market to recover? What are the fresh local angles to pursue now – four years after the mortgage meltdown? — Geewax
Marilyn Geewax, senior business editor for NPR's National Desk

Marilyn Geewax


Marilyn Geewax is the national economics correspondent for NPR. Geewax is regularly heard discussing economic news on Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation and Weekend Edition. Her work contributed to NPR’s 2011 Edward R. Murrow Award for Hard News for “The Foreclosure Nightmare.”

Before joining NPR in 2008, Geewax was the national economics correspondent for Cox Newspapers’ Washington Bureau for nearly a decade. She has also taught business journalism at George Washington University.

Geewax will also be participating in panels at UNITY on The Big Picture of Global Economy on Aug. 2 and on Platform Portability on Aug. 3.


This UNITY Convention session is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. If you have any questions about the center’s training, please email Executive Director Linda Austin or call 602-496-9187.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m curious about the title of this session (and article). Can you please explain what your use of the word "Occupy" means in this sense? Revolutionary tactic or hipster buzzword?

  2. Linda Austin says:

    Thanks for your interest. The session title combines two topics that were advanced for training at the conference. One was on Occupy Wall Street; the other was on covering the economy better. The two seemed related and were morphed together into the title for this training session.

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