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5 Local Economic Stories to Jump on Now: Self-guided training

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The free webinar, “5 Local Economic Stories to Jump on Now,” was originally held Jan. 15-16, 2013.

The beginning of 2013 means a new Congress and a presidential inauguration. What’s the economic outlook for the nation? How is what’s happening in Washington likely to affect people in your area, and how can you bring those stories home to your audience?

Marilyn Geewax, national economics correspondent for NPR, is your guide to at least five local economic stories to jump on now. Understand the economic concepts, and learn how to make them relevant to listeners, readers or viewers.


  • How to identify and understand five key economic issues facing policy makers in Washington
  • Where to locate data and experts for context and background on these issues
  • How to find local people and businesses that stand to be affected and get them to share their stories

AGENDA: 5 Local Economic Stories to Jump on Now

    • Session One: What are the top five economic issues facing the Congress and the president?
    • Session Two: How can you localize those stories with real people and bring them home to your audience?

Marilyn Geewax

Marilyn Geewax


Marilyn Geewax is a senior business editor on NPR’s national desk and its national economics correspondent. She was the national economics correspondent for Cox Newspapers’ Washington Bureau.

Before coming to Washington in 1999, she worked for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, first as a business reporter and then as a columnist and editorial board member. From 2001 to 2006, she taught a business journalism class as an adjunct professor at George Washington University.


Review the resources below at your own pace for timely economic angles to tackle in 2013.

Session recording

PowerPoint presentations

Additional resources (PDF)


In Self-guided and archives.

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