The economy is still the biggest story going, and this workshop will equip you with the story ideas and skills you need to tackle economic stories on any beat.
This workshop is presented by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, and it precedes the Asian American Journalists Association’s 23rd Annual Convention. Workshop attendees are not required to attend the convention.
Get armed with the tools and understanding you need to tackle local economic stories, including those in the labor and housing markets.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- How to find the economic angle in stories on any beat,
- How to use statistics to find and develop local economic stories,
- How to find fresh angles on the job and housing markets in your town, and
- What 10 stories on the economy you should jump on now.
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. @geewaxnpr
Meena Thiruvengadam is business channel manager at Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome. Previously, she covered the Treasury, Federal Reserve and economic news for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal in Washington. She also has extensive experience working as a freelancer and was a business reporter at the San Antonio Express-News in Texas. Follow her on Twitter at @Meena_Thiru.
AGENDA: Covering Your Local Economy
- 12:30-1 p.m.: Registration
- 1–1:10 p.m.:Introductions and welcome
- 1:10-2 p.m.: 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.: How do you find fresh stories in the slow recovery of the job market in your area? — Geewax
- 3-3:10 p.m.: Break
- 3:10-4 p.m.: How can you tell if your local housing market is recovering? What are the fresh local angles to pursue now – five years after the mortgage meltdown? — Geewax
- 4-5 p.m.: 10 stories on the economy to jump on now – Leave with 10 story ideas and a head start on the resources to start reporting them in your community. — Meena Thiruvengadam
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
This workshop 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.
Those who successfully complete three regional workshops or online seminars presented by the Reynolds Center are eligible to receive a “Circle of Achievement” certificate.