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Covering Your Local Economy: Self-guided training

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“Covering Your Local Economy” was first offered on Aug. 21, 2013, as part of the Asian American Journalists Association’s pre-conference schedule.

The economy is still the biggest story going, and these resources will equip you with the story ideas and skills you need to tackle economic stories on any beat. Get armed with the tools and understanding you need to tackle local economic stories, including those in the labor and housing markets.


  • 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

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.” Follow her on Twitter at @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. Follow her on Twitter at @Meena_Thiru.


Review the workshop materials below and discover new ways to cover local economic angles.

PowerPoint presentations

Photo copyright Meena Thiruvengadam

Meena Thiruvengadam

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In 2014, Economy, Self-guided and archives, Story ideas.

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