Posts From Erik Sherman

3 Big Corporate Tax Loopholes to Check on Your Beat

Proposed tax legislation has promised a cut in top corporate tax rates from 35 percent to

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4 Steps for Improving Your Blog Posts

Contributing to a blog has become an expected part of a business reporter’s repertoire. You may

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How to Check a Source’s Statistics

You’ve probably noticed that PR departments and agencies often try to make their pitches seem like

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Tips for Understanding an IPO Filing

Initial public offerings are big for investors—and big news for business journalists. Because of SEC regulations,

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6 Grants That Can Fund Your Reporting Project

Maybe you’re freelance. Perhaps you’re at a publication where the idea of a splurge is finding

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Generate Story Ideas Using Business Silo Analysis

Reacting to breaking topics is one way to generate stories. But it does have some weaknesses:

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Climate Change and the Business Reporter

Climate change is an enormous topic for science writers. But those changes don’t exist in a

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How Not to Be Sued for Libel

One of the scariest communications a journalist can get is the notification of a lawsuit for libel. Not

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How to Read the Monthly Jobs Report for Better Business Stories

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly jobs report is a cross-section of business, economics, politics and social

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How to Find Interview Sources on Social Media

We all know the feeling: Deadlines are approaching and you need sources. Whether you’re looking for

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