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Business Journalism: Some ‘moving on’ thoughts …

I was always Iron Man. I wasn’t the smartest person in journalism and I sure didn’t have the elite degrees, but I could outwork anyone. The reality is that while I am still fast and effective (I hope), my iron is facing its limits. Between my print Seattle Times columns, daily online columns for the […]

Tim Horton's coffee cups and Burger King bag
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Burger King bid for coffee shops puts fast food evolution in the spotlight

Wall Street gobbled up shares of fast-food monarch Burger King on Monday, following word that the 60-year-old chain might be headquartering north following the acquisition of the Tim Horton’s coffee and doughnut shops. Both chains enjoyed double-digit stock price hikes, with investors licking their chops over the favorable tax situation Burger King would enjoy as […]

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Business journalism after the robot invasion

This summer the Associated Press began deploying computers rather than people to write quarterly corporate earnings stories. This robotic journalism is consistently competent. Even though skillful human reporters can still produce better work, the bots have a compelling advantage: they’re exceptionally fast. They can transform news releases into news without even the minimal time lag […]

Cronkite News Watch student reporter
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Reynolds Foundation establishes university-based business newsroom

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is establishing what will be the only university-based business newsroom in the country producing daily business and economic coverage for regional and national media outlets. The student business newsroom will open in January and is being funded through a $1 million grant […]

A (very) warm welcome to Phoenix
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A (very) warm welcome to Phoenix

I received a warm welcome to Phoenix when I joined the Reynolds Center as its new director earlier this month — a very warm welcome. Two weeks after my arrival, the temperature soared to 114F. I got used to hearing the announcers at KJZZ public radio calmly telling the audience that the evening’s low would […]

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
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The basics of guerrilla journalism

Our calling is inhabited by three kinds of news organizations. Let’s use the Sergio Leone scale: • The Good are ones that practice serious, aggressive journalism, value business news, encourage constant learning by journalists and believe their readers are smart people. At one time, these were called “destination newspapers.” • The Bad are those with […]

Data Journalism 101: NABJ, Boston, July 30
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Data Journalism 101: NABJ, Boston, July 30

Poke behind the winners of most major investigative awards including the Pulitzer Prizes, and you’ll usually find a database. Yet number phobia has kept many of us from fully exploiting databases as a tool in our reporting skill set.

Finding a Niche in Business Reporting: NAHJ, San Antonio, Aug. 9
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Finding a Niche in Business Reporting: NAHJ, San Antonio, Aug. 9

We’ve all become business reporters as the economy affects every beat from the arts to City Hall to sports. With consumers’ increased interest in where money comes from, where it goes, and how it’s spent, there’s a business angle to be found in every industry.

85 journalism students begin Dow Jones News Fund program this week
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85 journalism students begin Dow Jones News Fund program this week

The Dow Jones News Fund will train and send 85 undergraduate and graduate students to work this summer as business reporters, digital journalists, news and sports copy editors in paid internships at 54 of the nation’s leading news organizations. A FULL LIST of the interns, their universities and news organizations with their training programs and Twitter […]