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As the winter freeze deepens, the effect on businesses and consumers does too
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As the winter freeze deepens, the effect on businesses and consumers does too

There’s so much happening this month and next for business writers to focus on, but sometimes you need to bow to the forces of nature. Record-setting winter weather like most of us haven’t experienced in quite a while is on the tip of most tongues and as it persists for weeks, is rippling through pretty […]

From plumbers to bird-seed sellers, who gains when sub-zero temps hit?
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From plumbers to bird-seed sellers, who gains when sub-zero temps hit?

It’ll take something pretty amazing to compete for headlines with the extreme weather outbreak ongoing this week across much of the United States.  When people are trying to make it through the daily commute and  other activities despite zero-degree temperatures, another half-foot of snow and other manifestations of Mother Nature, they won’t be in the […]

Brainstorm story projects for 2014: A checklist
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Brainstorm story projects for 2014: A checklist

This post follows Melissa’s post yesterday on Brainstorm 2014 story projects before opportunities slip away.  Today she offers a brainstorming checklist. One great thing about being a business journalist: Never any shortage of news. Other beats might hit seasonal doldrums or dry spells, but the world’s financial and economic engines always are serving up something […]

The Fracking Revolution: Self-guided training
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The Fracking Revolution: Self-guided training

The free, one-hour webinar, The Fracking Revolution: Finding Energy Stories Everywhere, will be held Dec. 4, 2013. In this presentation co-sponsored by NPR, Marilyn Geewax, a senior business editor with NPR, will help you understand how this unleashing of massive supplies of fossil fuels is changing all of our lives.

Gauging local business reaction to possible opportunities in Iran
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Gauging local business reaction to possible opportunities in Iran

News that the United States, working with several other nations, is easing some trade sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs to that country’s nuclear program, offers opportunity for local business journalists as well as those who cover geopolitics. Marketwatch reports that western companies are licking their chops over the opportunity to resume at least […]

Water, water, everywhere: Environment, health, big business
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Water, water, everywhere: Environment, health, big business

Sometimes you just have to go with the flow, so to speak, and between Colorado’s tragic floods, killer amoeba in Louisiana’s water system causing deadly brain infections, and Mrs. Obama’s new campaign to get people to drink more water, good old H20 is at center stage these days. And with World Water Monitoring Day (an […]

The business impact of a U.S. military strike in Syria
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The business impact of a U.S. military strike in Syria

With President Obama slated to address the nation Tuesday (and to sit for network TV interviews on Monday) about the possibility of military action in Syria, it probably is time for financial writers to assess the effects of potential intervention on business and the economy. While it feels crass to contemplate ramifications like higher fuel prices […]

How to localize global oil and silver markets
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How to localize global oil and silver markets

One of the most enjoyable aspects of business and economics writing is our ability to help readers understand the interconnectedness of events and behaviors, and how seemingly faraway happenings can relate to household-level matters.  It’s also fun to take quirky headlines in the news and use them as springboards for stories about local impact.  Take, for […]

The Energy Revolution: Self-guided training
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The Energy Revolution: Self-guided training

This session, “The Energy Revolution: Finding Powerful Stories Everywhere,” was first offered as part of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association’s annual conference on Aug. 23, 2013.

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