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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.

Heat waves add sizzle to dog days of summer business stories
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Heat waves add sizzle to dog days of summer business stories

In an otherwise somewhat doldrum-y time of year for business writers, the current heat wave will definitely add some sizzle to financial pages and websites. It’s difficult to think of a sector or industry that isn’t affected by this sustained hot weather — meteorologists say two-thirds of the continental United States will be in the 90s today [...]

Finding your region’s ties to Africa’s booming economies
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Finding your region’s ties to Africa’s booming economies

President Obama’s current trip to sub-Saharan Africa, with stops planned for Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa, seemed a timely moment to update the blog post, below, I originally wrote last fall.  As I noted then, “over the past decade, six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies” are in Africa. That’s a statistic not lost on [...]

The Fracking Revolution: Finding Energy Stories Everywhere: Online, Dec. 4
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The Fracking Revolution: Finding Energy Stories Everywhere: Online, Dec. 4

You keep hearing about “fracking” in western Pennsylvania and North Dakota, but can’t imagine how it would affect your community. In this one-hour, free webinar, 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.

The Energy Revolution: Finding Powerful Stories Everywhere: Boston, NLGJA, Aug. 23
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The Energy Revolution: Finding Powerful Stories Everywhere: Boston, NLGJA, Aug. 23

You keep hearing about “fracking” in western Pennsylvania and North Dakota, but can’t imagine how it would affect your community.

In this NLGJA convention session on Aug. 23 in Boston, 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.

As surveillance scandals mount, how are consumers spied on in daily life?
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As surveillance scandals mount, how are consumers spied on in daily life?

“Is your refrigerator spying on your eating habits?”   That’s a headline I’m half expecting soon, as wave after wave of headlines about government surveillance emanate from Washington, D.C., and beyond.  And as citizens reel from fresh news that their leaders are tuning in to cell phone conversations, or planning to collect DNA from people not convicted [...]

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