The farm bill limping along in Congress is back in the news again. The Senate is expected to pass its version of the legislation next week and then the bill would go to the House of Representatives. Studying the massive, five-year bill (an extension expires Sept. 30) is a big project, but you can likely [...]
It’s called insurance, but this beat is really about people and the bad things that they hope won’t happen. Paige St. John, from the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, explains ways to approach the beat with extra skepticism and very good sources.
With the deadly Oklahoma tornados still top of mind — some meteorologists now say the storm had far more power than the atomic bomb the United States released on Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II — you might want to contemplate another day or so of related business angles. Even if you’re far from the [...]
It’ll be a while yet before the true toll of the past days’ destructive tornados in Oklahoma is known but you may be wondering about how to tackle the business and financial angles of a disaster. I can’t provide as many links as usual to stories you may want to emulate, because they haven’t been written [...]
It’s hard to overlook the buzz created by this week’s revelation by actor and activist Angelina Jolie that she had preemptive surgery to remove both breasts, because she carries a gene that makes cancer likely. News of Jolie’s decision, which she wrote about in a first-person New York Times essay on Tuesday, has generated a great [...]
With vivid images of the Texas fertilizer plant explosion still making headlines, you may be thinking about a workplace safety angle to the companies you cover. It’s a natural story to localize, as audiences ponder the relative perils they face on the job. From inspection records to prevalence of workers compensation claims to fatalities to [...]
With 2014 less than nine months away, not to mention the nation’s expanding medical problems driven by demographics and lifestyle, the health care beat will always be fertile territory for the business journalist. In addition to the story ideas related to the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care act outlined in this recent blog [...]
Amid the doom and gloom of sequestration, a pending jobs report that likely will be tepid at best and more foreclosure scams, it’s nice to get something warm and cuddly in the business pages for an occasional change. And since we’re in the midst of the national Professional Pet Sitters Week, slated for March 3-9 [...]