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Will 2014 new car sales build on last year’s momentum?
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Will 2014 new car sales build on last year’s momentum?

Last year’s new car sales in the United States proved a turning point of sorts, soaring 50 percent higher than the dismal post-recession slump of 2009, as CNN Money reported in January.  While the annual sales pace was still 2 million vehicles off the heyday of 10 years ago, consumers (who had been hanging on [...]

Proxy season stories: Time to address pay inequality, perks
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Proxy season stories: Time to address pay inequality, perks

We’re at the brink of proxy season now; one of the most interesting times of year to be a business journalist. Proxy statements – or formally, a company’s DEF 14A – are one of the more revealing documents that the Securities and Exchange Commission requires of publicly traded corporations.  They’re issued once a year in [...]

Lap dogs in New York to hot laps in Daytona, February is full of news
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Lap dogs in New York to hot laps in Daytona, February is full of news

The old Bulgarian term for February was “month of dreadful ice” and while that may be true meteorologically, especially this year, it’s a hot-hot-hot little 28 days for news pegs. In addition to the just-past Super  Groundhog Day, and Valaentine’s Day (also known this year as Val-Pres weekend due to its confluence with the President’s [...]

Ways to cover whether manufacturing jobs regain lost ground in 2014
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Ways to cover whether manufacturing jobs regain lost ground in 2014

In an era when jobs news is increasingly dominated by the drumbeat about the growth and prevalence of low-wage service-industry employment in the United States, my mental news filter lately keeps sifting up the M word — manufacturing. The notion of amping up the dwindling manufacturing jobs sector seems to be in the air lately, and [...]

Tapping into the local buzz on the recent ‘net neutrality’ ruling
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Tapping into the local buzz on the recent ‘net neutrality’ ruling

We all know those topics or fields, like “supply chain logistics” and “corporate governance” that due to their unfortunate nomenclature, start the eyes glazing over before the final syllable is typed.  Which is a shame, because they and many other boring-sounding matters actually can be the source of some compelling stories. Same with “net neutrality,” [...]

Quicktips: Cute CEOs, not-so-cute kids, tragic movie texting
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Quicktips: Cute CEOs, not-so-cute kids, tragic movie texting

Snippets of news translated into audio memos on my smartphone or notes scrawled on the margins of my planner represent a number of timely story nuggets that many not merit their own long post but are too good for the recycle bin.  Here are a handful of eye-catching headlines and related resources you might consider [...]

More ideas for localizing the spreading consumer data breach story
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More ideas for localizing the spreading consumer data breach story

The story merchants wish would go away actually just got bigger, with Target admitting that far more customers than earlier reported had been victims of its data breach, and as CNBC reports, it’s still a mystery as to exactly what database was hacked, since information not encoded onto debit and credit cards, like e-mail addresses, [...]

The sexiest business beat you probably don’t have: Government
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The sexiest business beat you probably don’t have: Government

The intersection of government and business is one of the most important and target-rich coverage areas available. Yet most news organizations don’t have it. I first started the beat as business editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer back in the 1990s, handled by the talented Leah Beth Ward. She didn’t disappoint, producing some amazing journalism that [...]

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 [...]

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