With the Academy Awards coming up on Sunday March 2, it’s a great time to look at films in which business plays a role. That covers a wide swath of films, so our series is dividing them into three categories: classics, contemporary and documentary. Each film has a business component. Some take place in the [...]
Welcome to the business beat. If you are new to business reporting – relax. Mark W. Tatge, an author, professor and investigative reporter who spent three decades as a journalist, is here to walk you through the basics.
With the Academy Awards coming up on Sunday, March 2, it’s a great time to look at films in which business plays a role. That covers a wide swath of films, so we’re dividing them into three categories: classics, contemporary and documentary. Each film has a business component. Some take place in the business world, [...]
The announcement Monday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has laid out a five-year plan to drastically shrink miliitary spending likely has a lot of businesses, workers and consumers alarmed. While Hagel’s outline is merely, as one news outlet put it, the opening salvo in a budget battle with Congress, the plan to shrink the U.S. [...]
The annual hype over the Academy Awards puts the spotlight on Los Angeles – but in reality a lot of 21st-century contenders have been shot in locales ranging from Vancouver to Memphis to Detroit. Why not springboard off the Hollywood hoopla and dive into the film production scene in your market? From state-of-the-industry reports to [...]
It’s been a rough six weeks of bitter cold and giant snowbanks for may parts of the country, and a break in the frigid temperatures this week now is bringing the threat of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms to the midwest, while southern cities unaccustomed to ice and snow tote up the cost of recent storms. [...]
News has been coming thick and fast the last few weeks, so you might have missed the uproar over the coal ash spill in North Carolina. According to the Raleigh News & Observer, coal ash – a byproduct of burning coal for energy production – escaped from a Duke Energy storage facility on Feb. 2 [...]
Recent news of a study that casts doubt on the life-saving value of mammograms is a huge health science story — fueling more intense debate about the tests’ role in detecting breast cancer at treatable stages — but it’s also a pretty big business-of-healthcare story you may wish to follow up on, as well. To [...]
Thursday’s news that cable TV giants Comcast and Time Warner plan to merge seems – judging by the buzz on message boards and news outlets’ comments sections — to have been met with all the consumer enthusiasm that greeted New Coke, Qwikster and the Edsel. But unlike those corporate flops, it’s unlikely that the $45 [...]
Columnist Jon Talton says the media are particularly vulnerable to the ongoing effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act by false talking points. “Obamacare has plenty of real flaws and deserves penetrating coverage. We don’t need to be stenographers for liars in the service of false balance,” he writes.