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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

By on Feb 04, 2014

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 [...]

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Quicktip stories: Home-prices to cruise ship inspection details
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Quicktip stories: Home-prices to cruise ship inspection details

Time flies on news-heavy weeks and the “ones that got away” pile of good stories to localize is growing at an annoying clip.  (Among the missed opportunities, to my chagrin, was this Ragan’s PR Daily piece on tacky MLK Day marketing if you want to add it to next year’s tickler file.)  So before the following are added [...]

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 [...]

Tax season stories: Mine filing patterns to illustrate your local economy
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Tax season stories: Mine filing patterns to illustrate your local economy

With a little more than two weeks to go before income-tax filing season begins, you might want to start pondering tips for consumers and small businesses. The Internal Revenue Service has said it will open the season a bit later this year, on Jan. 31, because it lost time last fall during the government shutdown. [...]

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, [...]

What’s Next in Covering the Affordable Care Act: Online, Aug. 6
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What’s Next in Covering the Affordable Care Act: Online, Aug. 6

Get ready to cover open enrollment this fall for both individuals and small businesses under the Affordable Care Act. A year after the launch of healthcare.gov, individuals will be anxious to see whether premiums go up when open enrollment starts Nov. 15, and for the first time, small businesses will be shopping on healthcare.gov to buy the coverage they must provide. In In this free, one-hour webinar, Tami Luhby, who covers health care for CNNMoney, will help you identify local story ideas and give you a road map to possible sources to develop them.

Shadow Money: Unraveling Political Nonprofits’ Funding: Online, May 14
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Shadow Money: Unraveling Political Nonprofits’ Funding: Online, May 14

Politically active nonprofits take advantage of loopholes in the Internal Revenue Service’s rule book to build complex webs of entities – linked together by money – to win political races and keep the source of the money secret. During this free, one-hour webinar from the Reynolds Center and the Center for Responsive Politics, you’ll learn where to find how this money is being spent on the issues important to your beat and how to begin unraveling the web of organizations behind it all.

Brainstorm 2014 story projects before opportunities slip away
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Brainstorm 2014 story projects before opportunities slip away

This week of limbo, as one year flickers out and another is about to dawn, is an annual opportunity to do some long-range planning and thinking about fresh angles for approaching your beat. It’s also a good time to seize ideas for projects or longitudinal stories and set them into motion. Otherwise all too soon, [...]

Last-minute holiday ideas from workplace gifts to return fraud
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Last-minute holiday ideas from workplace gifts to return fraud

With only a week to go before Christmas and a mere two weeks left of 2014, holiday mania is just about over for retailers, consumers and business writers alike. But there’s still a little octane left in the sleigh, and plenty of interesting and informative story angles left if you’re in the mood for holiday [...]

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