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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, [...]

Annual CES show serves up story ideas far beyond Las Vegas
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Annual CES show serves up story ideas far beyond Las Vegas

In addition to “Auld Lang Syne,” the Rose Bowl and diet resolutions, one of the rituals of early January is the big gadget convention in Las Vegas produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). The International CES (formerly known as the “Consumer Electronics Show”) is a four-day extravaganza of new product launches, hundreds of speeches [...]

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 [...]

In the wake of Target’s data breach, newsrooms scramble to explain
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In the wake of Target’s data breach, newsrooms scramble to explain

Retailers like to make headlines in December — but for triumphs like double-digit sales increases, not the security fiasco that discounter Target is red-faced over in the final crucial shopping days before Christmas. News that hackers may have been picking off data from tens of millions of shopper credit cards for weeks on end is [...]

As lottery fever grips a few, some overlook unclaimed loot
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As lottery fever grips a few, some overlook unclaimed loot

Not every news outlet can boast a headline like Wednesday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s “Winning Mega Millions ticket sold in Buckhead,” but chances are that people in your audience are sitting on a pile of unclaimed cash, too.  It’s doubtful that these winners – reportedly one in California, as well – will overlook their winning tickets.  But [...]

Amid merrymaking, merchants will lose billions to shoplifters this season
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Amid merrymaking, merchants will lose billions to shoplifters this season

Santa isn’t the only one stowing bags of loot this season, according to some recent reports on retail fraud. If you’re looking for a contrarian Christmas story, this might be one to pursue.  Whether you approach it as a reflection of the economy, or as a behind-the-scenes retail operations feature, or even a technology story about [...]

Los Angeles Times’ Sal Rodriguez on setting yourself apart as a tech reporter
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Los Angeles Times’ Sal Rodriguez on setting yourself apart as a tech reporter

Salvador Rodriguez graduated from Arizona State University just in 2012, but he’s already made a name for himself as Lead Reporter at the Los Angeles Times’ Tech Now blog. Rodriguez’s interest in technology reporting began when he interned at the Times two years ago. Now a full time employee, Rodriguez covers tech giants like Facebook, [...]

50th anniversary of the JFK assassination is full of business angles
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50th anniversary of the JFK assassination is full of business angles

As of today we’re one month away from one of the seminal events of the 20th century:  The assassination of President John F. Kennedy. You can be sure that this milestone in American history will be commemorated, dissected and discussed extensively in coming weeks — here’s Politico’s take on the coming “media tidal wave,” which [...]

Who’s making money in the business of fiction?
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Who’s making money in the business of fiction?

For years I’ve been wanting to use National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO) as a business feature peg, but fall is so packed with financial news that it generally slips by unnoticed.  However,  2013 is the charm and with self-publishing and e-publishing current hot topics, so perhaps it was worth the wait. NANOWRIMO, an annual challenge to would-be [...]

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