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Getting the unemployment story right
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Getting the unemployment story right

By on Sep 08, 2014

Homey is back from vacation with the same mandate. As Yoda would say, “Butt, I will kick. Names, I will take.” As I write the unemployment report for August has come out. At all too many places, the emphasis will be placed on the unemployment rate, which fell 0.1 percentage point to 6.1 percent. The […]

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Matt Levine in his NPR Planet Money T-shirt.
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Bloomberg View’s Matt Levine on being a financial columnist

People may not trust a banker. They also may not trust journalists. But a banker-turned-journalist?  Now he may be a little more trustworthy. Matt Levine, Bloomberg View’s Wall Street columnist, believes his readers have a certain level of trust in him because of his former banking experience. His previous career at Goldman Sachs prepared him […]

Public v Private, Power Searching, Detecting Fraud: Popular archives
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Public v Private, Power Searching, Detecting Fraud: Popular archives

We keep all the tools for our training and share them on these Self-Guided Training pages. Another way that people find out about our training is when they stumble upon the slideshows we keep on our Slideshare.net account. Here are the Top 5 training slideshows from this summer. Chris Roush, award-winning professor and founding director […]

Baton Rouge hosts Reynolds' first custom newsroom training
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Baton Rouge hosts Reynolds’ first custom newsroom training

Baton Rouge, Louisiana is a capitol city with a certain flair. It’s home to a sports powerhouse, Louisiana State University. It has avenues filled with stately homes, beautiful walks dripping with live oaks, and  some of the best food you’ll find anywhere in the South. For us at Reynolds, Baton Rouge is an extra special […]

NLGJA Business of Me session
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Headed to NLJGA in Chicago? Come say ‘hi!’

I am polishing off my Powerpoints and packing my business cards as I get ready to head to Chicago for the 2014 NLGJA Convention.  If you’re in Chicago anyway or specifically coming for the convention, I’d love to say “Hi.” I can update you on the new business journalism certificate program being launched by the […]

Sonari Glinton NPR
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NPR’s Sonari Glinton on being real for radio

Sonari R. Glinton was searching for a job after a company he was with laid off employees following 9/11. He and his colleagues were offered help with their resumes as they looked for new jobs. One work session involved creating a dream board of jobs they thought they’d like. Glinton’s board contained words like “literary, […]

Brahm Resnik 12News anchor
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Channel 12’s Brahm Resnik shares broadcast reporting advice

Brahm Resnik was really leaning toward medical school as he was deciding where to attend college. Although he had majored in health sciences at CEGEP (part of the Quebec community college system), he chose not to pursue that field. “Even though I had an aptitude for the sciences, my love was journalism,” Resnik said. He […]

Cringe words
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Words that make me cringe

I’ve told you the story about the contest reporters held in San Diego: “I Can Alienate That Reader in X Words” and how the winner was “Otay Water District.” Who wouldn’t want to flee to the hockey scores? But hackneyed, cliched and corporate-speak words can be just as bad. You can alienate that reader in […]

FRED graph employment
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What a friend we have in FRED

Mark Twain noted that there are “lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Fraud with numbers is something business journalists should always be alert to. But there are gold-standard statistics that no one outside the lunatic fringe questions. And the top place to find them is on the FRED site run by the Federal Reserve Bank of […]