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

By on Aug 19, 2014

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 […]

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
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The basics of guerrilla journalism

Our calling is inhabited by three kinds of news organizations. Let’s use the Sergio Leone scale: • The Good are ones that practice serious, aggressive journalism, value business news, encourage constant learning by journalists and believe their readers are smart people. At one time, these were called “destination newspapers.” • The Bad are those with […]

Weird Al Yankovic takes on business lingo in latest video
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Weird Al Yankovic takes on business lingo in latest video

Wrapping up a series of eight videos in eight days, Weird Al Yankovic parodies business language. With a tune that sounds very much like Crosby, Stills & Nash’s “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” the song – “Mission Statement” features Yankovic harmonizing with himself on lyrics full of corporate jargon. As he sings, an artist illustrates the […]

newspaper with the headline Pigs Fly from PRSA in Phildelphia
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Hack to flacks: PR advice from a cranky journalist

Some of you will go directly into public relations or “public affairs” (I always wanted to be in public affairs, but that’s another story). Others are journalists who will leave mid-career for the “dark side” of PR. The latter used to be a sure shot — journalists had the best contacts, writing skills, etc. That’s […]

Washington Post watchdog Michael Sallah on shoe leather, coyote runs
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Washington Post watchdog Michael Sallah on shoe leather, coyote runs

Michael Sallah enrolled in two journalism courses fall quarter of his freshman year at University of Toledo. It was love at first sight. “I just went bonkers. I fell in love with it. I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do,” Sallah said. Sallah also caught the journalism fervor that lingered from the post-Watergate […]