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Parachuting in for a story: 17 tips to getting it right
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Parachuting in for a story: 17 tips to getting it right

By on Mar 26, 2014

Nothing beats boots on the ground. With staff and budget cuts, newspapers do less “parachuting in” on stories away from their hometown. That’s too bad because in an interconnected world “local news” is everywhere, and reaching out to another place in your state or region can provide some of the most compelling journalism. So here’s [...]

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Beware superlatives and hype
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Beware superlatives and hype

One of the chief missions of this blog is to give “a kick in the butt” to business journalism. But it’s a tough balance. I want to kick without getting personal or discouraging otherwise good reporters and editors. So without naming names, let me point to a headline I saw recently, “Gila Bend developing into [...]

The basics to finding scoops
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The basics to finding scoops

In a previous post, I discussed how to respond to the scalding of being scooped. Let’s turn it around. Where do you find your own scoops? If you’re among the anointed that went to an Ivy League school and ended up at a globally prestigious news organization (you know who you are), many of the [...]

So where do you go after winning a Polk Award at your internship?
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So where do you go after winning a Polk Award at your internship?

At only 22-years-old, one recent Arizona State University graduate has already accomplished what most professionals take years to achieve. Lauren Kyger has won the 2013 George Polk Award in Journalism for business reporting for her first major investigative project while interning with the Center for Public Integrity. “I was honestly shocked. I was really, really [...]

Best in Business: Bloomberg, NY Times, American Banker, LA Times, ProPublica
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Best in Business: Bloomberg, NY Times, American Banker, LA Times, ProPublica

SABEW has announced winners in the 19th annual Best in Business competition. Bloomberg News and its related media outlets, including Bloomberg Markets, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Bloomberg TV, led with 13 honors.  The New York Times had eight honors; Reuters, seven; American Banker, six; and the Los Angeles Times and ProPublica had five honors each. FULL [...]

Getting people to talk to you
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Getting people to talk to you

I recently interviewed my former Arizona Republic colleague Tom Zoellner at the wonderful civic treasure that is Town Hall Seattle. The occasion: His tour promoting his new book, Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World — From the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief. There is life after journalism. Zoellner has a well-reviewed book [...]

The ‘Ws’: More than just the basics
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The ‘Ws’: More than just the basics

Every reporter learns the “Ws”: Who, what, when, where and why. They are the foundation of any good story. But most of them get short shrift after the first two or three paragraphs. But in a fast-moving, “news now” environment, they can be a secret weapon for producing deeper, exclusive content. After all, it’s not [...]

In name of ‘objectivity,’ don’t fall for false, partisan talking points
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In name of ‘objectivity,’ don’t fall for false, partisan talking points

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.

What can I tell a young journalist in the age of coding, branding, the gig economy
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What can I tell a young journalist in the age of coding, branding, the gig economy

“You’d better learn how to play the game, and I don’t just mean the game of football” — North Dallas Forty In 1989, someone gave me a present: A balsa wood kit of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. We both worked at the Dayton Daily News, which at the time had the greatest concentration of talent [...]

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