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Background, off the record and you
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Background, off the record and you

By on May 29, 2014

The most authoritative quotes come from on-the-record named sources, preferably senior executives, labor leaders, scientists, economists and workers with direct knowledge of the news. But there will come times in your career when it’s necessary to used unnamed sources in order to bring some of the most important information to light. While one usually thinks [...]

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85 journalism students begin Dow Jones News Fund program this week
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85 journalism students begin Dow Jones News Fund program this week

The Dow Jones News Fund will train and send 85 undergraduate and graduate students to work this summer as business reporters, digital journalists, news and sports copy editors in paid internships at 54 of the nation’s leading news organizations. A FULL LIST of the interns, their universities and news organizations with their training programs and Twitter [...]

Business journalism for dummies, part 2
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Business journalism for dummies, part 2

In the previous Business Journalism for Dummies post, I laid out some of the basics you need to know if you’re starting out or moving over to business news from metro or features. Now let’s move on to some macro concepts that should inform much of your coverage, even if you’re on the small-business beat. [...]

Veteran business journalist named new director of Reynolds Center
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Veteran business journalist named new director of Reynolds Center

Micheline Maynard, a former New York Times senior business correspondent, will be the new director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Maynard will lead business journalism training efforts for the Reynolds Center, the world’s premier provider of ongoing training [...]

You can lead a reporter to culture, even in business
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You can lead a reporter to culture, even in business

Some of the best business journalism is being done by magazines and online ‘zines. For example, John Cassidy’s New Yorker pieces, although not exclusively focused on biz, are always worth reading. Salon and Slate both do aggressive business reporting and columnizing. Some are the long reads that magazines do so well, but others are daily [...]

Beyond Bylines: PRNewswire blog is full of useful tips for journalists
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Beyond Bylines: PRNewswire blog is full of useful tips for journalists

  If you stop by BusinessJournalism.org regularly, you know that I enjoy finding new (and sometimes unusual) resources for journalists.  Digging into LinkedIn, finding company tutorials on Slideshare. Finding insight on local economies by browsing Indeed or thinking about a new way to cover corporations while listening to TED Talks Social Good Playlist. Anywhere people [...]

Business journalism for dummies, part 1
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Business journalism for dummies, part 1

No, you’re not a dummy. But if you are starting your first job on the business beat or have been reassigned to business after spending 10 years covering school boards (Zzzzz), you might feel that way, being dumped into this alien world. Here are a few key concepts. 1. You will be covering two kinds [...]

Boston Business Journal’s Jon Chesto on ‘digital first’ regional weekly-style
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Boston Business Journal’s Jon Chesto on ‘digital first’ regional weekly-style

Jon Chesto, who serves as the Boston Business Journal’s managing editor for print, jokes that when he first stepped into the role of business reporting, he knew not the difference between a stock and a bond nor had he reported on an earnings release. “But I was fascinated by it almost immediately,” Chesto said. “It [...]

The killer job interview: Don’t forget you’re interviewing them too
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The killer job interview: Don’t forget you’re interviewing them too

I wish I could bring glad tidings on the job front, but alas, no. According to ASNE, 2,600 journalist jobs were lost in 2012 and nothing has improved since. The market is glutted and you are especially at a disadvantage if you’re over age 50. The much-heralded “gig economy” is only real if you have [...]

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