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Restaurants, retailers and consumers react to food price hikes
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Restaurants, retailers and consumers react to food price hikes

By on Apr 24, 2014

Consumers may want to savor their Cinco de Mayo margaritas and guacamole a bit more than usual this year, because reports of pending food price hikes and shortages include the avocado and lime along with other fruits and vegetables.  A platter of fajitas might strain the budget more, too, with beef prices at the highest [...]

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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 [...]

Doctors, clinics and the pent-up demand from newly insured patients
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Doctors, clinics and the pent-up demand from newly insured patients

President Obama last week relished his announcement that some 8 million people already have signed up for private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and that milestone sets the stage for a number of business angles related to the demand for and delivery of  health care services: Where’s the pent-up demand?  Curiously, a number [...]

Security firms thrive as safety standards tighten for public events
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Security firms thrive as safety standards tighten for public events

According to news reports, some 4,000 security personnel were on hand for Monday’s Boston Marathon, the first since the 2013 bombing at the event killed three people.  From cameras to cops to bomb-sniffing dogs, and through bans on backpacks, face masks and more, officials are determined that this year’s event won’t be marred by tragedy, [...]

Detecting Corporate Fraud: Tips from a Crook and a Sleuth: S.F., June 25
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Detecting Corporate Fraud: Tips from a Crook and a Sleuth: S.F., June 25

Journalists are misled and deceived in a host of ways: outright lying, incomplete or misleading statements and plain old-fashioned spin. But nothing out there compares to the efforts of capital markets issuers – the companies that issue shares and debt on public exchanges – to portray their operations as profitable, robust and growing when they are often anything but.

Money Monday:  Don’t overlook personal finance stories for low-income families
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Money Monday: Don’t overlook personal finance stories for low-income families

One of the biggest limitations and frustrations of mainstream personal finance reporting is that it often includes nothing helpful for the people who need help the most: the poor and low-income people amid our audience. With a few days yet to go in National Financial Literacy Month, why not consider a round-up of services and institutions [...]

Why you should consider Cronkite’s online business journalism certificate
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Why you should consider Cronkite’s online business journalism certificate

This article was first published by ASU Online which is running the Online Graduate Certificate Business Journalism Program in conjunction with the Reynolds Center and Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism. Business and the economy have been dominating the headlines and taking over water cooler talk for years. The Dow plummets. Mortgage rates increase. [...]

The art of column writing
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The art of column writing

At one time, it took many years before a select few journalists could be invested in the purple as columnists. This carried distinct benefits: They were seasoned veterans with the experience, street smarts and capabilities that only time conveys. Sure, a few burnouts were sidelined as columnists, but for the most part this was a [...]

Helping consumers spot phony ‘green’ claims on Earth Day and beyond
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Helping consumers spot phony ‘green’ claims on Earth Day and beyond

Earth Day is April 22 and it’s not just for environmental writers.  From solid waste to clean energy to careers and more, there’s an ecology claim to scrutinize on pretty much every business beat. Even NASCAR, the embodiment of internal-combustion engine worship, tries an earth-friendly spin:  Its Race to Green initiative is encouraging tree planting to [...]

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