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All About Reynolds Custom Newsroom Training

By on Sep 05, 2014

You’ve just been named business editor, only to discover no one else on your staff has a business news background. You’ve watched from the sidelines as other publications have built their brands through social media. Meanwhile, you can’t seem to get anyone to become your friend. Your promising reporter has come up with an acre […]

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Quicktips: From pampering people and pets to scams and surcharges
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Quicktips: From pampering people and pets to scams and surcharges

Another raft of ideas jotted on scrap paper or e-mailed to myself are in danger of sailing off into the horizon, so welcome to another installment of Quicktips, the place we salvage viable story pegs at risk of becoming forgotten flotsom. Hotel fees. In our increasing a la carte economy, hotel fees are the latest […]

FDIC report helps you make local sense of record bank profits
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FDIC report helps you make local sense of record bank profits

A recently released report from the FDIC on quarterly U.S. bank performance contains the nuggets for a variety of stories that reflect your local area’s economy. As Reuters reports, banks earned more than $40 billion in the second quarter of 2014, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Quarterly Banking Profile.  Financial institutions are setting […]

Huge Atlantic City Casino Shuts Down NPR
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As large-market casinos fold ‘em, how are local casinos holding up?

When the first slot machines hit Michigan a couple of decades ago in a small tribal casino, the notion of spinning the wheels was enough of an unheard-of novelty that my mother and I drove two and a half  hours to the central part of the state, for the pleasure of pumping our dimes and quarters into […]

Welcome to our first Reynolds Online Graduate Certificate students
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Welcome to our first Reynolds Online Graduate Certificate students

It’s official: class is now in session for the Reynolds Online Graduate Certificate in Business Journalism. The inaugural group of students has kicked things off with Professor Andrew Leckey’s class, Issues in Coverage of Business and the Economy. Professor Leckey’s class is the first of five that will be rolled out by Reynolds over the […]

Stock market records mean little to households with no access to market
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Stock market records mean little to households with no access to market

Wall Street chalked up another milestone on Tuesday when the Standard and Poor’s 500 index closed above 2,000 points for the first time ever, buoyed by gains in durable goods orders and higher consumer confidence, as Reuters reports. Those big round numbers are causing the usual buzz in the financial press — the Wall Street […]

Tim Horton's coffee cups and Burger King bag
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Burger King bid for coffee shops puts fast food evolution in the spotlight

Wall Street gobbled up shares of fast-food monarch Burger King on Monday, following word that the 60-year-old chain might be headquartering north following the acquisition of the Tim Horton’s coffee and doughnut shops. Both chains enjoyed double-digit stock price hikes, with investors licking their chops over the favorable tax situation Burger King would enjoy as […]

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 […]

Labor Day activities boating
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Chronicle the changing nature of jobs for a fresh take on Labor Day

With Labor Day only a week away, you may be pondering ways to commemorate the holiday, which was first observed in September 1882 in New York City, according to an account on the U.S. Department of Labor website. In the ensuing 132 years, the ebb and flow of the organized labor / collective bargaining movements […]