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Costly ‘debt repair’ programs don’t make student loans vanish
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Costly ‘debt repair’ programs don’t make student loans vanish

Watching the Weather Channel the other day, hoping for a drop of rain, my ears pricked up at a commercial for the Student Loan Repairman, one of many companies that claims it can stop wage garnishment, “cut loan payments in half” and otherwise ease patrons’ debt burden. With many recent grads confronting the reality of […]

Fortune’s Katherine Eban gives advice on digging deep into business
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Fortune’s Katherine Eban gives advice on digging deep into business

Katherine Eban grew up wanting to be a writer, but not a journalist. Yet fate had a different plan for the now Fortune Magazine contributor. While working as a policy analyst for the New York City Public Advocate, Eban began doing investigative reports for him on various issues. The reports ended up on the front […]

Tampa Bay Times’ Ivan Penn on bringing power to the energy beat
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Tampa Bay Times’ Ivan Penn on bringing power to the energy beat

Ivan Penn, Tampa Bay Times reporter, started his journalism career as a TV weatherman—in elementary school for an in-house cable program. His father, an avid consumer of the news, inspired him to pursue journalism. “I was overwhelmed with news, so the Freudian piece of that would probably be that I was trying to get some […]

Data Journalism 101: NABJ, Boston, July 30
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Data Journalism 101: NABJ, Boston, July 30

Poke behind the winners of most major investigative awards including the Pulitzer Prizes, and you’ll usually find a database. Yet number phobia has kept many of us from fully exploiting databases as a tool in our reporting skill set.

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 […]

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.

Funeral-home e-mail scam highlights new phishing woes
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Funeral-home e-mail scam highlights new phishing woes

It’s been a rough few months for consumers.  First, millions learned that shopping at their friendly discount store – or upscale department store – may have exposed their financial information to overseas hackers. That series of incidents – on top of drumbeat headlines about government spying and invasion of privacy – has percolated fears about […]

Day 3: Reynolds Week 2014 – Strictly Financials resources
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Day 3: Reynolds Week 2014 – Strictly Financials resources

Below are session recordings, PowerPoint presentations and handouts from Day 3 of Reynolds Business Journalism Week 2014, which consists of concurrent four-day seminars: one for business journalists called Strictly Financials, and one for professors on how to teach business journalism. Gary Trennepohl, professor of finance at Oklahoma State University, led Day 3′s Strictly Financials sessions […]

Day 3: Reynolds Week 2014 – Business Journalism Professors resources
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Day 3: Reynolds Week 2014 – Business Journalism Professors resources

Below are session recordings, PowerPoint presentations and handouts from Day 3 of Reynolds Business Journalism Week 2014, which consists of concurrent four-day seminars: one for business journalists called Strictly Financials, and one for professors on how to teach business journalism.

The business journalism professors continued their exploration of financial statements with Jimmy Gentry, professor and former dean at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas.

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