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The basics of guerrilla journalism
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The basics of guerrilla journalism

By on Jul 23, 2014

Our calling is inhabited by three kinds of news organizations. Let’s use the Sergio Leone scale: • The Good are ones that practice serious, aggressive journalism, value business news, encourage constant learning by journalists and believe their readers are smart people. At one time, these were called “destination newspapers.” • The Bad are those with [...]

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Weird Al Yankovic takes on business lingo in latest video

Wrapping up a series of eight videos in eight days, Weird Al Yankovic parodies business language. With a tune that sounds very much like Crosby, Stills & Nash’s “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” the song – “Mission Statement” features Yankovic harmonizing with himself on lyrics full of corporate jargon. As he sings, an artist illustrates the [...]

SABEW names interim executive director
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SABEW names interim executive director

Renee McGivern, a consultant with extensive experience leading news associations, has been appointed interim executive director of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, effective July 1. McGivern spent nearly two decades as head of the Minnesota Newspaper Foundation and served as interim executive director at the National Scholastic Press Association. She currently is [...]

Washington Post watchdog Michael Sallah on shoe leather, coyote runs
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Washington Post watchdog Michael Sallah on shoe leather, coyote runs

Michael Sallah enrolled in two journalism courses fall quarter of his freshman year at University of Toledo. It was love at first sight. “I just went bonkers. I fell in love with it. I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do,” Sallah said. Sallah also caught the journalism fervor that lingered from the post-Watergate [...]

When sources say stupid things
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When sources say stupid things

Friends don’t let friends write drunk, unless one is at the Algonquin Round Table. But what happens when sources say something demonstrably stupid? Do you put in in the paper or online? Let me be clear. First, there is an eternal debate about cleaning up quotes to make them grammatical and keep the speaker from [...]

Reporter Todd Neff on going ‘Gonzo’ with a piece on marijuana
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Reporter Todd Neff on going ‘Gonzo’ with a piece on marijuana

Todd Neff is a Colorado-based freelance journalist who frequently writes for the University of Colorado Health Insider, a 2,000-circulation newsletter that provides information about the Denver-based University of Colorado Hospital’s operations for employees and faculty. While writing for the UCH Insider, Neff happened across a story that fascinated him. CU Toxicology, a spinoff lab within [...]

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 [...]

About those ‘negative’ stories…
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About those ‘negative’ stories…

Business journalists especially face the accusation of being “negative.” Companies want to control their image. Many small outfits have no experience in dealing with the press. Also, more and more, we live in a culture of relentless sales and hype. Many Americans are irrationally optimistic, as Barbara Ehrenreich discussed in her book, Bright-Sided: How Positive [...]

Columbia Journalism School announces its 2014-15 Knight-Bagehot fellows
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Columbia Journalism School announces its 2014-15 Knight-Bagehot fellows

Annalyn Kurtz, senior writer at CNNMoney and former BusinessJournalism.org intern, is among the 10 2014-2015 Knight-Bagehot Fellows in economics and business journalism announced by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Kurtz, a 2008 graduate of Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, joins business reporters from The Associated Press (AP), Bloomberg News,  [...]

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