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The art of column writing
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The art of column writing

By on Apr 17, 2014

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 [...]

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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 [...]

A new way to look at housing prices:  NYT’s shows what a buck will buy
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A new way to look at housing prices: NYT’s shows what a buck will buy

I always admire alternative storytelling, from video to maps to interactive graphics or just clever ways that writers use prose.  A a recent business story in the New York Times recently caught my eye and I think it’s just ripe for biz reporters nationwide to localize. In “The buck shops here,”the NYT columnist Ben Schott [...]

So just why is 4/20 a day to celebrate pot .. and other marijuana stories ideas
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So just why is 4/20 a day to celebrate pot .. and other marijuana stories ideas

Not all of the grass enjoyed this coming weekend will be that bright green stuff cushioning dyed hard-boiled eggs. In an interesting confluence of events, Easter Sunday shares April 20 with what’s come to be known as National Weed Day, when marijuana is smoked and publicly celebrated in parks and plazas nationwide; Wikipedia calls it [...]

Money Monday:  Making sense sense of the financial advice industry
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Money Monday: Making sense sense of the financial advice industry

We’re midway through National Financial Literacy month and our look at resources and story ideas for addressing personal finance coping skills at various life stages.  This week, middle-age — the group that’s coping with myriad financial concerns from their kids’ (and perhaps their own) student loans to elder care to planning for their own old [...]

Quicktips: Mad Men kitsch, real-estate glitch, Passover product pitch
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Quicktips: Mad Men kitsch, real-estate glitch, Passover product pitch

We’re amid one of those stimulating times of year when the seasonal news pegs are so numerous it’s hard to keep up.  I missed National Love Your Produce Manager Day and going to have to take a pass on National Garlic Day; hoping to squeeze in some Earth Day ideas but meanwhile here are a [...]

Follow-up ideas to the gender-wage gap headlines
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Follow-up ideas to the gender-wage gap headlines

President Obama commemorated Equal Pay Day by inking an executive order that addresses the wage gap between men and women, at least at federal contractors.  And while Equal Pay Day (the day a female worker catches up to a male worker’s total wages for the previous year) has come and gone, the issue remains along [...]

New state tax revenue data gives insight into consumer spending
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New state tax revenue data gives insight into consumer spending

New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau on state tax revenues are just out for the fourth quarter of 2013, with the annual summary for the full year also due out April 8. Because these figures are broken down into categories ranging from property tax to alcohol purchases, you might consider using them as a [...]

Money Monday: Staving off student loan woes
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Money Monday: Staving off student loan woes

As National Financial Literacy Month unfolds, we’re taking a look at story ideas pegged to various life stages; last week we pondered personal finance topics for young children and their parents. Next up, a look at money issues that are front and center for young adults. This is the life stage at which establishing good [...]

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