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A business journalist's guide to Reddit and its SubReddits
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A business journalist’s guide to Reddit and its SubReddits

By on Jun 13, 2013

One social media site you may have overlooked is Reddit.com, but don’t be too quick to rule it out. Like Facebook and Twitter, Reddit can be a useful source for business journalists to gather information and find sources. At first glance, the site seems text-heavy and difficult to use, but it is actually easier than […]

U.S. Supreme Court and business
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10 Supreme Court cases business journalists should know

Supreme Court deliberations can seem opaque and perplexing to reporters who haven’t had constitutional history classes, or spent time covering courts. But a basic understanding of how the court operates is a vital tool in a business journalist’s toolbox. Throughout its history, the Supreme Court has decided numerous cases that deal with business matters. In […]

Headline 'fun' and a few thoughts on headline clarity gone wild
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Headline ‘fun’ and a few thoughts on headline clarity gone wild

People apparently like funny headlines.  Facebook users post them right and left.  Tumblr pages abound. I’m told they’re a regular feature on some late-night variety show. The mere mention of  “funny headlines” here will probably attract  more hits than anything could, except kittens. To me,  “funny headlines” means more like “stupid headlines,” and I don’t think they’re funny […]

@HildaSolisDOL
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Dept. of Labor hosts Twitter chat in honor of Labor Day

The Department of Labor is turning to Twitter on Thursday, Aug. 30, for a Labor Day-themed discussion about the job market. In advance of Labor Day 2012, Secretary Hilda L. Solis – who the department is calling “America’s Job Counselor” – will host a live Twitter chat at 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday. Solis will […]

Google Fusion Tables: A guide for business reporters
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Google Fusion Tables: A guide for business reporters

As business journalists, we handle scores of data and do our best to use those figures and statistics to both build and bolster articles. Some of the benefits from the ever-expanding digital world include not only the increasing amount of information, but also the emergence of unique ways to visualize data. I’ve found that Google […]

Blog world community
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How to attract members to your online community

Creating and Building a Community
Be remarkable. “Content is king, but engagement is queen,” said Ludlow. Think of what you can say that is remarkable, that people will comment on. Make sure any time you’re developing content, you’re passionate about it.
Look at your community as a cohesive whole. Risley suggests using a blog to build up the community. Most people overlook the importance of using an email list to get people on the site and interact on it, he added.

Social media community managers
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7 don’ts of online community management

Author Maria Perez is director of news operations at ProfNet, a free service that helps journalists find sources. I recently attended BlogWorld & New Media Expo, a three-day conference and tradeshow for bloggers, podcasters, Web content creators and social media innovators. I was able to listen in on several content creation and blogging sessions, and […]

7 Deadly Social Media sins
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7 Deadly Social Sins: Or how not to suck on social media

Author Maria Perez is director of news operations at ProfNet, a free service that helps journalists find sources. I recently attended BlogWorld & New Media Expo, a three-day conference and trade show for bloggers, podcasters, Web content creators and social media innovators. I was able to listen in on several content creation and blogging sessions, […]

mobile app
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6 mobile apps for business journalists

Access to immediate information is crucial for today’s business journalist wanting to get the job done right and on deadline. Smartphones with full web access make it easy to find almost anything you need on the go. We’ve found the best apps.