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Investigating the Business of Government: Self-guided training
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Investigating the Business of Government: Self-guided training

By on Jan 22, 2014

This free workshop was originally held on Jan. 23, 2014 in Lexington, Ky.

Governments award millions of dollars in contracts and are often some of the largest employers in town. Yet journalists sometimes overlook the business stories in the workings of local and state government. The Watergate admonition to “follow the money” applies to investigations of government at all levels, down to the economic-development agency and library board.

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How I learned to stop worrying and love Twitter
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How I learned to stop worrying and love Twitter

In the past, I’ve mostly used Twitter for two things: To promote my columns and blog posts, and to create a Twitter feed on subjects such as economics that was high quality to as to attract followers. Now I am comfortable using it as another platform, beyond dead trees and the newspaper Web site, to [...]

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Healthcare, Snowden, side hustles: Learn by exploring Slideshare

If you don’t already spend time on Slideshare, you might check it out. Slideshare.net is a huge website where people share presentations – PowerPoints, documents, PDFs, videos and webinars. I know it’s popular to diss PowerPoints, and I agree that bad ones are terrible, but good ones can be great tools for learning something new. [...]

New comment system: Share your views, tips, ideas with ReadrBoard
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New comment system: Share your views, tips, ideas with ReadrBoard

    Have you noticed the little blue bubble logo in our blog posts?  It’s right there under the byline and to the left of our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ share buttons. It’s a new way of commenting on our posts and engaging with our writers and other readers.  Give it a try.  We’ve preloaded [...]

The Fracking Revolution: Self-guided training
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The Fracking Revolution: Self-guided training

The free, one-hour webinar, The Fracking Revolution: Finding Energy Stories Everywhere, will be held Dec. 4, 2013. In this presentation co-sponsored by NPR, Marilyn Geewax, a senior business editor with NPR, will help you understand how this unleashing of massive supplies of fossil fuels is changing all of our lives.

Sourcing with Social Media: Self-guided training
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Sourcing with Social Media: Self-guided training

Sean Campbell, a competitive-intelligence expert, teaches how to source stories using social media in a one-hour, free webinar on Nov. 13. This self-guided training contains the slides and recording from that session.

Social media: What is it good for?
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Social media: What is it good for?

I was always an early adopter. My first blog began in 1998, although I think the term is out of date for what are online columns. When social media came along, I signed right up. My experiences have been uneven at best. I’d love to hear from other journalists in the comments field. Remember one [...]

Data Journalism 101: Self-guided training
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Data Journalism 101: Self-guided training

The free, two-part webinar, Data Journalism 101, was originally held Oct. 22-23, 2013. Michael J. Berens leads this two-hour course. He won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, and calls databases, especially those you put together yourself, the “secret ingredient” in award-winning work.” Indeed, poke behind the winners of most major investigative awards from [...]

SEC Filings Master Class (2013): Self-guided training
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SEC Filings Master Class (2013): Self-guided training

This free, multi-session webinar, “SEC Filings Master Class,” will be held Oct. 8-10.

Covering public companies involves plowing through the documents they file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Have you ever wondered if you’re missing good stories because you don’t know where or what to look for?

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