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Red Purse and cash
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Covering personal finance: An introduction

By on Aug 03, 2011

Covering personal finance is part journalism and part counseling. No event has brought this home more to me than the economic hurricane we’ve experienced. The biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression was a rude awakening for consumers. Many lost jobs, found themselves underwater in their mortgages, deep in credit card debt and with few, […]

Creators of ProPublica's ‘Dollars for Docs’ showcase newsroom geek-tech
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Creators of ProPublica’s ‘Dollars for Docs’ showcase newsroom geek-tech

A list of data-scraping resources was among the tools most requested by our free training attendees. They also often ask for access to a business-terms glossary. With billions of dollars pumping through the pharmaceutical industry each year and doctors making unknown profits, one question for investigative journalists has remained: How do we follow the money […]

Mentoring poll
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Share your thoughts on mentoring in business journalism

Got a minute? Take our mentoring survey. Maybe you had a mentor early in your career who taught you the skills needed to tackle an in-depth project. Or maybe you’re the one at your media outlet dubbed the go-to person for understanding how to dig deeper into records or craft a perfect story pitch. If […]

Pew Research is so much more than Obama's religion
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Pew Research is so much more than Obama’s religion

There’s been a lot of news this week about what Americans know or don’t know about President Obama’s religion. Where’s all this come from? Pew Research: Growing Number of Americans Say Obama is a Muslim Pew is a great resource. When you have a few minutes, check out their archives: 2010 Publications. Many of their […]

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U.S. business journalists express confidence in journalism’s future

Almost two-thirds of business journalists report that the amount of business coverage at their organization has stayed the same or increased in the past five years, according to a new survey commissioned by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. | Business Journalists Study 2010 (PDF) The Business Journalists Study 2010 is a […]

Sunshine laws
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Journalists’ databases poured sunshine on hidden N.C. state salaries

The News & Observer in Raleigh challenged North Carolina’s law protecting personnel records from  public view with a three-part series showing the impact of the decision: Salary histories kept from public. Because the state provides only current salary information, the news organizations in the area have had to compile their own databases by requesting information […]

Google Sean Carlson
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SABEW participants get a Google deep dive

Sean Carlson, manager of global communications and public affairs at Google, talked until he was horse on Day 2 of SABEW’s annual convention. Carlson started “Google for Journalists: Search smarter tips and tricks” sessions every hour on the hour where he shared tips on ways to refine and direct Google searches. TIPS AND TRICKS (I […]

Twitter and hashtags business
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Twitter’s advanced search helps journalists find local sources

Journalists can’t avoid hearing about the benefits of using Twitter and other social media tools … whether they believe them or not. Well, the advanced search tool on Twitter may just help make believers of journalists hoping to find local sources for stories. SIMPLE SEARCH This first image shows a simple search window that appears […]

Unlocking financial statements: Online, July 19-23
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Unlocking financial statements: Online, July 19-23

The Particulars Instructor: Jimmy Gentry Location: Online Date: July 19-23 Registration for this Webinar is closed. Did you miss our live sessions? Check out archived recordings and materials at the “Unlocking Financial Statements (2011)” self-guided training page. Please note: Registration for this Webinar is closed. Recordings of the Webinar sessions, as well as the PowerPoints […]