Holiday Marketing Strategies on Twitter

For a business reporter, the holiday season is all about retail and shopping. If you’re looking for a new angle

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Barlett & Steele Silver Award: How We Did It

To understand how deeply the demise of Piggly Wiggly Carolina impacted the south, the Post and Courier’s Tony Bartelme interviewed

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Business Stories of the Week: Dec. 1, 2017

Deals—not goods—drive consumers A Cyber Monday article on the Popular Science website, popscie.com, explains why consumers mindlessly react to bargain prices, instead

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Reporting on the Future of Gas Stations

Before long, your local gas station may be running on empty. While it’s roughly estimated that there are just over

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Your Quick and Easy Guide to the Oil Market

Oil has held a prominent spot in the news cycle of late as barrel prices reach a two-year high. The

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Barlett & Steele Gold Award: How We Did It

Sam Roe, Ray Long and Karisa King of Chicago Tribune won the 2017 Barlett & Steele gold award for “Dangerous

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Generate Story Ideas Using Business Silo Analysis

Reacting to breaking topics is one way to generate stories. But it does have some weaknesses: • If things slow

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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New Angles on the Holiday Shopping Season

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are a heartbeat away, and the signs are positive for the retail sector. The National Retail

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5-Week Countdown: Strictly Financials, Phoenix

On January 4, journalists will gather at the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism for Strictly Financials, a

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2017 Barlett & Steele Awards: Watch the Behind-the-Scenes Video

Uncovering potentially lethal mistakes made by local pharmacists. Exposing the executive greed that doomed a beloved employee-owned business. Revealing how

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Business Stories of the Week: Nov. 17, 2017

Digital pills get a thumb’s-up The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the world’s first digital drug, according to

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Small Business Saturday Story Ideas

The day after Thanksgiving is an almost-official holiday devoted to spending money, primarily at large corporate-owned businesses. That doesn’t sit

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Apply Today for a (Free!) Week of Data Training

Reporters who want to plunge into the robust world of federal economic and investment data should apply today for a

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Climate Change and the Business Reporter

Climate change is an enormous topic for science writers. But those changes don’t exist in a vacuum. You can’t modify

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How to Localize Two Big Energy Stories

There have been two major energy stories headlining national—and international—news lately: oil and Puerto Rico. Oil prices are reaching two-year

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Business Stories of the Week: Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

Paradise Papers expose wealthy dodgers On Monday, The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, 380 journalists and 95 media partners unveiled

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Lessons from Online News Association, 2017

Midway through the Online News Association (ONA’s) annual confab in Washington D.C. in October, I realized that the brunt of

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Save the Date: Behind the Scenes of the Barlett & Steele Awards, Nov. 20

What does it take to produce an award-winning piece of investigative business journalism? Does it require dozens of pavement-pounding reporters

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Story Idea: The Rise of Robo-Advisors

On robo-advising platforms, algorithms manage investment portfolios with minimal human involvement, making advice accessible to investors with smaller balances (often

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How Not to Be Sued for Libel

One of the scariest communications a journalist can get is the notification of a lawsuit for libel. Not too long ago, a colleague

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