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    BARLETT & STEELE AWARDS
    Applications are coming in for our awards which celebrate the best in investigative business journalism. Work published in the year ending June 30. Deadline: Aug. 1. | More

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  • Data Journalism 101: SPJ/RTDNA, Nashville, Sept. 4
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    Data Journalism 101: SPJ/RTDNA, Nashville, Sept. 4

    Calendar: Workshops, Webinars, Free Training

    Behind the winners of most major investigative awards including the Pulitzers is a database – or maybe even a slew of databases. Yet number phobia has kept many of us from fully exploiting databases as a tool in our reporting skill set.

    Fear no more! In this session for those with no previous database experience, Pulitzer winner Michael J. Berens of The Seattle Times demystifies data and shows you how to find and mine databases for unique enterprise stories.

  • As highway fund is debated, how does the local business of road building fare?
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    As highway fund is debated, how does the local business of road building fare?

    Beats, Economy, Featured, Green | Sustainability, Melissa Preddy, Small | Private | Non-profit, Story ideas, Technology

    The federal Highway Trust Fund is projected to run out of money on August 1.   Congress is as usual eschewing a long-term, sweeping vision in favor of a short-term patch.   According to Bloomberg, odds are that a House version of a transportation bill will make it to President Obama for signature. With looming funding issues, [...]

  • Fresh peg on new domain names: “dot-vodka,” “dot-Christmas,” “dot-fail”
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    Fresh peg on new domain names: “dot-vodka,” “dot-Christmas,” “dot-fail”

    Beats, Featured, Manufacturing | Large companies, Media | Advertising, Melissa Preddy, Personal finance, Small | Private | Non-profit, Story ideas

    Looking for a business story that spans the corporate world, small companies and even consumers & personal finance? The 2014 rollout of new top-level domain names is underway, but flying surprisingly under most radar screens.   If you haven’t yet written about the upcoming availability of hundreds of alternatives to good old .com and .net, you’ve [...]

  • Christmas in July? Retailers wooing holiday spenders even earlier
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    Christmas in July? Retailers wooing holiday spenders even earlier

    Beats, Economy, Featured, Media | Advertising, Melissa Preddy, Personal finance, Retail | Lifestyle, Story ideas

    How are we spending our summer vacation?   Prepping for back-to-school, Thanksgiving and Christmas, if the displays in retail stores are any indication. Consumers who didn’t buy their swimwear back in March probably found themselves picking through a clearance rack featuring a few “size 2 junior” mismatched bathing suit bottoms and tops the week before the [...]

  • Drivers prepping for the holiday sift through roadside aid deals
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    Drivers prepping for the holiday sift through roadside aid deals

    Beats, Featured, Insurance, Media | Advertising, Melissa Preddy, Personal finance, Story ideas

    With legions of Americans about to hit the road for a three-day weekend provided by the Independence Day holiday’s serendipitously falling on a Friday this year, you might want to take a look at  personal finance quirk related to roadside assistance plans. AAA forecasts that 41 million people will travel more than 50 miles from [...]

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