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  • Business journalism after the robot invasion
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    Business journalism after the robot invasion

    Academic Programs, Basics, Featured

    This summer the Associated Press began deploying computers rather than people to write quarterly corporate earnings stories. This robotic journalism is consistently competent. Even though skillful human reporters can still produce better work, the bots have a compelling advantage: they’re exceptionally fast. They can transform news releases into news without even the minimal time lag […]

  • Businesses beyond retail chalk up back-to-school sales
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    Businesses beyond retail chalk up back-to-school sales

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

    It’s axiomatic that back-to-school season is good business for apparel and footwear sellers, purveyors of pencils and gadget suppliers. But for an interesting twist on the standard end-of-summer stories, how about a look at other businesses that benefit from back-to-school, including unexpected sectors like lice salons and bars.  Services that reflect the realities of hectic […]

  • Retailers delight as people throw showers for all occasions
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    Retailers delight as people throw showers for all occasions

    Featured, Melissa Preddy, Personal finance, Retail | Lifestyle, Small | Private | Non-profit

    Oh, the weather outside may be delightful, but to some the forecast is frightful:  Never-ending showers. The gift-giving type, that is.  Rites of passages of all sorts are nowadays being coopted by retailers and marketers as the ideal occasions for showers involving lots of presents and even registries. From college students to first-time grannies to […]

  • Quirky business features: Carnies, damsels, scams and beer
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    Quirky business features: Carnies, damsels, scams and beer

    Featured, Melissa Preddy, Personal finance, Retail | Lifestyle, Small | Private | Non-profit

    It’s been a month or so since the last edition of Quicktips and those scraps of paper are piling up again in my notebook. From the sober to the silly, here are a few story nuggets you may want to add to your near-term lineup: State Fairs.  How did that sneak up?  Summer 2014 is […]

  • Channel 12′s Brahm Resnik shares broadcast reporting advice
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    Channel 12′s Brahm Resnik shares broadcast reporting advice

    5 Questions with..., Best Practices, Featured, Networking

    Brahm Resnik was really leaning toward medical school as he was deciding where to attend college. Although he had majored in health sciences at CEGEP (part of the Quebec community college system), he chose not to pursue that field. “Even though I had an aptitude for the sciences, my love was journalism,” Resnik said. He […]

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