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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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  • Helping readers if they’re getting stock market fever
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    Helping readers if they’re getting stock market fever

    Beats, Economy, Featured, Melissa Preddy, Personal finance, Story ideas

    The U.S. stock markets are having a star-spangled week heading into the Independence Day holiday, as Reuters reports in “Dow, S&P end at records in fireworks before the Fourth.” With headlines ablaze about major indices hitting never-before-seen heights, you might want to find some local angles to the Wall Street news. First, it’s always interesting [...]

  • Washington Post watchdog Michael Sallah on shoe leather, coyote runs
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    Washington Post watchdog Michael Sallah on shoe leather, coyote runs

    5 Questions with..., Best Practices, Career tips, Featured

    Michael Sallah enrolled in two journalism courses fall quarter of his freshman year at University of Toledo. It was love at first sight. “I just went bonkers. I fell in love with it. I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do,” Sallah said. Sallah also caught the journalism fervor that lingered from the post-Watergate [...]

  • Getting punked; getting clarity
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    Getting punked; getting clarity

    Best Practices, Featured, Jon Talton

    Years ago when I worked in San Diego, I covered a company whose chief executive was truth challenged. So when a fax came across (yes, it was that long ago) claiming that the company had triumphed in a dispute with federal regulators I was suspicious. I called the feds and discovered that the company had [...]

  • Costly ‘debt repair’ programs don’t make student loans vanish
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    Costly ‘debt repair’ programs don’t make student loans vanish

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

    Watching the Weather Channel the other day, hoping for a drop of rain, my ears pricked up at a commercial for the Student Loan Repairman, one of many companies that claims it can stop wage garnishment, “cut loan payments in half” and otherwise ease patrons’ debt burden. With many recent grads confronting the reality of [...]

  • Midyear opportunities for business journalists
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    Midyear opportunities for business journalists

    Best Practices, Featured, Jon Talton

    With June 30th, we’ve reached the important mid-year point where you can take stock of myriad yardsticks of performance (this is why your editors wanted you to get your expenses in early). It marks the midpoint in the metrics of many companies that follow the calendar year. It also gives you a chance to see [...]

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