Crash Course Federal Reserve: Part One

The Federal Reserve System, Part One History, Purpose and Structure The Federal Reserve System is a quasi-government body that impacts

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Approach ‘AI Everywhere’ with Proper Skepticism

Everything is powered by artificial intelligence these days, if you took stock of manufacturers’ claims and general hype. Don’t, because

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The Costs of Emergency Medical Transportation

Emergency transport, such as ambulances, can save lives–but not without a price. Although these services are solely run by the

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Localizing the Business of Campaign Memorabilia

The 2020 presidential election is less than a year away, so yard signs, buttons, bumper stickers, and other memorabilia are

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Online Data Tools for Business Journalists

Data is something business journalists need to use, whether it is statistics about unemployment or information about company revenues. Sometimes

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Localizing Small Business This Holiday Season

CNBC reports that major brands including Target, UPS, and Kohl’s plan to hire almost a quarter million (230,000) seasonal workers this

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Tips for covering Black Friday 2019

Shopping is often the first word that comes to peoples’ minds when they hear Black Friday. The day after the

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Covering the Impact of Tariffs on Local Businesses

As part of the United State’s ongoing trade war with China, the Trump administration instituted a 15 percent tariff on

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Navigating the IT Channel

Generally speaking, there are two avenues for selling products: Business to consumer (B2C) and business to business (B2B). Most large

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How Natural Disasters Affect Property Taxes

Natural disasters can cause millions of dollars in damage. The tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri in 2011 caused about $2.8

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6 Important Figures for Business Reporters to Highlight in Earnings Reports

Covering earnings is increasingly done by robot reporters, which can instantly create reports with the most important figures from the

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3 Bills on Retirement Security to Watch on Capitol Hill

The U.S. trade war is giving many U.S. consumers in, or near, retirement, the financial jitters, which should push the

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Pop-Up Halloween Store Story Ideas

As we approach Halloween, you’ve probably noticed a few vacant buildings in your neighborhood that are suddenly no longer vacant.

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Is a Recession Coming in 2020? Don’t Ask the Experts—Ask Your Readers 

That rumble you hear on the horizon isn’t just the weather changing in October—there are things bumping in the economic

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Are Americans Overly Confident About Retirement?

That’s the question business reporters should follow, after studying a number of recent surveys that are making headlines. Those responding

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Covering Collector’s Items

The concept of value is essential in business reporting, but very hard to comprehend. At a base level, why is

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Pulling Pictures From Social Media: the Do’s and Don’ts

Journalists are constantly rushing to wherever the action is happening. But even if they get to a location 10 minutes

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A Beginner’s Guide to a Company’s Burn Rate

Burn rate is one of those important metrics that shareholders, CEOs, investors or others involved could use to define how

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How to Read IRS Form 990: Part 3

This is the third of a three-part series on IRS Form 990. IRS Form 990 is a goldmine of financial

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Medicare Beneficiaries May Need an Advil or Two to Navigate Plan Choices This Year

October is a critical month for Medicare beneficiaries to start studying their healthcare choices. During “open enrollment” — the period

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How To Read IRS Form 990: Part 2

This is the second of a three-part series on IRS Form 990. The third part will be published Monday, October

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