Journalist’s Brief: Foreign Currency Exchange Rates

Where does an exchange rate come from? At its core, an exchange rate is a representation of the supply and

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Work with a Spreadsheet and Calculator at Hand

Would you sit to write with only a typewriter and plan to send paper drafts to an editor? Or when

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Roth IRAs Expected to Get a Big Boost in 2020 

Setting Up Every Community for Retirement Enhancement, or the Secure Act, offers tax advantages for small business owners and many

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How to Plan a Break from Freelance Writing

Whether it’s a few weeks off for holiday travel or a month or more of parental leave, there’s no one-size-fits-all

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Understand the Jargon, Don’t Just Repeat It

Covering any beat in journalism means dealing with jargon, which is more than a collection of buzzwords. I remember a

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Will the Secure Act Help Americans Save Enough for Retirement?

Late last year, The U.S. Senate handed Americans an early Christmas gift on December 19 by approving Setting Every Community

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Crash Course Federal Reserve: Part Two

The Federal Reserve System, Part Two Tools and Relevance in Reporting This is part two of a series about the

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Covering Business in the Era of Mass Shootings

El Paso. Dayton, Ohio, Virginia Beach. Midland, Texas. Several mass shootings have made headlines this year. Regardless of where you

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Different Definitions Can Change What You Think You’re Reporting

Definitions of terms may seem like a dull topic, but few other things have the capacity to so radically and

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Two story ideas for covering unemployment

Unemployment rate is one of the major indicators of a country’s healthy economy. There is a great deal of content

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Reporter’s Brief: Attorney General’s Attempt to Weaken Facebook’s Encryption

In early October, Attorney General William Barr wrote an open letter to Facebook, urging the company to abandon plans to

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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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