How to Fact-Check Your Business Story

Whether there’s been a rise in misinformation online or simply more awareness of it, one thing is for certain: news

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Rejected License Plates: a Fun Story Idea to Keep Your Readers Engaged

License Plates are typically a random configuration of numbers and letters that our eyes barely register. But every once in

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A Beginner’s Guide to Corporate Social Responsibility

What is corporate social responsibility? Businessdictionary.com defines corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a sense of responsibility toward the community and

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A Guide to For-Profit Universities

What are for-profit colleges? For-profit colleges are operated by owners or investors versus the government, a religious group, or a

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Own Your Style but Don’t Get Owned by It

There’s a level of writing development and individuality that many if not most reporters try to achieve—personal style. It’s a

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Reporting Not Just About, but for Low Income People

Thirty six percent of Americans are financially fragile, according to NEFE. That’s about one in three Americans. For young people

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The Business of Natural Disasters

Natural disasters affect nearly 160 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. They include earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires,

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Don’t Push Sources Beyond What They Actually Know

You’re no better than your sources, and the more varied and deep the information they can provide, the more effective

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Pushing Dollars: A Guide to Zombie Debt

The average American has “about 38,000 in personal debt, excluding home mortgage,” a $1,000 increase from last year, according to

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Reporting on the Youth Vaping Trend

As teen smoking rates drop to historic lows, e-cigarette use, or ‘vaping’ is on the rise among the young. Between

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Reporting on The “Fight for $15”

According to a Congressional Budget Office analysis, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour for most workers. This federal

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3 Top Retirement Regrets to Banish

The three “legs” on the traditional retirement planning model—Social Security, pensions, and personal savings—have been wobbly for awhile. The future

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Stop Falling for Off-the-Record Interviews

Hearing from people who ask for interviews off the record has become a regular part of business journalism. In my

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The Freelance Writers’ Guide to Networking

While journalism requires a certain willingness to talk to strangers and interview sources, many writers are introverts who’d rather not

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Don’t Use Sources Who Are Phonies

If your experience reporting is anything like mine, you’ll constantly hear from people who want to be sources and their

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Reporting on School Lunch Debt

A third grader in California recently made headlines for paying off his fellow classmates’ lunch debt of almost $76 with

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How ‘Secure’ Is the Retirement Savings Bill?

Business reporters can get ahead of the competition by advancing this personal finance story that will be making headlines in

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Watch Sources for Lying

Finding good sources can be a challenge and chances are you spend a good amount of time looking for them.

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Is This a New Era for Employee Activism?

Teacher strikes across the country. Employee walkouts at Boston-based furniture retailer Wayfair over selling furniture to detention centers and LA-based

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Social Media Platforms Can Be Great Search Engines

Social media has become such a fabric of life that it is also now an intrinsic part of how reporters

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Pouring Out New Ideas for Bars and Bartending

Every summer, there are new recommendations for local bars to try or cocktails to imbibe. Here are some new ways

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