Don’t Get Duped on the Business Beat

There’s a sucker born every minute. As a reporter, particularly a business journalist, you don’t want the next one to

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New Tools for Doing Data

I’ve come across some new (at least to me) tools that are great for reporters doing data work as part

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Covering local kid and teen entrepreneurs

With less demand for camp counselors, lifeguards, and other seasonal jobs typically held by teens, the summer job outlook for

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Business Journalists Need to Cover Morality and Ethics on their Beat

You don’t sustain a career in journalist without constantly learning. Even if you’re a business journalist who’s worked an industry

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Things to Keep in Mind When Covering Marginalized Communities

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this year led to demonstrations in all 50 states. Newsrooms have been

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Reporting Lessons From May’s Job Numbers

Early in June 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the jobs numbers for May. The media rejoiced as

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Will Companies on Your Beat Sink or Swim in the Coming Months?

The stock market is up! Oh, sorry, down! Ah, wait, up after all! Trying to follow and explain what stocks

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Tips For Negotiating a Salary at a First Job

Graduating is hard. Finding a job is hard. Living through a pandemic is hard. Combining all three of those aspects

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Avoid Getting Played by ‘Polls’

Who confuses the coronavirus family and Corona beer? Earlier this year, it would seem like many people, if you believed

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Accounts to Follow for Covering Health Care

Even without a pandemic, health and the business of health care are always a hot topic issue. With lots of

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Judging the Information You Get

There is no good journalism without information. But there are very different types: poor, decent, good, great, and too good.

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We Still Don’t Understand the Covid-19 Numbers

It’s been, what, five months since the early news of Covid-19 spreading? Numbers are at the heart of explaining it

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Reynolds Center Accepts Entries for Annual Barlett & Steele Awards in Investigative Business Journalism

Entries are now being accepted for the 2020 Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism, the nation’s top investigative

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Here’s Why Readers Should Open an Online Social Security Account ASAP

The conventional wisdom, from federal agencies to financial planners, is to wait until the age of 70 to start collecting

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Help Readers Weigh the Pros and Cons of 401(k) CARES Loans

In addition to economic stimulus checks, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, allows U.S. workers,

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Staying Focused While Working From Home

Working from home can be distracting even when we’re not in the midst of a pandemic, worrying about our health,

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Help Your Readers Avoid Financial Scams: Part II

As reported in the first part of a series on the financial exploitation of U.S. seniors, financial scams targeting U.S.

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Help Your Readers Spot These Sneaky COVID-19 Scams

As of May 7, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received nearly 39,000 complaints from consumers who reported losing a

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Localizing Small Businesses Reopening (or Not Reopening)

If your state is among those that are attempting to reopen businesses now or in the coming weeks, many small

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Help Your Readers Avoid Financial Scams: Part I

As the elderly population of the United States continues to grow, there’s a sizable personal finance story for business staff

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Covering Local Hiring Trends

The U.S. economy lost over 20 million jobs in April, reports the Labor Department. While millions of Americans have experienced

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