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Covering money and politics

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The Reynolds Center podcast, How To Cover Money, has now officially completed its first season on iTunes.

In each episode, co-host Mark Remillard and I looked at topics that are useful in learning to think like a business reporter, even if you’re not one.

At some time during their careers, almost every journalist is sure to run into a situation involving an elected official, a candidate, and funding. It could be the money that the official is spending on the job. Or, it could be the funds that a candidate is raising and spending.

Here are some topics you can raise in your classroom involving politics and money.

  1. How many different ways is money spent by elected officials? Name some programs and expenditures.
  2. If you were going to follow the money involving a candidate, where are some places to look?
  3. Share your views on soft money. How is that changing the nature of campaigns?
  4. Once officials are elected, how would you cover the ways they are spending money?
  5. Do you think someone can still get elected who doesn’t have their own fortune? What would that candidate owe those who supported him or her?
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