How to Cover Money, series 1, episode 10

by March 23, 2015

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.

Our podcast is free, and you can download it here or listen below. Each podcast runs about 10-15 minutes, making it a quick feature that you can play in class or assign as homework.

Series 1, Episode 10 looks at Politics and Money. 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?

Series 2 of How To Cover Money will be uploading soon. Our focus next season will be Tips From Top Journalists. Until then, catch up on any podcast episodes that you missed.