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Two Minute Tips

October 2015

How to cover your community’s TIGER grants

Have you noticed new transit projects like streetcars and bike lanes in your area? They may well be funded by federal TIGER grants. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER)

Covering the Black Friday backlash

Recreational Equipment Inc. members got a surprising email this week. The outdoor outfitters collective, known as REI, has decided not to be open on the Friday after Thanksgiving. It wants

Beyond the fiscal data: Covering economic anxiety

Marketplace, the public radio program, discovered something alarming in the nation’s economic data. All the numbers from the federal government, from jobs to housing, pointed to a better economy. But,

Covering federal grants, loans, and awards

The U.S. government gives out billions of dollars every year in grants, loans, contracts and financial assistance. Using USAspending.gov, you can see who is being awarded the money, how much,

Federal Prison

5 tips for covering money and prisons

The American prison system is rife with money stories. Here are five economic angles you can pursue to localize coverage of prisons and jails in your state or community. Note:

Engagement resources for business journalists

Is your newsroom looking to interact more with your audience? Create better timelines, charts and graphics? Be more efficient in your work individually and within a team? Here are some

Would Americans use high-speed rail?

A new survey by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) — “High-Speed Rail in America 2015” — finds that if high-speed rail were available now, 63 percent of Americans would

North Dakota gets the next new airport

The city of Williston, North Dakota, has been awarded a $27 million Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to buy 1,540 acres of land for a

Data resources for business journalists

  Data isn’t just for investigative reporters. Numbers are the basis for any business story. Where to find them? Try these sources. Google Public Data Google has a free public

5 online tools to improve your reporting

  1. FOIA Machine FOIA Machine is a website that helps you speed up and simplify the process of submitting a Freedom of Information Access request. It hosts the standard

An MLB General Manager’s climb to the top

The major league baseball season ended Sunday, and now it’s on to the playoffs. While the players capture the most attention, the key figures in getting the teams to the

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