Donald W. Reynolds National Center For Business Journalism

Two Minute Tips

April 2017

Business stories in health care legislation

The failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act continues to be a major political story, as politicians indicate they will continue their attempts to kill Obamacare. The status of the

Covering local community banks: Trends and stats

Community banks are essential to the local economy and play a vital role in the nation’s financial health. They provide business journalists a plethora of stories. To jump-start your reporting, here

Journalists head to a pair of primary online sources for information on company finances. (Image by Coyot via Pixabay)

Where to find company finances online

There are two main places to look for public companies’ financial reports and related information on the internet: the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) website and, the investor relations section of

Eye scans and fingerprints: Covering biometric authentication

As data hacks proliferate, financial institutions, government agencies and others are fighting back on multiple fronts. Many are piloting or implementing biometric authentication, using voice prints, facial recognition, eye scans

Local business journalists can report on a number of new mortgage stories. (Image by Photo-Mix via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

Local mortgage stories for today’s home buyers

With adjustable-rate mortgages available for a full percentage point less than a fixed-rate mortgage, and a few more rate hikes in the pipeline from the Federal Reserve, it’s no surprise

A simple graph can give readers a snapshot of a company's sales patterns. (Image by Erik Sherman)

4 ways to add data visualization

Good business journalism requires many skills: research, interviewing and analysis. These days, you need to add data visualizations. A lot of business reporting involves going through data, uncovering trends and

We asked five Reynolds Center friends to weigh in on President Trump's biggest economic impact so far. (Photo taken from Flickr).

Ask the experts: Trump’s biggest economic impact

President Trump has been in office less than 100 days, but he’s been making headlines for weeks with his talk about tax reform, trade bills, economic stimulus and infrastructure spending. To

The largest investigation in the history of journalism won the 2016 Barlett & Steele Gold Award. ( Image from Arthur Jones and Shutterstock)

Barlett & Steele award winner receives Pulitzer

The winner of the 2016 Barlett & Steele gold prize has received this year’s Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists again impressed judges with “The Panama Papers,”

The economics of retirement and health care are a rich source of personal finance stories. (Image by "Tookapic" via Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain)

Health care costs and retirees

Two key surveys recently noted a continuing downward trend in retirement readiness among workers and retirees: The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College reports that 52 percent of households are “at

As summer travel season approaches, here are six must-read articles to inspire your own reporting. ("Beach chairs on Sand" image by "williamsthomas310" via flickr CC BY 2.0)

Travel industry update: Six great reads

As the year’s big travel season approaches, business writers looking for new story angles should read-up on the latest trends and predictions for the tourism industry. These six articles will give

Business journalists need to learn how to navigate the tricky world of off-the-record sources. (Image by Ryan McGuire via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

How to navigate off-the-record requests

Questions about material delivered by anonymous sources have fueled recent political stories. But off-the-record promises are thorny for business journalists as well. People might reasonably ask to go off the

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