Donald W. Reynolds National Center For Business Journalism

Two Minute Tips

July 2017

One way to hunt down sources for business stories is using a sourcing service, if you know how to do it right. ("Obsolete Book" image by Jamie via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

The desperate reporter: How to use sourcing services

Finding sources can be a pain for any reporter. For business journalists, it’s a particular challenge. You need to locate companies that have specific problems and experiences—construction firms  coping with a labor shortage, for

Urbanism: Business journalist’s briefing

Until recently, the growth of American cities was largely a suburban story. It developed in response to urban afflictions at the turn of the last century and was compounded by government policy and

How to start writing with numbers like a pro. ("Math" image by "pixapopz" via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

How to use numbers in a story

Numbers add information that is vital in helping readers understand the story you’re telling. If you’re new to business journalism, here are five easy tips that will help you use them wisely.

The Fed's interest continuing rate creep comes with solid personal finance story ideas for reporters. (Image from "Republica" via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

Interest rates and your readers

A quarter-percentage-point here, a quarter-percentage-point there. The Federal Reserve has been raising short-term interest rates so slowly that many consumers haven’t felt the pinch yet. But a third rate hike

What’s ahead for Amazon and Whole Foods

Amazon.com Inc. gave the business journalism world a dozen headlines in June when it entered into an agreement to acquire organic grocery chain Whole Foods Market Inc. for a cool

There's been plenty of talk about the coal industry of late. These articles will get business reporters up to speed on the industry. ("Industry" image by stafichukanatoly via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

Six coal industry articles to get you up to speed

You’ve been hearing about it a lot lately: coal. But how much do you actually know about this industry? For years, reports have documented its decline. Now there’s talk about returning the

Reading a corporate earnings report is a valuable reporter's skill; here are four pitfalls to avoid. (Image by "epicantus" via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

Corporate earnings mistakes to avoid

Reading through and reporting on a company’s quarterly report can be a challenging project for business journalists. Here are four tips for avoiding some common missteps. Don’t rely on earnings per

Paid leave facts to jump-start a business story

In the thick of summer, paid time off is a timely topic. In addition to traditional time off for vacations, paid leave for parents after the birth or adoption of a child, part

There's a huge collection of free tools can help investigative journalists with everything from prison records to SEC filings. (Image by "blickpixel" via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

Free tools and resources for investigative reporters

It can take a reporter years to develop a go-to library of tools and resources that help filter useful databases, specialized websites and stockpiles of public records. Fortunately, a number of organizations and individual journalists

Reynolds rewind: 4th of July

  Tomorrow is Independence Day, the annual celebration of this country’s founding and everything American. In the weeks that follow, you can easily bring that focus on the stars and stripes

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