Donald W. Reynolds National Center For Business Journalism

Two Minute Tips

August 2017

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Unbanked Facts to Jumpstart a Business Story

Most personal finance coverage assumes that consumers have access to credit cards and checking and savings accounts, but that’s not always the case. In fact, research shows that millions of Americans

The energy landscape keeps changing. Test your I.Q. with an energy Biz Quiz. (Image from Pexels via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

BIZ QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Energy?

Energy continues to be one of the hot topics of the year. Idled mines, offshore wind farms, bubbling pipelines, a skittish solar industry—the energy industry changes month by month. There are

House-hunting season is in full swing, full of local stories for business reporters. Read up on the big trends and forecasts before digging in.

Real Estate Update: 7 Great Reads

The housing market typically wakes up in March and remains hyper-active until the end of August. Bone up on the latest trends and forecasts before investigating the real estate business in

up even the most meticulous writer. Here are common mistakes to keep on your radar. ("Question Mark Sign" image by Colin Kinner via flickr, CCO Public Domain)

Tricky Punctuation Tips for Business Writers

Even the most precise writers are occasionally tripped up by punctuation. That’s particularly true nowadays, when newsrooms are lean and reporters are often expected to copy-edit their own work. This quick refresher on

How to access the web’s hidden riches

Information is the key to great reporting. You want data, insights and sources that inform your work and are also different from what readers see in every other story on

Uncertainty over the health care act means that Health Spending Accounts—HSAs—are more relevant than ever. Examine the business angles. (Image by "coltsfan" via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

Story Jump-Start: Health Savings Accounts

As health care cos increase, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) will be getting a lot more attention. These triple-tax-favored plans allow participants to save, invest and withdraw money tax-free for qualified

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Back-to-School Shopping: 3 Business Story Angles

Students are heading back to school within the next month, and local business story angles abound. Here’s are several options to consider. Tax-free weekends and other incentives As consumer confidence improves, the


Free Webinar: Eric Newton’s Tech Tools for Reporters

Mark your calendar for 3:00 PM EDT on August 21, when groundbreaking digital journalist Eric Newton reveals the tech tools that every business reporter should be using. In “10 Great Digital Tools for Business

Apple announced that it was powered entirely by renewable energy - and most of its suppliers were headed that way. (Image by Sheila Sund via Flickr, CC BY 2.)

Story Ideas: 5 Local Angles on Renewable Energy

Growth in the renewable energy field has been crazy. In fact, 40-years-ahead-of-U.S.-Energy-Information-Administration’s-predictions crazy. You could just say that the EIA needs to fix its forecasting methodology, and you wouldn’t be wrong.

Understand the new NAFTA goals, then localize them for your readers. ("Ships on the Galveston Harbour" by "Marcus" via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Localizing the New NAFTA Goals

The office of the U.S. Trade Representative released a 17-page document in July outlining the Trump administration’s goals for renegotiations of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. During election season, candidate

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