Donald W. Reynolds National Center For Business Journalism

Two Minute Tips

November 2017

Changes in the auto industry are impacting businesses well beyond Detroit. Consider your local gas station. (Image by StockSnap via Pixabay, CCO Creative Commons)

Reporting on the future of gas stations

Before long, your local gas station may be running on empty. While it’s roughly estimated that there are just over 121,000 gas stations in the U.S. today, that’s a significant

Your quick and easy guide to the oil market

Oil has held a prominent spot in the news cycle of late as barrel prices reach a two-year high. The culprit: political arrests in Saudi Arabia, the world’s second-largest oil

Barlett & Steele Gold Award: How we did it

Sam Roe, Ray Long and Karisa King of Chicago Tribune won the 2017 Barlett & Steele gold award for “Dangerous Doses.” Their two-year investigation exposed the failure of U.S. pharmacies

New angles on the holiday shopping season

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are a heartbeat away, and the signs are positive for the retail sector. The National Retail Federation forecasts that this year’s U.S. holiday sales (not counting

Small Business Saturday is packed with local stories for business reporters. (Image by StockSnap via Pixabay, CCO Creative Commons)

Small Business Saturday story ideas

The day after Thanksgiving is an almost-official holiday devoted to spending money, primarily at large corporate-owned businesses. That doesn’t sit well with a lot of people. Small Business Saturday is

Climate change is full of stories for business journalists. (Image by "robynm" via Pixabay, CCO Creative Commons)

Climate change and the business reporter

Climate change is an enormous topic for science writers. But those changes don’t exist in a vacuum. You can’t modify climate, sea level, storm severity and other systemic shifts without

The energy crisis in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria has local implications for many on the mainland. (Image by Birga via Pixabay, CC0 Creative Commons)

How to localize two big energy stories

There have been two major energy stories headlining national—and international—news lately: oil and Puerto Rico. Oil prices are reaching two-year highs. Much of an American commonwealth remains stuck without power.

Don't worry if you didn't make the Online News Association conference: We've got the big takeaways for business journalists. (Image by Amy Wu)

Lessons from online news association, 2017

Midway through the Online News Association (ONA’s) annual confab in Washington D.C. in October, I realized that the brunt of the buzz centered on the digital and technical aspects of

Robot advisors are gaining popularity with U.S. investors. ("Robot Pencil Sharpener" by "Kat" via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Story idea: The rise of robo-advisors

On robo-advising platforms, algorithms manage investment portfolios with minimal human involvement, making advice accessible to investors with smaller balances (often the more you invest, the more personalized service you can

Business reporters cover people and businesses typically capable of launching robust law suits. Learn how to protect yourself. (Image by "timokefoto" via Pixabay, CC0 Creative Commons)

How not to be sued for libel

One of the scariest communications a journalist can get is the notification of a lawsuit for libel. Not too long ago, a colleague was sued for statements backed up by court documents. She had

Reynolds review: Ayad Akhtar’s “Junk”

Business has had a major influence on American culture, with movies like “The Wolf of Wall Street” portraying traders and CEOs as near-mythological figures. In “Junk: The Golden Age of

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