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December 2017

New Year's resolutions come with a pricetag. Here are four stories to report. (Calendar image by "ulleo via Pixabay, CCO Creative Commons)

Reporting on the cost of New Year’s resolutions

The New Year typically arrives with resolutions such as eating more healthfully and getting in shape. What’s not always discussed is that those hopeful agendas have an impact on personal

Tips for understanding an IPO filing

Initial public offerings are big for investors—and big news for business journalists. Because of SEC regulations, once a company says that it is IPO bound, there is little to no

6 grants that can fund your reporting project

Maybe you’re freelance. Perhaps you’re at a publication where the idea of a splurge is finding $10 on the street and buying a box of doughnuts for the staff. It

Covering your local startup scene

Startups aren’t just a coastal phenomenon. While Silicon Valley is often considered the country’s startup mecca, smaller hubs are now emerging in other cities. For instance, Austin, Texas has earned the nickname

Barlett & Steele Bronze Award: How we did it

Reporters at MedPage Today and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel spent nine months looking into the issue known as medicalization. Medicalization is how drug companies and the doctors on their payrolls

Business reporters can get up to speed on the indexes with this quick explainer.

Financial market reporting, Part 7: Indexes

Business reporters can get up to speed on market indexes with a backgrounder on the Dow and S&PIn my first Financial Market Reporting piece, I complained that many reporters make

Business angles for the local makers movement

Artisans and small-batch food producers do much of their sales leading up to holiday gift-giving, so December is a good time to explore how the local makers and crafting movements

Business reporters can find some of the season's most intriguing retail trends by following Twitter feeds. (Image by Pexels via Pixabay, CCO Creative Commons)

Holiday marketing strategies on Twitter

For a business reporter, the holiday season is all about retail and shopping. If you’re looking for a new angle this season, consider retailers that cater to niche audiences. They

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