Donald W. Reynolds National Center For Business Journalism

Two Minute Tips

July 2018

For good business journalism, think like a librarian

Business journalism is the process of gathering, arranging, and presenting information that helps people better understand companies, industries, and economies. At the center is “information.” Journalists pride themselves on learning

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Covering the business of kids’ birthday parties

While children’s birthday parties used to be modest affairs with grocery store cakes and homemade party favors, some parents now splurge on elaborate birthday celebrations, even for one-year-olds. Maybe it’s

Develop your personal theory of reporting

You spend years learning tactics, skills, strategies, ethics, and industries in business journalism. And they’re all necessary. But after a while, you need to develop something else: a personal theory

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Covering the local impact of plastic straw bans

Environmentalists have long decried the wastefulness of single-use plastic straws, but the issue has recently entered the mainstream as Seattle’s ban on plastic straws and utensils at all food service

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Covering the amusement park industry

Summer is a prime time for water parks, amusement parks and other attractions. Statista estimates that in the U.S. alone, amusement and theme parks generated around $20.5 billion in 2016,

Reporting on older workers and age discrimination

The #MeToo movement uncovered the rampant sexual misconduct from high-profile men across many industries and professions. After the New York Times and the New Yorker reported the accounts of dozens

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

Small businesses deserve more of your attention

National Small Business Week wrapped up in May, but the vital role that small businesses play in driving local economies continues throughout the year. Small businesses account for 99 percent of all

Check out these numbers on student debt

The debt clock starts ticking this month for college graduates, who are leaving campus with a bachelor’s degree in one hand—and a hefty loan averaging $37,712 in the other. Student

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