Donald W. Reynolds National Center For Business Journalism

Two Minute Tips

April 2019

Kon Mari: A fresh angle on spring cleaning stories

Earlier this year, as Japanese organizing expert Marie Kondo moved her popular KonMari method from best-selling book to Netflix sensation, donations poured into Goodwill and Salvation Army. With spring cleaning in

Write for the format the audience expects

Anyone can get into a rut. When you’re a working journalist, a rut can become so deep that you no longer see over the top. In the past I’ve mentioned

Make sure the trend or event is really new

Trends are a great topic for any sort of journalism and are of particular interest in business. Knowing where companies and industries are heading, what the best performers do for

Unravel the mysteries of medicare for readers

Every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65, which means they qualify for health coverage from Medicare. The size of that number should get the attention of business reporters, but there’s more:

In the wake of database breaches, the debate on Social Security numbers is heating up. Here's how to report on it. (Image by "ComMkt" via Pixabay, CCO Creative Commons)

Don’t tune out data breach security

During a major data breach in December 2018, cybercriminals stole the names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and passport numbers of up to 500 million people in the Starwood guest

Covering cancer and health care

Although cancer in men has declined slightly and the overall rate remains steady in women, cancer is still a serious public health concern. One in four deaths are cancer-related, according

When statistical median and mean tell you nothing

In business journalism, statistics may not be second nature to all reporters, but they are a constant companion and it’s necessary to understand them. You might turn to the mean—average—or

Three ways to spot a tax-related scam

For a timely story relating to data breaches, focus your reporting on tax-related scams, which increasingly threaten consumers’ financial security. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a “dirty dozen”

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