Donald W. Reynolds National Center For Business Journalism

Two Minute Tips

August 2019

With the possibility of new rules on retirement funds, business reporters should tackle the topic. ("Look left, look right" image by Franck Michel via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

3 top retirement regrets to banish

The three “legs” on the traditional retirement planning model—Social Security, pensions, and personal savings—have been wobbly for awhile. The future stability of Social Security benefits is challenged, pensions aren’t being

Stop falling for off-the-record interviews

Hearing from people who ask for interviews off the record has become a regular part of business journalism. In my experience, that’s most frequently done by in-house corporate PR people

Trust is a the heart of the DOL's new fiduciary rule. Here are three big stories to develop for your readers. ("Handshake with smile" by Vilmos Vincze via Flicker, CC BY 2.0)

The freelance writers’ guide to networking

While journalism requires a certain willingness to talk to strangers and interview sources, many writers are introverts who’d rather not spend their downtime schmoozing. But, especially for freelancers who don’t

Don’t use sources who are phonies

If your experience reporting is anything like mine, you’ll constantly hear from people who want to be sources and their reps. It may be in response to a query you

Reporting on school lunch debt

A third grader in California recently made headlines for paying off his fellow classmates’ lunch debt of almost $76 with his allowance. While on the surface, this story may seen

How ‘secure’ is the retirement savings bill?

Business reporters can get ahead of the competition by advancing this personal finance story that will be making headlines in the fall. Retirement experts believe that U.S. workers could soon

Watch sources for lying

Finding good sources can be a challenge and chances are you spend a good amount of time looking for them. You want someone with knowledge of the topic, perhaps special

Is this a new era for employee activism?

Teacher strikes across the country. Employee walkouts at Boston-based furniture retailer Wayfair over selling furniture to detention centers and LA-based Riot Games over forced arbitration. Kaiser Permanente mental health workers

Pouring out new ideas for bars and bartending

Every summer, there are new recommendations for local bars to try or cocktails to imbibe. Here are some new ways to look at bars and bartending. The daily routine Alcohol

Embrace creativity in all its forms in your work

All writers—business journalists, too—prize creativity. Story structure, phrasing, ledes and kickers. No matter how dry the topic, you likely want to make the result as engaging and even artistic as

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