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Jon Talton

For more than 25 years Jon has covered business and finance, specializing in urban economies, energy, real estate and economics and public policy. Jon has been a columnist for the Arizona Republic, Charlotte Observer and Rocky Mountain News, and his columns have appeared in newspapers throughout North America on the New York Times News Service and other news services. Jon has been a regular guest on CNBC.

My Latest Articles

Getting punked; getting clarity

Years ago when I worked in San Diego, I covered a company whose chief executive was truth challenged. So when a fax came across (yes, it was that long ago)

When sources say stupid things

Friends don’t let friends write drunk, unless one is at the Algonquin Round Table. But what happens when sources say something demonstrably stupid? Do you put in in the paper

Business journalism for dummies, part 2

In the previous Business Journalism for Dummies post, I laid out some of the basics you need to know if you’re starting out or moving over to business news from

PRNewswire blog is full of useful tips for journalists

If you stop by regularly, you know that I enjoy finding new (and sometimes unusual) resources for journalists.  Digging into LinkedIn, finding company tutorials on Slideshare. Finding insight on

Business journalism for dummies, part 1

No, you’re not a dummy. But if you are starting your first job on the business beat or have been reassigned to business after spending 10 years covering school boards

What can I tell a young journalist

“You’d better learn how to play the game, and I don’t just mean the game of football” — North Dallas Forty In 1989, someone gave me a present: A balsa

Social media: What is it good for?

I was always an early adopter. My first blog began in 1998, although I think the term is out of date for what are online columns. When social media came

Advice from an old guy, unchained

Memo: To young journalists When I was your age, I walked 20 miles through the snow just to write obituaries for a small-town newspaper. Part of that statement is untrue.

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