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Big numbers are hard to visualize, but there are some easy tricks to help your audience relate. ("Calculus" by "fitrihandayani" via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Writing for Millennials: Making Big Numbers Relatable

A calculator and some quick research can help you make enormous numbers more understandable to your audiences. Advertising research shows that millennials prefer a personal connection. They don’t want to

Applebee's millennial failure has some good lessons for business journalists. (Image by Mitya Ku via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

How to use FOMO to snag millennial readers

Millennials get a lot of attention in the media. To borrow a phrase from Homer Simpson, they’re either the cause of, or solution to, all of society’s problems. Either way,

How to find interview sources on social media

We all know the feeling: Deadlines are approaching and you need sources. Whether you’re looking for company employees to interview, want to talk to a business’s customers or are hunting

up even the most meticulous writer. Here are common mistakes to keep on your radar. ("Question Mark Sign" image by Colin Kinner via flickr, CCO Public Domain)

Tricky Punctuation Tips for Business Writers

Even the most precise writers are occasionally tripped up by punctuation. That’s particularly true nowadays, when newsrooms are lean and reporters are often expected to copy-edit their own work. This quick refresher on

How to access the web’s hidden riches

Information is the key to great reporting. You want data, insights and sources that inform your work and are also different from what readers see in every other story on

One way to hunt down sources for business stories is using a sourcing service, if you know how to do it right. ("Obsolete Book" image by Jamie via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

The Desperate Reporter: How to Use Sourcing Services

  Finding sources can be a pain for any reporter. For business journalists, it’s a particular challenge. You need to locate companies that have specific problems and experiences—construction firms  coping with a labor shortage,

How to start writing with numbers like a pro. ("Math" image by "pixapopz" via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

How to Use Numbers in a Story

Numbers add information that is vital in helping readers understand the story you’re telling. If you’re new to business journalism, here are five easy tips that will help you use them wisely.

There's a huge collection of free tools can help investigative journalists with everything from prison records to SEC filings. (Image by "blickpixel" via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

Free Tools and Resources for Investigative Reporters

It can take a reporter years to develop a go-to library of tools and resources that help filter useful databases, specialized websites and stockpiles of public records. Fortunately, a number of organizations and individual journalists

7 tips for better business interviews

Last year, I joined two long-time business journalist colleagues of mine—Randy B. Hecht and Robert McGarvey—on a webcast hosted by the American Society of Business Publication Editors. We discussed how

Fewer editors in the newsroom mean that reporters have to step up their self-editing game. (Image from "3844328" via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

Accuracy Checklist for Journalists

Fewer copy editors in the newsroom—in fact, fewer editors in general—means that reporters must increasingly perform that function themselves. Before submitting a story or hitting “publish” on a website’s CMS, take

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