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3 more local story ideas on the new tax law

Taxes never sleep. While the time to file taxes has passed, and people have either received a refund or paid the government, the effects of the new tax cuts bill

Politics and the vaping industry

We explored the health risks of vaping and its increasing use among middle- and high-school age students in a post in late April. Since then, the story has taken a

Covering election costs

With the close presidential election in 2016 and races in divided national and state legislatures, special elections have garnered extra attention over the last year. Recently, a special election in

How to stop astroturfing by special interests

One of the covert ways that companies and PR firms affect coverage and influence the public is through astroturfing. Astroturf, as you probably know, is a type of artificial grass

3 stories to report now on the new tax cuts

Many taxpayers saw an immediate increase in their paychecks after H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill, became law on January 1, 2018. But they may not be paying attention

Investigating company claims after the tax cut

Immediately after the tax cut passed in December, companies like Walmart, AT&T, Boeing, Comcast, and Wells Fargo began announcing how they would invest in employees and facilities. Many of these

Business reporters can help their readers understand the fine points of the new fiduciary ruling—including these four gaps. (Image by GregPlom via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

Four shocking gaps in the new DOL fiduciary rule

The new fiduciary rule from the Department of Labor (DOL) takes full effect in July, 2019. (The deadline was recently extended from January, 2018.) The rule insists that a financial

Understand the new NAFTA goals, then localize them for your readers. ("Ships on the Galveston Harbour" by "Marcus" via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Localizing the new NAFTA goals

The office of the U.S. Trade Representative released a 17-page document in July outlining the Trump administration’s goals for renegotiations of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. During election season, candidate

FOIA user’s guide: Six key sources

When a city bids to host the Olympics, it’s big sports news. It’s also a massive business story. Billions are invested, which means companies will vie for it and taxpayers often

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