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Corporate frauds are great topics if you’re careful

I’ve recently binged on watching videos about frauds and con men. There was a 2016 documentary called Sour Grapes, about Rudy Kurniawan, a wine connoisseur with supposedly an impeccable palate

Be honest and forget the hagiographies

There were a lot of bad things about Sumner Redstone and how he ran a business. He could be utterly ruthless. And yet, in the obituaries, what you could see

With a bit of extra effort business journalists can get a much better story out of the jobs report. (Credit: Pixabay user skeeze)

Covering jobs and organized labor

By Adam DeRose Following multi-sector labor strikes, national protests for better wages and working conditions, the rise of both President Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders and their focus on

Reporting lessons from May’s job numbers

Early in June 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the jobs numbers for May. The media rejoiced as though it were a brisk rain after a drought—which, in

More on localizing coronavirus scams

With millions of Americans out of work and anxieties running high, the National Consumers League warns that a variety of scams could proliferate during the pandemic. Some of these scams

Covering local hiring trends

The U.S. economy lost over 20 million jobs in April, reports the Labor Department. While millions of Americans have experienced layoffs in the past two months as the Coronavirus pandemic

Add context to covid-19 coverage of nonprofits

Demand spikes at food pantries. Revenue declines at hospitals. Layoffs hit universities and symphonies. Reporters have no shortage of stories when it comes to localizing the financial impact of COVID-19

Localizing state unemployment benefit claims

The CARES Act extends unemployment benefits to self-employed workers for the first time, but many states are scrambling to keep up with demand from furloughed workers, laid-off workers, freelancers impacted

Localizing the impact of covid-19 on nonprofits

Just as businesses and consumers are feeling the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, many nonprofit organizations are feeling the pinch, too. Some may have had to cancel fundraising events

Finding new story ideas during a crisis

I know, I know, if you hear coronavirus or COVID-19 one more time you’re going to scream. The topics are critical right now—lifesaving, actually—but the intense concentration can be draining.

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