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Going Nuclear: A Crash Course

You’ve heard of Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Fukushima. But beyond that, nuclear energy is probably a mystery of smoke plumes and yellow radiation signs. It’s okay if hearing “uranium

Get Up to Speed on “Clean Coal”

Heard a lot about “clean coal” lately? Admittedly, the term seems like an oxymoron. It’s been thrown around energy circles for awhile now, first becoming popular in 2008 as Congress

Business journalists who want to cover climate change for a local audience can focus on the impact on agriculture. ("Calf" image by "zdenet" via Pixabay, CCO Creative Commons)

How to Localize Climate Change Through Agriculture

Discussions about climate change usually center around global temperatures and the general state of the environment. The relevance to a local audience isn’t always apparent. A person in Arizona, for

The energy landscape keeps changing. Test your I.Q. with an energy Biz Quiz. (Image from Pexels via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

BIZ QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Energy?

Energy continues to be one of the hot topics of the year. Idled mines, offshore wind farms, bubbling pipelines, a skittish solar industry—the energy industry changes month by month. There are

Apple announced that it was powered entirely by renewable energy - and most of its suppliers were headed that way. (Image by Sheila Sund via Flickr, CC BY 2.)

Story Ideas: 5 Local Angles on Renewable Energy

Growth in the renewable energy field has been crazy. In fact, 40-years-ahead-of-U.S.-Energy-Information-Administration’s-predictions crazy. You could just say that the EIA needs to fix its forecasting methodology, and you wouldn’t be wrong.

There's been plenty of talk about the coal industry of late. These articles will get business reporters up to speed on the industry. ("Industry" image by stafichukanatoly via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

6 Coal Industry Articles to Get You Up to Speed

  You’ve been hearing about it a lot lately: coal. But how much do you actually know about this industry? For years, reports have documented its decline. Now there’s talk about returning

Farming plays a major role in many U.S. regions. These recent reports highlight some of the big topics reporters should keep in mind. (Image by "tpsdave" via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

Agriculture Update: 6 Great Reads

Farming is a vital part of the American landscape. According to the USDA, agriculture, food, and related industries contributed $992 billion to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015, a 5.5-percent share.

There's plenty to write about jobs in the energy sector. (Wind-power Generator image by "kdj71190" via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

4 Rules for Reporting on Energy Jobs

Whether it’s coming from President Trump or being pushed by a company’s PR team, there’s a popular topic in the energy sector that everyone enjoys talking about: jobs. At some point or another,

How much you know about the finances of food waste? Take our quiz. ("Vegetables" image by "chrizzel_lu" via pixabay CCO Public Domain)

BIZ QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Food Waste?

It’s not a glamorous topic, but there are plenty of money stories in food waste. From the challenges of composting to seasonal trends, writers for have covered the subject multiple


Getting Started on the Business of Water

Water, an increasingly dear commodity around the globe, offers a wide range of topics for business reporters. At their heart, water pollution, water system facilities and safe drinking water resources

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5 energy reporters to follow on Twitter

  As an energy reporter, Twitter is a great way to get a pulse on the beat and stay on top of breaking news. There are the mandatory follows: companies

Here's where to start if you're a reporter new to the energy beat. (Lightbulb images by Unsplash via Pixabay)

A Beginner’s Guide to Reporting on Energy

It’s easy to take energy for granted. Turn on a switch and the light goes on. Simple enough, right? But behind the scenes is a complex world dealing with the consequences

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