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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

FOIA user’s guide: 6 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

The 2018 proposed budget, released Tuesday, is ripe with story ideas for business reporters. (Budgetary photo courtesy of http://costculator.com/)

2018 Federal Budget Story Angles

The Office of Management and Budget released President Donald Trump’s full budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 Tuesday morning. It fleshed out ideas and priorities mentioned in the so-called “skinny

Proposed tariffs on Mexican wares will have an impact on American purchasers—not just of pinatas, but big-ticket items such as computers and applicances. ("East Los Angeles" image by Ralph Hockens via Flickr, CC By 2.0)

How to Localize NAFTA

  Donald Trump released a draft of key proposals for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement to members of Congress last week. It appears to strike a balance between trade hawks

A rise in the interest rate can impact any consumer's wallet. (Image by "stevepb" via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

How to Localize Federal Rate Hikes

When Janet Yellen announced a quarter-percent raise in the Federal Reserve interest rate earlier in March, government bonds dipped while stocks ticked upward. The Fed is expected to make at least

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