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Narrative techniques can mess up your business reporting

Great narrative is prized in journalism. Long stories with protagonists, antagonists, narrative arcs, color, drama, conflict, intrigue … sorry, got carried away. That’s the potential problem facing business journalists and

Own your style but don’t get owned by it

There’s a level of writing development and individuality that many if not most reporters try to achieve—personal style. It’s a unique form of expression that identifies a writer’s work as

Write for the format the audience expects

Anyone can get into a rut. When you’re a working journalist, a rut can become so deep that you no longer see over the top. In the past I’ve mentioned

Make sure the trend or event is really new

Trends are a great topic for any sort of journalism and are of particular interest in business. Knowing where companies and industries are heading, what the best performers do for

Writing tips for kicking your personal clichés

You’ve heard more times than you could count not to use clichés, whether from a teacher or in the railing of some literary giant like George Orwell: A newly-invented metaphor

4 Steps for improving your blog posts

Contributing to a blog has become an expected part of a business reporter’s repertoire. You may be producing fill-in posts between your regular filings at a publication, or perhaps blogs

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AP Style rules: New year’s edition

Before filing your final end-of-year story, check out these Associated Press style guidelines. They’ll help you finesse the trickier fine points that frequently elude us all. New Year The AP

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Five tips: Deciphering business jargon

Sources really love their jargon—in spite of efforts among enterprising business reporters to persuade them otherwise—marketers and experts frequently refuse to speak plain English. This blog looks at some of

How to Cover Money Podcast

Elements of feature stories

This episode explores the complexities of writing feature stories. Before class: ask students to bring some examples of feature stories that they particularly liked – perhaps a personality profile, or

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