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Tip Sheets

August 2009

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Covering a New Company in Town

By Jill Jorden Spitz, Arizona Daily Star, and Jonathan Blum, Jonathan Blum editorial The Arizona Daily Star, October 2006. You just got word that a new company is coming to town. Here are some tips for compiling a thorough and well-rounded story by deadline. General reporting tips come first, followed by suggestions for examining financial data. Getting started Searching your paper's archives, ...[Read More]
Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Tips for Better Economics Stories II: Localize Your Coverage

Created for SABEW by Greg McCune, Reuters, March 2008 A great way to get readers' attention is to localize economic indicators. Regional, state and metropolitan figures are available for some important indicators. Unemployment figures for each region and state are issued by the Department of Labor around two to three weeks after the national figures. Unemployment figures for more than 100 ...[Read More]
Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Tips for Better Economics Stories I: Ten Tips

Created for SABEW by Greg McCune, Reuters, March 2008 Too often, reporters write economic stories in ways that are boring, dense, remote from the average reader's concerns and laden with economic-speak. Here are 10 tips for writing better economics stories: Get Organized. Bookmark a calendar of U.S. economic indicators, such as www.nber.org/releases/ and plan ahead. Find "consensus" ...[Read More]

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