The reindeer seem to be in overdrive this year, and Christmas Eve is approaching at what seems to be warp speed. Still, there is plenty of time left in the next couple of weeks for interesting and informative holiday-driven business features. Here’s a stocking full of ideas: Performers. My inboxes, snail and electronic, have been [...]
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Editorials from the heartland are growing increasingly pessimistic about the prospects of farm billpassage before Congress decamps for holiday break. And with the giant omnibus law back in the headlines — including the specter of $7/gallon milk, if the bill’s expiration automatically makes an old law kick in — you might want to dig around [...]
Workshops in how to detect corporate fraud and create data visualizations will be offered by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at SABEW’s Annual Conference in Phoenix March 27-29.
If you love journalism, love newspapers, you’ll find this film, which is making its TV debut in the PBS December lineup, well worth your while. I can’t say you’ll enjoy it, but it is well worth the 83 minutes it will take to watch. One warning: It may renew your sense of pride and dash [...]
The last month of the year traditionally is a slow one for residential housing sales, as weather, holiday activity, travel and school breaks collide to make buying and selling houses a cumbersome task. But if you’re itching to do some sort of real estate story, why not find an angle in the booming multifamily market? Developers, [...]
With various stock indices posting records recently, and stock strategists forecasting another bull run in 2014 , some Americans may be breathing a bit more easily about their golden-age prospects. Fidelity recent reported that the average 401(k) balances of its clients rose more than 11 percent year over year in the third quarter, to $84,300. Those [...]
As we wait for Congress to return from vacation and take up the stalled farm bill — or perhaps pass an extension – there’s another aspect of agriculture that, aside from Christmas trees, often gets overlooked this time of year: plants and flowers for seasonal décor. Live or real Christmas trees still are a $1 [...]
The free, one-hour webinar, The Fracking Revolution: Finding Energy Stories Everywhere, will be held Dec. 4, 2013. In this presentation co-sponsored by NPR, Marilyn Geewax, a senior business editor with NPR, will help you understand how this unleashing of massive supplies of fossil fuels is changing all of our lives.
Santa isn’t the only one stowing bags of loot this season, according to some recent reports on retail fraud. If you’re looking for a contrarian Christmas story, this might be one to pursue. Whether you approach it as a reflection of the economy, or as a behind-the-scenes retail operations feature, or even a technology story about [...]