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The art of column writing
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The art of column writing

By on Apr 17, 2014

At one time, it took many years before a select few journalists could be invested in the purple as columnists. This carried distinct benefits: They were seasoned veterans with the experience, street smarts and capabilities that only time conveys. Sure, a few burnouts were sidelined as columnists, but for the most part this was a [...]

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Forbes publishes ‘Curbing Cars’, an EBook by Micki Maynard
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Forbes publishes ‘Curbing Cars’, an EBook by Micki Maynard

The most recent Forbes EBook is by Micheline Maynard, Reynolds Visiting Professor of Business Journalism at the Cronkite School at Arizona State University and a Forbes contributor. ‘Curbing Cars: America’s Independence From the Auto Industry,’ is the sixth book in Forbes’ EBook series.  Distributed by Vook for $6.99, the book looks at one of the [...]

USA Today’s Charisse Jones on tackling business travel writing
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USA Today’s Charisse Jones on tackling business travel writing

When USA Today’s Business Travel Correspondent Charisse Jones moved onto the travel beat about 4 years ago, she didn’t know what to expect. She had spent her entire career as a hard news reporter at the Los Angeles Times, covering issues on social justice and even had her share of L.A. riots coverage which won [...]

Mainstreaming climate change: The most important issue of our age
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Mainstreaming climate change: The most important issue of our age

Years ago, Gannett pioneered “mainstreaming” of minorities and others on the margins of conventional news coverage. For example, instead of having a minority business beat, newspapers should integrate minority owners, workers, customers, analysts and other experts into as many stories as possible. The term has probably fallen aside but the idea is still a good [...]

Doing headlines right
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Doing headlines right

@BizJournalism has @jontalton done a piece on biz headlines? I’d like to read that. — Alex Dalenberg (@alexdalenberg) March 31, 2014   A reader of the most recent post, on writing effective ledes, asked if I would do the same for headlines. Your wish is my desperately needed gift of an idea. First, my limitations. [...]

The importance of a good lede
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The importance of a good lede

Before I pick at the splinters in your writing, let me roll out a few of my logs. Here are a week’s worth of ledes from my column and daily blog: It is not true that the recent session of the Washington Legislature failed to accomplish anything. In fact, legislators delivered a sledgehammer to state [...]

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Storify: Nation’s business journalists gather in Phoenix

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Gorkana surveys 500 biz journalists: Online news sources advance
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Gorkana surveys 500 biz journalists: Online news sources advance

On the opening day of SABEW’s spring 2014 conference in Phoenix, Gorkana released its second survey of financial journalists throughout the U.S. The 2014 findings show that there is ongoing optimism that the economy will continue to grow. In contrast to the 2012 Survey of Financial Journalists, the 2014 survey shows that while traditional media [...]

Parachuting in for a story: 17 tips to getting it right
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Parachuting in for a story: 17 tips to getting it right

Nothing beats boots on the ground. With staff and budget cuts, newspapers do less “parachuting in” on stories away from their hometown. That’s too bad because in an interconnected world “local news” is everywhere, and reaching out to another place in your state or region can provide some of the most compelling journalism. So here’s [...]

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