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Learn on your own schedule with these new tutorials
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Learn on your own schedule with these new tutorials

By on Dec 15, 2010

Got 20 minutes or so? Use them to pick up some tips. Now, you can learn when it fits your schedule with bite-sized training. We’ve added two new tutorials to our lineup of daily tips, news and free training on this site. They are: Essential Math for Business Journalists: Maybe you went into journalism to […]

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Magic with Google Spreadsheets: Online Tutorial
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Magic with Google Spreadsheets: Online Tutorial

Google spreadsheets are powerful tools for business journalists. They combine the strengths of traditional spreadsheet software, such as Excel, with the ability to import data from Excel or input your own data and then share it with others.

Essential Math for Business Journalists: Online tutorial
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Essential Math for Business Journalists: Online tutorial

Stumped by the difference between a mean and a median? Unsure when to use percent versus percentage point?

Maybe you went into journalism to avoid math, but fear not. Most analysis in business journalism involves just basic arithmetic. Review the formulas in this tutorial, and in 20 minutes, you’ll be up to speed on how to calculate percent of a whole, percentage change, average, median and mode, plus how to round.

Former NYT reporter Leslie Wayne's tips on covering multinational companies
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Former NYT reporter Leslie Wayne’s tips on covering multinational companies

For more than 20 years, Leslie Wayne was an award-winning New York Times business reporter, covering a broad swath of corporate America.  In spring 2010, she was the Reynolds Visiting Professor in Business Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. While at the Times, she specialized in investigative and […]

University of Arizona professor David Cuillier SPJ public records
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How to access public records with UA prof David Cuillier

University of Arizona journalism professor David Cuillier offers advice on how to unlock the power of public records. In this video, he provided tips at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication as part of a 45-day tour of the United States called Access Across America. The 2010 training tour is funded by […]

Joe Grimm
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Beat mapping: Three approaches for the business reporter

By Joe Grimm Some reporters pan for the nuggets on their beat. Others use maps to find the buried treasures. Joe Grimm, who writes the “Ask the Recruiter” column for Poynter.org, explains three styles of beat mapping. One maps relationships, one charts coverage plans and one details the insides of organizations or industries. Take a […]

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Networking tips for better business stories and jobs

As a master of the art of networking, former newsroom recruiter Joe Grimm shared his secrets on how to connect with the sources who will improve your coverage, as well as those who can help you take the next step up professionally. In his 18 years as the recruiter for the Detroit Free Press, Grimm […]

Tips for fast-paced business writing for the Web
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Tips for fast-paced business writing for the Web

The fast-paced world of the Web places special demands on writers and editors. That’s especially important when posting fast-breaking news or handling complex information – numbers, cumbersome titles, misunderstood terms, precise attribution. This Webinar will help writers and editors write with clarity, efficiency, brevity and transparency. Participants will study story approaches and language use that enhance the […]

Archive of 'Tracking the Economic Recovery' workshop blog
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Archive of ‘Tracking the Economic Recovery’ workshop blog

  We were in Philly Friday, Jan. 22, for a daylong workshop on “Tracking the Economic Recovery in Your Town.” Sessions included one from Ryan Sweet, senior economist with Moody’s Economy.com,  who talked about which local economic statistics are worth following. Sweet was joined by Melissa Preddy, who brainstormed story ideas and identified resources for […]