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  • Microsoft layoff news prompts a look at job cuts
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    Microsoft layoff news prompts a look at job cuts

    Beats, Economy, Featured, Manufacturing | Large companies, Melissa Preddy, Personal finance, Story ideas

    Word last week that Microsoft will be jettisoning 18,000 workers raises the specter of mass layoffs, a frequent occurrence several years ago but one we haven’t heard much about lately. A few industries stand out in terms of recent job cut numbers, according to the outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas; the firm’s monthly jobs [...]

  • Hack to flacks: PR advice from a cranky journalist
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    Hack to flacks: PR advice from a cranky journalist

    Best Practices, Featured, Jon Talton, Story ideas

    Some of you will go directly into public relations or “public affairs” (I always wanted to be in public affairs, but that’s another story). Others are journalists who will leave mid-career for the “dark side” of PR. The latter used to be a sure shot — journalists had the best contacts, writing skills, etc. That’s [...]

  • Do $7 billion deals like Citigroup’s really help consumers?
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    Do $7 billion deals like Citigroup’s really help consumers?

    Beats, Economy, Featured, Investing | Banking, Melissa Preddy, Story ideas

    This week’s announcement of a federal government settlement with another major mortgage lender is reviving buzz about the mortgage messes that contributed to the economic meltdown, and might be something you’ll want to use a springboard to consumer stories about the home loan market. The U.S. Department of Justice agreed to end its civil investigations [...]

  • Tracking Tribal Cash and Influence to Washington: Self-guided training
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    Tracking Tribal Cash and Influence to Washington: Self-guided training

    Featured, Financial/economy, Investigative, Self-guided training, Training Archives

    This training was originally held during the Native American Journalists Association’s (NAJA) annual conference in Santa Clara, Calif., July 10, 2014. In Washington, money helps make just about every decision — every law that is passed, every regulation revised and every new or discarded agency policy. From issues unique to Native Americans, such as tribal [...]

  • What new finger-food trends are replacing cupcakes .. or are they?
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    What new finger-food trends are replacing cupcakes .. or are they?

    Beats, Featured, Melissa Preddy, Retail | Lifestyle, Small | Private | Non-profit, Story ideas

    The headline-making saga of the Crumbs Bake Shop company – the cupcake chain that closed all of its stores only to receive a last-minute reprieve from an investor group – suggests a few ideas for localizing food-related business stories. The potential survival of the Crumbs chain is good news for its investors and workers, bad [...]

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