I've been in the midst of moving apartments, which has been an unbelievable headache, so I haven't had a chance to really promote the latest episode of How To Cover Money: Tips from top Journalists until now... but it's definitely deserving of some attention.
This week, Micki and I invited Rian Bosse, an Arizona State University Cronkite master's student and graduate assistant for the Reynolds Center, to talk with us about an interesting topic he's been covering for sometime: Millennials and money.
Millennials, which are those born between the early 1980s and about the year 2000, are the biggest generation since the baby boomers and are certainly unique in the way they've grown up and adapted. It's the first generation to truly grow up immersed in the digital world, making them very skilled with and interested in using technology to improve their lives.
As a millennial myself, I found this discussion fascinating because there were many things that even I hadn't noticed about my generation that Bosse does a great job of explaining. Things like, why millennials are the way they are.
The big secret though, is that millennials are really not that different from other generations in the way we handle money -- as Bosse put it, we're not "aliens."
So this week, we focus on millennials and how they handle money, but we also get some practical advice for those who are not as familiar with this up-and-coming generation on how to report stories on them.
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Ben Bergman of KPCC talks 'business for broadcast' on How To Cover Money Series 2: Tips from top journalists
For the second installment of How To Cover Money Series 2: Tips from top journalists, Ben Bergman of KPCC in Los Angeles gives us some advice on writing business for broadcast.
Bergman came to Phoenix in January for Reynolds Week, which is a bootcamp for journalists and journalism teachers to better their skills in covering money, so Micki and I sat down to get his take on business coverage.
Bergman has a lot of great advice for broadcast journalists on how to avoid bogging down scripts with too many numbers, while still making sure their stories have the details they need to be compelling and impactful.
We also discussed the emerging roles broadcast journalists have in not only knowing how to write for the airwaves, but for the web as well. Before becoming a radio journalist, Bergman interned at the New York Times so he was able to provide some unique perspective on how journalists can go about mastering both sides of storytelling.
How To Cover Money, now on SoundCloud
I'm also proud to announce, all episodes of HTCM are now available on SoundCloud, which should make things easier and more accessible for Android users. Listen to the episodes here.
Otherwise click below to hear Episode 2 of HTCM's second series. You can subscribe to our podcast and automatically get notified when a new episode is posted each week by clicking "subscribe" on iTunes.
The second series of How To Cover Money: Tips from Top Journalists is now off and running.
Reynolds Director Micki Maynard and I have been working on this second series since before the new year to bring you advice from some of the industry's best journalists on how to do business coverage. From Ben Bergman with KPCC in Los Angeles to longtime technology journalist, Dan Gilmore; How To Cover Money: Tips from Top Journalists is a resource for aspiring journalists and even harden vets on ways to find the money in any stories.
This series will be comprised of 8 episodes that will be released each week, and to kick off our new series we're first speaking with Michael Grabell of ProPublica.
Grabell wrote an incredible series on the dangers that temporary workers face on a daily basis in the United States and his series of four features and more than 20 follow-up stories won him the 2014 Barlett and Steele Award for Investigative Business Journalism.
We sat down with Grabell to discuss his series and get his advice on how journalists can start doing data journalism and how to avoid getting overwhelmed by big stories.
Take a listen on iTunes and subscribe, or listen below. You can also catch all the episode from our first series, How To Cover Money: Thinking like a business reporter even if you're not one, at that link as well.
This effort by the legislature has, not surprisingly, been unpopular at the city level. Tempe City Councilwoman Lauren Kuby said she finds it ironic the way the state oversees cities when considering the way the state often complains about federal overreach.
It's been a back-and-forth issue between cities and the Arizona State Legislature for a few months now, what to do about plastic bags?
Cities such as Tempe have toyed with the idea of outlawing the bags because of their affect on the environment and the difficulty they create during the recycling process. In fact, with the price of oil down, some recycling companies have even stopped recycling plastic bags all together because there's not enough profit margin, according to NPR's Planet Money.
Meanwhile, the state legislature has worked to pass a bill that would supersede the efforts of cities and towns to ban plastic bags by stripping away their authority to do so. Advocates for this effort say it could make doing business difficult for companies who have locations in cities with bans, and others that don't. Garrick Taylor with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry said it's not necessarily an effort to avoid getting rid of plastic bags as much as it is to keep regulation in the hands of the state.
"It makes it difficult for folks like grocery stores or restaurants to have to navigate these various regulations, and so we thought this was a matter of statewide concern aNd best handled by the legislature." -- Garrick Taylor
"Why would the state want to get involved in the waste management business? This has been a responsibility of cities and towns for generations and generations ... do we really want the state deciding what local communities should be doing in its city?" -- Lauren kuby
But while banning plastic bags might have an adverse affect on some businesses, their use continues to be a source of headaches for others. Arizona's cotton industry faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost product each year from plastic bags contaminating harvests. And while the industry hasn't been making a concerted effort to sway legislation one way or the other, industry professionals say it certainly wouldn't hurt if plastic bags disappeared.
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So as a kick off to a blog that I should have began writing months ago, I'd like to announce (or give a refresher for some), the How To Cover Money podcast from the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University.
About eight or nine months ago, Micki Maynard (Director of Reynolds Center and Forbes contributor) and I began working on this podcast to provide a resource for journalists of all types, from novices to experts, on how to go about finding the money in stories. Whether someone is an aspiring business journalists or simply looking for a way to bolster their stories with hard facts, each week Micki and I dive into different topics and challenges that journalists face.
At the beginning of 2015, we launched the podcast's first series, "Thinking like a business reporter, even if you're not one," which was comprised of 10 episodes. From how to handle sports and money, to dealing with big-name CEOs, Micki and I explore a number of ways journalists can get a jump start on covering money.
The first series wrapped up just about two weeks ago, but Micki and I are already hard at work on our second series, "Tips from Top Journalists."
We spent a couple hours in the studio on Saturday and completed recording the first three episodes of series two, which will launch this Friday 4/10/15!
If you haven't yet, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes by clicking here.
We're currently working to make access easier for android users, but for now you can subscribe to our the How To Cover Money RSS Feed.
All 10 episodes are still available online if you want to take a listen and catch up, otherwise subscribe and listen as we begin series two this week!
Links and other interesting things for journalists.