Wednesday Workshop: Covering Your Local Economy

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Covering Your Local Economy

Presented by the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Business Journalism

August 21, 2013

This half-day workshop will teach attendees how to cover the economic angle to any beat, find and use data to develop local stories, and find fresh angles on unemployment and housing trends. Expect to walk away with 10 local economic story ideas you can start next week — whether business is a part of your beat or not.

  • Where: New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas
  • When: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Course Outline

  • 1:00 – 1:10 p.m.: Introductions and welcome
  • 1:10 – 2 p.m.: How are we going to get out of this economic slump – How can you tell whether your local economy is recovering; what are the signs to track?
  • 2:00 – 2:10 p.m.: Break
  • 2:10 – 3:00 p.m.: What will it take for jobs to come back – How do you find fresh stories in the drumbeat of stats about joblessness in your area?
  • 3:00 – 3:10 p.m.: Break
  • 3:10-4:00 p.m.: Foreclosures and housing prices – What needs to happen for the housing market to recover? What are the fresh local angles to pursue now – five years after the mortgage meltdown?
  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.: 10 stories on the economy to jump on now – Leave with 10 story ideas and a head start on the resources to start reporting them in your community.


Speakers and Trainers

Marilyn Geewax
Senior Business Editor and National Economics Correspondent, NPR
Marilyn Geewax is a senior business editor on NPR’s national desk and its national economics correspondent. Her work contributed to NPR’s 2011 Edward R. Murrow Award for hard news for “The Foreclosure Nightmare.” Marilyn also worked on the foreclosure-crisis coverage that was recognized with a 2009 Heywood Broun Award. Before joining NPR in 2008, she was the national economics correspondent for Cox Newspapers’ Washington Bureau.

Meena Thiruvengadam
Business channel manager at Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome. 
Meena Thiruvengadam is business channel manager at Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome. Previously, she covered the Treasury, Federal Reserve and economic news for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal in Washington. She also has extensive experience working as a freelancer and was a business reporter at the San Antonio Express-News in Texas. Follow her on Twitter at @Meena_Thiru.


What attendees should bring: Course materials will be provided.

What attendees will take away:

  • How to find the economic angle in stories on any beat
  • How to use statistics to find and develop local economic stories
  • How to find fresh angles on joblessness and the foreclosure crisis in your town
  • What 10 stories on the economy you should jump on now

Reserve your spot in this workshop.

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