Tips for Covering the economy

Covering the economy? Who isn’t, these days? But it’s not always easy figuring out which business and financial stories to pursue, much less how to make sense of them.   RTNDA is offering assistance.  Here is a notice I got today from them. 

Money Matters can help. This online resource from the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation and sponsored by NEFE, the National Endowment for Financial Education, offers story ideas, tipsheets and examples of what other news organizations are doing. We update it several times a week with fresh content that you can put to use immediately. We also provide links to background, online tools, and training opportunities for journalists in all media. We hope you’ll check in often to see what’s new. Please contribute your own suggestions and story examples by adding a comment to any page or by sending us an email.

Earlier this year, The RTNDA Communicator Magazine featured a couple of my ideas.  Here is a link to that:

OTNB Story Idea: How are closed car dealers disposing of customer records?

Story Idea: How are closed car dealers disposing of customer records?

See how a station in Denver handled this story which can involve a sensitive station client.

Richard Freeman said he made an astonishing discovery Friday.Freeman said he purchased some auction items from Anderson Kia’s going out of business sale and made a stop at the dealer’s trash bins to throw away some trash before loading them into his vehicle.”When I opened up the Dumpster, I noticed it was plum full of files,” said Freeman.

Freeman said there were 10 trash containers in total brimming with sensitive customer information. There were copies of driver’s licenses, checks, Social Security numbers and bank information.”I was astonished, simply astonished. It just disgusts you,” said Freeman.

OTNB Featured on RTNDA.ORG “Best Practices”

rtnda_logo Outside The News Box Featured in RTNDA “Best Practices”
RTNDA picked up part of our series on covering the economy and featured it on their site.

Follow the dominoes
The recession has put lots of people out of work and the layoffs and firings have a ripple effect. For every job lost, there’s likely to be another. Tell the story by following the dominoes.
The suggestion comes from TV news manager Griff Potter…

Here are links to our story ideas for journalists:

OTNB IDEA: Covering the Economy
OTNB Story Idea: One Layoff Leads to Another
OTNB Story Idea: Tough Economy-Find Missing Money
Covering the Economy: Hoarding Gold and Ammo
OTNB Idea: Covering the Economy – “How to Haggle”
OTNB Idea: Covering the Economy – Schools