Wind farm ©By Winchell Joshua, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    Green and Clean: How to Cover Renewable Energy


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    It’s a beat that’s full of compelling stories for journalists to tell. Tales of prospectors, abandoned projects and risk-taking cowboys abound. But because so much of the technology is new and heavily politicized, it can also be tough to get the real story. Tiffany Hsu, former reporter for the Los Angeles Times and a recent Knight Bagehot fellow, breaks it down for us.

    Washington Monument from above. © By NASA/Bill Ingalls, Public

    Touring “The Billionaire’s Loophole”


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    In his March 2016 story “The Billionaire’s Loophole,” published jointly by The New Yorker and ProPublica, journalist Alec MacGillis investigates the connection between tax breaks for carried interest—the controversial “loophole” of the title—and the philanthropy of the very rich. Knight Bagehot fellow Kim Gittleson spoke with MacGillis about his reporting and writing process in a Q&A and with annotations to the piece itself.

    Screen shot from Ultra Rich Asian Girls of Vancouver. © HBICtv

    Digging for Gold on The Golden Generation


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    New Yorker staff writer Jiayang Fan talks with Covering Business about her popular story “The Golden Generation,” in an interview with Kim Gittleson, a 2016 Knight Bagehot fellow. An annotated version of the story itself follows.

    ©Alan O'Rourke, http://audiencestack.com/static/blog.html

    Mining Social Media


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    Dozens of new apps and tools make it easier than ever for journalists to sort and uncover information, data and sources for stories on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We put together a quick guide.

    David Bowie securitized the royalties—present and future—on a catalogue of his songs in 1997.

    From Bowie Bonds to Mortgage Loans: A Securitization Primer


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    Eight years after the financial crisis most business journalists still don’t really know how mortgage-backed securities are made. That process, called securitization, plays a big role in not just in mortgage loans but in many other parts of the global economy. Great stories can be hidden behind trends in securitization. Here’s what you should know about how it works.

    Downtown Nairobi, Kenya, as viewed from the Africa Nazarene University © dan lundmark

    In Africa, Covering Business the Bloomberg Way


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    Bloomberg believes that the story of Africa’s economic development is woefully under-covered. Two years ago, Michael Bloomberg launched Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa, a $10 million fund to “build media capacity, convene international leaders and improve access to information” on the continent. We spoke to Bloomberg editors to see how it’s going.

    Behind the Story

    Washington Monument from above. © By NASA/Bill Ingalls, Public
    Touring “The Billionaire’s Loophole”

    In his March 2016 story “The Billionaire’s Loophole,” published jointly by The New Yorker and

    On the Beat

    Wind farm ©By Winchell Joshua, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    Green and Clean: How to Cover Renewable Energy

    It’s a beat that’s full of compelling stories for journalists to tell. Tales of prospectors, aba

    Skills and Tradecraft

    Splashing water on crops in Tanzania. ©WorldFish
    Investigative Technique: Engaging Your Target

    Lessons from an investigative reporting project on the World Bank.

    Tools & Resources

    ©Alan O'Rourke, http://audiencestack.com/static/blog.html
    Mining Social Media

    Dozens of new apps and tools make it easier than ever for journalists to sort and uncover informatio

    Week in Review

    So-called roll-on/roll-off ships, such as this one pictured here at Miraflores locks, are among the largest ships to pass through the Panama Canal. ©By Dozenist - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0
    Brexit, Panama Canal Trouble, Home Sprinkler Fight

    The U.K. voted to leave the European Union; Panama Canal renovation a mess; fight over sprinklers in