Day 2 - "Finding Personal Finance Angles on Any Beat"

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Melissa Preddy presents "Finding Personal Finance Angles on Any Beat," a Webinar for business journalists hosted by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. For more information, visit BusinessJournalism.org.

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Day 2 - "Finding Personal Finance Angles on Any Beat"

  1. 1. Tuesday, May 11 Show them the Money! Finding personal finance angles on any beat
  2. 2. Big piece of art To readers, nothing is sexier than a dollar sign!
  3. 3. The $even Dimensions of Personal Finance
  4. 4. The $even Dimensions of Personal Finance <ul><li>Earning </li></ul><ul><li>Spending </li></ul><ul><li>Borrowing </li></ul><ul><li>Saving </li></ul><ul><li>Investing </li></ul><ul><li>Taxes </li></ul><ul><li>Risk Management </li></ul>
  5. 5. Resources for learning about personal finance topics <ul><li>Here’s a look at some reputable Web sites you can use to learn about various personal finance topics. </li></ul><ul><li>Caveat: There is a lot of self-interest and very little objectivity in the PF realm ~ stay on the alert for bias and question credentials constantly. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Personal finance basics <ul><li>Morningstar.com self-paced tutorial </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.morningstar.com/cover/classroom.html </li></ul>
  7. 7. Personal finance basics <ul><li>MyMoney.gov </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.mymoney.gov/ </li></ul>
  8. 8. Personal finance basics <ul><li>Jumpstart Coalition </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.jumpstart.org/ </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Earning </li></ul><ul><li>Bureau of Labor Stats. </li></ul><ul><li>Trade groups do wage and benefit surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Unions / labor contracts </li></ul><ul><li>Staffing firms </li></ul><ul><li>Payscale.com </li></ul><ul><li>Small business orgs. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Spending </li></ul><ul><li>Extension.org </li></ul><ul><li>State extension sites </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>12-step groups </li></ul><ul><li>(see handout for suggestions) </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Borrowing </li></ul><ul><li>Bankrate.com </li></ul><ul><li>CreditCards.com </li></ul><ul><li>National Foundation for Credit Counseling </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Trade Commission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fair Debt Collection Practices etc. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Saving </li></ul><ul><li>Bankrate.com, again </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Reserve </li></ul><ul><li>SavingsBonds.gov (Treasury Direct) </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Investing </li></ul><ul><li>FINRA foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Investment cos. </li></ul><ul><li>CFP.net </li></ul><ul><li>North American Securities Admin. </li></ul><ul><li>Beware ‘financial advisers’ !! </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Taxes </li></ul><ul><li>IRS Publication 17 </li></ul><ul><li>National Assoc of Enrolled Agents </li></ul><ul><li>CCH Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Am. Petroleum Instittue – motor fuel taxes </li></ul><ul><li>State regulators – excise, sales, income, property </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Risk management </li></ul><ul><li>Nat’l Assoc. of Insurance Commissioners </li></ul><ul><li>FPANet.org / Journal of Financial Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Nat’l Assoc. of Estate Planners & Councils </li></ul><ul><li>SS Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Wiserwomen.org / Women’s Institute for </li></ul><ul><li>a Secure Retirement </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer Reports / Consumers Union </li></ul>
  16. 16. The $even Dimensions of Personal Finance
  17. 17. <ul><li>Wednesday: Brainstorming personal finance angles from current events and residential real estate </li></ul><ul><li>Thursday: Health care and transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Friday: Financial services and personal finance storytelling </li></ul><ul><li>Please feel free to e-mail me with additional questions at [email_address] . </li></ul>Show them the money! Finding personal finance angles on any beat

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