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How to Cover Housing Stories in Your Community

About This Course

Real estate can be a story of have and have-nots. It's easier to cover mansions selling and big new projects getting built. But it's harder to tell the story of our communities' middle- and working--class families. This Webinar will highlight ways to find and tell engaging stories about income inequality and housing affordability.

Housing is a crucial topic that affects how all your readers and viewers live. Yet, too often, real estate stories can seem dry and removed from daily life.

This webinar will help you discover how to find the stories behind the data. You'll learn how to combine data, anecdotes and expert analysis into compelling narratives on housing. And we'll show you the rich variety of angles and approaches that will engage your audience..


What Will I Learn?

  • How to find and use crucial housing data from public and private entities
  • Where to track down and develop good sources, from people scraping together their monthly rent to high-flying developers
  • How to identify promising story angles
  • Ways to craft narrative out of the daily grind

Who Should Take this Course?

Reporters, producers and editors who cover communities, real estate, land use and development, and anyone who wants to learn more about using housing data to find story ideas.

Course Instructor

Nicholas Nehamas

Nicholas Nehamas

Nicholas Nehamas is a business reporter at the Miami Herald where he covers real estate, the economy and jobs. He has also written for the New York Daily News, the Bergen Record and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He graduated with a master's degree from the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia Journalism School.




Zillow is the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge around the place they call home, and connecting them with the best local professionals who can help. Zillow Research is an industry-leading economics and analytics bureau that produces extensive housing data and research covering more than 450 markets. Zillow Research produces rich data reports on a quarterly and monthly basis, using Zillow's database of 110 million homes to look at rental and for-sale values, affordability, negative equity, and more.

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