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The League's media contact can help identify a local credit union person you can interview. Or, find a credit union you can contact directly. Credit unions can help you report on:

Personal finance skills

  • Attitudes about money
  • Back-to-school costs - how to prepare
  • Bankruptcy (problems filers face, cost to consumers, how to avoid, alternatives) 
  • Budgeting 
  • Car buying (new/used/online)
  • Children (teaching them about money, financial planning before having a baby) 
  • College students' money needs/credit use 
  • Co-signers on loans (risks/issues) 
  • Credit counseling to avoid/get out of debt 
  • Debt (avoiding it, consolidation, getting out)
  • Elderly (special financial needs, elder financial abuse) 
  • Emergency fund
  • Financial literacy; education efforts by credit unions (adults/youth/schools)
  • Gambling (its effects on families and their finances) 
  • Holiday spending (how to stick to a plan) 
  • Homebuying/financing
  • Home equity borrowing considerations
  • Identity theft (protect yourself against, what to do if yours is stolen) 
  • Investing: inhibitors, best practices
  • Job loss & keeping a family afloat financially 
  • Payday lending pitfalls
  • Saving money (account options, succeeding with planning and budgeting, reducing fees on financial services, to address special needs  like retirement, college, starting a family, etc.) 
  • Used cars (how to evaluate or finance)
  • Utility bill payment/keeping costs down 
  • Women's special financial needs

Financial products & services

  • ATMs (CUs' nationwide no-fee network; fees & how to avoid them) 
  • Bill payment electronically
  • Business loans, lines of credit, SBA financing 
  • Car buying/leasing
  • Check-cashing outlets/cash advance 
  • Checking accounts 
  • Christmas club accounts 
  • College financing 
  • Credit card use/scams 
  • Credit reports (building good ratings, correcting errors, how they influence your purchasing) 
  • Credit unions (advantages, differences compared to banks) 
  • Direct deposit (how it works) 
  • Electronic transactions 
  • Emergency cash needs 
  • Financial planning 
  • Home banking 
  • Home equity loans 
  • Investments
  • Loans (understanding interest rates, auto, mortgage, home equity, personal, college, etc.)
  • Mortgages (financing tips) 
  • Online transactions/banking 
  • Payday loans (the risks and alternatives) 
  • Refinancing a mortgage or other loan 
  • Retirement planning
  • Scams (the latest and how to avoid them) 
  • Terrorism (monitoring persons, blocking/reporting funds) 
  • Zero percent financing (hidden costs, pitfalls)