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Mid-Career Journalism Training Resources

Posted By Becky Bisbee

A summary of U.S.-based resources for mid-career training and studies for business journalists. SABEW members are invited to suggest additions and/or updates by e-mail to sabew@missouri.edu.

Workshops and Seminars

Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism

Free day-long business journalism workshops, specialized business journalism workshops and a series of business journalism online seminars are offered by the Reynolds Center, which is located at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. A variety of statewide journalism associations, publications and universities serve as hosts for the workshops. The center operates the BusinessJournalism.org Web site, designed specifically for business journalists and other journalists who may cover business in the course of their work. Among the more popular online services is the one-hour training materials. Web site: http://www.businessjournalism.org/

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Each fall the school offers week-long seminars for business journalists at the university, in Philadelphia. Over 38 years, the seminars, which costs about $2,000, have provided nearly 2,000 members of the media insight from Wharton faculty into topics such as financial markets, accounting principles, corporate strategy, and the global economy. It also has offered some one-day, off-site seminars and others type of training. Web site: http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/

Poynter Institute

Although it does not focus specifically on business journalism, the institute offers a wide variety of mid-career training programs and other educational resources for journalists, both at its St. Petersburg, Fla., campus and online. Costs vary widely depending on the type of training. Web site: http://www.poynter.org/

Maynard Institute for Journalism Education

This institute works to help news organizations develop more diversity in staffing, content and business operations to better reflect the diversity of their communities and the country. Much of its training is aimed at managers on both the news and business side of companies’ operations, and is held at a variety of universities, including Harvard and Northwestern. Costs vary widely depending on the type of training. Web site: http://www.mije.org/

Fellowships

The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism

The Knight-Bagehot Fellowships run for one academic year and are administered by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Fellows take courses at Columbia’s schools of journalism, business, law and international affairs; participate in off-the-record seminars and dinner meetings with corporate executives, economists and academics; and attend briefings and field trips to New York-based media companies and financial institutions. They are considered the most comprehensive business journalism fellowships in the country. Eligible Knight-Bagehot fellows may qualify for a Master of Science degree in journalism upon completing the program or use their academic credits toward an MBA. A living stipend is provided and housing is available. Web site: http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/cs/ContentServer/jrn/1165270092542/
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The Thomson-Reuters Business Journalism Fellowship at Maryland

Reuters, the international news and information company, is funding a graduate fellowship at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism for a minority student interested in a career in business journalism. It includes 24 credits of tuition remission and provides a stipend for the 12-month program. Web site: http://www.journalism.umd.edu/financial/reuters.html

Hearst Fellowships in Business Journalism at Columbia

Three fellowships are offered yearly to participants in the M.A. program in business journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. (More details on the program below, in the University Studies section.) Web site: http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/cs/ContentServer/jrn/1165270051346/
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Nieman Foundation for Journalism

Based at Harvard University, the foundation offers one-year academic fellowships to mid-career journalists of all types. The non-degree program’s goal is to “promote and elevate the standards of journalism and educate persons deemed especially qualified for journalism.” A living stipend is provided. Web site: http://www.nieman.harvard.edu/

John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists

The program offers one-year academic fellowships at Stanford University to mid-career journalists of all types. It is a non-degree program designed to give participants a year “to study and reflect, far away from newsroom deadline pressures, in the company of other accomplished journalists.” A living stipend is provided. Web site: http://knight.stanford.edu/

Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan

The program offers one-year academic fellowships at Michigan University to mid-career journalists of all types, “to step away from the daily grind and do whatever you’ve dreamt of all those years.” A living stipend is provided. Web site: http://www.mjfellows.org/

Graduate-Level University Programs

 

Arizona State University

The Cronkite School’s demanding course of graduate study in business journalism combines a thorough understanding of business and economic principles with practical journalism coursework and professional internships. Students take their journalism and business journalism coursework in the Cronkite School’s 15-month, full-time professional M.M.C. program, and they take MBA courses in ASU’s prestigious W.P. Carey School of Business. The program is led by Andrew Leckey, Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism. The Cronkite School houses the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, the nation’s premier provider of continuing education and support to the nation’s business journalists. Graduate assistantships are available in the Business Journalism specialization during the academic year. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a 14-day, for-credit trip to a major world financial center during winter break or immediately following the academic year. In addition to course requirements for a master’s degree in the Cronkite School, students are required to complete two business journalism courses and MBA courses in the W.P. Carey School. The number of MBA courses required depends on the student’s academic background. http://cronkite.asu.edu/grad

City University of New York

At CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism, Prof. Sarah Bartlett directs the urban and business journalism programs, which offer a three-course specialty in business reporting. Web site: http://www.journalism.cuny.edu/

University of California, Berkeley

The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism has a business journalism program for aspiring and mid career business editors and writers. Directed by Assistant Dean Marcia Parker, the school’s Bloomberg Business Reporting Program offers instruction on covering global business, finance and markets as well as entrepreneurship and innovation. The program draws on veteran reporters and editors from print, broadcast and online publications as well as university faculty from the Haas School of Business to teach. Web site: http://journalism.berkeley.edu/

Boston University

Boston University offers a 3-semester graduate master’s program in business and economics journalism. The program, based in the Journalism Department and directed by chair Lou Ureneck, draws on the courses and faculty in the university’s Department of Economics and School of Management. Students deepen their knowledge of business and economics and sharpen their writing skills. More recently, the program has added courses that provide students with multi-media skills for reporting the news and telling stories on the web. The program also draws deeply on the finance, technology and medical industries in Boston to give students practical experience in writing and reporting interesting and important business news. Web site: http://www.bu.edu/com/jo/business.html

Columbia University

The Graduate School of Journalism’s has an M.A. program that offers a concentration in business journalism. The business journalism program is co-directed by Sylvia Nasar, Knight Professor of Business Journalism; James B. Stewart, Bloomberg Professor of Business Journalism, and Bruce Greenwald, the Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Finance and Asset Management at Columbia’s Graduate School of Business. Web site: http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/

New York University

Prof. Stephen Solomon directs the master’s degree program in business and economics reporting. Students take seven journalism courses and six MBA courses designed to provide both skills and intellectual depth. They also take a full-time, ten-week job at a news organization during the summer and develop an extensive portfolio, pick up multimedia skills in web video and audio pod cast and learn to blog. Web site: http://journalism.nyu.edu/prospectivestudents/coursesofstudy/ber/

Hofstra University

The school of journalism offers a master’s degree specialty in business reporting. Course work includes specialized writing and reporting skills as well as graduate courses from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business. Web site: http://www.hofstra.edu/Academics/Colleges/SOC/JMSPR/

 

Undergraduate Programs

 

 Arizona State University

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications offers a specialization in business journalism, preparing students for careers covering business and economics in print, broadcast, online and multimedia. The Cronkite School also houses the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, and students are trained under the direction of Andrew Leckey, Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism. The B.A. program combines a thorough understanding of business and economic principles with practical journalism coursework and professional internships. Students take their journalism and business journalism courses in the Cronkite School and related courses in ASU’s prestigious W.P. Carey School of Business. Students are placed in summer internships at a variety of national media. Students in the Business Journalism specialization also have the opportunity to participate in a 14-day, for-credit trip to a major world financial center during winter break or immediately following the academic year. In addition to course requirements for a degree in the Cronkite School, undergraduate students are required to take two business-journalism courses, as well as four business and economics courses selected form the W.P. Carey School. http://cronkite.asu.edu/undergrad/index.php

City University of New York

At Baruch College/CUNY, an undergraduate major in business journalism is led by Prof. Josh Mills and Andrea Gabor, the Bloomberg Professor of Business Journalism. Web site: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/wsas/departments/journalism/index.html

University of North Carolina

Prof. Chris Roush teaches reporting on economics and business and is founding director of the Carolina Business News Initiative, which provides in-class training for undergraduate students wanting a career in business journalism and professional training for reporters and editors needing a refresher in covering business. Web site: http://www.jomc.unc.edu/

University of Missouri

Prof. Martha Steffens, the SABEW chair for business and financial journalism, teaches courses and organizes seminars. Web site: http://journalism.missouri.edu/

Southern Methodist University

Prof. Mark Vamos coordinates the business journalism program, which utilizes the schools of journalism and business. In addition to the 36 credit hours required for the Journalism major, students complete either a second major in business or one of two 18-hour minors in business. Web site: http://smu.edu/meadows/journalism/

Washington and Lee University

Since 2002, Washington and Lee University has offered a concentration in business journalism for its journalism majors. Students take two specialized reporting courses in business and economics, and take at least seven courses in W&L’s undergraduate business school, including economics and accounting. Prof. Pamela Luecke directs the program. Web site: http://journalism.wlu.edu/Reynolds/businessjournalism.html

Northwestern University

Prof. Alec Klein directs the business journalism program at the Medill School of Journalism. Web site: http://www.medill.northwestern.edu/

Baylor University

The Hankamer School of Business offers an undergraduate degree in business journalism. The program is directed by Prof. Roger Davis. Web site: http://www.baylor.edu/business/index.php?id=23360

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