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by Chris Roush
Tech journalist David Cohn writes for The Poynter Institute about why journalism schools should have technology reporting classes.
Cohn writes, “Technology isn’t something students should learn because ‘it’s the future.’ Students can learn about technology because it will be their beat and they want to be good reporters. When students aren’t even paying attention, they’ll begin to understand the power of technology, the richness of the industry and the culture of the community.
“For the traditionalists: Have no fear, it’s still reporting! A tech reporting class isn’t about gadgets and gizmos and ‘whosits and whatsits galore.’ It’s about reporting and writing. Unlike most ‘teaching hospital’ classes, the topic is around an industry rather than a geography. But it’s an exciting industry that has giants like Google/Facebook as well as new upstarts run by people not much older than your students.
“Tech reporting requires desk reporting, but it is done best with old-fashioned boots on the ground, making sources, calling, following up, etc. You want students to learn how to report and write. They can do that while on the tech beat.
“For the small J-school: You probably want to bring entrepreneurship and technology into your curriculum but maybe you haven’t been able to attract the high-profile journo-preneurs-coders. Maybe the multimillion-dollar foundation grant to fund the new innovation building is out of reach. Starting a technology beat class isn’t.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is offering the first online graduate certificate in business journalism through the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.
Starting in August 2014, the Cronkite School will offer a five-course, 15-credit-hour certificate taught entirely online by experienced journalists. The online program will include best practices in covering companies, markets and the economy.
The graduate certificate, which can be completed within six months, is designed for journalists globally who seek expertise in business journalism.
The certificate consists of five three-credit courses:
- Issues in Coverage of Business and the Economy,
- Critical Analysis of Business Journalism,
- Better Business Storytelling,
- Data in Business Journalism, and
- Investigative Business Journalism.
Instructors include renowned journalists and teachers such as:
- Andrew Leckey, Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism and former syndicated investment columnist and CNBC anchor;
- Steve Doig, Knight Chair in Journalism, Pulitzer Prize winner and internationally recognized expert in data journalism; and
- Robin J. Phillips, Reynolds Center digital director, nationally known social-media strategy trainer and a former editor at BusinessWeek Online.
“Media outlets are looking for journalists with the necessary skills and knowledge to produce quality business and economic coverage,” said Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan in a statement. “This graduate certificate offers extraordinary preparation for careers as business reporters, producers and anchors.”
by Chris Roush
Amal Rockn of The Daily Titan at Cal State-Fullerton profiles former Bloomberg News journalist Joe Winski, who is teaching business journalism as a Reynolds Visiting professor at the university.
Rockn writes, “John McCorry, executive editor of the New York bureau for Bloomberg, worked with him from the mid-1990s until the end of his career in 2012.
“‘Joe was one of those great editors that could take a good story and make it great,’ McCorry said. ‘He could also take a poorly written story and make it well-written.’
“Kevin Miller, a news editor hired by Winski in 1996, was greatly influenced by him.
“Miller said people loved working with Winski and he edits work that people end up loving.
“‘I called it, ‘Winski dust,’ because he would sprinkle Winski dust on stories and they would come out way better than some of the reporters ever imagined when they were filing the copy in the first place,’ Miller said.
“Winski was not only a good editor and mentor who had a tremendous influence on Bloomberg News, but he was also a humble, caring and thoughtful friend to his colleagues.
“McCorry said he remembered after the birth of his first son, Winski not only sent him a congratulatory note, but also several children’s books.
“‘(Winski) was always calm under pressure, he never raised his voice and helped shelter his reporters from the chaos of management above him,’ said Noelle Knox, a former reporter who is now editor of the CFO Journal at the Wall Street Journal.”
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by Chris Roush
More than half of business editors surveyed find graduating journalism students unprepared to cover business news, according to research from a Missouri State University professor published in Journalism and Mass Communication Educator.
The survey queried more than 240 business editors across the country, and received 73 responses. Of those that responded, 50.8 percent said that graduating seniors were “moderately unprepared” while another 6.2 percent said they were “extremely unprepared.”
The results, however, are better than those from a similar survey a decade earlier. When a similar survey was done in 2002, 64 percent said students were “moderately unprepared” while 16.1 percent responded that they were “extremely unprepared.”
The research also found that more than three out of every five business editors would be willing to pay a higher salary for a business reporter right out of journalism school if he or she had training in accounting or financial reporting. That is in line with what was found in the 2002 survey.
In 2002, about tone third said they would pay $501 to $1,000 more, but that number rose to 41.7 percent in 2012.
The research was done by Mary Jane Pardue, a journalism professor at Missouri State who is also on the board of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. It was published in the Spring 2014 issue of Journalism and Mass Communication Educator.
Pardue wrote that the study “shows that there is a continuing need for better-training business journalists and in some cases a willingness on the part of editors to pay more for journalists with special skills.”
She added that the research presents a question to journalism schools: Why haven’t they improved training for students to understand numbers?
“While few journalism students select business reporting as an area of focus, perhaps because of their ‘fear’ of using numbers, it can be argued that every beat a journalist covers has a business, financial, or economic component,” concluded Pardue. “Hence the call comes again for academia to recognize that there continues to be profound inadequacy in journalism education at a time when learning basics such as handling numbers in a story is more critical than ever.”
by Chris Roush
Linda Austin, the executive director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism for the past five years, has resigned to become project manager of APME’s NewsTrain.
Austin writes, “The change fits with a shift in my personal life. I am moving back east, where I am starting an international training consultancy. Stay tuned for details @LindaAustin_.
“I have so enjoyed working with you all to improve business coverage. Receiving feedback such as this on a regular basis has been unbelievably gratifying:
- “I’ve always been thrown into beats and stories without any preparation. The Reynolds Center is a godsend.” – Mary Lisa Gavenas, freelancer
- “I regularly check the site for tips and resources – and I always come away knowing so much more.” – Lily Leung, Orange County Register
- “The Reynolds Center transformed me into a better business journalist.”– Brad Kane, Hartford Business Journal
“Those kind words are echoed in the annual survey we do of our trainees. Ninety-six percent graded our training as either an A or a B, and 94 percent said they would recommend Reynolds training to a colleague.
“Maintaining that record now falls to my top-notch colleagues, who are more than up to the task. Working with them to help other journalists improve their skills is an amazing opportunity. So, I know that the search for my successor will turn up outstanding candidates. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Sandy Mancilla at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania will hold a one-day workshop in Washington, D.C., on March 11 for business journalists.
The free program, will feature sessions by Wharton professors Mark Pauly and Robert Inman on The Affordable Care Act and fiscal policy and economic growth.
The program will be held on March 11 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bocklus LLP, 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. The Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists is now in its 46th year.
Registration is required to attend. Applications are open to those employed full-time as a print, broadcast or online business journalist for media companies.
To apply, go here.
Jane Sasseen’s investigative business and economic stories have been featured in publications such as BusinessWeek and Yahoo News.
At her newest job, she’ll help journalists write their own long-form business pieces.
Sasseen became the executive director of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Business Journalism at City University of New York three weeks ago. The Center, financed by a $3 million grant from the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation, will commission long-form stories from experienced reporters, filling a void in business journalism education across the country, Sasseen said.
“There are a fair number of media foundations that give grants for longer projects that geared towards investigative reporting in agriculture, social justice and health care,” Sasseen said, “but there aren’t very many that are devoted to business and economics and better understanding the economy, which is our goal.”
In addition to overseeing the McGraw Center, Sasseen will review and select reporting projects to receive funding.
Long-form business journalism is important because people need in-depth stories to understand increasingly complex business and economics topics, Sasseen said.
“There is an enormous amount of good journalism that is day-to-day,” Sasseen said, “but it’s important for freelance journalists or journalists at publications to have the time and resources to create a longer, in-depth story.”
The goal of the McGraw Center is to support business journalism by funding these long-form stories that many business news organizations cannot afford to create on their own, Sasseen said. The Center will pay its fellows a stipend for three to six months of work, and the finished story will be featured on the school’s website or published with a partner news outlet.
“At the end [when a story is finished], we’d like to be able to go to a publication and say, ‘We’ve got a completed project for you’,” Sasseen said, “‘we’ve got a completed, ready-to-go story for you if you’re interested.’”
The McGraw Center will also award scholarships to students enrolled in the business and economics reporting concentration at CUNY’s journalism school. In addition, the Center will give stipends to students who take summer internships at business news publications.
The McGraw Center is currently creating a website and application form for journalists to submit their stories. Those interested in applying do not have to attend CUNY’s graduate program. Though the application is not ready, Sasseen said she is always interested in hearing great project ideas.
by Chris Roush
A former New York Times senior business correspondent and a former CNN Wall Street correspondent will be the Donald W. Reynolds Visiting Professors in Business Journalism for the spring semester at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
Former Times airline and auto industry reporter Micheline Maynard and former CNN Wall Street correspondent Susan Lisovicz will serve as Reynolds visiting professors at the Cronkite School during the spring 2013 semester. Maynard was a Reynolds Visiting Business Journalism Professor at Central Michigan University last year, and Lisovicz has twice before been a Reynolds Visiting Business Journalism Professor at the Cronkite School.
Maynard, a reporter and bureau chief for the Times until 2010, left to become senior editor of a two-year NPR grant project called “Changing Gears.” She recently launched a new crowd-funded journalism venture, “Curbing Cars: Rethinking How We Get Around,” examining why people are driving less and turning to different types of transportation. Curbing Cars is featured on the cover of the current issue of the Columbia Journalism Review. Maynard’s e-book on the project’s findings will be published in 2014.
“It’s never been more important for prospective journalists to understand business,” Maynard said. “I’m excited to bring my expertise in transportation, urban topics and other economic subjects to Arizona State.”
Lisovicz was a correspondent for more than a decade at CNN, interviewing business leaders and providing daily Wall Street coverage. She previously worked as a correspondent for CNBC. She is a former president of the New York Financial Writers Association and also has been an Asian Pacific Fellow, a Jefferson Fellow in Asia and a Radio Television Digital News Association Fellow in Europe. She received the President’s Medal from her alma mater, William Paterson University.
“The Reynolds Center does invaluable work for students and working pros alike in breaking down today’s complex business news,” Lisovicz said. “I’m thrilled to return to Reynolds and help teach a subject that is critically important and yet still so misunderstood.”
by Chris Roush
David Carr, who writes a column on the media for the Monday business section of The New York Times, has accepted a job teaching at Boston University.
He will continue to write for the Times.
Marcella Bombardieri of the Boston Globe writes, “Like Mayor Thomas M. Menino, also about to join the BU faculty, Carr will not have tenure, but will work on a contract in the journalism program as a professor of the practice.
“He will spend the spring semester preparing his courses. Then, next academic year he plans to teach a media criticism class and a hands-on class in which students will produce media and distribute it through social media and other platforms. Fiedler said the classes will be aimed at graduate students, but will also be open to undergraduate seniors.
“Carr said he is cutting back on other outside commitments in order to make time for BU and his work at the Times, where he writes the weekly Media Equation business column and covers popular culture.
“Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who taught at Yale for five years, said Carr will learn a lot from his students about how young people consume media. ‘He knows so much about media organizations and the history of the press,’ she said. ‘I think he’ll just be mesmerizing.’”
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 academic year.
The program offers qualified journalists the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of business, economics and finance in a year-long, full-time program administered by the journalism school.
Fellows take courses at Columbia’s graduate 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.
The program is designed to meet the public interest in business and economics news and the demand for trained editors and reporters in the field. In scope and depth, it is considered the most comprehensive business journalism fellowship in the country. Eligible Knight-Bagehot fellows may qualify for a Master of Science degree in journalism upon completion of this rigorous program.
Conducted during Columbia’s academic year from August through May, the fellowship accepts up to 10 fellows each year. Fellows receive free tuition plus a stipend to offset living expenses in New York. For the 2014 academic year, a stipend of $55,000 will be granted to each fellow. Housing is available in a Columbia-affiliated facility.
For more information, and to apply, go here.