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McGraw Center

Applications now open for McGraw fellowships


The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Business Journalism, a new initiative established at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, is now offering fellowships to accomplished business journalists starting in the spring of 2014.

The aim of the McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism is to support in-depth, ambitious coverage of critical issues related to the global economy and business. In an age when many news organizations no longer have the resources to tackle complex, time-consuming stories, the Fellowships will enable experienced journalists to do the deep reporting needed to produce a serious piece of investigative, analytic, or narrative journalism.

The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism is open to anyone with at least five years professional experience in journalism. Freelance journalists, as well as reporters and editors currently working at a news organization, may apply.

Applications will be accepted periodically through 2014. The upcoming deadline for applications is May 15, 2014.

Typically, it’ll award grants of $5,000 a month for one to three months; in exceptional cases, it’ll consider longer grants based upon specific proposals. It’ll look for applicants with a proven ability to report and execute a complex project in their proposed medium; ideally, candidates will also have a strong background or reporting expertise on the subject of their piece.

The McGraw Center will provide editorial supervision during the Fellowship. It will work with the Fellows to develop their projects during the reporting phase and will edit the completed stories. We will also assist with placing the articles. In some cases, it will partner with established print, radio or digital outlets; in others it will publish them as e-books or through the CUNY J-School’s book imprint. The stories will also run on the McGraw Center website.
How to Apply

Applicants should submit a well-focused story proposal of no more than three pages through the accompanying online form.

Reynolds Center

Reynolds Center seeks director of training


The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University seeks a director of training at the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism to plan, deliver and facilitate business journalism training in the U.S. and abroad. The director will administer the daily operations of the Reynolds Center.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience and knowledge of business and economics journalism and delivering professional training at a high level.

This position is funded from external sources and may end if funding is no longer available.

Essential Duties

  • Plan and deliver Center training programs, including webinars, stand-alone workshops and conferences;
  • Oversee planning and delivery of graduate business certificate program;
  • Assist in development and execution of strategic direction for the Center;
  • Develop new opportunities and delivery mechanisms for training and revenue generation;
  • Develop partnerships with media organizations and interest groups to deliver training;
  • Identify outside trainers when necessary and provide coaching to ensure quality delivery;
  • Plan and deliver non-credit, online, short courses;
  • Moderate live webinars;
  • Evaluate training programs for quality and cost-effectiveness;
  • Supervise daily operations of Center and supervise staff;
  • Present and/or represent the Center at conferences, workshops and industry events.

To apply, go here.


Penn State

Penn State seeks visiting biz journalism professor


The Pennsylvania State University will host a visiting business journalism professor in spring 2015 under an Arizona State University program funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

This is the fourth year the foundation has funded business journalism professors at universities to encourage development of stronger business journalism education. The $1.67 million grant is administered through the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

“One of our goals in funding this grant was to broaden the reach of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism into other institutions across the country,” said Steve Anderson, president of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, in a statement.

“This year, another grantee will join the existing cadre of institutions that will be able to enhance and expand their ability to teach the principles and skills necessary to train the next generation of business journalists.”

The five-year program will ultimately create 11 visiting professorships at 11 different schools.

Marie Hardin, associate dean in Penn State’s College of Communications, said, “This grant gives us the boost we need to develop a strong business reporting program, and having a Reynolds visiting professor here for a semester will help us develop a curriculum that will be forward-thinking, relevant and appealing to students.”

She said the school will soon begin identifying potential candidates for the position.

Prospective professors apply here.


tech coverage

Why journalism schools should teach tech reporting


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.

Reynolds Center

Reynolds Center to offer online certificate in business journalism


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.”

Joe Winski

A biz journalist who is humble, caring and a friend who now teaches


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.”

Read more here.

Mary Jane Pardue

Business editors: Most journalism graduates unprepared to cover business, economics


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.”

Linda Austin

Reynolds Center executive director Austin leaving for APME


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.


Wharton to hold one-day workshop for business journalists


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

McGraw Center to focus on long-form, in-depth stories


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.