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The Poynter Institute is holding a web training session for journalists interested in improving their coverage of rising food prices.
Rising food prices affect everyone, making this more than a business story. Learn how to cut through the buzz words to explain the story to your readers and viewers. You’ll see how you can go beyond regurgitating numbers — explaining what they mean and how they affect local wallets.
You’ll learn the questions you need to ask and the resources that will help you tell better stories in a way that connects to your audience
Plus, when you sign up for this Webinar, you can get a discount on buying the Financial Writer’s Stylebook, an essential resource that explains more than a thousand terms and can guide you in covering financial stories.
This Webinar is for anyone whose work touches on the topics of food prices and the economy and wants to ask better questions and tell stronger stories.
The instructor is Chris Roush, the Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Scholar in business journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he teaches a class called “Economics Reporting” once a year. He previously was editor of Insurance Investor magazine and a writer for Bloomberg News, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, BusinessWeek and the St. Petersburg Times, among others.
To sign up, go here. The cost is $27.95.
The Washington Post has introduced a series of classes that its readers can take — for a fee — and has lined up some of its top journalists to teach the courses.
One of the courses is on economic literacy and is being taught by Steven Pearlstein, the Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning business columnist.
The course is described as “A solid, practical foundation for understanding the world of economics conveyed by looking at the subject in a new way: Pearlstein answers eight important questions and through these answers showcases major economic terms and theories.”
The cost for such knowledge? $299, although subscribers in the DC area can get in on the class for just $199.
Of course, Pearlstein will be no stranger to the classroom. Late last year, he announced that he’d be cutting back on his column writing to become Clarence J. Robinson professor of public and international affairs at George Mason University, teaching undergraduate courses on the basic principles of economics, economic policy and the media.
Read more about the classes here.
The International Center for Journalists is offering two online courses in English and Spanish on covering personal finance.
The courses are for Hispanic journalists and US journalists covering finance issues for minority and immigrant communities. They will run July 1 to Aug. 12.
The courses are open to Spanish-speaking and English-speaking journalists from ethnic media. Participants will be trained to effectively cover consumer finance issues including from credit and lending, to housing and mortgages, to retirement planning and investing.
The Spanish course will be led by Xavier Serbia, the editor-in-chief and founder of Xavierserbia.com. Serbia is a personal finance syndicated columnist and has written for various Hispanic media outlets.
The English course will be led by Chris Roush, who teaches business and economics reporting at UNC-Chapel Hill and has written six books, including two about business journalism.
At the end of the online courses, three participants will receive a McGraw-Hill Personal Finance Award and cash prizes of $2,000, $1,000 and $500.
To apply, go here and follow the directions.
The Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists announced that up to 10 journalists may receive scholarships that include free round trip air travel and tuition to the renowned program’s Wharton San Francisco session on June 22.
U.S.-based international journalists are especially encouraged to apply. Besides air fare, the scholarship covers tuition, course materials, and most meals but not lodging.
The Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists, now in their 43rd year, offers participants an opportunity to expand their knowledge, increase their exposure to leading experts and broaden their perspectives in a stimulating environment. Through intensive lectures and hands-on exercises, the program, led by the Wharton School’s most prominent professors, helps participants gain better understanding of key business and economic issues.
This special one-day session will feature Wharton Professors Kent Smetters, Leonard Lodish and Raffi Amit. They will the lead sessions on the “The Economy,” “Entrepreneurial Marketing” and “Venture Capital Today”.
This program is free of charge and open to a limited number of journalists. In addition, seminar participants are invited to sit in on panels/talks at the Wharton Global Alumni Forumtaking place the following two days.
The application deadline is June 15. To apply, go here.
Mark Tatge, who has been teaching business journalism at Ohio University for the past four years, has accepted a job at DePauw University as its Pulliam professor.
Tatge has been appointed DePauw’s Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism and professor of communication and theatre for a three-year term effective with the 2011–12 academic year and ending June 30, 2014.
Tatge assumes the Pulliam professorship from R.B. Brenner.
Tatge’s long career in journalism includes stints as Midwest bureau chief for Forbes magazine, as an investigative reporter at the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s statehouse bureau, and positions with the Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News and Denver Post.
Outside of the classroom, Tatge recently authored the “New York Times Reader: Business and Economics,” published by CQ Press. The book is a guide aimed at teaching young journalists how to write about business and the economy and has been adopted by a number of universities nationwide.
Tatge serves as a contributing editor to Forbes and is a frequent commentator on the economy and financial markets, appearing on ABC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News Channel and other broadcast outlets. He is working with the Poytner Institute’s News University to develop online courses in the area of business and finance and is a frequent guest lecturer on business journalism and the impact of digital media on journalism and society.
Ten Knight-Bagehot Fellows in economics and business journalism have been named by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for the 2011-2012 academic year.
The mid-career fellowships provide full tuition and a living stipend of $50,000 for experienced journalists to take graduate courses at Columbia’s Schools of Business, Law, and International and Public Affairs.
Fellows also attend special seminars at the Journalism School led by scholars and business experts during the nine-month program, which begins in August. The program is open to journalists with at least four years of experience.
“These journalists represent the best and brightest in business journalism,” said Terri Thompson, director of the program, in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming them for a rigorous program of study here at Columbia.”
This year’s fellows:
- Lisa Chow, WNYC Radio;
- Thomas Gryta, Dow Jones Newswires;
- Noa Kolp, Israel’s Globes newspaper and Channel 10;
- Anora Mahmudova, Financial Times;
- Hajime Matsuura, Japan’s The Sankei Shinbun;
- Dave Michaels, The Dallas Morning News;
- Karla Palomo, Fox News Network;
- Asher Price, Austin American-Statesman;
- Andres Schipani, Financial Times; and
- Nick Tattersall, Reuters.
The full release can be found here.
The Society of American Business Editors and Writers will hold a conference call later this month what is shaping up to be the business story of the summer: rising gasoline prices.
The call will offer access to the experts who are tracking gas prices and their impact on consumers, the economy and local communities. You’ll also get tips from energy journalists about how to cover and localize this important story.
The call will be held Monday, May 23, at 3 p.m. EST.
The moderator will be Chris Kahn, energy writer for the Associated Press. He will be joined by three panelists:
James Coan, research associate for the Energy Forum at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University; Neil Gamson, Energy Information Administration; and Russell Gold, energy writer in The Wall Street Journal’s Houston bureau.
Please RSVP for the event by registering here. Then, on the day of the event, please call (218) 339-2626 and, when prompted, enter the access code 4058935. You’ll be able to hear the panelists but not speak to them.
During the call, listeners may send questions via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected questions will be forwarded to the moderator for the panel to answer.
Bridget Meade of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada-Reno interviewed business journalism professor Alan Deutschman about his experiences covering technology for Fortune, GQ and Vanity Fair.
“‘Gates seemed very bored and distracted,’ Deutschman said. ‘He assumes you’re not going to be very smart and ask him mainstream questions.’
“It wasn’t until Deutschman mentioned that he was researching renowned physicist Richard Feynman that the interview with Gates began to turn around. Gates is a fan of Feynman’s work and deemed Deutschman worthy after that. Even so, when one of Deutschman’s colleagues wrote an article about Microsoft that ticked Gates off a few years later, Gates saw him at a conference and called him out on it.
“‘It turned into a two hour discussion in front of a crowd,’ Deutschman said, laughing.
“When Deutschman started his career in journalism, he was interested in writing about art, culture and politics. Then he interned at the Wall Street Journal and after that, subsequent publications assigned him business stories.”
Read more here.
Journalists are invited to learn how to cover the nationally contentious issue of public pensions at an all-expenses-paid, three-day seminar conducted by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in June through a $40,000 grant provided by the McCormick Foundation.
Applications are being received now for up to 20 fellowships that will include airfare, hotel accommodations, meals and seminar fees. Interested journalists should contact Warren Watson, SABEW executive director, at email@example.com or 1-602-496-5186.
Two journalists whose newspapers separately published their work on the issue, Craig Harris of The Arizona Republic and Jason Grotto of the Chicago Tribune, will be among the speakers.
The seminar will begin with an evening program on Wednesday, June 1, continue for a full day Thursday and wrap up in early afternoon on Friday, June 3.
Other invited speakers include Josh Rauh of Northwestern University and Kil Huh of the Pew Center on the States. Both have done research and applied work on the issue. David Milstead of SABEW, a Denver journalist who has developed seminars on public pensions, is helping to formulate the seminar.
Read more here.
After spending a week in Spain teaching, reading and watching business journalism (periodismo económico), here are some thoughts:
1. Business journalism watchers in Spain believe that some of the country’s largest and most well-known companies get a pass from the Spanish business media for fear of antagonizing them. For example, it is the belief of these watchers that Banco Santander is not covered as aggressively by the Spanish business media as the bank is covered by the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal.
The recent revelation that convicted Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff met with executives at Santander was downplayed by the Spanish business media.
2. A business journalist recently called a regional bank to get a comment from its PR people for a story he was about to run. The business journalist was told that the PR person would call back in an hour with the response. The journalist waited five hours and then discovered that the bank had given the story to another media organization and then sent out a press release to the rest of the media. It was the second time this bank’s corporate communications staff had used such a strategy.
That would never happen in the United States, right?
3. In the 1990s, a financial journalist in Spain discovered that a bank in the country was about to be taken over by the government. What did he do with this information? He and his relatives immediately went to the bank and took out their savings before the word got out. He was not prosecuted. In fact, some consider him a hero.
4. The business reporting class taught at the University of Navarra in Pamplona will become a required course for all journalism students beginning in the next academic year.