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by Chris Roush
The Society of American Business Editors and Writers will hold a teletraining session called “Fresh Ideas for Covering the Holiday Retail Season in a Down Economy” next week.
The panel includes moderator Karen Talley, special writer covering retailers, Dow Jones Newswires ; and panelists Maria Halkias, retail writer, The Dallas Morning News; and Andria Cheng, retail reporter, MarketWatch .
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 email@example.com. Selected questions will be forwarded to the moderator for the panel to answer.
The call is presented as a free service by SABEW, the largest organization of business journalists in the world.
by Chris Roush
The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is offering fellowships worth $2,000 for four days of study in business journalism Jan. 2-5 in Phoenix.
Deadline to apply online is Nov. 1.
The journalists’ Strictly Financials Seminar teaches the essentials of covering financials, from stock markets and bonds to financial statements and company research.The Business Journalism Professors Seminar covers the essentials of teaching a university course in business journalism.
The seminars will occur during Reynolds Business Journalism Week at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The sixth annual, concurrent seminars will be led by award-winning professors and journalists, including New York Times reporter Diana B. Henriques, author of “The Wizard of Lies” about the Bernie Madoff scandal.
Rachel Tobin, business reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, said her 2010 fellowship to the Strictly Financials Seminar “gave me much more confidence in my financial reporting, has allowed me to ask better and smarter questions, and overall improved my coverage. I cannot thank the Reynolds Center enough for this amazing course.”
For more information, contact Reynolds Center President Andrew Leckey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
Journalism programs at Colorado State University, Grambling State University, Texas Christian University and the University of South Carolina will be the first schools to receive visiting business journalism professors next spring under a $1.67 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
The five-year program will ultimately create 11 visiting professorships at 11 different schools. It is administered through the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
“We are pleased with the first four schools selected to participate in the Reynolds Visiting Business Journalism Professor Program,” said Steve Anderson, president of the Reynolds Foundation. “These four schools will form the nucleus of a much larger group of institutions that will be selected annually over the next five years. The program’s goal is to select institutions that will commit long-term to the teaching of principles and skills necessary to train business journalists in what we believe is an increasingly important field of journalism.”
The new Reynolds Visiting Professorships are modeled on successful programs at Washington and Lee University and the Cronkite School. The Reynolds Center also has sponsored a weeklong training seminar for prospective business journalism professors for the past five years.
The professorships will enable students at the four universities to get valuable training in a specialized and increasingly critical area of journalism, said Andrew Leckey, president of the Reynolds Center.
Read more here.
by Chris Roush
The Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists announced Friday that up to 10 additional journalists may receive scholarships that include free domestic round trip air travel and tuition to the renowned program’s flagship program Oct. 9 to Oct. 12 on the University of Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia campus.
The Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists, now in its 43rd year, offers participants an opportunity to expand their business knowledge and increase their exposure to experts. Through lectures and exercises, the program, led by the Wharton School’s most prominent professors, helps participants gain better understanding of key business and economic issues.
Classes are held on the University of Pennsylvania campus at Wharton’s Jon M. Huntsman Hall in Philadelphia. Participants are encouraged to secure lodging as soon as possible. More information is available on the seminar’s home page.
For those not chosen for a scholarship, the program cost is $1,995, with a payment date of Oct. 1.
Applications are open to those employed full time as a print, broadcast, or online business journalist for legitimate media companies.
For more information, go here. I am a 1993 graduate of the program, and the program is excellent.
by Chris Roush
The Society of American Business Editors and Writers plans to hold a training conference call later this month on covering national and local economic stories.
This session will give journalists a better understanding of the direction of the national economy as well as insight into how they can track and cover their own regional economies. The call will also teach listeners how to tap into Bureau of Economic Analysis data and other economic resources.
On the call will be Adolfo Laurenti, deputy chief economist, Mesirow Financial, and Mike Schneider, correspondent and computer mapping specialist, The Associated Press, as well as a Bureau of Economic Analysis representative. The call is being moderated by Daniel Burns, financial training editor for the Americas, Reuters.
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 email@example.com. Selected questions will be forwarded to the moderator for the panel to answer.
by Chris Roush
The Society of American Business Editors and Writers will hold a training call on Monday, July 25, for business journalists interested in learning tips about investigative stories.
The call will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST.
The moderator for the call will be Chicago Tribune reporter Jason Grotto. The panelists for the call will include Investigative Reporters and Editors executive director Mark Horvit, investigative reporter Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star, and Scott Eden, a freelance journalist who was recently on the staff of TheStreet.com
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.
Contact SABEW board member and training committee co-chair Mary Jane Pardue of Missouri State University, email@example.com or (417) 889-9438, if you have questions.
The Society of American Business Editors and Writers is holding a conference call next week for journalists interested in tips from business reporters on covering the gas price story.
The call, which will be held May 23 at 3 p.m. EST, will provide 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 moderator will be Chris Kahn, energy writer for The Associated Press.
The panelists on the call will be 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.
Sign up here for the approximately one-hour call.
At the time and date of the call, dial 218-339-2626, then at the prompt, enter this 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.
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.