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Learn how to read financial statements


Sageworks Inc., a North Carolina company that tracks private companies, is offering a training session later this month for business reporters on how to read financial statements.

Sageworks chairman Brian Hamilton will lead this free webinar for journalists, focusing on how to analyze financial statements and find the “narrative” behind the numbers.

This webinar will cover:

  • An easy-to-understand overview of an income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flow
  • The most important data found in a company’s financial statements
  • How to draw conclusions from a company’s numbers

The session will take place on Oct. 22 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

To register, go here.

Sarah Bartlett

Bartlett names dean of CUNY J-School


Longtime business journalist Sarah Bartlett, who worked for the New York Times business desk and BusinessWeek, has been named the dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Kara Blomgarden-Smoke of the New York Observer has the email announcement from the outgoing dean, former BusinessWeek editor Stephen Shepard:

Her selection follows a through search process by a 12-person team that considered some 30 applicants, interviewed seven candidates, and selected three finalists. Each of the finalists spent a day at the school, meeting faculty, staff, students, and alumni.  They were also interviewed by several members of Chancellor Kelly’s team at the Central Office. I’m grateful to all who participated in the process and those of you who sent messages to Chancellor Kelly.  I especially want to thank the other finalists: Terry McDonell and Steven Waldman.  We benefited greatly from their insights and their passion for the CUNY Journalism School.

Sarah is a wonderful person to lead the CUNY J-School to new heights of excellence.   As a charter member of the  faculty since the day we opened, she designed many of our courses, recruited adjunct faculty members, taught several courses with distinction, launched the Center for Community and Ethnic Media, raised nearly $2 million, and was the principal writer of our 5-year strategic plan. She has had strong journalism experience across media platforms:  she was a reporter for the New York Times, an assistant managing editor at Business Week, and Editor-in-Chief of Oxygen Media.  Before joining the CUNY J-school, she held the Bloomberg Chair in Business Journalism at Baruch College. She has also written two books.

Having known Sarah for nearly 30 years, I can say with confidence:  The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is in great hands.

Read more here.


McGraw family funds biz journalism center at CUNY


With a $3 million gift from the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Family Foundation, the City University of New York’s graduate school of journalism will get a center for business journalism, reports Melanie Grayce West of The Wall Street Journal.

West writes, “The Harold W. McGraw Jr. Center for Business Journalism at CUNY will create a fellowship program, scholarships, internships, seminars and an annual symposium for business journalists.

Stephen Shepard, the founding dean of CUNY’s graduate journalism school, will oversee the development of the center’s programming. Mr. Shepard was the former editor in chief of BusinessWeek, when it was a publication owned by McGraw-Hill, and he is a friend of the family, according to Mr. McGraw. The McGraws wanted to make the gift before Mr. Shepard steps down as dean of the school later this year.

“”The late Mr. McGraw was a strong believer in the ‘whole art of journalism,’ said Mr. McGraw. ‘To be able to make a difference in some other people’s lives in his name is pure joy for me and my brother and sister.’”

Read more here.


Reynolds Center offering fellowships for January seminar


The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is offering 24 fellowships worth $1,500 each for intensive business journalism training in Phoenix Jan. 2 to Jan. 5.

To learn how to ferret out stories in financial statements and SEC documents, apply for the Strictly Financials Seminar.

Always wanted to teach? The Business Journalism Professors Seminar covers how to teach a university course in business journalism.

The fellowships cover training, lodging, materials and most meals. Apply by Nov. 1

Read more here.


Finalists named to replace CUNY dean


The former editor of Sports Illustrated, the creator of a religion news site, and the director of its urban reporting program are the finalists to be the next dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

The winner will replace Steve Shepard, the former BusinessWeek editor who was the founding dean. The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism runs a business journalism program.

According to a memo from CUNY trustee Peter Pantaleo, the finalists were picked from nearly 30 candidates and seven semi-finalists, who were interviewed by a search committee.

The finalists are:

  1. Steve Waldman, who founded Beliefnet.com in 1998 and sold it to News Corp. to 2007. Waldman was also a national editor at U.S. News & World Report, a national correspondent for Newsweek, and a senior advisor to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He recently created Daily Bridge Media, which has launched a site about the Brooklyn Nets.
  2. Terry McDonell, who retired from Time Inc. at the end of 2012 after editing the Sports Illustrated group of magazines and websites for 10 years. McDonell also converted US magazine to a weekly in 2000, and his magazines and websites have won five National Magazine Awards. He recently created an editorial group to create publishing, video and film ventures across multiple platforms.
  3. Sarah Bartlett, the director of the school’s Urban Reporting Program. Bartlett was also the Bloomberg chair in business journalism at Baruch and was assistant managing editor at BusinessWeek. She also worked for the New York Times and Fortune magazine.

Each finalist will meet with members of the School of Journalism faculty, administration and students next week.



Editor to governor: We understand your economic plan


John Drescher, the executive editor of The (Raleigh) News & Observer, writes Saturday in response to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s comments earlier this week that journalists are not smart enough to understand his economic plan.

Drescher writes, “The people elected McCrory in part because they believed he would assemble a good team, listen to his advisers and move forward with what he thinks would be best.

“Journalism is similar in that most of us are generalists. We don’t consider ourselves to be experts. But we know enough to talk with smart people and ask them to explain things to us so we can explain them to readers.

“Our beat reporters don’t have Ph.D.s, but they are knowledgeable. Take Lynn Bonner, who has reported at The News & Observer for nearly 20 years. Bonner has a degree from Swarthmore in biology and previously worked as a microbiologist. She knows scientific methods and how to analyze data. She took college-level economics. But her knowledge about public finance comes mostly from having reported hundreds of budget stories over the years.

“Bonner’s stories typically are edited by Mary Cornatzer, a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a journalism degree. She was The N&O’s business editor for 13 years, including four years in a row when our business section was honored as one of the nation’s best by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

“Bonner’s story could also be edited by Dan Barkin, senior editor for news and a business news junkie. Barkin has a degree in business from Old Dominion University. He’s been a newspaper publisher, overseeing a $15 million operation with a commercial-printing business.”

Read more here.

Database journalism training offered for biz journalists


The International Center for Journalists is offering an eight-week, online course for Spanish-speaking and English-speaking journalists working within the United States on how to find business and economics stories in data and using databases to find such stories.

A new and growing body of expertise and digital tools – data journalism – can help business and financial journalists better serve these audiences. In the McGraw-Hill Data Journalism Program, ICFJ will help journalists master this new set of tools and produce data-driven stories that raise financial literacy in underserved communities.

The program will give journalists reporting for minority and other underserved populations a variety of data journalism tools and techniques, including how to mine economic and financial databases. During training on ICFJ’s digital training platform journalists can take a course on finding, interpreting, visualizing, and reporting on this data.

The online courses will take place from Oct. 7, 2013 through Dec. 1, 2013. All applicants will be asked to propose a project that they will develop throughout the length of the course. A mentoring period to help participants finalize their projects will then take place from Dec. 2, 2013 until Jan. 26, 2014.

The English course will be led by UNC-Chapel Hill business journalism professor Chris Roush, and the Spanish course will be led by personal finance journalist Xavier Serbia.

Click here to apply now.


National Press Foundation offering Wharton biz journalism scholarships


Each year, the National Press Foundation offers two all-expense-paid fellowships to working print, online or broadcast journalists based in the U.S. for the annual October “Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists,” at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

The fellowship includes full tuition, housing, most meals and round trip transportation.

The seminars offer participants an opportunity to expand their knowledge of business by attending courses conducted by leading Wharton faculty, hear guest lectures by business leaders, and compete in an intensive, computer-simulated strategic management exercise.

Friends of the late Frank Holeman, a former associate director of the foundation; the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Freddie Mac Foundation have endowed these NPF fellowships.

See Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists for more information about the seminars.

The 2013 Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists will be held Oct. 13-16.

The application deadline for NPF’s 2 fellowships is 5 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.

The application includes: a letter saying why the applicant wants to participate; a letter of support from a supervisor; work sample; and brief bio. All materials must be ready at the time you wish to complete the application as you cannot save and return to the form later.

If you have any questions on the fellowship or the application process, contact Jessica Jean-Francois at jessica@nationalpress.org or 202-663-7282.

Rick Dunham

Dunham hired to run Chinese biz journalism program


Rick Dunham, who has been working for the Houston Chronicle’s Washington bureau for the past six years, has been hired to run the graduate business journalism program in Tsinghua University in Beijing.

In a Facebook post, Dunham wrote, “The Global Business Journalism program will reunite me with my friends and former Business Week colleagues Joyce Barnathan and Jane Sasseen — Joyce as president of International Center for Journalists and Jane as a guest scholar at Tsinghua. I will be in China from Labor Day week through next July, with a visit home in the second half of January.”

The program is a joint project of the International Center for Journalists, which trains journalists in dozens of countries worldwide, and Tsinghua University in Beijing, considered one of China’s best. Dunham replaces Jim Breiner, former publisher of the Baltimore Business Journal.

Dunham had previously been with BusinessWeek for the past 15 years, covering the intersection of politics and policy in Washington. He joined BusinessWeek in 1992 after seven years as a national political reporter for the now-defunct Dallas Times Herald.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history, Dunham has been active in Washington journalism circles, having served as president of the National Press Club and chairman of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.



Weiss, Winski named Reynolds visiting biz journalism professors


Longtime journalists Richard Weiss and Joe Winski have been named Reynolds visiting business journalism professors at the University of Oklahoma and Cal State-Fullerton, respectively.

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.

Weiss is an award-winning writer, editor and writing coach with more than three decades of experience at newspapers, much of it at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. After leaving the Post-Dispatch in 2005, Weiss started his own company WeissWrite LLC, a writing, editing and coaching service for anyone with a story to tell. He also is one of founders of the St. Louis Beacon, one of the leaders in nonprofit online journalism. Weiss has conducted writing workshops at newspapers and universities nationwide, many on behalf of the Reynolds Center.

Winski’s career in business journalism spans from The Wall Street Journal to Bloomberg News, with stints in between at the Chicago Tribune and Crain Communications. He spent the last 18 1/2 years of his career at Bloomberg, holding positions including bureau chief in Chicago, Tokyo and Washington before becoming managing editor for the Americas and then managing editor overseeing Bloomberg’s initial coverage of government regulation and government contracts.

Before Bloomberg, he was a reporter and columnist for Crain Communications in Chicago, a business reporter for the Chicago Tribune, and a reporter and editor in the Chicago bureau of The Wall Street Journal. He began his career as a reporter at The Pantagraph in Bloomington, Ill.

The professorships will enable students at the two universities to get valuable training in a specialized and increasingly critical area of journalism, said Andrew Leckey, president of the Reynolds Center and the Reynolds Chair in Business Journalism at the Cronkite School.

Read more here.