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U. of Illinois seeking business journalism professor


The University of Illinois is seeking seeking an outstanding journalist and teacher to join its faculty as the Tom and June Netzel Sleeman Professor in Business Journalism.

This is a tenured nine-month academic year appointment. Illinois invites applications from candidates with demonstrated skills in business reporting in multiple fields such as, but not limited to, economic development, agriculture, energy and the environment, health, and information technology.

This person must be an innovative thinker who will develop courses and programs that demonstrate the Department’s commitment to business journalism and which complement the University’s mission as a Research 1 land-grant university and its Visioning Future Excellence strategic plan. The ability to build partnerships and collaborations across units in the College of Media and the University is essential.

The ideal candidate must hold an advanced degree and have at least 8 years of professional journalism experience. Multimedia skills and digital fluency are required. A record of successful teaching at the university level will be a plus. The candidate must be qualified for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor at the University of Illinois. As such, the candidate must demonstrate how he or she would meet the requirements of teaching, research/creative endeavor, and service that are typical for a major public research university.

The Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois has been making history and teaching students how to report it for more than 85 years. It is the alma mater of winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the Emmy Award and the Peabody Award. Members of its faculty have earned numerous professional and academic awards, including three Pulitzer Prizes, a credential unmatched by any other Big Ten university, and a Peabody Award.

The women and the men who teach in the Department know how to translate their professional experience to the classroom, and the intimate laboratory setting of its skills classes affords students the opportunity to share that expertise. The College of Media is the home of the Departments of Journalism, Advertising, and Media and Cinema Studies; Illinois Public Media; the Institute of Communications Research; and the Agricultural Communications program. The College of Media is the birthplace of Public Broadcasting and is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

The position will begin on Aug. 16, 2014. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Candidates should create a candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter explaining how the candidate’s training and background, including professional experience and teaching qualifications, make the applicant highly suitable for the position; curriculum vitae; and a list of full contact information for three references. All requested information must be submitted for an application to be considered complete.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by Nov. 15, 2013. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. The review will continue until the position has been filled. For further information regarding application procedures, please contact Jane Dowler at dowler@illinois.edu or 217-333- 2351.


Apply for fellowship to attend Wharton program


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.

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.

Apply here.


Leckey named Fulbright scholar, to teach in China next year


The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced the selection of professor Andrew Leckey of Arizona State University as a Fulbright Scholar to China for the 2014 spring term. He will teach business journalism at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China.

Leckey is the Reynolds Chair in Business Journalism at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the president of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, which he launched in 2003. He previously served as a longtime nationally syndicated investment columnist for the Chicago Tribune and worked as a CNBC anchor and reporter. He is the author or editor of 10 financial books.

Leckey has extensive experience in China. He has led several Cronkite summer study abroad trips to the country, has lectured at major Chinese universities, has appeared on China Central Television to speak about economic issues and has contributed articles to Chinese magazines and books. He also has hosted visiting scholars from China at the Cronkite School.

“I learn something every time I go to China and appreciate this Fulbright opportunity to teach business journalism at Sun Yat-Sen University,” Leckey said in a statement. “The university has an outstanding tradition and its communications dean is respected business journalist Hu Shuli, editor-in-chief of the Caixin Media publications.”

Read more here.

Allan Sloan

Sloan named first Ratner visiting business journalist


Baruch College’s Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions announced the launch of the Ratner Distinguished Visiting Business Journalist Program, which will start in Fall 2013 with Fortune senior editor Allan Sloan.

The Ratner Visiting Business Journalist Program, created with a gift from Forest City Ratner Cos., the real estate developer, and Bruce Ratner, will bring to Baruch College each semester a distinguished business journalist to work with journalism students and faculty. This initiative will help to better educate students about the ethical, intellectual and professional obligations of contemporary business journalists.

Sloan will spend a week in residence at Baruch College, teaching classes and mentoring students.

Sloan joined Fortune in 2007, after serving as Wall Street editor for Newsweek for 12 years. His Fortune columns also appear in The Washington Post; and he appears on the Marketplace Morning Report on American Public Media radio.

He has won seven Loeb awards (the highest honor in business journalism) in four different categories — newspapers, magazines, commentary and lifetime — for five different employers — The Detroit Free Press, Forbes, Newsday, Newsweek  and Fortune – over four decades. Among the awards is the Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sloan has also been honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the nation’s largest organization of business journalists.

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South Carolina

New fellowship for biz journalist who wants to get a doctorate


A new fellowship that will allow a business journalist to earn a doctorate degree is being offered by the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications, thanks to a $500,000 gift from a Carolina alumnus.

The Baldwin Business and Financial Graduate Fellowship for Business Journalists is valued at more than $70,000 per year for up to five years, beginning in Fall 2014. The fellowship will last for five years if the journalist starts the program with a bachelor’s degree, and three years if the person starts with a master’s. At completion, the Baldwin Fellow will graduate with a doctorate in mass communications and will be prepared for a tenure-track assistant professor position.

The teaching fellowship also will allow the professional who is chosen to impart his or her knowledge of the craft to students with an interest in business journalism.

Carol Pardun, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, said the gift allows Carolina to position its students for the future.

“This gift allows us to make a long-lasting impact on business journalism education.  By investing in a business journalist’s education now, we will be able to impact the field for decades to come,” Pardun said. “We all know about the seismic shifts in the media industry.  Even in the midst of this uncertainty, we know that journalists will continue to inform the public.  Reporting on businesses, housing, stocks, employment numbers, etc., is going to become even more important for all of us.”

The fellowship is being funded by a gift from Kenneth W. Baldwin Jr., a Columbia native and 1949 USC alumnus. This is Baldwin’s second large gift to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. In 2009, he gave a $500,000 gift to establish the Baldwin Business and Financial Journalism Endowment Fund to support teaching, research and other activities.

Baldwin, a former business editor and executive at the Norfolk, Va.,-based Landmark Communications media company, said he believes in the importance of bringing in accomplished journalists to share their knowledge and experiences with students.

“All sorts of things pop up every day it seems, dealing with business and finance and scandals. We need to be more diligent in pursuing the kind of news that protects people’s money and investments,” Baldwin said. “The idea is to have people who do know about this come in and give more advanced training to bright young people in the program so they will be prepared to do the work that’s out there waiting to be done.”

To qualify for the fellowship, an applicant must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree, must be an accomplished business journalist and must meet the university’s standards for acceptance into graduate studies. Teaching experience is desired but not required.

For more information about applying for the fellowship, contact Erik Collins, erik.collins@sc.edu, (803) 777-4105.


Knight-Bagehot fellows named for 2013-14


Ten Knight-Bagehot Fellows in economics and business journalism have been named by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for the 2013-2014 academic year. They include journalists from The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, American Banker, The Morning Call, National Journal and other news organizations in Washington, D.C., China, Nepal and Ghana.

“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:

Anjali Athavaley, 28, covers commercial real estate for the Greater New York section of The Wall Street Journal, where she started as an intern in 2006. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she also interned at The Houston Chronicle, The Washington Post, and the Miami Herald.

Emmanuel K. Dogbevi, 44, is founder and managing online editor of www.ghanabusinessnews.com, an online business news portal in Accra, Ghana, where his special interests are e-waste, renewable energy and economic development.  Winner of the Best Anti-corruption Reporter Award of the Ghana Journalists Association in 2012, he holds a BA from the University of Ghana.

Roseanne Gerin, 45, has worked in China since 2007, most recently as senior news editor, China Radio International in Beijing. Previously, she was a staff writer for Washington Technology, a trade magazine about companies that sell IT and telecom products and services to the U.S. government.

Jeff Horwitz, 31, was hired by American Banker in 2009 after graduating from Columbia with an MA in Business Journalism. He previously worked for the Washington City Paper, the San Bernardino Sun, and Legal Times, and freelanced in East Africa. He has also written stories for Slate, the Washington Post, Portfolio, the Atlantic, The Dallas Morning News and the Sacramento Bee.

Aaron Kessler, 33, is a staff writer for 100Reporters, a nonprofit journalism organization based in Washington, D.C. As a reporter for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, he partnered with ProPublica on an award-winning investigation of contaminated Chinese drywall used in thousands of U.S. homes. He has previously covered subjects ranging from the housing and auto industries, to mortgage fraud, terrorist networks and other financial crimes.

Prem K. Khanal, 43, is associate editor of Republica English daily in  Kathmandu, Nepal, which he joined in 2008 as business editor.  Previously, he was the chief of the business bureau at The Kathmandu Post. He graduated with an MA in Economics from Tribhuvan University  in 1999 and served briefly as research officer for the Institute for  Development Studies in Kathmandu before beginning his 12-year career  in journalism.

Margot Sanger-Katz, 33, is health care correspondent for National Journal, the Washington, D.C. politics and policy magazine. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she previously wrote or edited for Concord (New Hampshire) Monitor, Yale Alumni Magazine, and Legal Affairs magazine.

Spencer Soper, 39, is senior business reporter for The Morning Call in Allentown, PA, where he has worked since 2005. Previously, he was a reporter for newspapers in California and New York. He graduated with a BA in English from the State University of Albany, New York in 1995.

Peter Svensson, 40, is a technology writer for The Associated Press. Born and raised in Sweden, he has served in the country’s military intelligence and been a U.N. peacekeeper in Croatia. He studied journalism at Stockholm University and photography and multimedia at New York University.

Amy Yee, 38, a freelance journalist based in New Delhi, India, focuses on development, business approaches to reducing poverty and stories with social impact. A graduate of Wellesley College, she got her start in business journalism in 1999 as a reporter for The Financial Times based in New York. In 2006, she moved to New Delhi and covered India for the FT until 2008. As a freelancer, she writes for The New York Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, The Lancet, Forbes and other publications.


Chinese biz program looking for director


The Global Business Journalism program at Tsinghua University is seeking a director starting in the fall semester of 2013.

The ideal candidate would be a university professor with extensive professional experience as a business journalist plus administrative experience and responsibilities. China experience and Chinese language are a plus but not a requirement.

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. The director would teach Business News Writing and Editing and other courses as needed. The director’s duties include reporting to the program’s sponsors as well as identifying and cultivating new ones.

This is a great job for the right person, especially now, given China’s growing importance in business and the global economy. Students are right in the middle of the world’s biggest business story.

Contact James Breiner at Tsinghua University, jamesbreiner@gmail.com.


Oklahoma, Cal State-Fullerton to receive visiting biz journalism professors


Journalism programs at the University of Oklahoma and California State University, Fullerton will receive visiting business journalism professors next spring under an Arizona State University program funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

This is the third 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.

The five-year program will ultimately create 11 visiting professorships at 11 different schools. Inaugural visiting professors taught at Colorado State University, Grambling State University, the University of South Carolina and Texas Christian University in spring 2012.

This past spring, visiting professors have taught at Central Michigan, Elon and Louisiana State universities.

Andrew Leckey, president of the Reynolds Center and the Reynolds Chair in Business Journalism at the Cronkite School, said the two schools were chosen from dozens of applications, and both presented “immediate and longer-term plans for solid business journalism coursework.”

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TCU creates business journalism certificate


The Texas Christian University Schieffer School of Journalism has created a business journalism certificate program for students beginning in fall 2013.

The driving factors for creating the certificates were the availability of jobs in the areas and the need for subject-based certificates, in addition to certificates based on media platforms, John Lumpkin, director of the Schieffer School of Journalism, said.

The emphasis in subject changed the way the certificates are earned. Instead of only journalism courses, the certificates will require classes outside of the Schieffer School.

For the business certificate, requirements will include six hours outside of the Schieffer School, with options from business, economic and political science classes.

Just as the market has been changing to accommodate more sports journalists, the market is embracing more business journalists, Dr. Melita Garza, the lead professor for the business journalism proposal, said.

The business journalism certificate was an outgrowth of grants from the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. The original grant provided for a visiting business journalism professor for one semester. The visiting professor, Karen Blumenthal, author and former bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, developed the first two business news courses in 2012.

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Joe Weisenthal

How to kick butt in business journalism


Business Insider executive editor Joe Weisenthal and deputy editor Nicholas Carlson recently gave college students advice on how to be a great business  journalist, reports Dan Reimold of PBS MediaShift.

Here is some of their advice:

8. Test Story Ideas on Twitter

During his portion of the talk, Weisenthal confirmed what his 40,000 Twitter followers already know: While working hard at all hours, he tweets a lot.

Along with sharing news and showing some personality, he said, “a big part of Twitter for me is just trying out ideas. Something will come to me, maybe just the germ of a story that I haven’t written yet, and I’ll tweet some thought and see what kind of reaction I get. So I use it very much as a sounding board … You know, ‘That seemed to strike a nerve, so maybe I’ll expand on that.’”

9. Business Journalism is the Best

One sentiment that struck a nerve for Weisenthal and Carlson centered on the power and benefits of business journalism. Weisenthal in particular didn’t mince words about what he perceives as its predominance. “My opinion is that business journalism is the best,” he said. “Think about it this way. Everyone can write about politics. It’s not that hard … But those people who specialize in writing about politics would never have something smart to say about the jobs report. If you’re thinking about an area, I highly recommend business because it is superior to every other one.”

As Carlson quickly added, “And you get paid well.”

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