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The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences is raising money to honor Benita Newton, the Virginian-Pilot business reporter who died suddenly last summer.
To read the story in the Tuscaloosa News, go here.
The Society of American Business Editors and Writers is also raising money to create a program to encourage minorities to consider the field of business journalism in Benita’s honor.
The UW-Madison Materials Research Science and Engineering Center on Nanostructured Interfaces and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication are offering an intensive two-day course and fellowships for journalists interested in exploring the science and engineering of nanotechnology.
The course, to be held March 20-21, 2006 on the UW-Madison campus, is intended to provide hands-on perspective and detailed insight into the rapidly emerging field and its implications for society.
Participants will learn about the latest in nanotechnology from leading scientists and have the opportunity to explore the technology through innovative lab experiences and group discussions. Course participants will access working laboratories and will attend lectures on the science and engineering aspects of nanotechnology, in addition to seminars on current research and its public policy implications.
Twelve selected journalists – including those specializing in science, technology, business and general assignment beats, as well as editors and photojournalists – will receive a stipend to cover course and travel costs. To apply, submit a resume and a letter of application stating your professional interests and reasons for wanting to know more about nanotechnology.
Applications will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2006. Applications may be submitted electronically to email@example.com. For more information, contact Ken Gentry at (608) 263-7128, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Â© 2005 Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
Found this interesting post from a Northwestern University student — first name Laura — who starts taking Economics Reporting today:
“I am taking an economics reporting class. I’m fairly frightened of reporting with numbers and I’ve heard good things about this class, so I thought it would be challenging and interesting and all that heart-warming junk. Before class has even started, our professor has already sent us a fun little “exercise,” to determine our net worth. We subtract our liabilities (stuff we owe, for me, like a million dollars) from our assets (stuff we own, for me, like NOTHING), and determine our equity. This is sure to be a depressing experience. Then at the bottom of the page, we do income vs. expenses. I think this exercise alone is enough for me to quit school and start temping or something. So maybe it’s a good thing! heh. Wish me luck, classes start tomorrow!!!”
The entire post can be read here.
Yes, I am forwarding this message to the business journalism professors at Northwestern. Yes, this is what those of us in the education racket have to overcome when trying to convince students that writing about business and the economy can be fun and interesting if the students can learn some simple math.
But I do think the student is being a bit overdramatic. Maybe she’ll learn how to balance her checkbook and other life skills by the end of the semester.
Energy has become a major business story in the past 12-18 months. And many business journalists have been caught flat-footed when it comes to understanding how to report energy issues.
So, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill will be holding a one-day seminar on covering the next energy crisis on Friday, March 3. The workshop will be held in Chapel Hill, so if you’re in the Southeast, this would be worth attending.
Among the speakers will be long-time journalists who cover energy, policymakers, company executives and environmentalists.
To register, go here.
CFA Institute, the global, non-profit association that administers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam, is offering the follow-up session to its â€œHow to Read Earnings Statements Like An Investment Professional,â€? the first in a series of educational media seminars designed to help journalists read financial statements and write accurate stories for the investor. Jay Taparia, CFA, founder and principal of Sanskar Investments, will lead this sequel presentation. This seminar is free to registered journalists.
From â€œHow to Read a 10-Q Like an Investment Professional,â€? you will learn how to:
Â· Prepare for the release of a companyâ€™s 10-Q and how to analyze this financial statement so that you are ready for the 10-K and earnings release.
Â· Review the Cash Flow Statement and determine a companyâ€™s true financial health.
Â· Develop questions for company management that give you the answers your readers need.
Â· Write articles that tell the complete story about a companyâ€™s past, present, and future.
To participate in this seminar, follow these instructions:
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
12:00 pm â€“ 1:00 pm Eastern
To listen by phone:
Conference call number: (866) 793-1301
Conference call ID: 824595
Conference call name: CFA Institute Media Seminar
Please call five to 10 minutes before the conference call begins. For technical support, please call 800-255-5661.
To listen on the Web, visit the CFA Institute press room.
This Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005, SABEW needs help in testing our new online entry registration process for the 2006 Best in Business contest.
It’s worth looking at. It’s pretty cool and could eventually pare its data-entry expenses.
From 11 a.m. To 1 p.m. CENTRAL TIME on Wednesday, could you please click on to the link listed below and follow the instructions. Act as if you were entering BIB for your organization.
Please complete the whole process and click on the submit button. Don’t worry, your test entry will not be officially submitted, as the system is not yet live.
We want SABEW members from all over the country to be on the system at the same time to see if it can handle the strain.
Time to start digging out those clips from the past year. The contest season is almost upon us.
Here is the first one: The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants has announced its annual Excellence in Financial Journalism Award competition to recognize reporters from the national and local media who contribute to a better understanding of business topics.
The Society presents awards in print, radio, television, wire service and electronic media published or broadcast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2005. Deadline for entries is Feb. 1, 2006. An application for the Excellence in Financial Journalism Award can be obtained at the Society’s website, www.nysscpa.org in the Press Room. Questions regarding the Award may be directed to Lois Whitehead, NYSSCPA Public Relations Manager at 212-719-8405 or email@example.com
The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) invites journalists to attend its free two-part series on Understanding Financial Statements.
The sessions are Dec. 19 and 21, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Society’s Office, 3 Park Avenue (at 34th Street), 19th Floor. Journalists completing both sessions will receive a certificate from the Society. Jay Safier, CPA and Bart Fooden, CPA are instructors. For further information and reservations, contact Lois Whitehead, NYSSCPA Public Relations Manager at 212-719-8405 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today was the last day of the semester for my Economics Reporting class, which I teach every fall. As the final project in the class, each of the students has to “buy” a $10,000 stock portfolio of at least five stocks at the beginning of the semester and track it throughout the entire time period, occasionally writing updates about the economic indicators or other factors affecting their stocks.
The performance of the portfolio does not determine the student’s grade; how well they can explain why their stocks performed the way they did does determine their grade. However, I do like to give some presents to the top performers.
This year, I had a student, Linda Shen, who produced a 23% return in her portfolio in a time period of just short of three months. Annualized, this is about a 100 percent return. Her portfolio was helped by Google and focusing on Asian bird flu stocks such as Gilead and Chion. Linda, who interned last summer at Reuters and will likely intern in summer 2006 at Bloomberg, received a $50 gift certificate to a local brewpub for kicking our butts.
The second- and third-place finishers received a copy of the Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Money and Investing. Twelve out of 14 students in the class finished with their portfolios in the black, and a majority of them outperformed the overall market during our time period — Sept. 20 to Dec. 8.
As for my portfolio, it finished in dead last. I lost 13 percent during the semester, led by a disastrous pick of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and an insurance company, James River Group, hit hard by hurricane expenses.
One of the lessons I hope my students learn from this is to be careful when writing about stocks and avoid the temptation of giving advice to readers. But this project also gets them reading about their stocks, looking at economics indicators such as the CPI and consumer confidence to see how they affect stock prices, and following the market more closely than they have in the past.
At the American Press Institute seminar I am attending today, along with a dozen business editors from publications throughout North America, I heard some feedback about what our universities and colleges are doing wrong when it comes to teaching students about business journalism.
–A business editor from New Jersey stated that he spoke to a journalism class at a university recently, and there were no students in the class with an interest in business journalism. “Nobody wanted to go work at Bloomberg,” he said.
–Another business editor wondered why so few universities offer a course in business journalism as a mandatory class.
–A third said he had difficulty finding students interested in interning on the business desk.
I agree with all of these statements, but let me provide some perspective.
Yes, the bulk of students in schools of journalism and mass communication currently are majoring in public relations and advertising. At UNC, where I teach, those two majors make up a majority of majors. But enrollment in news-editorial is actually up in the past year. To borrow from “Field of Dreams,” which was on AMC last night, “If you build it, they will come.” My experience is that schools who are teaching business journalism are seeing a growing interest in the field. It’s happened at all three places I have taught a business reporting course.
Some universities are hesitant to add business journalism classes to the curriculum because they are required by the J-School accrediting council to teach certain courses. To make business journalism a mandatory course would butt heads with other requirements. I agree that business reporting or business journalism should be taught as a required course because it teaches students a whole lot more about life, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.
Part of the problem with internships on business desks is that the programs that teach business reporting often don’t know what papers will take an intern on a business desk. I had 11 interns on business desks last summer, but I could have filled more business desk slots if I had known about any other openings.
Because so few journalism students have wanted to go into business reporting in the past, many newspapers don’t even discuss the possibility any more. Let the educators know that you want an intern, and you’ll likely get one.