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Call for Business Journalism Professors Seminar 2011

The Particulars
Location: Arizona State University
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
and Mass Communication
Phoenix, Ariz.
When: Jan. 4-7, 2011
Apply for this fellowship by Nov. 1.

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is offering fellowships worth $2,000 for four days of intensive study in how to teach an undergraduate course in business journalism Jan. 4-7, 2011, in Phoenix.

Limited to 12 prospective professors, the fifth annual “Business Journalism Professors Seminar” will take place during Reynolds Business Journalism Week at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Fellowships cover the full cost of training, lodging, materials and most meals. In addition, fellows receive a $500 stipend to help offset travel and other costs.

 

Pam Luecke, Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism at Washington and Lee University, teaches at the 2010 Business Journalism Professors Seminar at Arizona State University. Photo by Molly Smith.

 

This seminar will cover the essentials of teaching a hands-on course, including financial, economic and writing aspects. It is an opportunity for prospective business journalism professors to learn from experienced instructors and journalism professionals, with follow-up after the seminar ends as well.

A 2008 participant, Roger Desmond, professor of communication at the University of Hartford, won a university award for innovation in teaching for starting a business journalism course. The award “came with some extra money for research and travel, and of course, I owe it all to you!” he wrote.

The sessions will be led by award-winning professors and journalists, including James Gentry, journalism professor at the University of Kansas. Gentry received the Barry Sherman Teaching Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2008.

A highlight of the week will be a panel discussion with the legendary investigative-reporting duo of Don Barlett and Jim Steele, along with the 2010 winners of the Reynolds Center’s Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism.

In addition, business journalists from around the country, who are attending a concurrent seminar called “Strictly Financials,” will attend some classes with the professors.

The selection process is highly competitive, and applicants must supply the following by 11:59 p.m. PDT Nov. 1 at BusinessJournalism.org:

  • Contact information
  • A 500-word statement explaining why they should be chosen and how the seminar will improve their instruction
  • A resume
  • A one-paragraph bio
  • A letter of support from their dean or department head recommending the applicant and outlining the program’s commitment to offering a course in business journalism.
  • Here’s the agenda for the 2011 seminar:

    REYNOLDS BUSINESS JOURNALISM WEEK

    AGENDA: “Business Journalism Professors Seminar”

    Phoenix, Ariz.

    Jan. 4-7, 2011

    TUESDAY—Jan. 5, 2010

    8 a.m. Continental Breakfast—(Combined groups)— First Amendment Forum

    8:30 a.m. Welcome —(Combined groups)— Forum— Andrew Leckey

    9 a.m.“Today’s Business Journalists as Investigators” —(Combined groups)—Forum— Diana Henriques, The New York Times

    10:15-10:30 a.m. Break

    10:30 a.m. “Deciding What to Teach”(Professors)— RM 355—Chris Roush

    NOON Box lunch with Diana Henriques(Combined groups)— Forum

    1:30 p.m. “Organizing Your Class” (Professors)—RM 355—Roush

    2:30 p.m. Case Study: “Syllabus Writing”(Professors)—RM 355—Roush

    3:15-3:30 p.m. Break

    3:30 p.m. “Resources and Keeping Students Interested” —(Professors)— RM 355—Roush

    5-5:45 p.m. Cronkite Building Tour – optional(Combined groups)—RM 306—Liz Smith

    5:45 p.m. Dinner(Combined groups)—Forum

    WEDNESDAY—Jan. 5, 2010

    8 a.m. Continental breakfast(Combined groups)—Forum

    8:30 a.m. “Mission Possible: Assignments that Build Skills”(Combined groups)—RMS 355—Pam Leucke

    9:45 a.m. “Preparing Students for Business Journalism’s Future”RM 355—Randy Smith

    10:45-11 a.m. Break

    NOON Awards Luncheon with Don Barlett and Jim Steele(Combined groups)—Forum
    “Reynolds Center’s 2009 Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism”—Panel Discussion and Presentation of Awards

    1:30 p.m. “Teaching the Effective Use of Data in Business Coverage”RMS 355—Steve Doig

    3-3:15 p.m. Break

    3:15 p.m. “Injecting Multimedia into Your Business Journalism Class”RMS 314—Jimmy Gentry

    5 p.m. Adjourn

    EVENING FREE

    THURSDAY—Jan. 6, 2011

    8 a.m. Continental breakfast(Combined groups)—Forum

    8:30 a.m. “Financial Statements I”RM 355—Jimmy Gentry

    10:45-11:00 a.m. Break

    11 a.m. Continue“Financial Statements I” and “Securities and Exchange Commission Filings”RM 355—Jimmy Gentry

    NOON LUNCH — “What You Need to Know about Using Social Media in Business Journalism”(Combined groups)—Robin J. Phillips—Forum

    1:30 p.m. “Financial Statements II”RM 355—Jimmy Gentry

    3-3:15 p.m. Break

    3:15 p.m. Continue “Financial Statements II” and “Tools for Analysis: Common Size”RM 355—Jimmy Gentry

    5 p.m. Group photoForum

    5:30 p.m. Dinner—(Combined groups)—Forum

    FRIDAY—Jan. 7, 2011

    8 a.m. Continental breakfast-(Combined groups)—Forum

    8:30 a.m. “What Editors Expect”Room 355
    Panel: Don Henninger (Phoenix Business Journal), Kathy Tulumello (Arizona Republic), Jodi Schneider

    9:45-10 a.m. Break

    10 a.m. “Finding Business in Every Beat”RM 355—Jodi Schneider

    11:30 a.m. Certificate Presentation —(Combined groups)—Forum

    NOON Box Lunch/Adjourn(Combined groups)—Forum

    Questions? Contact Andrew Leckey, Reynolds Center president, at Andrew.Leckey@businessjournalism.org.or 602-496-9186.

    About the Author

    The Reynolds Center, created through generous grants from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation of Las Vegas and operated by ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is dedicated to improving the quality of business and economics coverage through training programs for business reporters and editors.

    Comments (7)

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    1. Maria Navas says:

      When are we going to know who won the scholarship for the Seminar for Business Journalism Professors?

    2. Hi, Maria,
      Our President and Executive Director are going over all the applications now. They’ll have a list of the Fellows soon. We realize that anyone coming will need to make arrangements.

      If you want to find out any more details, contact Linda Austin at linda.austin@businessjournalism.org

      Thanks, Maria.. Robin

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