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Call for Strictly Financials Fellows 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 financials and accounting Jan. 4-7, 2011, in Phoenix.

Limited to 12 professional journalists with at least two years of business journalism experience, the fourth annual “Strictly Financials Seminar” will take place during Reynolds Business Journalism Week at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Gary Trennepohl

Gary Trennepohl, president of Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, speaks to business journalists at the 2010 Strictly Financials Seminar at Arizona State University. Photo by Molly Smith.

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.

This seminar will cover the essentials of of covering financials, from stock markets and bonds to financial statements and company research.

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.   In addition, New York Times business writer Diana B. Henriques will offer the keynote speech on today’s business journalists as investigators.

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, journalism professors from around the country, who are attending a concurrent seminar on how to teach business journalism, will attend some classes with“Strictly Financials” Fellows.

“We’re offering this seminar in answer to requests from many participants in our one-day workshops who want to raise their sophistication level in all the financial aspects of business coverage,” said Andrew Leckey, president of the Reynolds Center. “Spending a week digging into balance sheets and accounting should provide a real boost to every journalist’s expertise.”

Janet Cho, a 2009 “Strictly Financials” Fellow and business reporter for The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, said, “The greatest value of this seminar is how much more comfortable and confident I feel about tackling a company’s documents and analyzing a company’s financial health in a way that will be more meaningful for readers, investors and consumers.”

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

  • Contact information
  • A resume
  • A 100-word bio
  • 500-word statement of why you are interested in attending the seminar, how it would improve your coverage and how you would share this knowledge with colleagues
  • A letter of support from your editor recommending you for the seminar, explaining how your attendance would benefit the organization, and supporting your time away from work to attend. (Waived for freelancers.)

Don Barlett and Jim Steele

Don Barlett and Jim Steele


AGENDA: “Strictly Financials Seminar”

Phoenix, Ariz.

Jan. 4-7, 2011

TUESDAY—Jan. 4, 2011

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. “Understanding Markets” —(Strictly Financials)— RM 314—Jimmy Gentry

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

1:30 p.m. Continue “Understanding Markets” —(Strictly Financials)—RM 314—Gentry

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

3:30 p.m. Conclude “Understanding Markets” and “Sources”—(Strictly Financials)—RM 314—Gentry

5-5:45 p.m. Cronkite Building Tour – optional —RM 306: Reynolds Center—Liz Smith

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

WEDNESDAY—Jan. 5, 2011

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

8:30 a.m. “Financial Statements I”—(Combined groups)—RMS 314—Jimmy Gentry

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

10:30 a.m. Continue “Financial Statements I” and “Securities Exchange Commission Filings” —(Combined groups)—RMS 314—Jimmy Gentry

NOON Awards Luncheon with Don Barlett and Jim Steele—(Combined groups)—Forum
“Reynolds Center’s 2010 Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism”Panel Discussion and Presentation of Awards

1:30 p.m. “Financial Statements II: Tools for Analysis” —(Strictly Financials)—RM 314—Jimmy Gentry

3-3:15 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Continue “Financial Statememts II: Tools for Analysis”—(Strictly Financials)—RMS 314, 316—Jimmy Gentry

5 p.m. Adjourn


THURSDAY—Jan. 6, 2011

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

8:30 a.m. “Decoding Financial Statements” —(Strictly Financials)— RM 314—Gary Trennepohl

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

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Computer Lab openRM 354

10:30 a.m. Continue “Decoding Financial Statements”—(Strictly Financials)— Room 314 —Gary Trennepohl

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

1:30 p.m. Continue: “Decoding Financial Statements”—(Strictly Financials)— RM 314 —Gentry/Trennepohl

3-3:15 p.m. Break—Computer Lab open—RM 354

3:15 p.m. “Investing in a Time of Uncertainty”—(Strictly Financials)— Room 314—Gentry/Trennepohl

5:15 p.m. Group photo – meet in the Forum

5:35 p.m. Dinner—(Combined groups)— Forum

FRIDAY—Jan. 7, 2011

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

8:30 a.m. “Credit Crisis and Market Crash of 2008: What’s next?”—(Strictly Financials)— RM 314 —Trennepohl

9:45-10 a.m. Break

10 a.m. Continue “Credit Crisis and Market Crash of 2008: What’s next?”—(Strictly Financials)— RM 314 —Trennepohl

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.

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