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Fellowships offered for January business journalism seminars in Phoenix

Hani Shawwa, a producer for Reuters Insider, sorts through company statements during the 2010 Strictly Financials seminar in Phoenix.

ATTENTION: Experienced business journalists and prospective business journalism professors.

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is offering 24 fellowships worth $2,000 each for four days of study in business journalism – Jan. 4-7 in Phoenix.

Fellowships cover training, lodging, materials and most meals. Fellows receive a $500 stipend to offset travel and other costs.

The seminars will occur during Reynolds Business Journalism Week at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The journalists’ Strictly Financials seminar teaches the essentials of covering financials, from stock markets and bonds to financial statements and company research. | More on the Strictly Financials seminar

The Business Journalism Professors seminar will cover the essentials of teaching a hands-on, university course in business journalism. | More on the Business Journalism Professors seminar

The fourth annual, concurrent seminars (with 12 Fellows attending each one) will be led by award-winning professors and journalists, including Jimmy Gentry, journalism professor at the University of Kansas.

One highlight will be a 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.

Rachel Tobin Ramos, a 2010 fellow and business reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, said, “It gave me much more confidence in my financial reporting, has allowed me to ask better and smarter questions, and overall improved my coverage. I cannot thank the Reynolds Center enough for this amazing course.”

A 2008 fellow, Roger Desmond of the University of Hartford, won a university innovation award for starting a business journalism course. He said the award “came with some extra money for research and travel, and of course, I owe it all to you!”

TO APPLY, Deadline Nov. 1: For information on the two seminars, including how to apply online, go to the call for Strictly Financials or Business Journalism Professors.

Questions? E-mail Andrew Leckey, Reynolds Center president,or call 602-496-9186.

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, located at ASU’s Cronkite School, was launched in 2003. More than 10,000 journalists have benefited from its free training. A calendar of upcoming free workshops, as well as daily tips on how to cover business better, are at BusinessJournalism.org.

The Center is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, it is one of the largest private foundations in the United States.

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