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AEJMC members invited to apply for 2014 Business Journalism Professors Seminar

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism invites AEJMC members to apply for a four-day seminar on how to teach a college course in business journalism.

The eighth annual Business Journalism Professors Seminar will be held Jan. 2-5, 2014, at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix.

Limited to 12 prospective professors, the fellowships, valued at $1,500, cover the full cost of training, lodging, materials and most meals. Fellows must pay only their transportation expenses to Phoenix.

Application deadline is Nov. 1, 2013.

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.

A 2013 participant, Melita Garza of Texas Christian University, said, “This is an outstanding program: It offers constructive ideas that I can immediately apply, and important resources, including colleagues to network with in the future.”

KU Professor Jimmy Gentry will teach at the 2014 Business Journalism Professors Seminar.

Tom Herman, a 2011 Business Journalism Professors fellow and adjunct instructor at Columbia Journalism School, said, “Your seminar was absolutely superb. The professors were excellent, and I learned a tremendous amount from my fellow students, too.”

The Business Journalism Professors Seminar 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 AEJMC.

The selection process is highly competitive, and applicants must supply the following at BusinessJournalism.org:

  • Contact information
  • A 500-word statement explaining how the seminar will improve their instruction and why they should be chosen
  • 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.

For more information, email Andrew Leckey, president of the Reynolds Center, or call him at 602-496-9186.

The call for entries will be announced at AEJMC’s 2013 Conference in Washington Aug. 8-11, 2013.

In 2014, Basics, Biz Journalism Professors, Career tips.

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