Last Call for Reynolds Week Applications

by October 12, 2016
The deadline for applications to Reynolds Week is fast approaching. (Clock by mb1028 via Pixabay)

The deadline for applications to Reynolds Week, the business journalism bootcamp that takes place in sunny Phoenix, is this Sunday, October 16. (Clock by mb1028 via Pixabay)

Business journalists and professors have until 11:59 EST this Sunday, Oct. 16, to apply for Reynolds Week 2017. The 11th annual bootcamp for business journalists and professors takes place at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will select 24 fellows for the training. In addition to the keynote presentation by Steven Levy—editor-in-chief at Backchannel, previously senior staff writer at Wired and Newsweek’s chief technology correspondent—workshops will cover how to find and cover business angles in any story and where to find economic and financial data. In addition, sessions will focus on covering the gig economy, reporting on the business of health care and what the new administration will mean to Wall Street and Main Street.

Getting down to business in the heart of the southwest

Reynolds Week will take place Jan. 4-6, 2017, at the Cronkite School’s state-of-the-art building in downtown Phoenix. It is supported by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, which covers tuition, hotel and most meals for participants. Fellows or their companies are expected to provide only travel to and from Phoenix.

Among the topics and presenters: The Bureau of Labor Statistics on finding local stories in national data. A hands-on workshop on interpreting financial statements. Alan Deutschman (author of “The Second Coming of Steve Jobs”) on the business of Silicon Valley. How to investigate companies both big (Alecia Swasy, author of “Soap Opera: The Inside Story of Procter & Gamble”) and small (The Salinas Californian’s Amy Wu). Former New York Times reporter Leslie Wayne on what the new administration will mean to Wall Street and Main Street. And “Spotlight’s” Robby Robinson of The Boston Globe on following the money.

Andrew Leckey, president of the Reynolds Center and Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism at the Cronkite School, said the training has made a difference to hundreds of business journalists and those who teach business journalism.

“The quality of the previous Reynolds fellows and the work they do after attending Reynolds Business Journalism Week has played a role in improving the level of both reporting and teaching about money,” Leckey said. “Meeting with the incoming fellows and learning beside them is an exhilarating experience.”

Applicants must submit a statement of interest and a letter of support from their supervising editor or dean.

To apply for the 2017 Reynolds Week training in business journalism as a reporter, go to bit.ly/reynoldsweekreporters16  As an educator, go to bit.ly/reynoldsweekeducators16.

The application deadline is Sunday Oct. 16, 11:59 p.m. EST.