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Cronkite School seeks Reynolds Business Reporting Bureau director

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Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is located in Phoenix, Ariz. Photo: Evie Carpenter/Downtown Devil

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, a national leader in business journalism education, seeks to hire a Professor of Practice and Director to lead the school’s new Reynolds Business Reporting Bureau.

The bureau director will manage a team of student reporters covering business and economic issues across platforms for Cronkite News and for distribution to regional and national media outlets during the fall and spring terms. During the summer, the bureau director will be part of the editing team for the Carnegie-Knight News21 program, driving business coverage for the multi-university investigative reporting project.

The Cronkite Business Reporting Bureau will be one of a dozen immersive professional programs at the Cronkite School that produce in-depth news content, innovative digital products and other services for Arizona audiences and professional media outlets across the country. It will operate out of a newsroom in the school’s state-of-the art media complex in downtown Phoenix.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Teaching and supervising upper-level undergraduate and graduate multimedia journalism students in the reporting and production of professional-level business journalism content across platforms; developing partnerships with local, regional and/or national media outlets for distribution of student content; working closely with other professional program directors and Cronkite leadership to integrate bureau operations into the school’s larger news operation; performing other faculty responsibilities, such as committee assignments and student recruitment, as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Required: Six years of major-market or national business journalism experience; bachelor’s degree.
    Desired: Experience editing for newspapers or online platforms; experience leading a newsroom; ability to create content for online platforms, including text, photos, graphics and video; experience working with undergraduate and/or graduate students in a university setting; bilingual (English/Spanish).
  • This is a 12-month appointment and holds the faculty rank of Professor of Practice.

Application deadline is September 26, 2014, or if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

Application procedure: Materials must include: 1) a resume, 2) Examples of stories or projects which the candidate edited, with an explanation of their role in the project and 3) names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional references.

Submit materials to:
Email: cronkitejobs@asu.edu
Attn: Kristin Gilger, Associate Dean
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
555 N. Central Avenue, Suite 302
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/. The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication actively encourages diversity among its applicants and work force.

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Apply for fellowships to attend the Strictly Financials Seminar 2015

The Particulars

Location:
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
and Mass Communication,
Arizona State University
Phoenix, Ariz.

When: Jan. 5-7, 2015

Apply for this fellowship
by Nov. 1, 2014.

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is offering fellowships worth $1,500 for three days of intensive study in financials and corporate activities from Jan. 5 to 7, 2015 in Phoenix.

The eighth 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.

Attendance is limited to 12 professional journalists with at least two years of business journalism experience. We also will consider those who have recently been assigned to beats with responsibilities including money topics, who make a strong case for their need to attend.

Fellowships cover the full cost of training, lodging, materials and most meals. Fellows only have to cover their transportation costs.

This seminar will cover the essentials of of covering financials, from financial statements and company research to understanding the structure of new ventures.

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Lily Wu, reporter for KAKE News in Kansas, was a 2014 Strictly Financials fellow.

“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.”

Even if you’ve attended previous versions of Strictly Financials, there will be new material offered in 2015 that might make your return worthwhile. For a look at past years, training, blog posts and photos: Reynolds Business Journalism Week.

WHAT PAST FELLOWS SAY:

  • Jason Bacaj, a 2014 Strictly Financials fellow from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, said, “It was great! It was far easier to learn and grasp than I expected. I’m looking forward to applying what I learned to my beat.”
  • Susanna Kim, a 2014 Strictly Financials fellow from ABCNews.com, said, “I’m so grateful to the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism for this rich experience that will boost not only my expertise as a business reporter, but my career as well.”
  • Christopher Otts, a 2013 Strictly Financials fellow from The Courier-Journal, said, “Strictly Financials provided an excellent overview of financial statements and markets. I can’t thank you enough for providing this opportunity.”
  • Mary Judd, a 2012 Strictly Financials fellow and reporter at the Fulton County Daily Report, said, “Thank you! I wish I’d had this experience 27 years ago when I began my career. What a generous, innovative investment the Reynolds Center is making in our profession, our economy and ultimately our world understanding of capitalism.”

HOW TO APPLY

The selection process is highly competitive, and applicants must be professional journalists working in the United States or, if based overseas, for media outlets serving a U.S. audience. They must provide by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time Nov. 1, 2014, 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.)

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.

QUESTIONS?

Contact Micheline Maynard, Reynolds Center director, at Micheline.Maynard@asu.edu.

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Apply for fellowships to attend Business Journalism Professors Seminar 2015

The Particulars

Location:
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
and Mass Communication,
Arizona State University
Phoenix, Ariz.

When: Jan. 5-7, 2015

Apply for this fellowship
by Nov. 1, 2014.

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is offering fellowships worth $1,500 for four days of intensive study in how to teach business journalism at the college level from Jan. 5 to 7, 2015 in Phoenix.

 The ninth 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.

Attendances is limited to 12 prospective or active professors. Fellowships cover the full cost of training, lodging, materials and most meals. Fellows need only cover their transportation costs.

This seminar will cover the essentials of teaching a hands-on course, including deciding what to teach, organizing your course, keeping students interested, plus how to teach financial statements and the use of data. For those who have taken this seminar before, there will be fresh material for 2015, including teaching business topics for broadcast, creating a Word Press site and other multi-media topics.

James R. Schiffman, assistant professor at Georgia College and State University, was a 2014 Business Journalism Professors fellow.

James R. Schiffman, assistant professor at Georgia College and State University, was a 2014 Business Journalism Professors fellow.

It is an opportunity for prospective business journalism professors to learn from experienced instructors and journalism professionals. It is also a chance for professors who’ve been asked to incorporate money into their teaching plans to figure out how to do so.

For a look at past years’ training, blog posts and photos: Reynolds Business Journalism Week.

WHAT PAST FELLOWS SAY:

  • Joe Winski was a 2014 fellow and a Reynolds visiting professor at Cal State Fullerton in spring 2014. He said, “This was an outstanding seminar, packing with practical ideas as well as illuminating discussions… I would recommend [the seminar] for any business journalism teacher, from aspiring to experienced.”
  • Leigh Anne Kelley, a 2014 fellow from Radford University, said, “I had a fantastic time, learned a great deal and am energized to put this to work. Thank you for your efforts!”
  • 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.”
  • Former SABEW President Rob Reuteman was a 2012 participant and participated in the Reynolds Center’s inaugural Visiting Professors Program at Colorado State University in spring 2012. He said, “It’s an intensive workshop. I don’t think there was a wasted minute. Every aspect was valuable to me in important ways.”

HOW TO APPLY

The selection process is highly competitive, and applicants must supply the following by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time Nov. 1, 2014, 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.

Business journalists from around the country, who are attending a concurrent seminar called Strictly Financials, will attend some classes with the professors.

QUESTIONS?

Contact Micheline Maynard, Reynolds Center director, at Micheline.Maynard@asu.edu.

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What’s Next in Covering the Affordable Care Act: Self-guided training

Photo: Mercy Health

“What’s Next in Covering the Affordable Care Act” was originally held on Aug. 6, 2014.

After the launch of healthcare.gov, individuals will be anxious to see whether premiums go up when open enrollment, and for the first time, small businesses will be able to shop on an online federal exchange.

Also, large businesses will be required to provide affordable insurance to most of their workers for the first time.

In this one-hour webinar, Tami Luhby, who covers health care for CNNMoney, helps journalists identify local story ideas and gives them a road map to possible sources to develop them.

YOU WILL LEARN

  • How to identify local story ideas as to how the Affordable Care Act is affecting the delivery of health care for consumers, providers and insurers.
  • How to access sources online and in-person to report local stories related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Tami Luhby

Tami Luhby, CNNMoney

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Tami Luhby is a senior writer at CNNMoney.com, where she covers health care, including the Affordable Care Act. Previously, she covered personal finance for Newsday. Before joining Newsday, she worked at Crain’s New York Business and American Banker. She also worked as a metro reporter at The Home News Tribune and at the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey.

SELF-GUIDED LESSON

Check out the resources below for resources and tips on covering the Affordable Care Act in your local community.

Session recording

PowerPoint presentation

Additional resources

 

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Tracking Tribal Cash and Influence to Washington: Self-guided training

NAJA-LogoThis training was originally held during the Native American Journalists Association’s (NAJA) annual conference in Santa Clara, Calif., July 10, 2014.

In Washington, money helps make just about every decision — every law that is passed, every regulation revised and every new or discarded agency policy.

From issues unique to Native Americans, such as tribal sovereignty and Bureau of Indian Affairs programs, to broader issues – natural resources management, environmental stewardship and immigration reform – that may have unique implications for Native communities, money is often the deciding factor.

Photo by Frank Swift

In the last two decades, tribes and Native communities have begun asserting themselves in Washington like never before. Dozens of tribes have made use of new economic prosperity to hire powerful lobbyists and write campaign checks that make lawmakers pay attention.

While many groups have been marginalized or shut out of the influence game by the rising cost, the Center for Responsive Politics data show that the pace of tribes’ and Native communities’ spending in Washington has only quickened. While much of the impetus for this new power in Washington is related to casino gaming, the conversation being driven by tribal money now goes far beyond that one issue.

This free training provided journalists with tips on how to tap into the world of money and influence in Washington, and how decisions affecting tribes and Native communities are being influenced — and who is trying to influence them.

Russ Choma, reporter with American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop

Russ Choma, OpenSecrets.org

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Russ Choma is the money-in-politics reporter at the Center for Responsive Politics’ OpenSecrets.org.

His series, “Blown Away: Tracking stimulus grants for renewable energy,” found that more than 80 percent of the first $1 billion in grants to wind-energy companies went to foreign firms, and many renewable-energy projects that received stimulus cash were built well before President Obama was even inaugurated.

SELF-GUIDED LESSON

Check out our resources below for tips, resources and best practices for covering the money trail from Native tribes to Washington.

PowerPoint presentation

Additional resources

 

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What’s Next in Covering the Affordable Care Act at EIJ: Nashville, Sept. 5

The Particulars

When:
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

Instructor:
Tami Luhby,
health care reporter
at CNNMoney

Where:
Gaylord Opryland
Resort & Conference Center

2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

Host:
This training will be held
during the SPJ/RTDNA
Excellence in Journalism
Conference
.
Conference registration is
required.

Click here to register
for the EIJ conference.

Photo: Mercy Health

Get ready to cover open enrollment this fall for both individuals and small businesses under the Affordable Care Act.

A year after the launch of healthcare.gov, individuals will be anxious to see whether premiums go up when open enrollment starts Nov. 15, and for the first time, small businesses will be shopping on healthcare.gov to buy the coverage for their employees.

Tami Luhby, who covers health care for CNNMoney, will help you identify local story ideas and give you a road map to possible sources to develop them.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Identify local story ideas as to how the Affordable Care Act is affecting the delivery of health care for consumers, providers and insurers.
  • Access sources online and in-person to report local stories related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

 

Tami Luhby

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Tami Luhby is a senior writer at CNNMoney and covers healthcare, income inequality and other economic issues. Luhby previously wrote about personal finance for Newsday and banking for Crain’s New York Business.

A Bronx native, she teaches at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and does marathons and triathlons in her spare time.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
This training session is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

For more information about the Reynolds Center, please call 602-496-9189.

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Branding for Journalists at EIJ: Nashville, Sept. 5

The Particulars

When:
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

Instructor:
Robin J. Phillips,
Reynolds Center
digital director

Where:
Gaylord Opryland
Resort & Conference Center

2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

Host:
This training will be held
during the SPJ/RTDNA
Excellence in Journalism
Conference
.
Conference registration is
required.

Click here to register
for the EIJ conference.

You’ve heard about journalists and personal branding for a few years.

And if you’re like most journalists, you thought: Oh, that’s just a buzz phrase. Isn’t branding just marketing? Isn’t branding just selling out?

Some of that is true, but the reality is that you are branding yourself, whether intentionally or not. You are creating your brand.

This session explores ways you can grab the wheel and take control. Bring a laptop or tablet and get started fine-tuning your brand.

This training session is part of the 2014 Excellence in Journalism Conference. Conference registration is required. | Register for EIJ here.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • How to identify what your brand is now
  • Ways other journalists manage their online images
  • How to better leverage social media (including where you need to be—and where you don’t)
  • How to get started: Identify your strengths, know your goals
  • How to determine your personal brand promise
  • Practical ways to take charge of your image online

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Robin J Phillips

Robin J. Phillips

Robin J. Phillips joined the Reynolds Center in August 2009, after working as online community manager for azcentral.com, the Web site of The Arizona Republic in Phoenix.

She has also served as deputy business editor at The Republic and Newsday, as well as editor for BusinessWeek Online’s small business channel.

Robin teaches a course on the Business & Future of Journalism at the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, was an adjunct professor of new media at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York and has presented at various journalism organizations on the use of social media as a reporting tool.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
This training session is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

For more information about the Reynolds Center, please call 602-496-9189.

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Data Journalism 101: SPJ/RTDNA, Nashville, Sept. 4

The Particulars

When:
9 a.m. to noon
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

Instructor:
Michael J. Berens,
Pulitzer Prize-winning
investigative reporter
for The Seattle Times

Where:
Gaylord Opryland
Resort & Conference Center

2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

Host:
This training precedes the
SPJ/RTDNA
Excellence in Journalism
Conference
.

Cost:
$25

Click here to register.
Conference registration
is not required.

Photo by Craig Chew-Moulding

Behind the winners of most major investigative awards including the Pulitzers is a database – or maybe even a slew of databases.

Yet number phobia has kept many of us from fully exploiting databases as a tool in our reporting skill set.

Fear no more! In this session for those with no previous database experience, Pulitzer winner Michael J. Berens of The Seattle Times demystifies data and shows you how to find and mine databases for unique enterprise stories.

You’ll learn how to obtain public databases, import data from the Web, create your own databases and analyze data using basic spreadsheet commands. In addition, you’ll learn how to find the names behind the numbers that will bring your story to life.

With your new database skills, you’ll be able to break stories that other media outlets don’t have, as well as make yourself more competitive in the job market. Bring your laptop for this hands-on session.

Register for the workshop at the Excellence in Journalism Conference’s event page. Conference registration is not required.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • How to obtain public databases.
  • Ways to import data from the Web.
  • How to create your own databases and analyze data using basic spreadsheet commands.
  • And how to find the names behind the numbers that will bring your story to life.

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Michael J. Berens

Michael J. Berens

Michael J. Berens is a reporter for The Seattle Times and a winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.He previously worked for the Chicago Tribune and The Columbus Dispatch, where he began as a copy boy in 1981.

Berens’ work has received dozens of national awards, including multiple honors from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers; the National Press Club; the White House Correspondents Association; and Investigative Reporters and Editors; and Associated Press Media Editors. Additionally, his work in recent years was recognized with a Gerald Loeb Award; Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism; and Selden Ring Award for Investigative Journalism.

He was the 2011 bronze award winner in the Reynolds Center’s Barlett and Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism. Berens is a frequent journalism trainer for various media-related organizations and is a former adjunct professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
This training session is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

For more information about the Reynolds Center, please call 602-496-9189.

 

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Info Session: Online Graduate Certificate in Business Journalism

 

Interested in applying for the all-new online graduate certificate in business journalism?

We provided an interactive info session and introduced prospective students to our nationally-recognized faculty members. Check out the archived materials below.

Offered at Arizona State University by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, this 15 credit-hour program includes five graduate-level courses taught solely online. Check out the official announcement and review the program’s FAQ page.

The Reynolds Center has trained more than 20,000 journalists worldwide since 2003, and our long-time home at ASU’s Cronkite School – one of the top journalism schools in the United States – means we’re able to take our business journalism training to the next level with a fully-accredited graduate certificate. Click here for more information on how to apply to the graduate certificate program.

Andrew Leckey, Reynolds Center President and Endowed Chair at the Cronkite School, will teach the first course in August, “Issues in the Coverage of Business and the Economy.”

While explaining why journalists should consider a graduate certificate in business journalism, Leckey said, “Quality coverage of people and their money is something that does not go out of style.”

The deadline to apply for the first Fall 2014 course is July 31.

Applications will continue to be accepted throughout the academic year on a rolling basis. Click here for more information on how to apply for graduate admission.

VIDEO INFO:

Below you’ll find recording of the information session and an introduction to the sessions by Andrew Leckey, Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism.

Info Session: Online Graduate Certificate in Business Journalism at Arizona State University from Reynolds Center on Vimeo.

Course Teaser: Online Graduate Certificate in Business Journalism at Arizona State University from Reynolds Center on Vimeo.

 

Steve Doig, Knight Chair in Journalism, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University, CAR

Steve Doig, Cronkite School

 

What the info session covered:
  • The institutions: Arizona State University, the Cronkite School and the Reynolds Center
  • A brief introduction to the new online graduate certificate program
  • The courses offered and what to expect throughout the program
  • An introduction to our esteemed instructors

 

Robin J Phillips talking

Robin J. Phillips, Reynolds Center

 

Your instructors:

Steve Doig joined the Cronkite faculty in 1996 as the school’s first Knight Chair in Journalism following a 23-year career in newspaper journalism. An expert in computer-assisted reporting, Doig was part of an investigative team at The Miami Herald that won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for an analysis on how weakened building codes and poor construction contributed to the devastation of Hurricane Andrew.

Robin J. Phillips joined the Reynolds Center in August 2009, after working as online community manager for azcentral.com, the Web site of The Arizona Republic in Phoenix. She has also served as deputy business editor at The Republic and Newsday, as well as editor for BusinessWeek Online’s small business channel.

Robin teaches a course on the Business & Future of Journalism at the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, was an adjunct professor of new media at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York and has presented at various journalism organizations on the use of social media as a reporting tool.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

This info session is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

If you have any questions about the center’s training, please email Cassandra Nicholson or call 602-496-9189.