This is the fourth year the foundation has funded business journalism professors at universities to encourage development of stronger business journalism education. The $1.67 million grant is administered through the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
“One of our goals in funding this grant was to broaden the reach of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism into other institutions across the country,” said Steve Anderson, president of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
“This year, another grantee will join the existing cadre of institutions that will be able to enhance and expand their ability to teach the principles and skills necessary to train the next generation of business journalists.”
The five-year program will ultimately create 11 visiting professorships at 11 different schools.
Marie Hardin, associate dean in Penn State’s College of Communications, said, “This grant gives us the boost we need to develop a strong business reporting program, and having a Reynolds visiting professor here for a semester will help us develop a curriculum that will be forward-thinking, relevant and appealing to students.”
She said the school will soon begin identifying potential candidates for the position. | Prospective professors apply here.
In addition to teaching courses in business journalism in the spring 2015 semester, the visiting professor helps establish partnerships with local media and contributes to BusinessJournalism.org. The host schools, which also are eligible for funding for business journalism internships and visits by business journalists, provide space as well as technical and administrative support for the professors.
All schools in the program commit to continue teaching business journalism after the grants conclude.
The first business journalism visiting professors taught in spring 2012 at Colorado State University, Grambling State University, the University of South Carolina and Texas Christian University.
In 2013, visiting professors taught at Central Michigan, Elon and Louisiana State universities. In spring 2014, visiting professors are at California State University, Fullerton, and the University of Oklahoma.
A final visiting professorship will be awarded for spring 2016. | Schools apply here by Feb. 18, 2015.
ABOUT THE REYNOLDS CENTER
Since 2003, more than 20,000 journalists have learned to cover business better through free training from the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. It is part of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University’s Phoenix campus. Cronkite offers the first online graduate certificate in business journalism through the center. The center also provides free regional workshops and webinars, as well as daily tips on how to cover business better on its website, BusinessJournalism.org. It 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 has committed more than $145 million nationwide through its Journalism Program.