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Apply for fellowships to attend 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 four days of intensive study in financials and accounting Jan. 5-7, 2015 in Phoenix.

Limited to 12 professional journalists with at least two years of business journalism experience, 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.

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

This seminar will cover the essentials of of covering financials, from stock markets and bonds to financial statements and company research.

Lily_Wu_KAKE_News_2014_Strictly_Financials_Fellow

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.”

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 an undergraduate course in business journalism Jan. 5-7, 2015 in Phoenix.

Limited to 12 prospective professors, 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.

Fellowships cover the full cost of training, lodging, materials and most meals. Fellows have to cover just 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.

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.

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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Reynolds fellow named Grady College Journalism Teacher of the Year

Keith Herndon Grady College

Keith Herndon, Grady College

Keith L. Herndon, a visiting professor at the University of Georgia and a 2013 fellow of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism’s seminar for journalism professors, has been named Journalism Teacher of the Year at Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Herndon is a visiting professor through at least May 2016 at Grady, where he teaches media management, media ethics, news writing and reporting. He also directs a media leadership program in partnership with the Poynter Institute.

Herndon attended the Reynolds Center’s Business Journalism Professors Seminar in January 2013. Created by Reynolds Center President Andrew Leckey in 2007, the annual four-day seminar has trained more than 100 professors in how to teach an undergraduate course in business journalism.

“Certainly, my ‘branding’ as a Reynolds Fellow added to the credibility of the courses and helped me attract faculty support and quality students,” Herndon said after hearing about the Teacher of the Year honor.

Herndon is not alone in being able to advance his teaching skills by adding business journalism topics.

“An evaluation of the seminars completed last year found that the majority of those attending returned to their campuses and started business journalism courses, which have enrolled 1,600 students,” said Linda Austin, Reynolds Center executive director.

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Day 1: Reynolds Week 2014 – Strictly Financials resources

Jimmy Gentry teaching Financial Statements Reynolds Center

Jimmy Gentry teaches during Reynolds Business Journalism Week 2014. Photo Sean Logan

Below are session recordings, PowerPoint presentations and handouts from Day 1 of Reynolds Business Journalism Week 2014, which consists of concurrent four-day seminars: one for business journalists called Strictly Financials, and one for professors on how to teach business journalism.

The Strictly Financials Seminar fellows, who are professional journalists, studied markets and sources with Jimmy Gentry of the University of Kansas.

Business Journalists as Investigators

Raquel Rutledge, Pulitzer winner and investigative reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, offers tips from her experience in using data for community projects.

Reynolds Business Journalism Week 2014 Keynote: Business Journalists as Investigators with Raquel Rutledge from Reynolds Center on Vimeo.

Session Recordings

 

Handouts (PDF)

 

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Day 1: Reynolds Week 2014 – Business Journalism Professors resources

Cornelius Foote, principal lecturer at the University of North Texas' Mayborn School of Journalism. Photo Sean Logan

Below are session recordings, PowerPoint presentations and handouts from Day 1 of Reynolds Business Journalism Week 2014, which consists of concurrent four-day seminars: one for business journalists called Strictly Financials, and one for professors on how to teach business journalism.

The business journalism professors studied classroom organization and syllabus writing with Chris Roush of the University of North Carolina.

Business Journalists as Investigators

Raquel Rutledge, Pulitzer winner and investigative reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, offers tips from her experience in using data for community projects.

Reynolds Business Journalism Week 2014 Keynote: Business Journalists as Investigators with Raquel Rutledge from Reynolds Center on Vimeo.

Session Recordings

Handout (PDF)

 

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Day 2: Reynolds Week 2014 – Strictly Financials resources

Lily Wu, KAKE TV News reporter in Wichita, Kan. Photo Sean Logan.

Below are session recordings, PowerPoint presentations and handouts from Day 2 of Reynolds Business Journalism Week 2013, which consists of concurrent four-day seminars: one for business journalists called Strictly Financials, and one for professors on how to teach business journalism.

The Strictly Financials fellows continued their exploration of financial statements with Jimmy Gentry, professor and former dean at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas; Gary Trennepohl, OKEOK Chair of Finance at Oklahoma State University; and Brian Grow, special enterprise correspondent and editor-in-charge based in Atlanta for Reuters.

Session Recordings

 

Handouts (PDF)

 

 

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Day 2: Reynolds Week 2014 – Business Journalism Professors resources

Melony Alicia Shemberger, assistant professor at Murray State University. Photo Sean Logan

Below are session recordings, PowerPoint presentations and handouts from Day 2 of Reynolds Business Journalism Week 2014, which consists of concurrent four-day seminars: one for business journalists called Strictly Financials, and one for professors on how to teach business journalism.

The business journalism professors studied with the following Reynolds Center chairs: Pam Luecke, from Washington and Lee University; and Alan Deutschman, from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Rob Wells, former Reynolds Visiting Professor in Business Journalism at the University of South Carolina and current (as of January 2014) Ph.D. student and lecturer at the University of Maryland, presented on how to avoid “rookie” mistakes when preparing a business journalism course.

Mark Tatge offered tips for adding multimedia to business journalism courses. Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Knight Chair in Journalism Steve Doig also presented on teaching data journalism.

Session Recordings

 

Handouts (PDF)

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Day 3: Reynolds Week 2014 – Strictly Financials resources

Foreground: Karin Caifa, senior producer for CNN Newsource. Background: Deirdre Fernandes, business reporter for The Boston Globe. Photo Sean Logan.

Below are session recordings, PowerPoint presentations and handouts from Day 3 of Reynolds Business Journalism Week 2014, which consists of concurrent four-day seminars: one for business journalists called Strictly Financials, and one for professors on how to teach business journalism.

Gary Trennepohl, professor of finance at Oklahoma State University, led Day 3’s Strictly Financials sessions as fellows further explored financial statements.

Session Recordings

Handouts

 

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Day 3: Reynolds Week 2014 – Business Journalism Professors resources

Ellen Dale Russell, assistant professor at Wilfried Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Photo Sean Logan

Below are session recordings, PowerPoint presentations and handouts from Day 3 of Reynolds Business Journalism Week 2014, which consists of concurrent four-day seminars: one for business journalists called Strictly Financials, and one for professors on how to teach business journalism.

The business journalism professors continued their exploration of financial statements with Jimmy Gentry, professor and former dean at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas.

Session Recordings

 

Handouts (PDF)