Apply for fellowships for Strictly Financials 2015

by September 18, 2014

The Particulars

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.


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.


  • 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, 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.”


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

  • 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.


Contact Micheline Maynard, Reynolds Center director, at