Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley Business Journalism Diversity Program
|2017 program cohort with Matt Winkler, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, and instructors at Bloomberg L.P. in New York City|
May 14-18, 2018
|May 21-24, 2018
Graduate School of Journalism
in San Francisco
About the program
The Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley Business Journalism Diversity Program has two aims: to introduce journalism students to the dynamic field of business journalism and to increase diversity among journalists reporting on business. It will provide participants unparalleled access to a leading financial news organization, as well as to some of the most influential people in the industry.
All costs to participants in the program, including lodging and transportation, will be covered.
Program instruction will be provided by a number of senior Bloomberg journalists and executives including Matt Winkler, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Bloomberg News, who wrote the book on how Bloomberg reporters should cover business news. The program will lead the participants through The Bloomberg Way, the principles of reporting, editing and applied business and economic knowledge that helped transform Bloomberg News into the world's most successful business reporting operation. Participants will learn to demonstrate that the story of the economy, business and markets is best recorded when the focus is on the greatest diversity of participants.
Students will have the opportunity to join one of two week-long programs that will show how business journalists report on what's most at stake in the economy, global stock and bond markets, government regulations and the job market. One program will be at the UNC School of Media and Journalism and one at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.
Bloomberg News was founded in 1990 and is the world's leader in financial news with more than 2,600 journalists and analysts in bureaus throughout the world. Participants in this all-expenses paid workshop will have the opportunity to visit the Bloomberg offices in New York City or San Francisco, meet with business reporters and editors, and learn about the craft of business journalism.
Locations: Chapel Hill, North Carolina and New York City
This program is an intensive, five-day workshop that will be based at the MJ-school in Chapel Hill and Bloomberg News in New York City. Students will come to Chapel Hill for three days of instruction in business journalism and then will travel to New York for two days, where they will visit the Bloomberg newsroom to see how reporters and editors put their journalism skills to work.
|Carroll Hall, home of the UNC School of Media and Journalism|
Monday, May 14 — Participants travel to UNC-Chapel Hill, attend orientation and an opening dinner
Tuesday, May 15 — Instruction at UNC-Chapel Hill
Wednesday, May 16 — Instruction at UNC-Chapel Hill. Students fly to New York City in the evening
Thursday, May 17 — Workshops and discussion at Bloomberg News and meet key representatives
Friday, May 18 — Students continue the workshop at Bloomberg News and then finish with a closing lunch.
Locations: Berkeley and San Francisco, California
An intensive, four-day workshop that will be based at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and Bloomberg News in San Francisco. Students will come to Berkeley for three days of intensive instruction in business journalism and then will visit the Bloomberg newsroom in San Francisco to see how reporters and editors put their journalism skills to work.
|UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism|
Monday, May 21 - Program orientation and instruction at Berkeley
Tuesday, May 22 - Instruction at Berkeley
Wednesday, May 23 - Workshops and discussions at Bloomberg San Francisco offices
Thursday, May 24 - Instruction at Berkeley and closing
Who should apply?
- University students who have a strong interest in pursuing a career in journalism and want to be exposed to the world of business journalism. A background in business or business journalism is not required.
- Rising juniors and above (graduating seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply).
- Underrepresented minority students are strongly encouraged to apply but all are welcome.
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a participant in the inaugural Bloomberg-UNC Business Journalism Diversity Program. While participating, I had the opportunity to learn about reporting on the global economy, Wall Street, markets and stocks. It was also enlightening to attend sessions on the Bloomberg Terminal, ethics, financial statements, social media reporting, developing beats, interviewing and headline speed writing. The experience of learning from top professionals was rewarding, invaluable and unparalleled."
"Participating in the first Bloomberg-UNC Business Journalism Diversity Program was such an incredible experience. It was amazing how much I could learn in such a short period of time. For example, being able to maneuver and understand the Bloomberg Terminal gives me a significant professional advantage. During the program, I had the opportunity to pair my major, minor and passions in a way that I never thought of before. As business journalists, we must always hold truth to power, and the power is in the money!"
Applications open: Dec. 15, 2017
Application deadline: Jan. 29, 2018
Students interested in the program should complete an online application. Applicants will be asked to state their program location (Chapel Hill and New York City or Berkeley and San Francisco) preference based on geographic location and availability.
The following materials must be uploaded as part of the application:
- A resume
- An unofficial transcript
- One writing sample (500 words): Identify your professional role model in journalism. What attributes do you admire most about this person and why?
- Contact information for one faculty reference
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Jan. 29, 2018.
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an online interview after the application closing date.
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