The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism awarded 14 fellowships to its weeklong “Strictly Financials Seminar” for working journalists and 11 fellowships to the “Business Journalism Professors Seminar.” Both programs will be held Jan. 6 to Jan. 9 in Phoenix, Ariz.
Educators and journalists from around the nation were selected from a large pool of applicants for these two training events. They will be held concurrently at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, where the Reynolds Center is headquartered.
The financials seminar for journalists features training in financials, from stock markets and bonds to financial statements and company research. The seminar for professors covers essentials of teaching a hands-on course on financial, economic and writing aspects in the field. Fellowships cover all seminar expenses.
“The global economic crisis is a strong indication of the need for sophisticated business journalism training at the professional and university levels,” said Andrew Leckey, director of the Reynolds Center, in a statement. “We are delighted that so many quality people applied for these fellowships that are designed to make a long-term difference in coverage.”
The “Strictly Financials” fellows are: Adam Bell, The Charlotte Observer; Chris Casacchia, Phoenix Business Journal; Janet Cho, The Plain Dealer; Richard Clough, Los Angeles Business Journal; David Falchek, The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.); Paul Grimaldi, The Providence Journal; Monica Hatcher, The Miami Herald; Brad Hem, Houston Chronicle; Rebecca McClay, The Gazette (Frederick, Md.); Dan Molinski, Dow Jones Newswires; Karen Mracek, The Des Moines Register; James Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Allen Olson, MSNBC.com; and Sarah Skidmore, Associated Press (Portland).
Fellows chosen for the “Business Journalism Professors Seminar” are: Neil Downing, University of Rhode Island; Steve Elliott, Arizona State University; Craig Freeman, Louisiana State University; Michael Gormley, Central State University, Ohio; Dr. Saundra Keyes, University of Nevada, Reno; Judy Maltz, The Pennsylvania State University; and Dr. Dinah Zeiger, University of Idaho.
Also chosen as fellows with plans to teach a business journalism course but not yet officially affiliated with a university to do so are Tracey Franks, Christine Lavelle, Paul O’Donnell and Carolyn Pritchard.
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