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Reynolds biz journalism chair Timmermans on his plans

August 17, 2021

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

Jeffrey Timmermans

Jeffrey Timmermans has recently been named the Reynolds Chair in Business Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Here he shares his vision for the Reynolds Center and his plans:

Why is business journalism important? Why is an entire center dedicated to it?
Business journalism is important to everyone’s life. It’s not just about the stock market. It’s not just for rich people. The policy decisions made in Washington D.C. and Beijing actually have a dramatic impact on everyone’s pocketbook. Business journalists help people understand the significance and importance of business in their daily lives. They help ordinary people become well informed on business decisions and developments.

You mentioned that you’ve used the Reynolds Center as a resource in your teaching in the past. What resources did you use and what does it mean to you to be trusted as its director now?
First of all, the “Beat Basics” ebook is a fantastic resource I’ve been using for years. It’s a resource that outlines typical reporting “beats” that financial journalists are assigned. I’ve also used many articles on the Reynolds Center’s website. It is quite humbling, actually, to be trusted to lead the Reynolds Center — and expand it not just nationally but globally. It is an amazing opportunity to elevate this tremendous center to greater global heights.

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