From the visitors' gallery above the New York Stock Exchange, students on a class trip to Manhattan could see where Wall Street, corporate America and personal finance converge. At the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco, they began to see how new approaches to banking can make or break a struggling community on the verge of rebirth.
The business reporting program, supported by a generous grant from Bloomberg News Service, strives to demystify the jargon and dig through financial records to unearth real stories about real people.
"Berkeley, the place and the university, is a wonder. So, too, are the students and professors in the program. Which is why I always jump at the opportunity to come back to this energizing campus and guest-lecture about my experiences as an investigative business reporter at The Post." Alec Klein, The Washington Post
Berkeley's Business Reporting Program takes full advantage of Berkeley's proximity to Silicon Valley and high-tech centers in San Francisco, Emeryville and Oakland. It also brings in top business journalists from around the country to teach and guest-lecture.
The California and US economy are currently dominating the news, and well-trained financial journalists are in greater demand than ever. The Berkeley J-School courses focus on core business and financial reporting skills, such as: understanding financial statements, public records, corporate governance, accountability, and how to cover the impact of technology on society.
Students cover big stories of the day and are published in major financial publications, Web sites and daily newspapers such as MarketWatch.com, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, The New York Times, Forbes, BusinessWeek, Business 2.0, Fortune, CNET, and Wired. Our goal is to produce the next generation of highly qualified business journalists for positions at top financial publications, metropolitan newspapers, online sites and broadcast outlets. The program is generously funded by Bloomberg News.