BLOOMBERG-UNC-BERKELEY BUSINESS JOURNALISM DIVERSITY PROGRAM
Application Deadline: January 29, 2018

Business Journalism for Undergraduates

UNC School of Media and Journalism

May 14-18, 2018

This program is an intensive, five-day workshop that will be based at the UNC MJ-school 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.

LOCATIONS:
UNC School of Media and Journalism in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Bloomberg News in New York City

SCHEDULE:
Monday, May 14:  Participants travel to UNC-Chapel Hill, attend orientation and opening dinner
Tuesday, May 15:  Instruction at UNC-CH
Wednesday, May 16:  Instruction at UNC-CH. Students will 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 the Bloomberg News and then the program will finish with a closing lunch.

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

May 21-24, 2018

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.

LOCATIONS:
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Bloomberg News in San Francisco

SCHEDULE:
Monday, May 21:  Program orientation and instruction at UC Berkeley
Tuesday, May 22:  Instruction at UC Berkeley
Wednesday, May 23:  Workshops and discussions at Bloomberg San Francisco offices and meet key representatives
Thursday, May 24:  Instruction at UC 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.

How to Apply

Applications open: December 15, 2017
Application deadline: January 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): Think about a professional role model for you 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  January 29, 2018.
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an online interview after the application closing date.

Questions?

Please Contact Liana Pinner
Global, Immersive and Professional Programs
UNC School of Media and Journalism
lmpinner@email.unc.edu
(919) 843-8299

What Students Are Saying...

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Adrienne Perkins

Howard University
2017 Program Participant

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!

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Linda Ha

University of California, Irvine
2017 Program Participant

The amount of time and effort Bloomberg News and the University of North Carolina invested in us is priceless. Everyone was full of energy and offered insightful advice from Bloomberg News interns to Matthew Winkler, who was with us every step of the program. Each day of the program consisted of thoughtfully crafted workshops where we were challenged to think critically about the economy, develop an understanding of business concepts and learn how to turn data into a compelling story. One of the key lessons we learned is that the world we report on is extremely diverse and it’s essential the journalists covering it are also diverse.

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Doni Holloway

UNC-Chapel Hill
2017 Program Participant

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.

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 literally 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 you how business journalists report what's most at stake by focusing on the economy, global stock and bond markets, government regulations and where the jobs are. One program will be at the UNC School of Media and Journalism and one at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.

About Bloomberg News

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.