Application Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2021
Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley Business Journalism Diversity Program
About The Program
May 17-21, 2021
The program will be conducted virtually.
The Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley Business Journalism Diversity Program welcomes students who are interested in learning about business journalism. You'll explore how journalists report effectively on the economy, companies, financial and commodity markets, government and labor where wealth and power converge.
The summer 2021 program will be conducted virtually. All costs to participants will be covered, including assistance with remote connectivity.
Bloomberg journalists and executives, including Matt Winkler, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Bloomberg News, will teach courses while others will be led by faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill. The program will lead participants through principles of reporting, editing and applied business and economic knowledge.
Participants of the program will:
- Acquire a basic overview of markets and financial concepts.
- Learn the fundamentals of business journalism, one of the most in-demand fields in media today.
- Practice writing and reporting techniques via hands-on instruction with Bloomberg journalists.
- Gain insights on working in a diverse environment and the importance of representation in journalism.
- Join an accomplished group of fellow students and program alumni who will serve as mentors as you navigate your career path.
This program is an intensive, five-day business journalism workshop that is a partnership between Bloomberg News, the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Monday, May 17 | Orientation. Follow the Money. Workshop and Exercises
Tuesday, May 18 | Commodities; From Oil to Corn. Workshop. Unconscious Bias in Reporting.
Wednesday, May 19 | Numbers Must Mean Something. Multi-platform Workshop.
Thursday, May 20 | Data, Visuals and Story Telling; The CityLab Example. Fake News.
Friday, May 21 | AI and the Future of News. Diverse Voices. Conclusion.
Who Should Apply?
- University students who have a strong interest in pursuing a career in journalism and who are not currently studying business journalism.
- Rising juniors and seniors.
- Underrepresented minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Full-time international students studying in the U.S. are welcome to apply, but permission from their institution is required in order to issue stipends that may help with connectivity for a virtual program.
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021
Monday, Feb. 15, 2021
Students interested in the program should complete an online application. The program will be conducted virtually during 2021.
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 for the 2021 program are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021.
Finalists will be contacted for an online interview after the application closing date.
About The Blooomberg-UNC-Berkeley Partnership
The Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley Business Journalism Diversity Program has two aims: to introduce current and future 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.
UNC-Chapel Hill has partnered with Bloomberg News since 2017 to provide the Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley Business Journalism Diversity Program at UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of California, Berkeley. The program has given more than 50 students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of business journalism.
Bloomberg Editorial & Research aims to be the definitive chronicle of capitalism, with 2,700 Bloomberg journalists and analysts in 120 countries delivering more than 5,000 stories a day to Bloomberg Terminal subscribers.
Bloomberg News also feeds the publications and broadcasts produced by Bloomberg Media Group, the company's consumer-facing media organization across digital, TV, radio, streaming video, print, and live events.
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