Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley Business Journalism Diversity Program

About the program

UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media
May 11-15, 2020
UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media and Bloomberg News in New York City

or

June 1-5, 2020
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in Berkeley, California, and Bloomberg News in San Francisco

 

Through the Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley Business Journalism Diversity Program, students will have the opportunity to join one of two week-long programs that will show how business journalists report on what's most at stake in the economy, global stock and bond markets, government regulations and the job market. One program will be at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media and one at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.

All costs to participants in the program, including lodging and transportation, will be covered.

Program instruction will be provided by top Bloomberg journalists and executives including Matt Winkler, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Bloomberg News, who 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.

Participants of the program will:

  • Acquire a basic understanding of market and financial concepts.
  • Learn the fundamentals of business journalism, one of the highest-demand fields in media today.
  • Practice interviewing techniques and reporting strategies in 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.

Program schedules

 

 

UNC School of Media and Journalism

Locations: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and New York City

This program is an intensive, five-day business journalism workshop that will be based at the Hussman School in Chapel Hill 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.

  • Monday, May 11 | Participants travel to UNC-Chapel Hill, attend orientation and an opening dinner
  • Tuesday, May 12 | Intensive instruction at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Wednesday, May 13 | Intensive instruction at UNC-Chapel Hill. Students fly to New York City in the evening
  • Thursday, May 14 |  Workshops and discussion at Bloomberg News and meet key representatives
  • Friday, May 15 | Students continue the workshop at Bloomberg News and then finish with a closing lunch.

 

 

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Locations: Berkeley and San Francisco, California

An intensive, five-day business journalism 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.

 

  • Monday, June 1 | Program orientation and instruction at Berkeley
  • Tuesday, June 2 | Intensive instruction at Berkeley
  • Wednesday, June 3 | Workshops and discussions at Bloomberg San Francisco offices
  • Thursday, June 4 | Workshops at Bloomberg San Francisco offices
  • Friday, June 5 | Intensive instruction at Berkeley and closing

 

 

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 but all are welcome.
  • Full-time internnational students studying in the U.S. are welcome to apply, but  permission from their institution is required in order to issue stipends or pay for travel.

Application process

APPLICATIONS OPEN: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020
DEADLINE: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020

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): 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 2020 program are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.

Finalists will be contacted for an online interview after the application closing date.

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About the Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley partnership

The Bloomberg-UNC Business Journalism Diversity Programs have 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.

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 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.

For more information

For more information, please contact Director of Global, Immersive and Professional Programs Liana Pinner.