Bloomberg-UNC-City Business Journalism Diversity Programme

About the programme

The Bloomberg-UNC-City Business Journalism Diversity Programme
For degree-seeking students at a university in the United Kingdom

22-26 June 2020
UNC Winston House
and Bloomberg
in London


Through the Bloomberg-UNC-City Business Journalism Diversity Programme, students will have the opportunity to join a week-long programme 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. The programme is supported in partnership with City, University of London’s Department of Journalism and the UNC School of Media and Journalism.

All costs to participate in the programme, including accommodation and transportation, will be covered.

Programme instruction will be provided by a number of senior 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, entitled The Bloomberg Way.  The programme 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.

Programme schedule

UNC Winston HouseThis programme is an intensive, five-day workshop that will be based in London at UNC Winston House (pictured right) and Bloomberg's celebrated new European headquarters. Students will come to London for five days of instruction in business journalism and to visit the Bloomberg newsroom to see how reporters and editors put their journalism skills to work.

  • Monday, 22 June | Participants travel to UNC Winston House in London.
  • Tuesday, 23 June | Workshops at UNC Winston House.
  • Wednesday, 24 June | Workshops at UNC Winston House.
  • Thursday, 25 June | Workshops and discussion at Bloomberg News and meet key representatives.
  • Friday, 26 June | Students continue the workshop at Bloomberg News and then finish with a closing lunch.

Who should apply?

  • Applicants must be a degree-seeking student at a university in the United Kingdom
  • University students who have demonstrated 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.
  • Incoming undergraduate second year and above are eligible to apply. Graduating bachelor's students (Summer 2019) and current master's students are also welcome.
  • Students from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply but all are welcome.

Application process

DEADLINE: Friday, 28 February 2020

Students interested in the programme should complete an online application.

The following materials must be uploaded as part of the application:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • An unofficial transcript of grades so far
  • 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 academic reference

Applications for the 2020 programme are due by 11:59 p.m. (GMT) on Friday, 28 February 2020.

Finalists will be contacted for an interview via video conferencing after the application closing date.



About the Bloomberg-UNC-City partnership

The Bloomberg-UNC Business Journalism Diversity Programmes 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 since 2017 to provide the Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley Business Journalism Diversity Programme at UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of California, Berkeley. The programme has given more than 60 students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of business journalism.

The Bloomberg-UNC-City Business Journalism Diversity Programme had its inaugural program in 2019.

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 London, 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.