Business & Economics Reporting Program
he chose the business concentration
Money is at the center of every human endeavor and crucial to every area of journalism — whether politics, government, foreign affairs, social issues, the arts, or sports. The Business & Economics Reporting Program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism teaches journalists how to cover money no matter what their ultimate specialty.
Who chooses the concentration?
Two types of students choose the business concentration.
One group studies business and economics because they know that expertise in the economy, financial markets, how companies work, and how to cover local economies will be valuable and give them a competitive advantage in the job market, no matter what subjects they cover. This is especially true given the growing demand for journalists who can fashion stories out of data and report important business news in web video and audio formats.
The second group wants to become business journalists. The CUNY program provides as much training as any graduate program in the country and more than most. The School’s location in the business and financial capital of the U.S. means that students interact with nationally known business journalists and meet leading executives. Check out the business internship page to see the high-quality placements, all emphasizing extensive reporting and writing, that build clips and lead to jobs.
The state of business journalism
While daily newspapers are cutting back on business journalism, the field is expanding with new entrants such as the Business Insider or the data-driven sites such as Upshot at The New York Times or Vox or 538 at ESPN. CNNMoney.com continues to be one of the most trafficked sites while Fortune and Money have set up their own digital operations (and hired CUNY J-School grads too). Public radio is also staking a major claim through local coverage and national broadcasts such as Marketplace and Planet Money.
More traditional outlets such as Bloomberg, Barron’s, and The Wall Street Journal continue to publish impressive business reports each day (and expand).
A Friday e-newsletter called Gorkana (available from the J-School’s Career Services Office) gives a snapshot of the opportunities available.
The “Where are They Now Page” shows how J-School grads can land good jobs.