Some business journalism programs emphasize the courses you can take at their affiliated business schools. CUNY emphasizes the teaching of business concepts in a journalistic context. The idea is to learn about business with practicing business journalists whose real-world experiences inform what you need to know and how you should apply it. All course are taught from today’s headlines.
- Covering The Economy — 3 credits, Spring Semester
At the center of all business journalism is the economy — creating and destroying jobs, spurring investment in some companies and sectors and shunning others, and transforming global relationships across national boundaries for good and bad. The first course in the concentration, required in the spring second semester, provides the introduction to business journalism by teaching students how the economy works — both in the U.S. and around the world — and how to cover it.
The course moves quickly through economic theories to the state of the U.S. economy, the impact of the Great Recession, and the lackluster recovery, and zeros in on topics such as inequality, inflation, and Obamacare. The second half tackles global issues, including the rise of China and the European crisis.
Students cover a key economic indicator — such as retail sales, consumer prices, or international trade — and write enterprise stories. Two in-class writing assignments develop deadline skills, including the ability to write the crucial jobs/unemployment story on the first Monday of the month.
- Covering Markets and Companies — 6 credits, Fall Semester
Having mastered economic stories, business concentration students turn to markets and companies — the mainstays of business reporting everywhere and a continuation of the process of learning how to follow the money. This six-hour, six-credit class — split into two three-hour sessions per week on consecutive nights — examines markets and companies together since both involve mastery of stocks and bonds and similar concepts.
The markets classes delve into Wall Street and how it operates and investment theories and practice, as well as financial tools such as options, futures, and derivatives. The company classes provide a foundation for corporate accounting and strategies and the role of corporations in the business world and the workings of the U.S.. The class will emphasize deadline writing, especially on markets, with four major in-class assignments. Each student will cover a company over the course of the semester, through a blog and a major strategy piece at the end of the semester.
- Covering New York City’s Economy and Business — 3 credits, Fall Semester
The goal of this course is to help students understand and report effectively on the key economic and business forces shaping New York City. With the aid of selected readings and guest speakers, students will learn about the city’s most important industries and employers, the role of small businesses and immigrant entrepreneurs, and the impact of real estate and economic development. After getting an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of New York City’s economy, students will focus on some of the cutting-edge economic issues the city faces.