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Marjorie Deane Foundation Supports Professorship, Fellowships, and a Week of Study in London for BER Students

NYU has named Professor Stephen D. Solomon, director of the program in Business and Economic Reporting, as the Marjorie Dean Professor of Financial Journalism. The professorship is made possible by generous contribution by the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation. NYU's announcement is here.

The Foundation's support makes possible the following new benefits for students of the program:

Marjorie Deane Fellowships: The program will award fellowships to several excellent students accepted into the BER program for Fall 2014. Each fellowship will provide tuition, registration fees, and a stipend for one semester (or possibly more) of study. The admissions committee will notify an applicant of his or her selection at the time of acceptance into the BER program.

Study in London for a Week:  Beginning in May 2014, The BER program will take its students each year to City University London for a week to study the financial systems of the United Kingdom and the European Union. The London program will deepen each student's understanding of international aspects of business and finance. The program will provide partial subsidies of travel expenses. The educational seminars themselves are provided without charge.


Visiting Scholars in the BER Program

The program welcomes two visiting scholars who, in addition to our regular faculty, will provide assistance to students:  Leigh Gallagher, assistant managing editor of Fortune magazine; and Bethany McLean, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and co-author of Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron, and All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis. See list below of full-time faculty and adjunct facutly who teach in the BER program.


Cover the World's Most Interesting Stories

Go into business journalism and write stories the whole world will read. And they will extend far beyond Wall Street coverage and daily business reporting.

To be a great reporter, no matter what you end up covering, you have to be able to follow the money. And that's what you will learn to do in the Business and Economic Reporting (BER) program at New York University.


Great Jobs Right out of School

Virtually all BER students have secured staff jobs at national business news organizations within a few months of graduating. Many of them started the program without any journalism experience. Starting salaries have ranged from the low $40's to the mid-$70's, compared to the $28,000* average starting pay for journalism graduates nationwide going into newspaper jobs. Where do our students get jobs? The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires, Reuters, Bloomberg News, Forbes, Inc., TheStreet.com, Money, CNBC, and numerous others. Many of them secured foreign postings in places such as Beijing, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Vietnam, India, Singapore, Russia, and Canada.


Your Competitive Advantage

What do you have to offer when you graduate? What's your competitive advantage when your resume hits the desk of a key editor? Thousands of journalism students are trained in general assignment reporting and there usually isn't much to distinguish among them. In BER, however, students benefit from a unique interdisciplinary curriculum of both journalism courses and MBA courses at NYU's prestigious Leonard N. Stern School of Business. The result: an education that sets you apart from your peers because you will have intellectual depth in a subject matter that is critical to news coverage today, whether on page one or the business section.


Mentoring Relationships in a Small Program

In BER, students don't get lost among hundreds of others as happens at other schools. Instead, we have a 5:1 student-to-faculty ratio,  with BER enrolling just twelve to fifteen students each fall. A faculty of two full-time professors and an internship director/career counselor work with the students throughout their sixteen months at NYU, resulting in close mentoring relationships. The BER program also has two visiting scholars who will help mentor students: Leigh Gallagher, assistant managing editor of Fortune magazine; and Bethany McLean, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and co-author of Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron, and All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis.


Other Reasons to Study in BER


How to Apply

BER considers applications filed after NYU's January 4 deadline if there is room in the class. Please contact Professor Stephen D. Solomon (BER director) at business.journalism@nyu.edu or 212-998-7995, or Professor Adam L. Penenberg (assistant BER director) at adam.penenberg@nyu.edu or 212-998-7990.

The online application is available from the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) admissions website.

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*Cox Center survey, Grady College, 2005

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