Do you want to write about some of the most important stories in the world today?
Entrepreneurs starting hot new companies?
The introduction of the iPhone 6?
Diminished opportunities for millennials?
The economic rise of China?
The lagging economic performance in the European Union?
Come study in the Business and Economic Reporting program and start your career in the hottest area of journalism. Our graduates have gone on to jobs at places like The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, Forbes, Dow Jones Newswires, CNN, CNBC, and many other top news organizations.
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.
The Economic News is our student-run publication.
BER Students Study for a Week in London; Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker Meets with Students.
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.
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 Scholar in the BER Program
The program welcomes Rebecca Blumenstein, deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, as a Visiting Scholar. In addition to regular faculty, visiting scholars provide assistance to our students. Previously, Rebecca served as WSJ's China Bureau Chief, Page One editor, and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Online.Read her full bio >
Lecture by Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker
Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker delivered BER's first annual Marjorie Deane Lecture on April 23. BER students met privately with Mr. Volcker to talk about the recovery from the financial crisis and coverage by the business press. Later, there was a conversation and dinner attended by students, faculty, and financial journalists.
Other Reasons to Study in BER