Business & Economic Reporting
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Entrepreneurs starting hot new companies?
The controversy over privacy, hate speech, and disinformation on social media platforms?
Economic and social dislocation in America’s rural heartland?
The economic rise of China?
Britain’s exit from 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, and CNBC.
This summer (2019), our students have full-time internships at: Bloomberg (2 students), Reuters, CNBC, Forbes, USA Today, Debtwire (2 students), Orlando Business Journal, and CoinDesk.
An innovative curriculum of seven journalism courses and six MBA courses provides students with both skills and intellectual depth.
Students take a full-time job at a major news organization for ten weeks over the summer (not for one or two days a week during a regular semester, as at other schools). Many BER students have received job offers from their internship.
Students develop an extensive portfolio while in BER, pick up multimedia skills in web video and audio podcast, learn to blog and post their own stories on the BER webzine.
Why not study in the business and financial capital of the country, where a quick subway ride leads you to reporting assignments as well as to job interviews and great internships at the top news organizations in the world? And BER has a regular speakers program that enables students to network with the top journalists in the field, including editors and reporters from The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired, Vanity Fair, Marketwatch, Reuters, TheStreet.com, and many others.
BER students travel to London each summer to study Brexit in seminars with economists and journalists. This annual trip is fully paid for by the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation and NYU BER. Upcoming: London Trip, May 2020.
In spring 2018, BER students reported on the Scranton Election.
Upcoming: BER Students will report on the New Hampshire Primary, February 2020.
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.
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.
Marta Orosz wins two awards: the Overseas Press Club Scholarship and the Helmut Schmidt Award for Economic and Financial Reporting.
Patrícia Campos Mello is a reporter at Folha de S. Paulo, a major news organization in Brazil.
John Bercow, Speaker of the UK House of Commons, was the special guest of BER program on September 16, 2019.
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.
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.