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Speaker Bercow's "Brexit for Breakfast" - Reuters Photo

John Bercow, Speaker of the UK House of Commons, hosts a talk at the NYU Journalism Institute (photo courtesy of Reuters)

Speaker Bercow’s “Brexit for Breakfast” talk at NYU Journalism receives wide press coverage

John Bercow, Speaker of the UK House of Commons, was the special guest of the Business and Economic Reporting (BER) program on Monday, September 16, 2019. In the midst of a political crisis over Brexit, Speaker Bercow held a private meeting with BER students for 30 minutes in a classroom here at the NYU Journalism Institute. Many of the BER students had recently returned from an annual trip to London to study the political and economic issues around Brexit.

After the meeting, Speaker Bercow spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of 150 people at the Institute, followed by questions and answers. Cameras lined the back of the room. The Guardian streamed the event live. Other news organizations covered it in print and online, including Reuters, Bloomberg, HuffPost UK, and several London newspapers: Daily Mail, Daily Express, and the Sun. BER student Natalie Sachmechi wrote a story on Speaker Bercow’s talk for Forbes.


Yifan Yu Speaking

Yifan Yu Speaking

Yifan Yu Wins 2018 Overseas Press Club Scholarship

Yifan Yu was named an Overseas Press Foundation Scholar for 2018. The awards are for students who aspire to careers as foreign correspondents. YIfan, who was one of sixteen students honored in a nationwide competition, won the Jerry Flint Fellowship for International Business Reporting. Her essay for the competition focused on Chinese startup companies. The award luncheon was held on February 23, 2018.

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Yasemin Esmen

Yasemin Esmen

Chibuike Oguh

Chibuike Oguh

Two BER Students Win Deadline Club Scholarships for 2018

Two BER students were among the five recipients of Deadline Club scholarships for 2018. Yasemin Esmen and Chibuike Oguh, according to the Club, “demonstrated an extraordinary dedication to wanting to tell the stories of underrepresented communities, and uphold the standards of truth and fairness.” Each received a scholarship of $2,500. The Deadline Club is the New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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Charles Rollett

Charles Rollett

BER Alumnus Charles Rollet Named Finalist for Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism

Charles Rollet was a member of a Wall Street Journal team named as finalists for the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. The team was cited in the International category for “China Surveillance State.” Charles worked on that story while an intern at the Wall Street Journal during the summer of 2017. The Loeb Awards will be presented at a banquet on June 25 in New York City


BER Alum Jay Yarow Awarded Journalist of the Year

Jay Yarow

BER Alum Jay Yarow, executive editor at CNBC’s digital operations, is Talking Biz News’ Business Journalist of the Year.

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NYU Business and Economic Reporting students win five of the six scholarship awards given in 2017 by the New York Financial Writers Association

NYU Business and Economic Reporting students win five of the six scholarship awards given in 2017 by the New York Financial Writers Association

The merit-based competition is open to any graduate or undergraduate student in the New York tri-state area who is interested in business journalism.

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BER Students Studied in London in May 2016

BER students at the first annual trip to London in May 2014.

BER students made their third annual trip to London the week of May 23-27, 2016.

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Lecture by Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, April 23, 2014

BER students at the first annual trip to London in May 2014.

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.


BER Students Win Competitive Scholarships

Anders Melin

Anders Melin

BER student Yun Lu won a 2014 scholarship from the Foreign Press Association.

BER student Carl O’Donnell won a 2014 scholarship from the New York Financial Writers Association.

BER student Anders Melin has won a 2013 scholarship from the Overseas Press Club.

BER students Anders Melin and Jamie Lee have won 2013 scholarships from the Foreign Press Association.

BER student John Kapetaneas has won a 2013 Peter Agris Memorial Journalism Scholarship.


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 Deane 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 awarded fellowships to several excellent students accepted into the BER program for Fall 2015. Each fellowship provides tuition, registration fees, and a stipend for one semester (or possibly more) of study. The admissions committee notifies an applicant of his or her selection at the time of acceptance into the BER program.

Study in London for a Week: The BER program takes 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 deepens each student’s understanding of international aspects of business and finance. The BER program provide subsidies that cover most or all travel expenses.

See NYU’s Announcement


Visiting Scholar in the BER Program

Rebecca BlumentsteinThe 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.

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