Virtual programme in June will teach the fundamentals of business journalism; students from historically underrepresented groups strongly encouraged to apply.

By Chris Lines (Senior Communications Officer), Published

City, University of London is to take part in a Business Journalism Diversity Programme this summer, in partnership with Bloomberg and UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media (part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

The scheme, aimed at degree-seeking students at a university in the United Kingdom, will run from 21-25 June 2021 as a virtual programme. It welcomes students who are interested in learning about business journalism. Successful applicants will explore how journalists report effectively on the economy, companies, financial and commodity markets, government and labour where wealth and power converge.

All costs to participants will be covered, including assistance with remote connectivity.

Bloomberg journalists and executives, including Matthew Winkler, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Bloomberg News, will teach courses while others will be led by faculty members from City and Hussman. The programme will lead participants through principles of reporting, editing and applied business and economic knowledge.

Participants of the programme will:

  • Acquire a basic overview of markets and financial concepts.
  • Learn the fundamentals of business journalism, one of the most in-demand fields in media today.
  • Practice writing and reporting techniques via hands-on instruction with Bloomberg journalists.
  • Gain insights on working in a diverse environment and the importance of representation in journalism.
  • Join an accomplished group of fellow students and program alumni who will serve as mentors as you navigate your career path.

Dr Paul Lashmar, Head of the Department of Journalism at City, welcomed the scheme.

He said: "Giving UK undergraduates and recent graduates from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn about business journalism, where there is a real demand for quality reporters, is something the Department of Journalism at City is delighted to do.

“We are proud to work with our partners, Bloomberg, and the UNC Hussman School of Journalism in the States, to provide this wonderful introduction to the exciting world of journalism."

Who should apply?

  • Applicants must be a degree-seeking student at a university in the United Kingdom
  • University students who have demonstrated a strong interest in pursuing a career in journalism and want to be exposed to the world of business journalism. A background in business or business journalism is not required.
  • Incoming undergraduate second year and above are eligible to apply. Graduating bachelor's students (Summer 2021) are also welcome.
  • Students from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application process

The deadline for applications is: Monday, 29th March 2021.

Students interested in the programme should complete an online application.

The following materials must be uploaded as part of the application:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • An unofficial transcript of grades so far
  • One writing sample (500 words): Identify your professional role model in journalism. What attributes do you admire most about this person and why?
  • Contact information for one academic reference.

Applications for the 2021 programme are due by 11:59pm (GMT) on Monday, 29th March 2021.

Finalists will be contacted for an interview via video conferencing after the application closing date.


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About the Bloomberg-UNC-City partnership

The Bloomberg-UNC Business Journalism Diversity Programmes have two aims: to introduce journalism students to the dynamic field of business journalism and to increase diversity among journalists reporting on business. It will provide participants unparalleled access to a leading financial news organisation, as well as to some of the most influential people in the industry.

UNC-Chapel Hill has partnered with Bloomberg since 2017 to provide the Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley Business Journalism Diversity Programme at UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of California, Berkeley. The programme has given more than 60 students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of business journalism.

The Bloomberg-UNC-City Business Journalism Diversity Programme had its inaugural program in 2019.

Bloomberg News

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Bloomberg News also feeds the publications and broadcasts produced by Bloomberg Media Group, the company's consumer-facing media organisation across digital, TV, radio, streaming video, print, and live events.

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Find out more

For more information, please contact Director of Global, Immersive and Professional Programs Liana Pinner.

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