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Partnering With Educators: Evolution of Business Journalism Education and the Role of Foundations, Corporations, and Corporate Executives

Author : Chris Roush

Bio : Chris Roush is the Walter E. Hussman Sr. distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism. He served as the school’s senior associate dean from 2011 to 2015 and as the director of its master’s program from 2007 to 2010. He is the founder of the Carolina Business News Initiative, which provides professional training in business journalism, and he created the school’s undergraduate major in business journalism. He is the author or coauthor of nine books—five corporate histories and four books about business journalism. His textbook, Show Me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication, is in its third edition and is the leading textbook in business journalism education. He also has founded and run various websites, including Talking Biz News, a website about business journalism. In 2010, he was named Journalism Teacher of the Year by the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

ISBN : 9781948580427

Publish Date : 2018-05-30

Page Count : 14

Description : Business journalism education is a small field in American academia, but one that has taken hold at some of its best journalism programs. A historical review shows that two types of business journalism academic programs have emerged over the past 50 years—one that serves experienced journalists and offers a master’s degree, and the other that primarily trains undergraduate journalism students. Both types of curricula have had moderate success in attracting interest from foundations, businesses, and executives in involving them in improving the quality of business journalism, but those efforts have been inconsistent. As the demand for journalists who can write about business and the economy intensifies due to changes in society, this history shows that journalism programs should look to corporations and executives, who have a vested interest in the quality of business journalism, for support and guidance on how these programs can be created, and how they expand and proliferate.

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