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Cronkite Business Journalism Specialization

The Cronkite School has long been a leader in answering the growing demand for journalists who are trained to report on business, economics and finance.

The school serves as a hub of U.S. business journalism, housing both the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

Students in the undergraduate Journalism and Mass Communication on-campus degree program may specialize in business journalism through courses that combine an understanding of business and economic principles with practical journalism skills and professional internships.

Students get hands-on experience in reporting classes, in internships and in immersive professional programs, building robust portfolios of their work before graduation.

Two business journalism classes are required:

JMC 450 Issues in Coverage of Business and the Economy, a seminar that introduces students to business and economic coverage. From balance sheets to regulation to business personalities, the course helps students set their own professional parameters for coverage and learn effective ways to communicate complex topics effectively.

JMC 453 Reporting on Business and the Economy, in which students pursue deadline stories on local and regional business and economic stories. Students learn how to present complex financial topics in clear and compelling ways, with the goal of publication, preparing them for their internships and first jobs.

Cronkite Professor Andrew Leckey, a longtime business journalist and president of the Reynolds Center, works closely with students on internship placements. Students regularly intern at major news outlets that specialize in business reporting, including Bloomberg News, Thomson Reuters, CNBC, MarketWatch, MSNBC.com and the business news departments of the Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, Phoenix Business Journal and The Arizona Republic. Many of the school’s graduates have gone on to jobs at those news organizations and others.

Students in the specialization are encouraged to complete their required professional program on the business desk of Cronkite News, where they report on a wide range of stories that have money as an angle. Their stories are published on the Cronkite News website and are distributed to local, regional and national news outlets.

Students also may take business and economics courses from the W.P. Carey School of Business in topics such as accounting, economics, management and real estate.

For more information on the business journalism specialization, contact Professor Leckey at andrew.leckey@asu.edu.