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Reynolds Business Journalism Seminar Brings Journalists, Professors to Cronkite

December 29, 2014

Journalists and professors from around the country will participate in a rigorous business journalism institute at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication next month.

The Cronkite School’s Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is hosting its annual Reynolds Week Jan. 5-7. Twenty-four journalists and professors will take part in the business journalism boot camp, featuring a variety of high-profile speakers and training sessions.

Faculty members from the Cronkite School and the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU, as well as prominent journalists and business experts, are among those who will share their expertise with this year’s fellows. Keynote speakers include Chiqui Cartagena, vice president of marketing for Univision, and Elisa Camahort Page, co-founder and COO of BlogHer.

"We're excited to welcome a distinguished group of speakers and experts to train our equally distinguished journalists and professors,” said Micheline Maynard, director of the Reynolds Center and a past participant in Reynolds Week. “I came away from my own Reynolds Week experience primed and ready to teach business journalism. I know Reynolds Week will pay dividends to the 2015 fellows for years to come."

Reynolds Week is divided into two seminars. The Strictly Financials Seminar offers journalists a deep dive on a variety of money-related topics. The Business Journalism Professors Seminar provides guidance to university and college faculty members who teach business journalism or are planning to incorporate money coverage in existing courses.

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation provides generous support for Reynolds Week. Each participant receives a fellowship valued at $1,500, covering tuition, hotel accommodations and meals. This year’s institute includes 15 Strictly Financials fellows and nine Business Journalism professors.

Strictly Financials

  • Lauren Abdel-Razzaq, The Detroit News
  • Ben Bergman, Southern California Public Radio, Pasadena, Calif.
  • Nirmala Bhat, U-T San Diego
  • James Briggs, Baltimore Business Journal
  • Nicole Collins, Business Journal News Network, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Molly Dill, BizTimes Media, Milwaukee
  • Terri Langford, The Texas Tribune, Austin, Texas
  • Celeste LeCompte, Nieman Foundation/Reynolds Fellow, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Issa Mansaray, The Africa Paper, Brooklyn Center, Minn.
  • Lourdes Medrano, freelance, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Erin Negley, Reading Eagle, Reading, Pa.
  • Lauren Ohnesorge, Triangle Business Journal, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Sarah Scully, Houston Chronicle
  • Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
  • Andrea Vittorio, Bloomberg BNA, Arlington, Va.

Business Journalism Professors

  • Andrew Cassel, Reynolds Visiting Professor, Penn State University, State College, Pa.
  • Michael Giusti, Loyola University of New Orleans
  • Paul Glader, The King’s College, New York
  • Gary Guffey, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Thomas Hrach, University of Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jay Seidel, Fullerton College, Fullerton, Calif.
  • James Tennant, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Venise Wagner, San Francisco State University
  • Janine Weisman, Roger Williams University, Bristol, R.I.

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism has trained more than 20,000 people since 2003. Housed at the Cronkite School, the Reynolds Center is funded through grants from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, a Las Vegas philanthropic organization committed to the support of nonprofit organizations and institutions that demonstrate sound financial management, efficient operation, program integrity and an entrepreneurial spirit.