ICFJ Launches Global Business Journalism Program in China

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By: E&P Staff

The International Center for Journalists has launched an new program with Tsinghua University to create China’s first degree program in global business journalism. The program, in which professional journalists and students from around the world can earn a two-year master’s degree or attend workshop, is set to begin this September.

The new program, funded by Merrill Lynch, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Bloomberg News, will focus on teaching students how to cover global business, economics, and finance in a balanced and insightful way. ICFJ hopes that the classes will help foster a freer media environment on mainland China.

“China’s importance in the global economy is growing exponentially, and journalists must gain the skills they need to cover the increasingly complex business landscape,” said International Center for Journalists President Joyce Barnathan, in a statement. “This program will bring together the journalism training expertise of our organization, the prestige of Tsinghua University, and the commitment to the highest ideals of business and journalism embodied by the program?s funders.”

About 25 to 30 students each year will be selected from China and other Asian countries to attend the masters degree program. The two top students will receive internships in the U.S.

“This program will move business journalism in China to a new level,” said Li Xiguang, executive dean of the Tsinghua School of Journalism and Communication in a statment. “The courses offered respond to a growing public interest in business and economic news and to an increasing demand for trained editors and reporters to cover the field.”

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