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Top Five Reasons to Apply for the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism Fellowship

By Christopher E. Nelson, NBC News Assignment Editor

Nelson at a CAR workshop in 2012 taught by Jaimi Dowdell (foreground), training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors.  Photo courtesy of Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, via Flickr.
Nelson at a CAR workshop in 2012 taught by Jaimi Dowdell (foreground), training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors. Photo courtesy of Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, via Flickr.

Last spring I was fortunate enough to receive one two Reynolds Center for Business Journalism fellowships, which allowed me to attend the Society of American Business Editors and Writers conference. For me, it was an eye-opening experience and my first real exposure to the world of business journalism.

In addition to attending the SABEW conference I was also fortunate enough to receive computer assisted reporting training through a workshop presented by the Reynolds Center in conjunction with Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.  So here are my reasons why you should apply for this year’s fellowships.
1. The business beat is a comprehensive one.
Business reporters have to know a little about a lot. Almost every day their stories could include bits about politics, government, the economy, society and culture. If you choose to become a business journalist, you’ll learn to be a better journalist,  and without a doubt you’ll become a better informed one.
 
2. Journalists of color are underrepresented on the business beat.
As a journalist of color, you might want to consider business journalism. There are a number of business networks on TV.  CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Business, but also new and relatively new outlets from Atlantic Media’s Quartz to BusinessInsider.com. These outlets are making solid attempts at explaining money matters in interesting ways.
3. You’ll learn about the future of the journalism industry.
At last year’s SABEW conference, I heard more about data visualization  something I was not all that familiar with. Data visualization jobs are an emerging hot job in journalism as papers, and web outlets hire reporters who can communicate important information in a great way.
4. It’s a great opportunity to meet industry leaders who have excelled at different beats, and then made a new path by writing about business and the economy.
From Diana Henriques, who literally wrote the book on Bernie Madoff to sports business reporter Sam Mamudi to personal finance columnist Gail Marks Jarvis, I heard incredible stories from some of the best in the business about the world of business. Who would have thought you could talk crime, politics, sports, and so much more at a conference of business writers?
5. Winning a Reynolds Center Fellowship is only the beginning; it truly opens the door to what the Reynolds Center can offer you — lots and lots of FREE training.
Even after attending SABEW, I’ve found that the Reynolds Center continues to offer free training that is not only interesting, but quite informative. It’s so important to stay current on trends, and hot topics, and the Reynolds Center helps journalists to do that, free of charge.
So apply today and become one of the Reynolds Center 2013 Fellows! It’s a great experience that continues to pay off.
– Nelson is an assignment editor at NBC News based in New York. He was a 2012 Reynolds Center for Business Journalism Fellow and attended SABEW 2012 in Indianapolis.
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