Business and Financial Reporting
This course has been canceled. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Date: July 5, 2015 – July 13, 2015
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
This intensive eight-day TOL course is a great introduction to the essential skills of business and financial reporting, led by one of Europe’s top journalists in the field.
What will you learn?
You will be trained in the essential skills of business and economics reporting, then learn how to apply those skills as a journalist. Here’s a brief outline:
- The essential skills of business reporting – How to read financial statements, market information and economic statistics.
- How to cover business and economics in a foreign country, even with language barriers, and where to find stories interesting to a foreign audience
- How to apply your knowledge: Spotting a good business story, finding angles, identifying the audience, using sources, identifying feature stories in company news.
- The role of business journalism – Comparing businesses, spotting opportunities or trouble for investors, teaching new entrepreneurs, encouraging transparency and monitoring the local, regional and international climate for business.
You’ll be learning about business and financial reporting from the best possible source. Jan Cienski is Poland correspondent for The Economist and editor of the Central European Financial Observer. He is also author of From Comrades to Capitalists: How Poland’s Entrepreneurs Built Europe’s Most Competitive Economy. Until May 2014, he spent over 10 years as the Warsaw bureau chief of the Financial Times.
Guest speakers will include Raphael Minder, a New York Times correspondent with a long history as a financial correspondent and Joe Cook, a former correspondent for The Economist, who now runs a public relations company in Prague. Participants will also visit the ground-breaking newsroom of Economia, which publishes the leading Czech business daily.
Just as importantly, trainees will complete a real-life reporting assignment on a topic of their choice in Prague and then receive valuable feedback from the lead instructor, generating an invaluable clip for an early-career journalist. In the process, participants will learn how to shoot illustrative photos to accompany their articles, an essential skill in a profession that increasingly values multimedia proficiency.