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Journalists get practical advice at ASU center

March 28, 2008

ASU and the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism mix journalists and experts in the business world. The result of this combination is interactive learning experiences that produce informed and better-prepared journalists in Arizona and the rest of the world.

“The workshops give you the opportunity to stay current with the economy and discover new search options for your stories,” says Angela Gonzales, senior reporter with the Phoenix Business Journal. “It is extremely important to understand how the economy works because you can’t explain to your readers something that you don’t understand.”

The center offers free, specialized daylong business journalism workshops and a series of business journalism online seminars. These workshops are open not only to business reporters, but reporters in other beats seeking to improve their skills in business.

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism chose ASU and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication as their permanent home after building an extensive and successful track record of training thousands of reporters around the country in effective business coverage.

Andrew Leckey, director of the Reynolds Center, says journalists who come to the seminars are not only business reporters, but other media professionals as well who are passionate about their work and want to keep preparing themselves to bring the best and most accurate information to their readers.

Since the center moved its headquarters to ASU in mid-2006 after considering several other universities, it has trained more than 2,000 journalists nationwide and several hundred journalists in Arizona.

The Reynolds Center provides curriculum, handout materials, trainers and online registration, while a variety of statewide journalism associations, publications and universities serve as hosts for the workshops. It also offers weeklong online courses and runs the Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism.

For more information on the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, visit the Web site