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McGraw-Hill markets reporting program

Course Details

Application Deadline:
October 10, 2012
October 15, 2012 - December 9, 2012
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The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will offer two online courses in English and Spanish on covering marketing concepts such as how to plan for retirement, understanding your 401k, stock and bond markets, mutual funds and private and public companies, among others.

These courses will be available to U.S. journalists who report in minority communities. The online courses will take place from October 15, 2012 through December 9, 2012. Selected participants will be asked to propose a project that they will work on developing through the length of the course. A mentoring period to help participants finalize their projects will take place from December 10, 2012 until January 18, 2013.

Xavier Serbia with participants from last year's Personal Finance Reporting Program.

Xavier Serbia with participants from last year's Personal Finance Reporting Program.

The courses will be open to Spanish-speaking and English-speaking journalists working within minority communities. Participants will be trained to effectively cover consumer and marketing finance issues including topics ranging from credit and lending, housing and mortgages to retirement planning and investing.

The Spanish course will be led by Xavier Serbia, the editor-in-chief and founder of Serbia is a personal finance syndicated columnist and has written for various Hispanic media outlets.

The English course will be led by Chris Roush, who teaches business and economics reporting at the University of North Carolina and has written six books, including two about business journalism.

The courses will be divided into three parts:

  • An eight-week online training on financial markets and consumer business

  • A six-week online mentoring period, during which participants produced stories to publish them in the media

  • A three-day field trip to New York City, where three selected participants will have the opportunity to interview with notable financial experts.

At the end of the online courses, three participants will receive a McGraw-Hill Markets Reporting Award and cash prizes of US$2,000, US$1,000 and US$500.

For more information, please contact Tom Albrecht at

Please click here to apply.

thanks… very interesting

thanks… very interesting