Kevin Shalvey (MSJ11), a Global Scholarship recipient, is a San Francisco-based tech reporter for Investor’s Business Daily.
Shalvey analyzes stock price changes and extended financial reports to produce timely news about companies like Google and Yahoo. He says he only has five minutes to write a creatively-angled story for the web and another hour to write a 700 to 800 word print article when he receives corporations’ earnings reports, which can be 15 to 20 pages long.
“I’m so happy I learned to do it properly,” Shalvey says. “I came back to school because I didn’t have the background in economic reporting that I wanted… I didn’t know the first thing about hard financial data.”
Before coming to Medill, Shalvey worked as a local reporter in Providence, R.I. He got a job at the Providence Business Journal but says he thought he wasn’t qualified enough for the job, so he came to Medill to study business and interactive reporting.
Shalvey says Medill was a rewarding and enriching experience as well as a good resume builder. He covered Chicago economic news for the Medill News Bureau in his second quarter of the program. Then, he participated in Medill’s Global Journalism program, where he worked in Johannesburg, South Africa at The Times newspaper during the first quarter of 2011.
“I’ve done all these things that if they’re not life changing they’re at least very important to me as a member of society,” Shalvey says. “It really affirmed the reasons why I wanted to be a reporter in the first place. Whether you write about business or crime in a foreign country, you’re still looking for what’s interesting.”
I came back to school because I didn’t have the background in economic reporting that I wanted… I didn’t know the first thing about hard financial data.