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Business, Money and Markets

Business journalism is a vibrant, vital and growing field. In additon to top media outlets, such as The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News, today, news about markets and personal finance proliferates in digital-native media, social media and other organizations. Medill’s strong focus on reporting provides the tools you need to cover financial news from the heart of Chicago with opportunities to report from London and other global financial centers.

About the specialization

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From analyzing earnings reports to breaking news on Fortune 500 companies to consumer reporting, the Business, Money and Markets specialization provides a solid foundation for journalists who understand how these issues touch so many areas. Our downtown Chicago space features state-of-the art reporting equipment and technology.

The Business, Money and Markets specialization starts in the summer quarter.

Why Business, Money and Markets?

Career opportunities in business media are growing as readers and viewers seek information on how changes in the markets will impact their day-to-day lives. The demand is high for business journalists who can explain complex financial topics in ways that are easy to understand -- from Main Street to Wall Street and everywhere in between.

What will I learn?

At Medill, you’ll learn from experienced faculty who’ve seen business coverage evolve over the years but who know how to use the latest technology to report on breaking news, trends and topics related to finance and business. You’ll analyze data, interview sources and uncover stories on your beat in our Chicago and Washington, D.C. newsrooms, where your stories will be picked up by partner organizations. In addition to hands-on reporting experience, you’ll have the chance to participate in onsite training, attend guest lectures by financial journalists and go behind the scenes at business institutions. You’ll graduate with an impressive portfolio and connections to Medill’s vast network.

For more information, watch a recorded information session about the Business, Money and Markets specialization.

Your Medill Experience

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You’ll take classes in core journalism skills and take a deep dive into the field of business journalism.

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You will be based in our Chicago office, just steps from numerous financial institutions. Chicago is a hub for agriculture and the food industry, rail transportation and many Fortune 500 companies.

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Medill Explores

Our weeklong, faculty-led Medill Explores trips will take you to major financial centers such as New York and Tokyo, where you will visit futures exchanges and meet business journalists.

Learn about Medill Explores
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Medill Fridays

We welcome renowned journalists, such as Dean Murphy (BSJ80), business editor at The New York Times, and we host business writing workshops to help students expand their skills.

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Career Services

Business journalists are in high demand at traditional and non-mainstream media organizations alike. Medill alumni work at the Crain’s family of business publications, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and many other business media.

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Our Faculty

Desiree Hanford

Desiree Hanford

Prior to joining Medill as a lecturer, Hanford was an equities reporter for Dow Jones & Co., where she covered publicly traded companies and mutual funds.

Joe Mathewson

Joe Mathewson

Mathewson, an associate professor, was previously a Supreme Court correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and a lawyer in Chicago.

Ceci Rodgers

Ceci Rodgers

Rodgers, a lecturer at Medill, has worked as a financial journalist for more than two decades, primarily reporting business stories for CNN’s "Moneyline."

Our Alumni

Lauren Young (MSJ93)

Lauren Young
Money Editor

As Reuters Money editor, Young is based in New York City, where she oversees personal finance coverage for the world's largest news agency on topics such as retirement, saving for college, family finances and others.

Isabella Zhong (MSJ13)

Isabella Zhong
Reporter and Writer

Zhong is a financial journalist who writes commentary on Asia-Pacific stocks for leading investments publication Barron’s, a Dow Jones company. She has interviewed some of Asia’s leading CEOs and investors.

Catherine Ngai (MSJ11)

Catherine Ngai
Energy Markets Reporter

Ngai covers energy markets at Reuters in New York, specializing in the derivatives market as well as the trading of physical crude oil around the country.