Business and finance journalism

Duration: No time limit
Fee: please see order form

Tutor support: one hour

The business and finance journalism option is available for students to study alongside, or following completion of, the Diploma in Journalism core skills. These are reporting skills, essential media law, essential public affairs and shorthand.

It equips candidates with sufficient understanding of both domestic and international politics and economics to be able to report on a wide range of issues relating to business and finance, and to do so with the ability to humanise complex subjects, making them accessible to a general audience.

It ensures candidates can produce the different types of story for all platforms required from each part of the business and finance news discipline. It also covers the other main situations in which business and finance writers operate, including the analysis of financial reports, developing and operating a wide range of informative contacts for stories away from the traditional PR cycle. Business and finance features are also covered.

The course is available on DVD-Rom and consists of four units with self-assessed tasks that help learners prepare for the business and finance journalism exam. The disc also contains the programme of study, a sample exam and marking guide and details of the tutor support.

Topics covered and suggested study time:

Unit A   Introduction to business and finance reporting Study time: 1½ hours Research time: 30 minutes Self-assessment tasks: 30 minutes  
Unit B   The business/finance news cycle Study time: 1½ hours Research time: 1½ hours Self-assessment tasks: 1½ hours  
Unit C   Business and finance news knowledge including:
  • global economics and international finance
  • business and industry
  • corporate finance
  • the domestic economy
  • banking and consumer affairs
  • related organisations
Study time: 3 hours Research time: 3 hours Self-assessment tasks: 4 hours  
Unit D   Business features Study time: 1 hour 30 minutes Research time: 1 hour Self-assessment task: 1 hour