Business and Finance Journalism

The business and finance option takes the principles of general news reporting covered in the reporting syllabus and applies them to the full range of business and finance reporting.

It ensures candidates can produce the different types of story for all platforms required from each part of the business and finance news discipline.

Business and finance reporters need excellent contacts to break exclusive stories, be able to write attention-grabbing features, analytical features and interview major business and finance figures. Live, breaking news is an important element of reporting in this sector with a need to file copy in a series of “takes” for various platforms as the story unfolds. At press conferences, it is important to be able to challenge any business and finance changes to explore how this will affect, staff, unions and the public.

This module 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.

Business and finance journalism focuses on all the macro areas of the discipline, such as the history, background and current state of the global banking and financial crisis. But it also introduces candidates to the coverage of the subject at a very micro level, for example the emerging Local Enterprise Partnerships to drive regeneration in regional areas. A thorough knowledge of business and finance organisations is also tested.

Candidates will sit a two-part business and finance journalism examination: part 1 is a live business/finance report based on a scenario emerging over 1 ½ hours; and part 2 is a one hour written exam.

This option is available as a distance learning unit.