McGraw Hill Financial Data Journalism


In a world that is increasingly dependent on technology and big data, journalists need to stay up to date on the latest tools, understand how to find and use databases, and have a solid foundation in modern business practices. Click here to read this page in Spanish.

With the support of McGraw Hill Financial, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will offer two online courses for reporters – one in English and one in Spanish – focusing on using data to cover entrepreneurship and financial news. The online courses will cover topics including startups and small businesses; non-profit companies; mergers and acquisitions; executive compensation; public vs. private companies and using databases to find company news.

The courses will be open to Spanish-speaking and English-speaking journalists working within the United States.

The online courses will run simultaneously and take place from March 7th, 2016 through May 8th, 2016. Applicants will propose a project that they will develop during the course. From May 9th to July 4th, 2016, selected journalists will participate in an online mentoring process to help them finalize their projects.

The English-language course will be led by Chris Roush, who teaches business and economics reporting at the University of North Carolina. Roush has written six books, including two about business journalism. Roush also previously served as an online course trainer for ICFJ's programs.

The Spanish course will be led by Alfonso Vara-Miguel (PhD). Vara-Miguel is an associate professor of Journalism at the University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain), where he has been teaching financial and business journalism for nearly 20 years. Vara-Miguel also served as head of the university’s Media Management Department of the School of Communication (2001) and Director of the Seminar of Financial & Economic Journalism.


The program is divided into three parts:

  • An eight-week online training course on using data to cover entrepreneurship and financial news;
  • An eight-week online mentoring period, during which selected participants will produce stories that use data to publish in their media outlets. Three participants will receive cash prizes to help them further develop their stories: US$2,500 for a first-place finalist, US$1,500 for a second-place finalist, and US$750 for a third-place finalist;
  • A three-day reporting field trip to New York for the three award-winning finalists and five additional participants. They will interview economists, among them experts from McGraw Hill Financial. In addition, they will meet with stock market officials, economic analysts and business leaders in the global hub of finance.

Applications sent via email will not be considered. Please use the online application to apply.

The deadline for applications is March 4, 2016.

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