Reynolds Center picks UNL professor for business journalism fellowship

Associate professor of journalism Joseph Weber was one of 15 professors selected to attend the Reynolds Foundation Seminar for Business Journalism. The intensive seminar trains journalism professors to teach university-level courses in business journalism.

"The number and quality of professional journalists and professors applying for our business journalism seminars continued to grow in this fifth year of the seminars," said Andrew Leckey, president of the Reynolds Center and the Reynolds Chair in Business Journalism at the Cronkite School. "At a time of pressing financial issues, this reflects a commendable commitment by both news organizations and academic institutions to the importance of business and economic coverage."

Weber will travel to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University January 4 ? 7. The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at ASU offers only 15 competitive fellowships to professors interested in learning to teach business journalism.

Weber teaches classes in business and economic journalism at UNL. He worked in magazines and newspapers for 35 years and spent most of that time, 22 years, reporting and writing for Business Week, starting as a correspondent in Dallas and then running the magazine's bureaus in Philadelphia, Toronto and Chicago. He took on the role of chief of correspondents for the organization in early 2006, serving until the summer of 2009.

The four-day seminar will cover financial, economic and writing aspects and will be led by award winning professors and journalists. James Gentry, recipient of the Barry Sherman Teaching Award and journalism professor at the University of Kansas, will teach seminars on multimedia and finance. A highlight of the conference will be a panel discussion featuring Don Barlett and Jim Steele, investigative reporters. The 2010 winners of the Reynolds Center's Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism will also speak.

Since its launch in 2003, more than 10,000 journalists have benefited from free training from the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism.

About The Reynolds Center
The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism was launched at the American Press Institute in Reston, Va. It moved in 2006 to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. A calendar of upcoming free workshops and Webinars, as well as daily tips on how to cover business better, are at

The Center is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, it is one of the largest private foundations in the United States.

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