Business Journalism | Columbia Journalism School


Money. Markets. Finance. Economics. CEOs. IPOs.

Learn simple and effective ways to break down business developments and hone your ability to explain the global economy through courses in J-School M.S. programs — or specialize in business through our M.A. Business and Economics concentration for experienced journalists.

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Experienced business journalists teach students how to interpret an earnings report or economic forecast, focus on the news and elucidate its broader meaning.

M.S. students can choose from a roster of courses that equip them to cover these sometimes-technical subjects. All M.S. students also take an Essentials course on the business of media during the fall semester.

Students in the Business M.A. concentration are steeped in money and enterprise through the study of core subjects including accounting, corporate finance, economic theory and securities. They learn to get beyond surface‐level coverage of business, finance and economics and to do more ambitious analytical or investigative work.

The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship allows experienced reporters to take a deep dive in business, economics and finance through classes at Columbia's graduate schools of business, law and public affairs in addition to those at the Journalism School. 

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In addition to the specific classes listed here, students have many opportunities to incorporate reporting on business issues into their work in other classes throughout the year.

Please note: The classes listed here represent recent offerings at the Journalism School. Choices vary each semester depending on faculty availability and other considerations. Classes described now may change or be dropped to make room for new additions.

Business and Economic Reporting

Business and Financial News

M.A. Business Fall Seminar

M.A. Business Spring Seminar

M.S. Essentials: Business

Managing the 21st-Century Newsroom

Student Work

Olivia Carville worked as an investigative reporter for the biggest newspapers in Canada and New Zealand before enrolling in the M.A. program in Business and Economics. Her thesis reporting led to this story about an activist investor taking on the gun industry, which ran in The New York Times. Olivia is now a reporter at Bloomberg News.