Columbia University School of Journalism’s Knight-Bagehot Fellowships in Business and Economics 44th Anniversary Event to Celebrate Reaching 400 Graduates Landmark | Columbia Journalism School

Columbia University School of Journalism’s Knight-Bagehot Fellowships in Business and Economics 44th Anniversary Event to Celebrate Reaching 400 Graduates Landmark

Salesforce Chairman and Co-CEO Marc Benioff and McKinsey Global Managing Partner Kevin Sneader to Headline Knight-Bagehot’s Anniversary Celebration in New York on Oct. 16


In 2019, the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Business and Economics housed at Columbia Journalism School will graduate its 400th fellow, as part of the largest specialized journalism fellowship in the world. To celebrate the milestone, Marc Benioff, chairman and co-CEO, Salesforce and co-chair, TIME, and Kevin Sneader, global managing partner, McKinsey & Company, will keynote the Knight-Bagehot 44th Anniversary event at the Marriott Marquis in New York on October 16, 2019.

The evening will feature on-stage keynote conversations led by Matt Murray, editor-in-chief, The Wall Street Journal, in conversation with Mr. Sneader, and Rebecca Blumenstein, deputy managing editor, The New York Times, who will interview Mr. Benioff.

“We’re excited to have Marc, Rebecca, Kevin and Matt join us for a very special anniversary as we celebrate a key moment in the program’s history,” said Gillian Tett, U. S. managing editor of The Financial Times, chair of the Knight-Bagehot Advisory Board and host for the evening. “This annual celebration also underscores why it is still vital for news organizations and global businesses to continue to support a program that ensures business, economics and public policy journalism stays contemporary and is informed by facts, data and rigorous journalistic practices.”  

“This year’s speakers are global newsmakers and headliners in both business and the business of journalism,” added Raju Narisetti, professor of professional practice and director of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship. “They underscore the vitality of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowships in strengthening contemporary business journalism, and the continued need for what is the most rigorous mid-career journalism fellowship for journalists globally.”

Marc Benioff, Matt Murray, Rebecca Blumenstein, Kevin Sneader, Gillian Tett & Raju Narisetti

The event will also honor the winner of the 2019 Christopher J. Welles Memorial Prize, as well as the first winner of Columbia Journalism School’s WERT prize, which recognizes excellence in business journalism by women journalists.

This year, there will also be a silent auction of 15 iconic photographs donated by Reuters. The collection “A Moment In History” captures pivotal historic moments in journalism and was exclusively assembled from Reuters’ acclaimed photo archive to support the Knight-Bagehot fellowships. The curated images are meant to increase awareness of issues related to #pressfreedom, with all proceeds contributing to the event’s fundraising efforts that support the annual Bagehot Fellowships program.

The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship offers experienced journalists the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of business, economics, finance and technology, as well as gain a strong understanding of the business of journalism itself, by taking a full academic year of courses at Columbia University’s renowned schools of business, journalism, law and other departments.

The fellowship is named for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation of Miami, which established an endowment for the program, and Walter Bagehot, the 19th-century editor of The Economist.

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About Columbia Journalism School
For more than a century, the Columbia Journalism School has been preparing journalists in programs that stress academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the school opened in 1912 and offers Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Data Journalism, a joint Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Journalism, The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism and a Doctor of Philosophy in Communications.  It houses the Columbia Journalism Review, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, The Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. The school also administers many of the leading journalism awards, including the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes, the John Chancellor Award, the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award, and the Mike Berger Awards.


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