Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2014-09
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Eduardo Pagan, Chair
Date of First Reading: October 7, 2013
Date of Second Reading: November 4, 2013
Title of Motion: Request from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication– for the establishment of a graduate certificate in Business Journalism
Action Requested: The Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee recommends University Senate approval of a proposal submitted by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication for the establishment of a graduate certificate in Business Journalism
Rationale: The Cronkite School has an international reputation in business journalism. It offers a business journalism specialization at both the bachelor’s and the master’s level, taught by the Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism. It is home to the 10-year-old Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, which offers free training to professional journalists through regional workshops, international webinars and its website, BusinessJournalism.org.
Building on this expertise, the Cronkite School’s Reynolds Center proposes to offer online a five-course, 15-hour graduate certificate in business journalism starting in fall 2014. The goal is to reach journalists globally with academic training that will help them cover business better and to offer a credential that will become the gold standard for editors hiring business journalists.