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  • Executive Program in Financial Journalism

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Basic Info           : Executive Program in Financial Journalism Level                   : Advance Commitment     : 9 months (2 hours per week) Part time online session Language           : English Scheduled Date:


The current crisis in global banking, markets and economies has reminded us of the importance of financial journalism. The Executive Program in Financial Journalism is a unique globally-focused programme that aims to train you to work as a financial journalist for top tier news organisations. The main pillars of the programme are focused on developing Basic statistical techniques, Understanding key financial statements, Techniques to apply quantitative methods in various research situations and Monitoring role of RBI- credit policies and its impact on economy needed for today’s media space, exposing students to the principles of data sourcing and analysis and the translation of information into material suited to the news media.

While many traditional roles in newsrooms are disappearing, financial journalism is growing. This course prepares you to report on market movements and trading statements; understand global economics. During the programme, you will also develop a range of professional skills and knowledge needed to work in a fast-paced multimedia newsroom environment.


80 Hours


This course is suitable for journalists who want to specialise in financial journalism, and for individuals with a background in the financial sector who want to work as journalists.


This online course uses a mix of interactive techniques, such as learning through live webinar sessions, assignments and case study oriented training. The course teaches the skills needed for financial journalism.  It also ensures that candidates produce the different types of story for all platforms required from each part of finance news discipline.


If you are attracted to an exciting career reporting on global finance, are passionate about consumer affairs, or interested in investigating money related stories this programme is for you. Executive Program in Financial Journalism is aimed at training the participant to work as a financial journalist and to develop the professional skills and knowledge needed to work in a corporate companies and government departments.


This course will provide the participants with an extensive training in the best professional practice of reporting financial news. The finance journalism course takes the principles of general news reporting covered in the reporting syllabus and applies them to the full range of finance reporting.


Participants will develop professional skills in

  • Interviewing financial experts
  • Researching financial data
  • Writing financial news and features
  • Gain understanding of how to obtain and use key economic and financial data, using state-of-the art Bloomberg terminals.
  • Finding stories and features and explain complex economic terms so readers can understand them.


Note - Registration is open. Course commencement is subjected to minimum class size of 20 students



Fundamentals of Financial Journalism

Introduction to business financial news
• Introduction to basic concepts of companies, including discussion of various forms of management, private v public, incorporates sole proprietors, partnerships, etc.
• Analysis of company structure, strategic planning, etc.
• SWOT analysis
Covering company news
• How companies communicate
• Public and private companies – what can be expected to be found out
• Producing insightful business features, based on trends or issues in business or industry, for print and electronic media.
• Future trends in reporting on business, industry and finance
Understanding key financial statements:
• Balance sheets
• Income statements
• Cash flows
Analysing financial performance
• Analysing returns (return on Assets, Return on Equity)
• Analysing working capital
• Analysing ratios (return on investment, current ratio)
• Understanding capital expenditure
Basic economic theory – an Introduction
• Choices
• Opportunity Costs
• Basic Economic Questions
• Economic Systems
• Economic Decision-Making Model
• Private Sector vs. Public Sector
• Micro economics
• Macro economics
Covering economic indicators 
• How economies are measured
• How to report on these economic indicators

Business and Economic Reporting

Introduction – the role of business journalism
• What a business/economics journalist does
• Study of business journalism
• The relationship of business and industry to info
Introduction to Economic Issues
Analysis of the role of various economic factors:
• Labour
• Markets
• Manufacturing and service industries
• Economic data
Contemporary Economic history, focussing on key regional issues:
• Contemporary history
• Development assistance
• Investment and Tourism Climate
• Remittances (from overseas nationals)
• National Budget
• Government revenue shortfall
Economic reality for journalism today
• Globalisation
• Role of multi-national companies
• Role of banking sector
• Environmental considerations
• Consumer protection
• Labour and industrial relations
The challenges of specialised reporting beats – part 1
Analysis of specific issues when undertaking specialised reporting:
• Markets
• Real estate
• Merchandising
• Banking and finance
The challenges of specialised reporting beats – part 2
Analysis of specific issues when undertaking specialised reporting:
• Manufacturing
• Transportation
• Business and government
• Agriculture
• Consumer issues

Finance and Financial Markets

Introduction to Indian Stock markets
• Stocks, bonds and mutual funds: how they are bought and sold
• How prices are determined
• How to read stock tables for business journalism.
The evolution of finance
Financial instruments such as stocks, bonds, currencies and commodities
Interpret regulatory superstructure relating to various financial instruments
Understand how changing regulations have affected the performance of companies.

Banking and Finance

Introduction to Indian banking structure
Major banking Trends
Overview of key aspects of banking including regulations and Basel framework
Monitoring role of RBI- credit policies and its impact on economy
Practical exposure-Reading Newsletters, daily newspapers
Tracking major economic events (e.g. Credit policy of RBI, Interest rate scenarios)

Global Trade and Finance

The historical evolution of trading patterns and international monetary regimes
Commodity trade, price cycles and the oil shocks
Change in international division of labour
The current international architecture for trade and finance, including institutions like WTO, IMF, World Bank and regional blocs and arrangements
The rise of finance and global neoliberalism
Global financial markets, contagion and crises : Issues of policy concern for developing countries such as India

Quantitative method and Research

Basic statistical techniques
Content analysis, survey, and experiment
Effective data presentations: tables, graphs and other forms of visualisations
How to propose your quantitative study
Literature review development
Techniques to apply these methods for various research situations

Press laws and ethics

Principles of Constitution of India
Constitutional restrictions on Media
The Press Registration of Books Act 1867
Press Council
Rights and Abilities of the Editor
Code of Ethics in Different media 

Advanced Coding and Data Journalism

What is data journalism — and where does it come from?
Finding stories in data - how do you do it?
How do you find the data - sources, and techniques
Cleaning data - how to make the data make sense
Scraping data - using the web as a data source
Visualising the data: what works and what doesn't
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