Bloomberg says the company’s 2021 Journalism Diversity Program will host its largest group of students in the program’s history, with 50 students, 30 in the US and 20 in the UK.
“Journalism is about who is asking the questions,” said Matt Winkler, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Bloomberg News. “We also know that if everyone asking the questions looks alike and sounds alike, there is little chance of explaining the world as it really is. This is why we created the Bloomberg Journalism Diversity Program.”
The US program is organized in cooperation with the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. The UK program is in partnership with the Department of Journalism at City, University of London.
REFLECTING THE SOCIETY
“Helping to diversify the intake into the news media is one of the most important roles for Journalism schools,” said Dr. Paul Lashmar, Head of the Department of Journalism, City, University of London.
“Journalism must reflect the society to give voice to previously little heard voices if democracy is to prevail. Diverse voices in financial and business journalism helps engage all the public in understanding the economy and recognizing the economy is not an abstraction but something we all need to understand and influence.”
“Including the voice of those who are under-represented in the story of finance are critical to Bloomberg’s vision of its media strength for tomorrow,” said Dean Susan King, UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media.
Bloomberg Journalism Diversity Programs are part of Bloomberg’s larger Global Business and Financial Journalism Education Initiative, which aims to advance business journalism and provide career opportunities for journalists from diverse backgrounds around the world.
In 2018, Bloomberg launched the New Voices initiative to increase the representation of women and minority executives as sources in both online and on-air content.