SAJA-Knowledge@Wharton Funding Opportunity
Each funding opportunity (which covers cost of tuition, course materials and most meals) is worth about $1,995 and is furnished by Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The funding does not cover any other expenses. Other restrictions may apply. The award does NOT cover travel to and from Philadelphia or lodging. The Award is presented by SAJA and Knowledge@Wharton, the Wharton School's research and business analysis journal. SAJA is responsible for the administrative process and works with the other groups representing journalists to select the winners. It reserves the right not to award funding.
The Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists, now in its 49th year, offers participants an opportunity to expand their business knowledge and increase their exposure to leading experts in a stimulating environment. Through intensive lectures and hands-on exercises, the program, led by the Wharton School’s most prominent professors such as Jeremy Siegel, Olivia Mitchell and Brian Bushee, helps participants gain a better understanding of key business and economic issues. In addition, accepted journalists may request private, one-on-one meetings with faculty members of the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative.
When: Program runs October 8-11, 2017 / Application deadline: September 8, 2017
Who can apply? Any member of SAJA, AAJA, NAHJ, NAJA & NLGJA who is a reporter, editor or producer (including freelancers) currently living in the United States or Canada and working in business journalism or a field that overlaps, such as healthcare or technology. Applicants must be available to attend the Wharton program in its entirety. Individuals between two-seven years of experience as a business reporter or those new to business reporting, but with five-10 years of experience as a reporter in another field, are encouraged to apply. Freelancers are welcome to apply. See here for the application.
Meet Our 2016 Winners!
Vishal Persaud (Bloomberg News) is an editor at Bloomberg News, where he covers breaking company news. He began his career as a general assignment reporter at various outlets in New York and New Jersey and then moved to central Florida, where he covered crime and courts at the Ocala Star-Banner. He has also worked as an editor at NBC News and ventured into the social media realm working at Dataminr. Vishal is an unabashed New York Yankees and Knicks fan and a proud alumnus of Dartmouth College and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Ashley Rodriguez (Quartz) covers media, marketing, and general business news for Quartz, Atlantic Media's business site. She writes about issues like diversity in the media, the future of the set-top box, and the role of advertising in the 2016 US election. Prior to joining Quartz in September 2015, Rodriguez covered retail and financial services marketers for Advertising Age. The New York native has also worked at digital creative and marketing agencies, and as a freelance journalist with the now defunct hyper-local blog Brooklyn Today. Rodriguez holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Pace University and a master's in journalism from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where she developed a penchant for coding and digging through data. She is currently an adjunct lecturer for the “Covering Companies” course at her alma mater.
Meet Our 2015 Winner!
SAJA: Gunjan Banerji (@gunjans)
Gunjan Banerji is a financial news reporter covering the bond markets. Tying together policy and finance, she focuses on distressed municipalities nationwide in the aftermath of the Detroit bankruptcy and wake of the Puerto Rico debt crisis. Gunjan has studied in the two financial capitals of the world. She earned a dual-degree in Economics and Communications from New York University and, while there, completed business coursework in London. Right now she is learning to share her financial news scoops through video and other multimedia as a part-time student at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.
2014 SAJA@Wharton Winners
SAJA: Devi Nampiaparampil (@devichechi)
Devi is a practicing physician with 12 years of experience treating combat veterans, a research scientist with over 50 publications, and an academician who teaches at NYU School of Medicine. When she was 16, Devi caught a life-threatening infection that caused her heart, lungs, and bone marrow to fail. It took eight months for her to recover and return to school full-time. She became more motivated to make a difference. After attending the combined B.A./ M.D. program at Northwestern University, Devi did her medical internship, residency, and fellowship through Harvard Medical School. Then she joined the Department of Veterans Affairs directing and developing programs to treat wounded veterans. Over the past two years, she has done over 100 medical segments for “The Dr. Oz Show,” CBS, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera America, and the Fox Business Network. Her work can be seen at www.doctordevi.com. She is presently doing a masters in journalism at Columbia University.
AAJA: Karen Ho
Karen K. Ho is a business journalist and writer from Toronto. An avid traveler, Karen often visits New York and recently spent a month in Hong Kong and Japan.