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The ACJ-Bloomberg Programme on Business and Financial Journalism offers the aspiring journalist a unique opportunity to learn from some of the best professionals and academics across the world. Trainers from America, India, Europe, Australia, and other regions, coach students using cutting-edge technology and prepare them for a rewarding career in financial journalism.

The course—a collaboration between Bloomberg, the world’s biggest news organisation, and the Asian College of Journalism—requires no prior knowledge of economics or mathematics, and aims to make the exciting world of business journalism accessible for students of humanities and sciences. All modules begin with the foundational first principles of the subject, but quickly scale up to equip students with authoritative knowledge to write with confidence on issues ranging from stock markets and corporate corruption to intellectual property and the informal economy.

Students get hands-on experience on the state-of-the art Bloomberg Terminal — the go-to source of data and insight of the most powerful decision makers in the world. The terminal brings together real-time data, news, in-depth research, and powerful analytics, helping users prepare for major changes in the world of finance and politics. The Asian College of Journalism is the only J-school in Asia to have a Bloomberg Lab with 12 terminals. Bloomberg trainers teach students to mine key data from the terminal, providing students with the tools to spot trends, break news and add context to their stories providing them with an edge over their peers.

Specialist trainers from Bloomberg and ACJ train students on the subtle differences in content format, language and tone across social media platforms, including Twitter and Instagram.

The programme focuses on developing basic reporting, analytical, and multimedia presentation skills needed for tomorrow’s media space. It exposes students to the principles of data sourcing and analysis, trains them in the fundamentals of economics and finance, helps them leverage latest technological tools such as AI and Machine Learning, and teaches them to translate information and analysis into material suited to the news media. Just as important, the programme provides students with a firm grounding in the inviolable ethics of journalism, and heightens sensitivity to the best practices in the profession. During the programme, the students produce a monthly lab journal, which will make them hit the ground running when they join a newsroom.