Over on the Financial Times’ website, some alumni of the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation’s programme at the paper have been reminiscing about their time as interns:
Andrew Bowman 2012
“The programme is a fantastic opportunity to learn about financial journalism through hands-on experience. It provides a good grounding in reporting on companies and markets, but you’re also encouraged to branch off and pursue your own story ideas. I wrote on topics ranging from sovereign debt in sub-Saharan Africa to British dairy farmers. Help and advice is always close at hand from some of the best editors and journalists in the trade”.
“Joining the FT on the Marjorie Deane programme was a wonderful experience. Within weeks of arriving in London I found myself reporting on emerging markets for the beyondbrics blog — interviewing reserve managers, CEOs, bankers and, very publicly, a Russian politician who had even less English that I had Russian – before eventually moving to the markets team to cover UK equities. It was the best possible start to a career in journalism and I would recommend it to anybody”.
“The award was a great opportunity to learn and contribute. I was posted to the beyondbrics blog, covering the rise of emerging markets, from Indian billionaires to Chinese school children. New ideas were always welcome, and getting the hang of financial reporting was an enjoyable challenge.”
“Since joining the FT on the Marjorie Deane programme, I have had the chance to write about a huge variety of fascinating topics – from the Arab Awakening to the Eurozone crisis to pandas – met presidents and spy chiefs, business titans and eminent economists, and spent time working in both London and Berlin. I cannot imagine a better introduction to journalism”.
Applications for two internships to be held at Financial Times in 2018, with funding from the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation, close on December 12th 2017. More details, including how to apply, can be found here.