Journalists in Residence Program Testimonials

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2019 Testimonials

Stephen Carroll 

Stephen Carroll, France 24, Ireland
"Chicago Booth is home to some of the world's foremost experts in economics, finance and business. As a Stigler Center Journalist in Residence, you have the chance not only to learn from them in a classroom, but also to sit down with them and discuss their ideas. This program is an intensive education in some of the concepts behind stories that we cover daily as journalists. I'm coming away from this experience with knowledge and ideas gleaned from conversations with Nobel prize-winners and former top policymakers, as well as with some great new friends and colleagues from our cohort of journalists."

Adam Creighton

Adam Creighton, The Australian, Australia
“Spending 12 weeks at the Booth School of Business was a rare and valuable opportunity to delve more deeply into economic and business trends, through top quality graduate courses and exposure to some of the world’s leading business professors. Studying alongside the MBA students was also an opportunity to see first-hand how the next generation of business leaders view the world. As a Journalist in Residence from outside the US it was a particular thrill to live among the extraordinary architecture of Chicago. I’d strongly recommend the Stigler Journalist in Residence program to any business, financial or political journalist.”

 

Saptarishi Dutta, BBC, India
“Stigler Center’s Journalist in Residence program is an incredible opportunity for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of the interplay between politics, business and economy. The three months I spent here were deeply intellectually stimulating, and offered unique perspectives on some of the biggest problems facing the world today. Through various conferences and seminars organised especially for the fellows, I got an opportunity to interact with leading experts on finance, behavioural economics, politics and media (even experimental physics!). I learnt just as much from listening to the experiences of my peers, all of who were highly accomplished journalists from all over the world. A big draw for me was the MBA classes at Booth, which allowed me to pursue my specific interests. This program will doubtless hold me in good stead for the rest of my professional career. I strongly recommend it.”

 

Xinning Liu, Financial Times, China
“The Journalists in Residence program provides an incredible opportunity for all business reporters interested in digging into economy, finance and politics. It offers a twelve-week intense learning experience with the best minds in the world. The best part is that it’s entirely self-designed, with a long list of MBA courses you can chose from! No matter what your beat is, you can always find what you need here. Booth faculty give lectures on cutting-edge research and provided me with a brand new perspective to look at stories I cover on a daily basis. Beyond that, the Stigler Center arranges a series of seminars covering the most discussed topics today. But it’s not an experience of “all-learning, no play.” Stigler staff organize a wide range of events to make sure fellows explore the amazing city of Chicago. I’ve learned just as much from my fellow Journalist in Residence friends across the world. Choosing the program is one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life and I’d highly recommend it!”

 

Rachel Premack, Business Insider, USA
“The Stigler Center’s Journalist in Residence program was a transformative experience. We had the opportunity to have lunch with Nobel laureates and brilliant scientists, take classes at the world’s foremost business school, and make lifelong friends with journalists from across the world. What I learned in my accounting, competitive strategy, and firm and non-market courses will shape my reporting for years to come. I cover an industry some would consider to be obscure, but the lessons I learned and conversations I had in my 12 weeks at the University of Chicago Booth School Of Business empowered my knowledge in and outside of my beat. I recommend it to any journalist looking to deepen their understanding of the world around them — and truly take their journalistic skills to the next level.”

 

Gloria Riva, L’Espresso, Italy
“Take a step back from daily work and view first-hand the environment that we describe every day, as journalists, in our newspapers. To help with seeing the overall picture, put on the glasses of the knowledge grounded here, at the prestigious Stigler Center. This fellowship is a unique opportunity to have access to the finest minds on political economy, behavioral economics and finance, and in order to gain a deeper understanding of business news and a strong economic foundation. The program's flexible format allows you to attend MBA classes, seminars, conferences, and events of the highest standard and lets you take advantage of the Booth School's resources. Being part of the Stigler Center fellowship gives journalists the possibility to get in touch with colleagues from all continents and to create a network with them and with Booth professors.”

 

Samuel Sanya, The New Vision, Uganda
"The Stigler Center Journalist in Residence Program is a one of a kind opportunity for journalists that cover business, economics, finance and more specifically, anti-trust, to learn about cutting-edge economic, management, marketing and financial theory and practice at the world renowned Booth School of Business. Prof. Luigi Zingales, Prof. Guy Rolnik, Mr. Simone Cavallaro and others at the Stigler Center have created an amazing programme. During the duration of the programme, journalists from diverse backgrounds experience an intense academic environment, absorbing new knowledge from special seminars for fellows with world class professors, conferences on anti-trust regulation and the future of media with professors from Ivy League universities. There are also research lunches with PhD students, conversations with Noble Laureates, and MBA lectures that feature presentations from industry leaders while enjoying world class facilities at the University of Chicago and the city of Chicago over a 12 week period. I attended classes in story-telling and narratives, application development and crony capitalism. I am leaving the program with a new perspective on the global economy and especially Africa and Uganda. I made great friendships with fellow journalists from around the world, students, the world’s best professors, and members of the community in Chicago's Hyde Park area where I lived. This programme is a must-do for business and economics journalists."

  

Nicole Torres, Harvard Business Review, USA
“There are few professional development experiences like the Stigler Center's JIR program. For 12 weeks, you're immersed in the unique academic environment of the University of Chicago Booth — taking a rigorous MBA course load of your choosing, attending multiple seminars and conferences, conversing with distinguished faculty, and learning from students and fellow journalists from around the world. I can’t think of a better way to sharpen your thinking, about whatever aspects of business, finance, and the political economy you cover, than to go deep into foundational economic research and to learn from those shaping the field. The program gave me an opportunity to do just that, widening the lens through which I view issues like trade and CSR; and it gave me the chance to study fundamentals like accounting and negotiations. Plus, spring in Chicago was a great backdrop for reflecting on my career, discussing the future of journalism, and getting to know my amazing cohort.”

2018 Testimonials

Avi Asher-Schapiro 

Avi Asher-Schapiro, Independent Investigative Reporter, USA
"For any journalist asking hard questions about political economy, the JIR program is an outstanding educational and professional opportunity. The classes are rigorous and relevant. The professors are knowledgeable and accessible. And the other journalists provide a global perspective that is truly unique."

Thomas Hale

Thomas Hale, Financial Times, UK
“The Stigler Center’s Journalist in Residence program is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in an intense academic environment. The program allows you to sharpen your technical grasp of modern business and finance while also exploring the most cutting-edge ideas about how those fields are evolving. The opportunity to engage not only with academics, but other journalists from all over the world, is part of what makes the experience so invaluable. I would highly recommend it to anyone eager to encounter new ideas and have their existing convictions challenged.”

Megha Mandavia

Megha Mandavia, The Economic Times, India
“Stigler Center's Journalist in Residence program is an excellent fellowship for business journalists. It gave me the opportunity to interact with and learn from some of the best minds in the world of Economics and Finance. It also gave me a different perspective about the most pressing issues of our times, and changed the way I approach my stories. The classes are rigorous and require complete dedication to ace them. At the same time, the program is not just restricted to lectures and assignments but also includes seminars and conferences on political economy, antitrust regulations and the future of media. I had the most amazing time there with my fellow journalists.”

Daniel Matamala

Daniel Matamala, CNN Chile, Chile
“The Stigler Center Journalist in Residence Program is not just a unique opportunity for journalists to learn about economic theory. It is also a fascinating immersion in hot current affairs. Are Facebook and Google a blessing for innovation, or a menace for free markets? How far is the real world from the ideal of free competition? Is ‘ethics in business’ an oxymoron? Is the USA already an example of crony capitalism?
The Stigler Center asks the right questions, and its diverse faculty give a lot of different answers. Beyond any caricature, the University of Chicago is an exciting place of academic debate. As JIR fellows, we were able to participate in discussions with top world experts about many topics on today’s agenda.
And believe me, it is an incredible experience to read a book or a paper and just knock on the door of the author to have a conversation about it! I had a great time both on and off campus (Chicago is a breathtaking city), and it opened my mind to a new way of thinking about economy, finance and politics. I can´t think of a better way to spend 12 weeks of my life.”

Jayme Poisson

Jayme Poisson, Toronto Star, Canada
“The Stigler Center’s Journalist in Residence Program was an incredibly enriching experience. It gave me the opportunity to study fundamentals, like financial statement analysis and microeconomics, and to gauge where the discourse is on big issues, like whether government should regulate big tech companies. The seminars and conferences introduced us to cutting edge research and new perspectives on the world. The program also gave me the opportunity to network with professors, students and other journalists. I cannot recommend this program enough.”

Jacob Schlesinger

Jacob Schlesinger, Wall Street Journal, USA
“The Stigler fellowship is a tremendous opportunity for all journalists interested in deepening their studies of the political economy. Participants have access to the best minds on campus through classes they audit, as well as seminars organized especially for the group. I found the program's flexible format perfect for my needs, giving me both structure and support to take advantage of the university's resources, and the freedom to pursue my specific interests. The Center did a wonderful job of selecting a diverse range of fellows from around the world -- our group had members from six different countries -- and I learned as much by bonding and interacting with the other journalists as I did from the professors.”

Dylan Tokar

Dylan Tokar, Global Investigations Review, USA
“I’m grateful to the Stigler Center for the chance to participate in its one-of-a-kind journalist-in-residence program. My fellow residents and I were given unparalleled access to the faculty and course offerings of one of the country’s top business schools. To be able to take Booth classes, taught by some of the school’s biggest stars, alongside MBA students, proved invaluable. Participants are introduced to the work of the Stigler Center, which has become an important voice at a time when the corrupting influence of big business has reached new heights. I left truly impressed by the Center and its staff. Luigi, Guy, and their colleagues deserve a great deal of credit for making this opportunity available to journalists in the US and abroad.”

Zhang Qi

Zhang Qi (Archie), Financial Times, China
“The Journalist in Residence program offers great transformative experience to journalists. It enables me to meet world-class researchers, to learn about the latest academic findings, and to walk away with great friendships. During twelve weeks' stay in Chicago, I have attended classes on banking, accounting, and crony capitalism. That knowledge gives me a new way to look at current affairs and the Chinese economy. I would highly recommend this program to anybody who is interested in business journalism.”

2017 Testimonials

Alana Rizzo 

Alana Rizzo, Epoca, Brazil
“The Journalists in Residence Program is a transformative experience. Classes, conversations, and encounters are going to shake up the way you think about the world and your role on it. The network and the relationships you build are also unique.”

Alexandra Fattal

Alexandra Fattal, The Economist, UK
“The Stigler Center’s Journalist in Residence program is a wonderful experience. It offers fascinating insight into economics and business education, and the opportunity to learn from and engage in stimulating debate with, both the university’s brilliant faculty and fellow students. It’s also great fun.”

Jana Kasperkevic

Jana Kasperkevic, Marketplace, USA
“When I was in college, I studied politics and journalism. I never studied business before becoming a journalist and have always thought of going back to school to fill that gap. The Journalist in Residence program at the Stigler Center was exactly what I was looking for. During the ten weeks that I spent in Chicago, I got to take three classes on topics such as central banks, managing the workplace and business ethics. I walked away from the program with a whole new way of looking at the subjects that I cover.
I also met with some of the brightest minds of our country. The faculty was welcoming and approachable as were the students. Not only did I learn more about business and met potential future sources, but I have also made lifelong friends in the other of the program’s journalists.
My only wish is that the program was longer.”

Sharad Vyas

Sharad Vyas, The Hindu, India
“It is a great pleasure to recommend the Stigler Center’s Journalist in Residence (JIR) Program to future journalists from around the world and India. As somebody who was looking to take a short break from the rough-and-tumble world of investigative journalism, the Booth experience was definitely one that I will never regret. I am grateful I had the opportunity to participate in the Stigler Center’s Journalist in Residence (JIR) Program and attend a quarter at the prestigious Chicago Booth School of Business.
The hybrid program gave me an opportunity to access cutting-edge research in the world of finance, economics, and accounting. The academic course covered a lot of information delivered in concise chunks that were easy to absorb.
The format gave me the confidence to implement new techniques, especially related to accounting and finance, in my writing and investigative journalism. I can’t speak highly enough of this program.”

Brooke Fox

Brooke Fox, Financial Times, USA
“The Journalist in Residence fellowship is a world class program that I highly recommend for any business journalist who is curious to learn more about business, economics, and academia. This remarkable fellowship provided rigorous classes, insightful research and great friendships.”

Chunxiao Li

Chunxiao Li, Tradingmen, China
“The Journalists in Residence Program at the Stigler Center offered me a fresh perspective to look at the world and China. I found the experience empowering and transformative.”

Francine McKenna

Francine McKenna, Marketwatch, USA
“The Stigler Center Journalist in Residence fellowship is a wonderful way for journalists to meet the researchers, and learn about the latest research, in political economy, competition, crony capitalism and the influence of money on politics. We also enjoyed an opportunity to audit classes in Chicago Booth’s MBA program, too. Doing so gave the eight JIRs the theoretical foundation for discussions in special seminars led by center leader, globally renowned economist Luigi Zingales, and Guy Rolnik, a media entrepreneur, journalist, and lecturer at Booth. Luigi taught me a new word, peggiocrazia, the political opposite of meritocracy based on patronage and favoritism instead. Guy introduced us—hand-picked from media organizations all over the world—to cases describing media capture, media bias, and the business of media. I highly recommend the fellowship to any journalist interested in exploring the potential for big business to corrupt politics and, in particular, the media.”

Asaf Shalev

Asaf Shalev, Former Columbia University Reporting Fellow, USA/Israel
“The Journalists in Residence program was born out of a deep appreciation for the contribution journalists make to society. In a time when reporters are undervalued and under-resourced, the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago has stepped up to offer us an enriching opportunity. Engaging with fellow journalists from around the world and with academics from within and without the university, I acquired practical expertise and new intellectual tools to interpret the world around me. I can think of no better way for a journalist to learn about what’s happening at the cutting edge of finance and economics.”


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