Get Bloomberg Certified

Most students at Mizzou probably don’t know that we have a fully-functioning trading room complete with Bloomberg access at the Trulaske College of Business. Thanks to this terminal, the business students are managing a million+ dollar investment fund in real time.  Although I’m not a business student, I still find this pretty cool.

A few weeks ago, my editor at Missouri Business Alert informed our reporting team that we have the opportunity to get certified to work in the Bloomberg terminal this semester. A state-of-the-art classroom in the Anheuser-Bush Technology Center offers a “hands-on experience in investor trading and fund management”, according to the Trulaske College of Business website. Considering I have such minimal knowledge in the field of financial analysis, this honestly sounds a little intimidating. However, if there is one thing I promised myself as a college senior, it is to challenge myself, try new things, and take advantage of the educational and networking opportunities I still have as a student.

So, this month, I plan to begin classes, with the hope of discovering if business journalism is for me. It can’t hurt to try. If anything, this will place another “egg in my basket,” and open up more job opportunities after graduation.

When I studied abroad in London this Spring, our class took a tour of Bloomberg (the same Bloomberg in the video with the kitchen glass walls). A lot of us left the building thinking it would be a really cool environment to work in. One of the reporters told us that she graduated university with a journalism degree and no interest in business. However, when she was offered a job at Bloomberg, she gave it a try and found that “following the money,” as she put it, was an exciting career choice.

Before I take her word for it, I’ll give the class a chance, and report back later. According to this Buzzfeed Business, maybe it’s not as glamourous as the video makes it out to be…

Bloomberg Buzzfeed

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If you’re a Mizzou student who is also interested in getting certified, here is some information for you that was emailed to me by Dr. Randy Smith, professor and the Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair of Business Journalism.

What is the Bloomberg Terminal?

Bloomberg integrates news, real-time and historical market data, people profiles and multimedia into a single platform with a dual-screen display.

–       Monitor people, companies, industries and topics

–       Follow live events, monitoring the effect on markets and news, nationally and globally

–       Review historical events, corporate actions and stock prices

–       Compare stocks, companies, indices

How can I get certified?

Sign up for 4050 for undergraduates and 7050 for graduate students. The organization meeting has already passed, so if you need further instructions, contact Pratibha Vanmali at vanmalip@missouri.edu.

What is the course like?

Attend three successive Friday morning sessions that will be put on by senior Bloomberg editors and writers. Dates/times are 9 am -12 pm, Friday. September 20; 5:30-7:30 pm on Friday, September 27; 9 am-12 pm on Friday, October 4; 5:30-7:30 pm am on Friday, October 11; 9 am-12 pm Friday, October 25; and 5:30-7:30 pm on Friday, November 1.  Classroom will be announced, but the meetings will alternate between journalism/business schools – with the first, September 20, in the journalism school.

Take the online Bloomberg course at the journalism school’s loan terminal in the j-library or at a number of locations in the business school. B-school locations and times will soon be announced. This will take you from six to eight hours, but can be broken up into small chunks of time. We suggest that you take the course as you’re attending the lectures so that you can ask questions/gain insight into the terminal.

Do two stories for Missouri Business Alert, the online outlet for b-journalism, using your new skills.  We’re not looking for long stories, and the choice of story telling is up to you. This needs to be completed before December 5, 2013. If you are in one of the classes that feed students into MBA, this requirement is waved.

Who will be teaching the courses?

An awesome group of Bloomberg editors will be visiting Mizzou from mid September to November 5. They are (in order of their visits):

  • Cesca Antonelli is the Washington Bureau Chief and Managing Editor for Bloomberg news.  During her career she has covered the fields of technology and aerospace in Europe, studied the intersection of government and business, and mastered the art of extracting information from a source.  If you are interested in business journalism, you won’t want to miss her visit this September!
  • Steve Stroth is a 19-year Bloomberg veteran and an award winning business journalist.  Throughout his career he has traveled to Asia, Europe, and the Middle East reporting on everything from mining and energy to gold and cotton.
  • Jason Kelly is the managing editor of Bloomberg LINK and author of The New Tycoons: Inside the Trillion Dollar Private Equity Industry That Owns Everything.  He is a frequent contributor to Bloomberg Television and has written on a wide range of issues, such as the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and economic development during the war in Afghanistan.

 

 

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