Mizzou biz journalism students hit NYC

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Marty SteffensJill Woerner and classmates Alonzo Soto, R.C.Balaban and Karen Miller had no idea that a two-day class trip to Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange and other New York City-based business journalism outlets in 2003 would set the direction of their careers.

That trip was a trial run to see how immersing students in their future profession would guide their career into business journalism. Marty Steffens, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Endowed Missouri Chair in Business and Financial Reporting, organized the tour.

Almost 10 years later, Woerner, BJ ’04, is a show producer for Fox Business; Soto, BJ ’05, an economics correspondent for Reuters America; Balaban BJ ’04, media manager of Buckingham Asset Management in St. Louis; and Miller, MA ’07, the business editor at the Reading (Pa.) Eagle.

The Wall Street tour is now an official part of Steffens’ business and economic reporting class. More than 160 journalism students have participated.

“Having the opportunity to tour Wall Street and learn from real traders, visit national media outlets and meet renowned business journalists was incredibly rewarding,” said Jenner Smith, a radio-television journalism senior.

Smith accompanied 14 classmates and five visiting Chinese journalists on the 10th annual tour Sept. 25-29. The group toured Fortune magazine, Dow Jones Newswires, Fox Business, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and CNNMoney.

At almost every stop, recent alumni, some of whom had taken Steffens’ tour themselves only two or three years before, greeted them.

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