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Society of Professional Journalists and Bloomberg Launch Training Program for Reporters

SPJ/Bloomberg Journalism Training Program will Travel to Newsrooms Across the U.S.

NEW YORK -- The Society of Professional Journalists ("SPJ") and Bloomberg today announced that they will launch a groundbreaking newsroom training program for working journalists. The partnership between SPJ and Bloomberg pairs the nation's leading journalism group with one of the world's leading news organizations.
According to SPJ Professional Development Chair Deb Wenger, "The SPJ/Bloomberg Journalism Training Program will bring trained instructors into newsrooms across North America. The program will help reporters explore critical concerns in journalism, from ethics and Freedom of Information issues to writing precision and multimedia reporting."

The SPJ/Bloomberg Journalism Training Program debuts at the 2004 SPJ National Convention in New York City. The SPJ convention begins tomorrow.

"The SPJ/Bloomberg Journalism Training Program is designed to expand the quality and integrity of American journalists, in a program tailored to reporters' schedules," according to Matt Winkler, Editor in Chief of Bloomberg News. "Today's fast moving markets and information technology demand a high level of accuracy, integrity and timeliness in news reporting. This program will help to bring a high degree of journalistic excellence and education to newsrooms across the country." The SPJ/Bloomberg Journalism Training Program is modeled, in part, on the training programs developed at Bloomberg News.

The program marks the first time the Society of Professional Journalists has partnered with a news organization on a project of this magnitude, according to Wenger.

"Bloomberg's focus on educating journalists makes it the ideal partner for SPJ on this training program," Wenger said. "We look forward to sharing our experience and expertise with working journalists across America."

The SPJ/Bloomberg Journalism Training Program provides:

* Exploration of critical issues in journalism today; current sessions focus on ethics, freedom of information, writing precision, multi-media convergence, and a "how-to" on following a story to its source.

* Adaptable session plans tailored to the needs of journalism professionals working in print, broadcast and online.

* On-site training to accommodate newsroom schedules.

* Takeaways, handouts and action plans that ensure that the impact of the training doesn't end when the trainers leave the newsroom.

To register for the SPJ/Bloomberg Journalism Training Program, newsrooms can contact Chris Vachon, SPJ Director of Programs, at 317/927-8000, ext. 200 or cvachon@spj.org.


The Society of Professional Journalists works to improve and protect journalism. SPJ is dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, and based in Indianapolis, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed public, works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists, and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.


Bloomberg LP is the leading global provider of news, data and analysis. Corporations, news organizations, financial professionals and individuals receive real-time and historical pricing, indicative data, news, analytics, multimedia reports and electronic communications 24 hours a day through the BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL® service and Bloomberg's global news services. Bloomberg's media services include BLOOMBERG NEWS®, a financial news wire service that includes more than 1,800 journalists in 102 bureaus worldwide; BLOOMBERG TELEVISION®, a 24-hour business and financial network produced and distributed globally on ten separate channels in seven languages; BLOOMBERG RADIO(SM), which gives listeners up-to-the-minute news on WBBR 1130AM in New York and on XM, Sirius and WorldSpace satellite radio globally. In addition, Bloomberg Magazine Group and Bloomberg Press publish magazines and books for investment professionals. BLOOMBERG TELEVISION and BLOOMBERG RADIO are syndicated to more than 800 affiliates worldwide. For more information please visit www.bloomberg.com.

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