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    Economics for Journalists


    Hone your economic reporting skills

    Our economics seminars for journalists will give you a greater understanding of economics and help you write about Canadian and world issues with more clarity and confidence.

    Many of today’s issues, including health care, income inequality, the environment, and foreign aid have economic implications. This program will improve your understanding of economics so you'll be more adept at analyzing the policies proposed by politicians and advocacy groups, and the public’s responses to these policies. You'll gain practical tools, know which questions to ask, and be able to write about current events from a different angle.

    In 2012, we successfully launched a revised program that focused on teaching basic economic principles and how they relate to journalism. The journalists’ feedback has been overwhelming positive – for the past two years, 100% of attendees agreed that the program was intellectually stimulating and that they had gathered useful information that they would use in their careers.

    This year, we will be holding two seminars, one in Vancouver and one in Toronto:

    Economics for Journalists
    Vancouver, BC
    June 5-8, 2014

    Economics for Journalists
    Toronto, ON
    June 12-15, 2014

    Both programs will feature the same facilitators and content, with common economic terms being explained and the practical application of the "economic way" of thinking being highlighted throughout each program. Through lectures, simulations, and discussions, two experienced economics professors will demonstrate how economics can be used to better understand the world around us, and provide real, relevant examples from Canadian society. National Post Columnist and Economics Professor William Watson will explain how to apply the economic concepts being taught to actual reporting.

    Topics covered include:

    • Labour markets
    • National debt
    • Government budgets/spending
    • Numbers in the newsroom: GDP, CPI, the unemployment rate
    • Economic freedom
    • International trade
    • Monetary policy

    The economic concepts covered include:

    • Opportunity costs
    • Property rights
    • Unintended consequences
    • Cost-benefit analysis
    • Marginal decision-making
    • Supply and demand

    This graduate seminar-style program is open to journalists from TV, radio, print, and new media from across Canada and allows journalists to look at important issues through an economic lens and engage in a forum of learning, questioning, and critical analysis. Full bursaries are available to cover all program costs including travel, accommodation, conference tuition, materials, and included meals. The application deadline is March 31, 2014 at 5:00 pm (PST). Applicants can indicate on their application form which seminar they would prefer to attend, or if they would like to apply for both programs.

    For more information, please contact Lindsay Mitchell at lindsay.mitchell@fraserinstitute.org or 1-800-665-3558 ext 595.