About the summer school

The Marjorie Deane International Summer School is an educational journey through the top news trends in the global economy, guided by leading journalists, academics and financial analysts.

Part of the Masters in Financial Journalism at City, University of London, the summer school provides an essential grounding for reporters covering a globalized business world.

Through field trips to Shanghai, New York and Washington, students gain these professional benefits:

  • International perspective and story ideas to stand out from the crowd of media job applicants
  • Access to a network of journalists from traditional and new media in the world’s major financial capitals
  • Economic and financial knowledge from briefings by analysts


StephenSchifferes“The Marjorie Deane summer school is a unique opportunity to understand the workings of the world financial system. It will be of immense use to financial journalists in their future careers in an increasingly globalized world.

There is no better way to understand developments in the world’s two biggest economies than to study events on the ground.”

Professor Steve Schifferes, who runs the MA Financial Journalism course at City.


Knowledge network

City collaborates with China’s prestigious Fudan University in Shanghai and New York University in the United States to provide expert tuition during the overseas visits, with travel subsidized by the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation.

The 2016 summer school brought students into contact with 15 economists or financial analysts and more than 20 senior journalists from traditional and digital media brands in the world’s leading financial centres.

On the distinguished speaker list:

In London, Deutsche Bank UK strategist Oliver Harvey, Economist editors John Peet, Helen Joyce and John Prideaux, and a range of other experts on the implications of the UK’s EU referendum.

In Shanghai, prominent economist Yin Xiangshuo, Reuters bureau chief John Ruwitch and officials from China’s ecommerce giant Alibaba.

In New York, professors from New York University’s Stern Business School, New York Times CEO Mark Thompson, Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Gerard Baker and Bloomberg co-founder Matt Winkler.

In Washington, senior editors from the Panama Papers team at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, reporters from the Washington Post, and officials from the International Monetary Fund.


The Marjorie Deane Summer School gave me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of immersion in the world of financial journalism. Set in the financial capitals of the East and West, the programme is truly global, allowing participants a panoramic view of the world economy and its coverage.

Undoubtedly, the summer school’s crowning feature is its unrivalled access – a front row ticket to rock star journalists, prime media institutions, and noted academics – which produces a wealth of knowledge and insight.”

Ritvik Carvalho, City class of 2016


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“The summer school took me to the most important cities in the world economy. It was amazing to be able to compare London, Europe’s financial hub, to financial centres in Asia and the United States.

Impressive speakers, including economists and journalists, gave invaluable insights into all the topics important for a financial journalist.”

Daniel Rzasa, City class of 2015


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For more information about the Marjorie Deane summer school or the Masters in Financial Journalism, please contact Steve Schifferes.