NYU students visit London

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The London summer school for NYU journalism students in May 2016 coincided with the run-up to Britain’s referendum on EU membership, providing an excellent case study in the confluence of politics and economics.

Through careful focus on this cresting story, City’s financial journalism department laid on an array of experts specializing in the implications of the June 23 vote for the United Kingdom and Europe, delving into angles including economic growth, financial services, currency and bond markets, immigration, foreign policy and security.

The Economist, London


The resulting programme gave the NYU journalism students exceptional insights into politics, economics, and finance at a pivot point in European history.


 “The summer program gave us a chance to meet with leading thinkers, glean insights that would have been difficult to attain without being on the ground, and explore a complex, constantly developing issue in real time. I left with a much better understanding of not just Brexit, but also the economic issues affecting the European Union as a whole”.

Akane Otani, NYU Business and Economic Reporting class of 2016.



Among the top-rated speakers: City Economics Professor Michael Ben Gad, Deutsche Bank strategist Oliver Harvey, Professor Richard Whitman from Kent University, researcher Raoul Ruparel from think tank Open Europe, economist Vicky Pryce and Professor John Ryan from the London School of Economics.


Featured speaker: Vicky Pryce, author of “Greekonomics”

Vicky delved into the roots of the Eurozone crisis, drawing on her perspective as a Greek-born economist. She described the human cost of austerity policies and the options facing the country, including a “Grexit” or departure from the Eurozone.


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NYU students during a workshop. Photo by Anne Senior

Participants also benefited from Q&A sessions with top editors at some of Europe’s leading media organizations.

At the Economist they met John Peet, Helen Joyce and John Prideaux. At Reuters they were briefed by Richard Mably, the editor for Europe, Middle East and Africa, markets editor Mike Dolan and banking editor Rachel Armstrong.

London-based POLITICO reporters Francesco Guerrera and Tom McTague offered insights into how their company’s newly founded European operation was seeking to add value on coverage of regional politics and economics, including the “Brexit” vote.

The NYU students tracked EU referendum coverage over the course of the week in the Guardian, BBC, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph, and summarized the case for Britain staying or leaving the EU in a final review activity.




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