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Economics for journalists (December 2013)


Tuesday 3 December 2013


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NUJ Head Office, Headland House, 308-312 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP


Economics has an impact on all areas of society – from health to education, sport to transport, agriculture to culture – so it is vital that every journalist and PR professional has at least a basic understanding of economics.

This engaging and dynamic one-day course will explain how the economy works and demystify the language of economics. By the end of the course, attendees will understand economics in much greater depth, appreciate how economic forces and policies affect their areas of specialism, and be much more comfortable about asking searching questions of politicians and other policy makers.

  • Course Overview:
  • Economics 101 - basic concepts and terminology
  • Eternal Problems – a brief history of economics and its challenges
  • Income and Wealth – GDP, growth, prosperity and poverty
  • Problems and Solutions – how government policies influence the economy
  • Markets Are Everywhere – the forces of supply and demand explained
  • Alternative Thinking – a brief overview of new, radical economic ideas
  • Asking the Right Questions – how to find stories in a deluge of numbers

This course complements business for Journalists, which explains business concepts and how large companies operate.

How much will it cost?

Who should attend?

This course is specifically designed for journalists and PRs who have little or no prior knowledge of economics. The course is engaging, interactive and the teaching will be mixed with exercises. Questions are encouraged and the tutor will demonstrate key concepts using real-life, recent examples from the news.

Tutor: Gary Merrill

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.


Further details and contact information

NUJ Training
Telephone: 020 7520 8340

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