82517 - Financial Journalism

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The seminar in Financial journalism aims to provide the students with a set of practical skills to understand, debunk and play with the news. Regulatory releases such as companies mandatory quarterly reports and macroeconomic data as well as quality journalism flag up potential warning signs a risk manager should be able to pinpoint before the competitors do. Thus, cross checking techniques financial journalists apply in their everyday workflow constitute a complimentary ability in order to develop a critical reading of the news, and the data behind. Training risk managers able to level information unbalances is key to make the markets more efficient

Course contents

The course aim to touch the following topics:

  • News, news outlets, owners and agendas
  • How companies in regulated markets communicate
  • How public bodies communicate
  • Case history 1. CDS manipulation
  • Case history 2. TBD


Suggested readings. Given there's no mandatory bibliography, attendance to the classes is strongly recommended in order to be able to pass the exam.

Teaching methods

Slides, lessons and Q&A with students to assess their level of comprehension. Video calls with guests working in the financial and media industry on topics of interest. 

Assessment methods

Written test consisting of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 open questions and a writing test on the back of a company's earnings presentation, press release and analyst comments. Each answer is worth 2 points, blank answer and wrong answer are worth 0 points. The writing test is worth 10 points. 

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