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The Fuqua School of Business Joins Duke’s Media Fellows Program; The Largest and Most International Program in the U.S.

December 16, 2001

DURHAM, NC-- Duke University's Fuqua School of Business has launched a fellowship program for business journalists and for executives of business-oriented news media.

The first month-long session will begin March 17, 2002, and applications for the five fellowships are now being accepted.

"Business journalism has grown more complex, international, and popular in recent years," Fuqua Dean Douglas T. Breeden said, "and we at Duke want to contribute to the journalists' understanding of business and therefore benefit the readers and viewers."

Breeden explained that Fuqua's program adds onto Duke's Media Fellows Program that has been run successfully for the past 23 years by The DeWitt Wallace Center for Communications and Journalism at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. More than 600 journalists have come to the Duke campus in those years to participate in individualized programs of study and research.

"The existing program is the largest and most international of its kind in the United States," Breeden said. "We agree with the DeWitt Wallace Center's founding premise that free news media are essential to the sustainability of democracy, and we believe insightful coverage of business contributes to the stability of those democracies."

The center's director, Ellen Mickiewicz, said Fuqua's enhancement to the media fellows program will add depth and breadth to what the fellows can seek to learn while they are at Duke. "For the first time journalists specializing in business coverage and their organizations' executives can not only participate in but also take advantage of special panel discussions led by three of Fuqua's most prominent faculty members." They include professors Michael Bradley, Allan Lind, and John Lynch.

The business fellows will also have access to classes at Fuqua, the school's library and business-oriented databases, and a wide array of faculty members with an array of specialties. "The objective will be to allow the journalists to hone their crafts and gather new information in a collaborative way with other fellows from around the world-away from the crush of daily deadlines," Mickiewicz said.

Up to five business fellows will be chosen in the spring and five in the fall. Applications can be obtained on the center's web site, www. media.duke.edu/dewitt/fellows.

The cost, including tuition, housing and a food allowance, is $9,600.