In recent decades, major changes in the political, technological, economic, and institutional environment have intensified the challenges faced by journalists and policymakers. The Seminar aims to better understand major economic changes in our society and to examine ways that public policy is (or is not) responding to these changes.

Faculty co-Conveners are:

Chris Roush
Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Scholar
Director, Carolina Business News Initiative, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Daniel Gitterman
Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy, UNC Public Policy, College of Arts & Sciences


2015 – 2016:


Pedro Da Costa

Editorial Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Understanding how the Federal Reserve is Covered by the Media

Thursday, April 21, 2016

3-4:00 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Room, Carroll Hall, UNC School of Media and Journalism

Pedro da Costa joined the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) as editorial fellow in October 2015. He has been writing about economics and financial markets since 2001, first at Reuters and most recently at the Wall Street Journal. In 2010, he was a coauthor of the article “Club Fed: Ties That Bind at the Federal Reserve,” which helped spur the Fed to adopt a more open communications policy. His reporting in 2010 on the failure of some academic economists to disclose financial ties contributed to a new code of conduct adopted by the American Economic Association (PIIE adheres to a similar code of disclosure and data reproducibility adopted in 2014). His writing and research focuses on central banking, labor markets, inequality, and other macroeconomic issues.

Jane Stancill

Education Reporter, The News and Observer

The Business of Higher Education

November 20, 2015

12:30-2 pm in the Hall of Fame Room, Carroll Hall, UNC School of Media and Journalism

Jane Stancill is an education reporter with The News & Observer in Raleigh where she covers the UNC system. She has reported on diverse topics including sexual assault on college campuses, the price of tuition and the UNC president search. Stancill is a graduate of UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

We will cover topics ranging from the rising price of college tuition to the new UNC system president search. Jane Stancill covered that search thoroughly.


2014 – 2015:

The Carolina Seminar on Business Journalism and Public Policy hosted:

John Arwood

February 26, 2015

4:00pm – 5:30pm in Room 1009, FedEx Global Education Center

John Arwood is the Business Editor for the Charlotte Observer.  With over 25 years of experience in the journalism profession, he has been with the Observer since January 1993.  Previously, Mr. Arwood worked as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Arkansas.  Mr. Arwood holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Central Arkansas and a master’s degree from the University of Missouri, where he also worked as an instructor.

Sougata Mukherjee

March 26, 2015

4:00pm – 5:30pm in the Halls of Fame Room, Carroll Hall, UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Sougata Mukherjee is the editor of the Triangle Business Journal, a position he has held for the past 12 years.  Previously, he was the Washington Bureau Chief for American City Business Journals.  Mr. Mukherjee studied journalism at the University of Mississippi and previously attended St. Xavier’s College in Kolkata, India.

Joshua Green

Joshua Green was named senior national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek in August 2011, focusing on political coverage for the magazine and See,

Gerard Baker

Gerard Baker is Editor-in-Chief of Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal. He served as Deputy Editor-in-Chief between 2009 and 2013. Previously, he was U.S. editor and an assistant editor of the Times of London. In 1994, he joined the Financial Times as Tokyo correspondent, moving on to head the paper’s Washington bureau and serving as the FT’s chief U.S. commentator. He also covered economics for the BBC and worked as an economist at the Bank of England and Lloyds. Mr. Baker holds a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Corpus Christi College, Oxford University.

2013 – 2014:

The Seminar held several informal sessions with economics reporters (Charlotte Observer, News and Observer) and held a public event/discussion with Andy Serwer, Managing Editor of Fortune Magazine.

Andy Serwer

As managing editor of Fortune, Serwer is responsible for overseeing the magazine and, with a combined audience of more than 11 million readers, as well as Fortune digital media and Fortune’s conferences. He was named managing editor of Fortune in October 2006.

Fortune is the only business magazine with a truly global distribution, and the Fortune 500 is universally recognized as the most important list of top corporations. Under his tenure, Fortune was named to both Adweek’s Hot List and AdAge’s A-List in 2012. Fortune also won four SABEW Best in Business Awards for excellence in Explanatory Reporting, Feature Writing, Technology Coverage and Small Business Reporting in 2012.

Serwer has overseen a significant expansion of both and the Fortune conference division. Fortune was the first business magazine with an iPad app and has more than 880,000 followers on Twitter.

In 2013, Fortune hosted the Fortune Global Forum in Chengdu, China. In 2010, the Global Forum in Cape Town, South Africa featured President Clinton, President Jacob Zuma, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and numerous world business leaders at the premiere business conference during the World Cup. The Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, which featured Virginia Rometty, Lena Dunham and Jessica Alba in 2012, sells out a year in advance and has an extensive waitlist.

Serwer joined Fortune in 1985 as an intern from Columbia Journalism School and went on to cover and edit Wall Street, investing, information technology and entertainment for the magazine.

In 2000, he was named Business Journalist of the Year by TJFR Business News Reporter, which called him “perhaps the nation’s top multimedia talent, successfully juggling the roles of serious journalist, astute commentator and occasional court jester.” He is a regular guest on MSNBC’S Morning Joe and CNBC’s Squawkbox, and from 2001 to 2006 he served as the business anchor for CNN’s American Morning.

Serwer received a B.A. in history from Bowdoin College, an MBA from Emory University and a master’s in journalism from Columbia University.

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