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In Their Own Words

Nicole Torres, JIR ’19

Harvard Business Review, US

“There are few professional development experiences like the JIR program. I can’t think of a better way to sharpen your thinking, about whatever aspects of business, finance, and the political economy you cover, than to go deep into foundational economic research and to learn from those shaping the field. Plus, spring in Chicago was a great backdrop for reflecting on my career, discussing the future of journalism, and getting to know my amazing cohort.”

Thomas Hale, JIR ’18   

Financial Times, UK

“This is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in an intense academic environment. The program allows you to sharpen your technical grasp of modern business and finance while also exploring the most cutting-edge ideas about how those fields are evolving. The opportunity to engage not only with academics, but other journalists from all over the world, is part of what makes the experience so invaluable. I would highly recommend it to anyone eager to encounter new ideas and have their existing convictions challenged.”

Francine McKenna, JIR ’17       

MarketWatch, US

“Luigi taught me a new word, peggiocrazia, the political opposite of meritocracy, based on patronage and favoritism instead. Guy introduced us to cases describing media capture, media bias, and the business of media. I highly recommend the fellowship to any journalist interested in exploring the potential for big business to corrupt politics and, in particular, the media.”

Stephen Carroll, JIR ’19

France24, Ireland

“This program is an intensive education in some of the concepts behind stories that we cover daily as journalists. I’m coming away from this experience with knowledge and ideas gleaned from conversations with Nobel Prize–winners and former top policymakers, as well as with some great new friends and colleagues from our cohort of journalists.”

Jacob Schlesinger, JIR ’18       

Wall Street Journal, US

“The Stigler fellowship is a tremendous opportunity for all journalists interested in deepening their studies of the political economy. Participants have access to the best minds on campus through classes they audit, as well as seminars organized especially for the group. I found the program’s flexible format perfect for my needs, giving me both structure and support to take advantage of the university’s resources, and the freedom to pursue my specific interests.”

Adam Creighton, JIR ’19

Australian, Australia

“Spending 12 weeks at the Booth School of Business was a rare and valuable opportunity to delve more deeply into economic and business trends, through top quality graduate courses and exposure to some of the world’s leading business professors. Studying alongside the MBA students was also an opportunity to see first-hand how the next generation of business leaders view the world. I’d strongly recommend the Stigler Journalists in Residence Program to any business, financial or political journalist.”

Brooke Fox, JIR ’17       

Financial Times, US

“The Journalists in Residence fellowship is a world-class program that I highly recommend for any business journalist who is curious to learn more about business, economics, and academia. This remarkable fellowship provided rigorous classes, insightful research, and great friendships.”

Saptarishi Dutta, JIR ’19

BBC, India

“The three months I spent here were deeply intellectually stimulating, and offered unique perspectives on some of the biggest problems facing the world today. I learnt just as much from listening to the experiences of my peers, all of whom were highly accomplished journalists from all over the world. This program will doubtless hold me in good stead for the rest of my professional career. I strongly recommend it.”

Daniel Matamala, JIR ’18       

CNN Chile, Chile

“The Stigler Center asks the right questions, and its diverse faculty give a lot of different answers. And believe me, it is an incredible experience to read a book or a paper and just knock on the door of the author to have a conversation about it! I had a great time both on and off campus (Chicago is a breathtaking city), and it opened my mind to a new way of thinking about economy, finance, and politics. I can’t think of a better way to spend 12 weeks of my life.”

Alexandra Fattal, JIR ’17   

Economist, UK

“The Stigler Center’s Journalists in Residence Program is a wonderful experience. It offers fascinating insight into economics and business education, and the opportunity to learn from and engage in stimulating debate with both the university’s brilliant faculty and fellow students. It’s also great fun.”

Megha Mandavia, JIR ’18   

Economic Times, India

“The Journalists in Residence Program is an excellent fellowship for business journalists. It gave me the opportunity to interact with and learn from some of the best minds in the world of economics and finance. It also gave me a different perspective about the most pressing issues of our times, and changed the way I approach my stories. I had the most amazing time there with my fellow journalists.”

Jayme Poisson, JIR ’18   

Toronto Star, Canada

“The Stigler Center’s Journalists in Residence Program was an incredibly enriching experience. It gave me the opportunity to study fundamentals, like financial statement analysis and microeconomics, and to gauge where the discourse is on big issues, like whether government should regulate big tech companies. The program also gave me the opportunity to network with professors, students, and other journalists. I cannot recommend this program enough.”