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Bloomberg Provides Students With Insight Into Daily News Cycle

Ten students from Honors U.S. Government and Politics visited Bloomberg’s New York City offices on May 2. They were accompanied by History Department Chair Bart McMann, who teaches the senior-level course, and Library Director Ed Surjan.
 
Students met with Bloomberg reporters to discuss the Trump administration’s trade war with China and the Gen Z economy. Reporters discussed the importance of Bloomberg’s emphasis on data analysis in covering public policy during these politically polarizing times, McMann said.

“It was interesting to see the holistic journalism process at Bloomberg. We saw every step of the news cycle, and it was fascinating to see all the journalists and reporters going about their day,” said Eli Berano ’19.

“It was really interesting to see how an office the size of Bloomberg runs and how everything gets done in a company of that size,” said Hannah Rossi ’19. “I also enjoyed hearing from writers about how they source their information and the biases in their writing.”

Bloomberg currently employs 19,000 employees in 176 locations around the world. Bloomberg News publishes 5,000 stories a day in 120 countries, according to the company’s website.

“I’m interested in journalism, so it was really cool to see the broadcast and radio rooms as well as the news desks,” said Maddie Aitken ’19, who is Editor-in-Chief of The Highlander, The Gunnery’s student newspaper. “Bloomberg seems like a fascinating and inspiring place to work.”

Honors U.S. Government and Politics is intended to provide Gunnery students with a setting to critically examine and evaluate the multiple expressions of citizenship in the United States. “This year, a major component of the course has focused on news literacy and the media’s coverage of the Trump administration and Congress, therefore it was particularly enlightening to meet with members of Bloomberg’s press corps to discuss covering politics from a data analytical approach rather than an editorial lens,” McMann said.
 
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