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Hampton University Students Add Desirable Skill To Their Tool Belts
09/13/2017 - #33

HAMPTON, Va. (Sept. 11, 2017) – Students at Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications are learning from the pros at Bloomberg News, the world’s largest financial news service. 

Tom Contiliano, Chief of Client Relations with Bloomberg News, visited the Business Journalism class to show off the school’s new Bloomberg Professional Terminal. He said that Bloomberg News’ subscribers pay $25,000 for the data the students saw just by being signed up for their class.

“In one day, I am going to teach you how to use twice as many functions as the majority of our subscribers know how to use,” Contiliano said.

"What a valuable resource Tom Contiliano is," Business Journalism Professor Butch Maier said. "In a relatively short amount of time, he opened a whole new world for our students by teaching them the ins and outs of the Bloomberg Professional terminal.”

The Bloomberg Professional Terminal allows financial professionals to monitor and analyze real-time financial market data. The system provides news, stock price quotes, and messaging across its secure network, making it a vital tool for business reporters.

Hampton University is one of only 10 colleges and universities to have a Bloomberg Professional Terminal available for students.

In addition to teaching students how to use the program, Contiliano talked about a topic close to the heart of these students, many of whom are soon to graduate: career opportunities.

Since 1999, Contiliano has helped the Bloomberg News hire and train thousands of journalists.  He said exactly what the students wanted to hear -- that Bloomberg is always on the lookout for sharp, articulate journalists who are passionate about business finance and smart enough to sift through complex data.

"I saw students' eyes light up when Tom talked about paid internships in New York. He has made my job easier,” Maier said. “I have a feeling they will be even more invested in learning all they can about business journalism now."

“Understanding business is the key to going anywhere you want in journalism,” Contiliano said. “Every story has a financial angle. The key is knowing how to find it.”

Bloomberg's Bill Austin, a reporter with three decades of experience, will lead several Hampton University courses and lectures Sept. 27 and 28.

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