Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

BREAKING NEWS:Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Financial Journalism students graduate in Kenya

Since 2015, more than 500 delegates in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya have completed the financial journalism training. The journalism course is directly funded by the Bloomberg Philanthropies, with additional support from the Ford Foundation.

The six-month certificate program, offers African journalists and mid-career professionals in business, government and civil society the opportunity to strengthen their skills in capital markets and data analysis and enhance their knowledge in public policy and financial and economic reporting.

“GIBS is honoured to have partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation and preeminent universities on the African continent in the delivery of the BMIA Financial Journalism Training Program. We are privileged to have played extensive roles in contributing to enhanced financial and economic reporting development of the many women and men that went through this Program, both faculty members and students alike. As an institution our learnings from this Program will continue to nourish our resolve for quality business and management education in the continent,” says Professor Nicola Kleyn, University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Dean.

GIBS together with leading faculty from the Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies in South Africa; the University of Lagos’ Department of Mass Communication and Broadcasting, and the Lagos Business School in Nigeria; the University of Nairobi’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and Strathmore Business School in Kenya, delivered this unique multidisciplinary training program. In addition to course material centered on seven core modules, students received training on the Bloomberg Terminal, and access to leading practitioners in the fields of media, business, technology and government. The online curriculum and syndicate assignments supplemented 19-days of in-class instruction.

In 2015/ 2016, the Program graduated 260 delegates across the three countries for classes one and two. In July 2017, the Program will be graduating 149 delegates that completed Class three and about 155 completing Class four.

“I have become more confident to pitch and write trickier finance/business stories; I have already received interest from the Business Times Editor so mission accomplished,” says Paul Ash, Sunday Times Travel Editor, who participated in the third intake of the program.

Class 3 and 4 graduation at the Villa Rosa Kempinisky in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa is delighted has concluded a graduation ceremony of its Classes three and four. The graduation ceremony has been scheduled for the 14 July 2017 at the Villa Rosa Kempinisky hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.

Joe Odindo who is the director of the Standard Group Editorial addressed at the ceremony and said: “Quality of business news has improved. Specialists have added flavor to reporting.” Joe also explained that the journalists who are able to work on numbers and give a coherent story are a rare breed.

Also several journalists from Uganda and Somalia benefited the scholarship opportunity.



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