It is well documented that many key economies on the African continent are growing by leaps and bounds, yet the positive impact on development and progress in civil society are not being fully realized. The role that journalism plays in society and democracy cannot be overestimated.

Bloomberg has collaborated with a consortium of preeminent journalism schools and top business schools across three key African markets to deliver a highly innovative, integrated and practical world-class training program that is firmly rooted in African market realities.

Since 2015, more than 500 delegates in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya have completed the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) financial journalism training program. The six-month certificate program is offered to journalists and mid-career professionals in business, government and civil society to strengthen and broaden their skills in capital markets and data analysis and to expand their knowledge of and within financial and economic reporting. With the success of the program in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya, training will be offered in five new countries.

The BMIA financial journalism training program involves part-time study for working professionals, enabling them to continue their careers with important new knowledge and skills. The program modules include: The Media Landscape, Economics, Finance and Accounting, Financial Journalism, Public Policy, Financial Markets and the practicalities of Data Analysis, Interpretation and Presentation.

Key Highlights

  • Pan-African program offered in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, and Zambia.
  • Program participants represent 15 African countries.
  • More than 200 media houses have participated in the program.
  • 246 women have completed the program.
  • Alumni network features unique offerings to promote networking and cross-collaboration for program graduates.
  • The BMIA certificate training program is accredited by the Nigerian Press Council, Kenyan Press Council and the Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies.
  • 568 delegates graduated from the Financial Journalism Training program.

The Financial Journalism Training Participating Universities:

Who Should Apply?

This program has been primarily developed for mid-career journalists, financial professionals with an interest in financial journalism; government professionals responsible for public policy, communications and finance portfolios; and development practitioners and civil society professionals with an interest in African development and financial and economic data.

To learn more about the program,please click here.

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“ The financial journalism training program offers aspiring African media professionals, and all communicators focused on Africa‚Äôs economies, an opportunity to expand their theoretical knowledge base and to enhance their understanding of the critical interdependencies shaping the African growth and development narrative. ” Linda Sing , Director, Secretariat and Consortium Faculty (Economics), Gordon Institute of Business Science

“ Colleagues who attend the financial journalism course raved about it. The training not only exposed them to new dimensions and debates, but also helped hone their analytical skills. This meant that we had people in-house we could turn to to help our own discussions. ” William Bird , Director, Media Monitoring Africa

“ The program has presented opportunities to take up the financial journalism desk in my workplace. It has also presented a networking opportunity through experienced tutors and fellow participants. ” Tullah Stephen (Intake 3 Delegate) , Journalist, The East African Business Times

Dr. Vincent Ogutu, Vice Dean, Strathmore Business School, addresses Intake 1 & 2 Kenya graduates
Rosemary Okello-Orlale, Country Representative, Ford Foundation, Haron Mwangi, Chief Executive Officer, Media Council of Kenya, Charity Wambui Wangechi, Financial Journalism Training Graduate, and Dr. Wambui Kiai, Senior Lecturer, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Nairobi
Financial Journalism Training Program, Inaugural Class, Lagos Business School, Lagos, Nigeria
Financial Journalism Training Program, Class 2, GIBS, Johannesburg, South Africa