FINANCIAL JOURNALISM TRAINING PROGRAM

Overview

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.

Christine Mwangi, Strathmore Business School; Ms. Elsie Addo Awadzi, Second Deputy Governor, Bank of Ghana; Honorable Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minster for Education; Honorable Ursula Owusu-Eku

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:
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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.

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“ We are pleased to be attending yet another BMIA milestone event in Zambia and be part of the launch of the financial journalism training program in the country. The Zambian economy is constantly evolving and changing, so it is crucial that the press develops accordingly. I am confident that this program will support the continuous progression of the Zambian media by exposing them to leading financial journalism experts. ” The Honorable Dora Siliya , MP, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, Zambia

“ We are very excited to see the start of this new phase of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Financial Journalism Training program. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is proud to partner with Bloomberg in helping equip a global talent pool of journalists with the sort of specialist expertise that can drive them towards attaining a high level of professional excellence. This is the basis of a robust, ethical, independent press, which now seems to be more critical than ever.” Andreas Dracopoulos , co-President of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

“ We’ve seen the impact the BMIA Financial Journalism Training Programme has had in other markets, so we are very excited to extend the program to Ghana and Zambia. We hope the training helps participants navigate the evolving Ghanaian and African economic and business landscape, ultimately furthering the development, quality, accuracy and impact of the financial journalism field in Africa.” Erana Stennett , Director, BMIA

“ We are excited about this initiative and believe the platform will enhance the capacity of beneficial journalists in analysing government fiscal and economic policies and in turn educate the Ghanaian and African populace with accurate reporting. With the right information, the citizenry and other stakeholders will be better prepared for active citizenship.” The Honorable Kojo Oppong Nkrumah , MP, Minister for Information, Ghana

“ We are pleased that BMIA has launched its financial journalism training programme in Ghana. The Ghanaian economy is becoming increasingly complex, so it is crucial that the Ghanaian press develops accordingly. I am confident that this programme will support continuous progression of the Ghanaian media by exposing them to leading financial journalism experts.” The Honorable Kojo Oppong Nkrumah , MP, Minister for Information, Ghana

“ The role of the media, considered as the fourth estate of the realm, is very significant in every country’s development agenda. This is because aside serving as an important watchdog on the rights and freedoms of the citizenry, it has the important duty of providing accurate and relevant information to the people. This in turn helps the citizens to understand better the world around them and make informed choices in their personal and professional lives. In Africa in particular, the media has always been a vital partner in the development process, especially with the advent of social media.” The Honorable Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh , MP, Minister for Education, Ghana

“ Economics, business and finance are at the heart of everything that we do, and it must be an integral part of reporting the media. I have no doubt, that as a result of this program, finance will be at the heart of improved media reporting. The media plays an important role in ensuring that citizens are well informed, and also that Zambians can use that information to make informed decisions.” Professor Luke E. Mumba , Vice Chancellor, the University of Zambia

“ The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Financial Journalism Training Program is an outstanding executive program that has been tried and tested. We are fortunate as a country to have been selected for Phase two of the program. The University of Zambia is very excited to be part of this great initiative.” Professor Luke E. Mumba , Vice Chancellor, the University of Zambia