While the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) financial journalism training program targets working journalists, the Initiative also supported the design and delivery of an offering supporting media editors. The goal was both to help them become more knowledgeable about the content of business and financial journalism, as well as contribute to their professional development as leaders. BMIA partnered with the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) to create and implement these goals.
Media leaders nominated candidates who were screened and interviewed by a panel of prominent pan-African media executives. Forty-five distinguished media professionals from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa were chosen as Fellows. The Media Fellowship program combined ALI’s proven approach to leadership development, created in partnership with the Aspen Institute, with elements of the BMIA financial journalism training curriculum developed by six leading business and journalism institutions of higher education in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.
The two–year Media Fellowship program was divided into four seminars, each lasting four days, and held in different locations on the African continent and in New York. The seminars were moderated by a group of experienced facilitators and included distinguished speakers, all drawn from the ranks of media management, business and finance. The Fellows planned and executed a public interest project drawing upon their professional skills and experience and their learnings from the fellowship. Fellows were also able to access professional development funds which were available to address customized needs identified by each Fellow.
Upon completion of the program, Fellows became part of a community of Fellowship Alumni and have engaged formally and informally with their peers and other media professionals. The program has a web page to facilitate ongoing learning, share reporting by the Fellows and maintain the professional relationships formed during the program.
During the current pandemic, BMIA has provided the Fellows with a series of webinars and public health information and resources to help them understand and cover COVID-19 and to continue their professional development.
The BMIA Media Fellowship is generously supported by Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Michael R. Bloomberg (founder of Bloomberg LP) with ALI Media Fellows Class 1 & 2
The Africa Leadership Initiative (“ALI”) was conceived as a Pan-African initiative, borne out of a belief that Africa’s future lies in the investment and development of effective, values-based and enlightened African leaders. ALI was launched in 2001 as a collaborative effort of four partner organizations in Africa and the United States. ALI has programs in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda); West Africa (Ghana and Nigeria) and South Africa. All these programs have been delivered in partnership with the Aspen Institute in Colorado. ALI currently has 300 Fellows in Africa: 180 in South Africa; 60 in East Africa and 60 in West Africa.
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