While the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) financial journalism training program targets working journalists, the Initiative also offered technical assistance and training for media editors, to help them become more knowledgeable about the content of business and financial journalism, and contribute to their leadership development. BMIA partnered with the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) to create and achieve these goals.
Forty-five distinguished media professionals from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa were chosen by a panel of prominent pan-African media executives in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. The two-year 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, delivered across four four-day seminars in Africa New York. Seminars were moderated by a group of distinguished facilitators and speakers, drawn from the ranks of media management, business and finance. The Fellows planned and executed a public interest project drawing upon their regional knowledge, professional skills and experience and their learnings from the fellowship.
Having completed the program, Fellows became part of a community of BMIA/ALI Fellowship Alumni and have engaged formally and informally with their peers and other media professionals.
A series of webinars and public health information and resources were provided to the Fellow to enhance their understanding and coverage of COVID-19, and to continue their professional development.
The BMIA Media Fellowship is generously supported by Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
- Media Fellowship Program Class 1 Launch, Johannesburg, South Africa
- Forty-five distinguished media professionals from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa chosen as Fellows.
- First class of Media Fellowship launch and convenes in Cape Town, South Africa for first seminar.
- Class 1 second and third seminars for Media Fellows held in Naivasha, Kenya, and Kigali, Rwanda.
- Second class of Media Fellowship Program Class 2 launch in Cape Town, South Africa for first seminar
- Class 2 second and third seminars for Media Fellows held in Naivasha, Kenya
- Media Fellowship Class 1 Seminar 4, Class 2 Seminar 3 and Class 1 Graduation held in New York, USA
- Media Fellowship Program Class 2 Seminar 4 and Graduation Cape Town, South Africa
The Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) was conceived as a pan-African initiative rooted in the 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.