Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Executive Training Programme



GIBS is the secretariat for the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) Executive Training Program.​​


Program Overview:

It is well documented that many key economies on the African continent are growing in leaps and ​bounds, yet the positive impact on development and progress in civil society is not fully realised. T​he role that journalism plays in society and democracy cannot be underestimated.

The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) aims to increase the pipeline of skilled financial journalists and analysts, embracing a data-driven journalism culture across Africa. If well trained, the contribution that financial journalists and development experts can make as continental informers, educators and watchdogs is significant.

This interactive and hands-on program aims to enhance the skills and knowledge of media professionals to better serve the public interest as a critical part of continental development and progress. 

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

Delegates will receive copies of “The Bloomberg Way", a guide for reporters and editors written by Matthew Winkler, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Bloomberg News. During the six-month program, delegates will also be granted a free subscription to the Bloomberg Professional Service. This subscription will give delegates free access to the world-class analytics, key industry data, market moving news and analysis that the Bloomberg Professional Service provides​.


Bloomberg Philanthropies:

The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa furthers Michael R. Bloomberg’s philanthropic efforts on the continent. Bloomberg’s foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, supports projects across Africa in more than 36 countries including women’s economic development, malaria research, maternal health, road safety, tobacco control and helping cities reduce their carbon footprints through C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

Who should apply?

This program has been developed primarily 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 a interest in African development and financial and economic data.


Program Structure:

The BMIA Executive Training Program is structured ​for part-time study, enabling working professionals to apply new knowledge and skills they acquire back into their work environments in real time.

The 19-day program spans six months and includes six compulsory study blocks. Each study block takes place over three to four full lecture days.

The Executive Training is being offered in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Participating univers​ities are:

South Africa​

​​Gordon Institute of Business Science, GIBS

Rhodes University School of Journalism


Pan Atlantic University, Lagos Business School University of Lagos, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication 


Strathmore Business School, University of Nairobi, 
School of Journalism


Program Content:

Seven modules built around three key themes:

  • Business and Finance,

  • Policy, and

  • Financial Journalism Production

All of the modules will incorporate material about the ethical issues and social impacts of business and financial journalism.

Program modules:

  • The Media Landscape

  • Economics

  • Accounting and Finance

  • Financial Journalism

  • Public Policy and Regulation

  • Capital Markets

  • Data Analysis and Interpretation

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​Application process

Applications for the next intake in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria are now open, Click Here for the Online Application Form. Applications will be reviewed and places awarded on a first come first served basis. 

Applications will be reviewed and places awarded on a first come first served basis. The closing date for Intake 4 applications is 25 November 2016. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the class is full.​ As part of the screening process, candidates may be invited to attend interviews. Applicants will need to have reliable internet connectivity and be prepared to upload the following documents:

  • All applicants should provide electronic copies of your tertiary qualification/s;

  • All applicants will also be required to complete a 20 minute online numeracy test to confirm their
    baseline financial acumen; and

  • All applicants will be required to upload writing samples.

Candidates with professional financial journalism experiencewill be required to upload a recent sample of their best written work. Candidates without journalism experience will be required to upload:

  1. A brief, recent writing sample on a relevant topic, and

  2. A motivational essay of no more than 750 words. Through this essay, you have the opportunity to explain why you would like to participate in the BMIA Executive Program and highlight your interest in and/or expertise on issues related to economic analysis and financial journalism. Examples of relevant issues include: public policy, transparency, accountability, financial data and oversight.

Bureau chiefs, editors, media executives, civil society managers and HR directors are encouraged to nominate outstanding staff to attend the program to enhance their financial and business journalism excellence. For more information, please email

2017 Provisional dates and venues:​​

Study Blocks

Kenya 4 (Nairobi)SA 4 (Johannesburg)Nigeria 4 (Lagos)
Block 1: 4 - days10 -13 Jan24 - 27 Jan

16 -19 Jan

Block 2: 3 - days

31 Jan – 2 Feb

14 – 16 Feb

7 – 9 Feb

Block 3: 3 - days

28 Feb– 2 Mar

14 – 16 Mar

7 – 9 Mar

Block 4: 3 - days

28 – 30 Mar

4 - 6 Apr

4 - 6 Apr

Block 5: 3 - days

25 – 27 Apr

9 – 11 May

9 – 11 May

Block 6: 3 - days

23 – 25 May

6 – 8 Jun

30 May – 2 June


​​Program fees

The program value is $22, 000, but Bloomberg Philanthropies with support from the Ford Foundation are generously funding each successful candidate on a scholarship basis. Scholarships include tuition, class materials, lunch and refreshments.

Those successful enough to secure a scholarship will be required to contribute a registration fee of $250 and will need to provide their own transport and accommodation. Applicants seeking waiver of registration fee are asked to contact their country program manager.

Minimum entry criteria

Applicants must be in possession of a recognised tertiary qualification (degree or diploma):

  • Applicants with working experience in Journalism, Public Relations or a related field will be at an advantage; and

  • Applicants must have a baseline level of understanding of financial numeracy and be computer literate, with a sound working knowledge of MS Word and Excel.

Requirements to graduate

In addition to attending the study blocks, participants will be required to complete pre-module preparation work and post-module assessments in the form of individual and/or syndicate assignments.

Watch the programme introduction video here


Click Here for the Online Application Form

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