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Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa’s financial journalism training programme graduates final class

Author: Luleka Mtongana
Source: GIBS News

Since 2015, more than 500 mid-career journalists and professionals in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya have completed the financial journalism training.

The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) serving as Secretariat of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) is delighted to announce the completion ceremony of the BMIA Financial Journalism Training Program for classes 3 and 4 scheduled for the 18th of July 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Rosebank in Johannesburg. Since 2015, more than 500 delegates in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya have completed the financial journalism training. The keynote address will be delivered by Justice Malala, Political Analyst and Founding editor of ThisDay.

The six-month certificate program funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, with additional support from the Ford Foundation, was announced in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2014 by Michael R. Bloomberg to advance business journalism in Africa. The training program delivered across three countries by preeminent faculty of leading business and journalism schools offered African mid-career journalists and business, government and civil society professionals courses in data analysis, financial markets, economics, public policy and other relevant business and journalisms topics to accelerate development of a globally competitive media and financial reporting industry to increase market transparency and economic growth.

"GIBS is honored to have partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Ford Foundation and preeminent universities on the African continent in the delivery of the BMIA Financial Journalism Training Program. We are privileged to have played extensive roles in contributing to enhanced financial and economic reporting development of the many women and men that went through this Program, both faculty members and students alike. As an institution our learnings from this partnership will continue to nourish our resolve for quality business and management education in the continent," says GIBS Dean: Professor Nicola Kleyn.

GIBS together with leading faculty from the Rhodes University's School of Journalism and Media Studies in South Africa; the University of Lagos' Department of Mass Communication and Broadcasting, and the Lagos Business School in Nigeria; the University of Nairobi's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and Strathmore Business School in Kenya partnered across three countries to developed and delivery this unique multidisciplinary training program. In July 2017 the Program will graduate 306 delegates, from Classes 3 and Four. These graduates join the 260 alumni of the program who successfully completed the training since 2015.

"Designing impactful short courses is one of most difficult challenge in journalism education. What makes BMIA special is that it is so carefully structured -- and runs in short blocks that fit well with working lives of our participants. In my view, it is the best financial and economics reporting short course ever run in South Africa" says Professor Harry Dugmore, Rhodes University's School of Journalism and Media Studies' Centre for Health Journalism Director:

Throughout the 19 contact days delegates were exposed to experts and practitioners from government and major media and business companies with first-hand knowledge and experience in global markets and the media industry. Delegates received training over the course of the six-months on the Bloomberg Terminal.

"BMIA has been an important conduit to promote transparency and accountability on issues of complexity that are relevant to society. The journalists who have completed the program are generating insightful news reports which will continue to hold government and its agencies accountable to the citizens," says Paul Nwulu, a program officer at the Ford Foundation's office in Lagos.

Bloomberg is proud to have been instrumental in promoting business journalism in Africa by working with African journalists to enhance their level of understanding of critically important business and financial concepts and the role reliable, timely data can play to move markets and advance development, says Erana Stennett, Director, Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa. "We look forward to continuing to work with media leaders, journalists, government, and universities to enhance business and economic reporting on the continent." 

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