Through the Training Program, more than 50 delegates will come together in Ghana to build familiarity with capital markets, public policy, and economics and build skills in data analysis, accounting, and journalism. On 19 days over the course six months, participants will meet with faculty from the University of Ghana Business School and Ghana Institute of Journalism. This second phase of the initiative will also include a Financial Journalism Training Program cohort in Zambia, launching later in January.
The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa, of which the Financial Journalism Training program is the centerpiece, looks to enhance business and financial reporting capacity that can encourage accountability and sound governance. Since its inception, the program has reached more than 1,000 people and graduated participants from 13 countries. The first phase of the Training Program took place in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.
SNF’s support takes place in partnership with Bloomberg and Strathmore Business School in Kenya. It forms part of the Foundation’s broader support for initiatives that provide journalists the resources and skills they need to pursue excellence in their field. These initiatives include summer scholarships for Greek journalists to Columbia University’s School of Journalism, the Practicum in Modern Journalism at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and collaboration with and funding for the new Athens-based incubator for Media Education and Development (iMEdD).
The Herald Ghana published an article about the Training Program, including a quote by the SNF’s co-President, Mr. Andreas Dracopoulos: “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 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.”