The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Financial Journalism Training Program is a comprehensive and integrated curriculum that comprises of seven modules: Financial Journalism, Media Landscape, Public Policy, Data Analysis and Interpretation, Accounting and Finance, Financial Markets, and Economics. Designed by a consortium group of distinguished faculty from six leading African universities, the program is intended for early or mid-career journalists, editors, analysts, public and economic policy professionals, civil society leaders and university faculty and graduate students, with an interest in financial journalism.
The Training Program will help participants enhance their ability to interpret and explain economic and financial data, to cover critical public policy issues on the continent, and to enhance the financial journalism sector in Africa. All the modules of the Program will also incorporate material about ethical issues and social impacts. Delivered in Ghana, Zambia and Tanzania using local business school and journalism faculty, the program will be delivered through short study blocks totaling 19 days over a period of six months, using local business school and journalism faculty.
Phase 1 of the Financial Journalism Training program was implemented in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa between 2015 and 2017. It was as a part-time study program that enabled working professionals to apply their new skills and knowledge in real time. By the end of 2017, more than 500 journalists and mid-level professionals completed the certificate program. Phase 2 of the Financial Journalism Training program launched in Ghana and Zambia in January 2019. The first intakes in Ghana and Zambia completed the program in June 2019. The second intakes in Ghana and Zambia and the first intake in Tanzania are currently underway and have enrolled 130 delegates. Applications are now open for Intake 2 in Tanzania, which starts in May 2020 and ends in October 2020.