You must have at least a recognized tertiary qualification
You must upload a copy of your highest qualification and your latest CV / Resume
You must have several years work experience – it will be advantageous if you have experience in Journalism, Public Relations or a related field
If you have professional financial journalism experience
You must be able to upload one recent sample of your best written, published work
If you are not a financial journalist, you must be ready to upload 2 items:
A brief writing sample on a relevant financial journalism related topic, and
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 Financial Journalism Training 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
You may type both of the above in a single document but must clearly mark which paragraph is the writing sample and which paragraph is the motivational essay
If you work in broadcast journalism
You may submit a comprehensive script. Unfortunately no soundbites or video clips can be processed.
You should have a good understanding in financial numeracy and be computer literate, with a sound working knowledge of MS Word and Excel.
You must be ready to complete a quick 20 minute 20 question multiple choice quiz to assess your baseline numeracy ability (please have a calculator at hand)
In preparing to receive you on the course it would be helpful for us to get a sense of how you work with numbers. The following short quiz consists of 20 multiple choice questions. It is not timed but it should not take you longer than 20 minutes to complete. The numeracy assessment will cover the following numerical concepts or knowledge areas: Addition and subtraction; Fractions and percentages; Basic financial calculations – e.g. compound interest and Interpreting financial graphs
If you would like to brush up on your skills before doing the quiz, there are lots of free online resources available to assist such as:
Places are limited on this lecture based program. By completing and submitting this application, you acknowledge and commit as follows:
Attendance: Intake 2 (Ghana & Zambia) and Intake 1 (Tanzania) will take place from September 2019 to February 2020 (6 study blocks) Attendance is compulsory - please ensure you have the necessary leave or written permission/ commitment from your employer to attend at all times.
Travel: If you are based outside of the country you wish to attend (Ghana, Zambia or Tanzania), you are responsible for all travel, accommodation and VISA arrangements and expenses
Registration Fee: A $250 fee is requested as indication of your commitment to the program. On the application form, you will need to indicate if you, your employer or a sponsor will be responsible for payment. Should financial circumstances present a challenge, you may request a waiver and will be required to provide suitable motivation and evidence.
Data Connectivity / Internet Access: It is essential that you have a laptop and arrange sufficient connectivity during this program:
Lecture content, class exercises, tests and assignment submissions are done via an E-Learning Portal called Moodle
Delegates on the program will also be granted 6-month subscription to the world-renowned Bloomberg Terminal. This requires downloading a 9MB software file and ongoing connectivity to access the platform.
Disclaimer: By applying and submitting an application for this program, you agree that your data will be used by Bloomberg Philanthropies and their appointed affiliates for research and monitoring and evaluation purposes.