Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Financial Journalism Training Program

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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 realized. The 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 business schools across Africa 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.



Application Process

Intake 2 in Ghana and Zambia, and Intake 1 in Tanzania will begin in September 2019. The program will be accepting applications between May 2019 and July 2019. Interested candidates should apply online via this link.

Applications will be reviewed and places awarded on a first come first served basis. The closing date for Intake 1 applications is 31st July 2019. 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 during the application process and be prepared to upload the following documents:

  • Electronic copies of your tertiary qualifications.

  • Complete a 20-minutes online numeracy test to confirm baseline computation skills.

  • A writing sample.

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

  • A brief recent writing sample on a relevant topic.

  • A motivation 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 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:

BMIA Financial Journalism Training Program Schedule​​

2019 - 2020 Dates And Venues

BMIA Intake and Venues

​​Program Fees

The program value is in excess of $22,000, but Bloomberg Philanthropies with support from the Stavros Niarchos 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.

Graduation Requirements

Participants are required to attend all the study blocks, complete pre and post-program assessments, submit and pass all required assignments to receive certification.

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies works to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people by focusing on five key areas: the arts, education, the environment, government innovation, and public health. Encompassing all of Mike Bloomberg’s giving, Bloomberg Philanthropies includes his foundation, corporate, and personal philanthropy.

In 2017, Bloomberg Philanthropies invested $702 million in nearly 480 cities in more than 120 countries. Bloomberg Philanthropies supports projects across Africa in more than 30 countries including the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa, 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.

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