Daily News Contributor off To Uganda
Monday, June 25, 2012
Amat JENG, will join professional journalists drawn from around the continent in an intensive one-week training on economic and financial reporting.
The training is organised by Thomson Reuters Foundation in partnership with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation.
“The course will further enhance my knowledge and ability in reporting financial and business issues,” Jeng told this paper prior to his departure.
He added: “At the end of the day, it is all about ‘where does my money go’. Unlike sports and other specialties, in business journalism, you follow the money not necessarily the people: it’s all about where does my money go; where does the tax payer’s money go.”
MrJeng, who has written critical political and economic articles for this paper, is also the publisher and editor of a widely read blog: www.mediarevolution-amat.blogspot.
He said of the training: “It is an opportunity to hone my skills, and trade back home batteries of experience that will help me hollow out the happenings in the country’s financial corridor.”
Thomson Reuters Foundation provides Reuters Training Programmes for journalists around the globe, sharing the skills and values that have made Reuters (www.reuters.com) world-renowned as a highly reliable and trusted source of news and information. The foundation also offers customised training programmes for media organisations and courses for NGOs and others needing insights into improving their media relations.
The course is designed to help business journalists in Africa to strengthen their reporting on financial and economic topics by developing their understanding and skills. ‘Learning by doing’ is a core part of the programme, which includes practical exercises and live reporting.
The course also focuses on improving coverage of national and international financial issues through detailed briefings, presentations by guest speakers and, where appropriate, a reporting visit to a financial institution. In-depth discussions will explore ways of tackling subjects such as resource exploitation, economic governance and capital flight from developing countries.
Author: Fatou Marenah