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Journalism Fellowship Program launched in Nairobi

01 August 2014, 12:22 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - Business journalists will get an opportunity to train alongside Kenya’s leading business lecturers and some of the top leading newsmakers in the region following the launch of the inaugural Safaricom Business Journalists fellowship by Strathmore Business School on Thursday.

Speaking during the launch of the one-year, mid-career program in Nairobi, Strathmore University Vice-Chancellor Dr. John Odhiambo said, “Business managers and owners are generally better educated about their world than are most of the journalists assigned to cover it. The imbalance puts reporters at a serious disadvantage. A middle ground of understanding can be attained through programs such as the Safaricom Business Journalists Fellowship.”

 The highly competitive program will admit only fifteen of the most promising candidates in the first year.

They will be taken through three modules, with each module containing four days of intense training.

 Nine intensive half day workshops spread over nine months will feature as part of the program, the journalists will also be hosted to dinner events where they will get a chance to mingle with the leading newsmakers in Kenya.

 Safaricom’s CEO, Bob Collymore explained Safaricom’s interest in financial Journalism and what he hopes will be achieved through the program.

“As the largest and most successful service provider in the region, Safaricom expectedly has keen interest in the quality of financial reporting in Kenya, and this is an interest we share with our collaborator, the renowned and prestigious Strathmore Business School,” he said.

According to Collymore, the intention of the program is to equip talented, promising journalists with the analytical skills needed for their chosen profession, this program aims to give these journalists an opportunity to sharpen their skills and perfect the complexity of their craft.

 “Our journalists are our windows to society, in addition to being the windows of others into our society, and as Kenya starts to take its place in the world, conscientious journalism is more imperative than ever. I hope this program will take as a step further to reaching our goal of quality journalism,” he added.

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