African Media and Business Leaders Address Media Fellows in Kenya

16 October 2015

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Naivasha, 08 October 2015 – Today, 24 Distinguished Media Fellows from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa will join key change-makers in Kenya for the prestigious ALI Media Fellowship Programme.

Ory Okolloh-Mwangi, Omidiya; Charles Onyango Obbo, Mail & Guardian, Africa; Tom Mshindi, Nation Media Group; Ferial Haffajee, City Press SA; and Kabiru Yusuf, Daily Trust Newspaper will meet with the first class of the African Media Initiative Media Fellows in Kenya for the start of a six-day seminar that will explore the role of the media in defining Africa’s future. Bloomberg News Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief Emeritus Matthew Winkler will join the seminar via video conference to provide a presentation on the impact of globalisation, urbanisation and climate change in the 21st century.  

“In the era of interdependent markets and instant communication, every country, company and individual is affected by trends beyond any border or government. Journalism that increasingly relies on economic and market data is proving the most accurate and actionable”, said Matt Winkler, Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief Emeritus of Bloomberg News.

Senior reporters, editors and managers from respected publications in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa were selected for this inaugural media fellowship programme. For the next two years ALI Media Fellows will benefit from one-on-one conversations with global media and business experts; as well as specialised learning opportunities covering financial journalism, business, economics, data analysis and public policy.

 According to Isaac Shongwe, founder of the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI), ‘”This six day gathering takes place following the successful launch of the ALI Media Fellowship Programme and on the heels of the Fellows’ first Seminar that took place in South Africa in June 2015. Editors and managers of leading news organisations on the continent, took an honest look at issues that affect leadership in Africa’s media sector as well as the quality and impact of financial journalism on the continent. It is exciting to reconvene and observe these outstanding individuals engaging truthfully and authentically in robust discussions about values, leadership, diverse economies, business, financial journalism and Africa’s future, “said Shongwe.

The ALI Media Fellowship Programme is run in partnership with Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA).

“Editors are on the front line of content creation in media houses. Access to media experts, peers, courses and resources to enable them to be more effective is crucial. Professional development is a lifelong pursuit. I am delighted we can partner with the Africa Leadership Initiative and media houses on the continent to enhance the quality of journalism in Africa.”  BMIA’s Director, Erana Stennett, said of the partnership with ALI.

The Africa Leadership Initiative will host its third seminar in Lagos Nigeria next year.


Fiona Musana, Executive Director, ALI Media Fellowship Programme on +27780828405 or fiona.musana@alisa.co.za

 Note to the Editor:

ALI Media Fellowship Programme is made possible through a partnership with Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa, underwritten by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

For more information on the Fellows please visit http://www.alimediafellowship.org/ali-media-fellows/

The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa is a pan-African programme to build media capacity, convene international leaders and improve access to information in order to advance transparency, accountability and governance on the continent.

For more details on BMIA please contact Aguil Deng at adeng20@bloomberg.net or visit www.bmia.org