Barclays Africa has sponsored twenty financial journalists in its annual data journalism training in South Africa. The program which is an annual event is in collaboration with Rhodes University. It forms part of the university’s Highway Africa Conference and was concluded earlier this month. The Data Journalism Master Class provides business journalists with a high-level refresher course on how to report on complex financial matters.
As part of this year’s sponsorship, twenty participants from Ghana, Botswana, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Seychelles are being trained in capital markets, sovereign debt, as well as cleaning and visualizing data. The participants include; Jessica Ayorkor Aryee of Citi Fm’s as well as Richard Abbey and Ama Amankwah Baafi from Business & Financial Times and Graphics Business respectively. The annual Highway Africa conference brings together over 300 media professionals from across Africa. This year’s theme – Media, Accountability, and Local Governance, explores the role that journalism plays in holding local government officials accountable.
The Head of Communications at Barclays Africa Group, Songezo Zibi said, “Financial journalism is very important because it enables ordinary people to make sense of what is happening in the economy, and to take considered decisions.”