Bloomberg and the Misk Foundation have begun the second edition of an intensive, week-long financial journalism training program in Dubai for Saudi students. The initiative aims to advance financial education and journalism in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through training conducted by Matthew Winkler, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Bloomberg News, and more than 20 Bloomberg journalists and analysts from London and the Middle East.
The course is based in Bloomberg’s newsroom in Dubai, where students are learning about Bloomberg's brand of data-driven journalism in the news organization's largest Middle East bureau. Bloomberg Television produces its morning show “Daybreak: Middle East” from its studios in Dubai.
The Saudi participants, whose majors include finance, marketing, communications and politics, were all selected for their strong interest in journalism. Thirty aspiring Saudi journalists -- 22 women and eight men -- participated in the first edition of the program, which took place in January 2018. Their majors ranged from journalism and marketing, to finance.
During the week, the students are learning firsthand about covering regional markets, reporting on companies and finance, journalistic ethics and principles, and recieve training in multimedia journalism. They will also interact directly with several senior Bloomberg News reporters from the Middle East and hear about their own experiences, including female reporters who will discuss their careers as women in journalism in the region.
These training programs follow the signing of an agreement between Bloomberg and the Misk Foundation in November 2016 which explores a number of joint initiatives. The collaboration sees Bloomberg deliver education and training programs to enhance the skills and knowledge of young finance and media professionals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Bloomberg and Misk also signed an agreement in March 2018 which will create financial training programs and finance labs at 30 Saudi Arabian universities, and equip 250 Saudi Arabian companies with market trainings, tools and resources.