First Bank Sponsors Journalists to London for International Course

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In continuation of its commitment to enhance capacity building in the media industry, First Bank of Nigeria Limited is sponsoring selected Nigerian journalists across various media platforms for a four-day broad-based international Advanced Financial Journalism Course at the prestigious Press Association Centre in London, United Kingdom. The course which kicked off on Monday, June 23, 2014 will run from till Thursday, June 26, 2014.

The highly successful international training programme is currently in its second year and falls under the Bank’s widely acknowledged intervention initiative tagged, “Media Thought Leadership Capacity Enhancement Initiative”.

As in the previous year, the journalists who cut across from different beats including online, electronic and print journalism will be trained in core financial journalism which will cover macro and micro economics reporting as well as reporting and writing on and about corporates. The course will also take into consideration other aspects of reporting such as health, culture, brand, CSR and writing for social media. On the fourth day of the training programme, the journalists will pay visits to the London Stock Exchange, Financial Times and BBC.

Riva Elliott, Managing Director of PMA Media Training said: “PMA and the Press Association will be providing an excellent training experience to the delegates during their stay here. Our tutors are practical people who have years of experience both in practice and in classroom environments. We are particularly glad to be providing this training for the second year running, which we believe will greatly improve the quality of work that the delegates do. We look forward to having them here in London.”

According to the Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, FirstBank, Mrs. Folake Ani-Mumuney, “at FirstBank, we are happy to be sponsoring this international capacity training programme, now in its second year. FirstBank is interested in the quality of journalism practice in the country and we are committed to doing what we can to see that this quality is continuously upgraded from time to time.

“First Bank is a long term partner in capacity development and empowerment and we are committed to supporting this initiative, working with different recognized partners and stakeholders from within and outside the country to provide excellent training opportunities that would enhance the capacity of Nigerian journalists. With these batch of journalists going for this training, the number of those that have benefitted from the Bank’s training sessions have risen to 50. As more journalists benefit from the training, we believe that FirstBank would have succeeded in improving the quality of coverage, reporting and writing that we see in the Nigerian media. FirstBank will continue to make sure that this happens in the long term.” she said.

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