First Bank takes journalists to London for training

By The Rainbow

First Bank MD, Bisi Onasanya
First Bank of Nigeria Limited has sponsored 10 journalists for a weeklong training in London, United Kingdom.

The training programme , which is part of its intervention programme in line with its engagement for brand building and media empowerment, started three years ago with 15 journalists selected across media houses and writing beats to acquire advanced skills in journalism.

This years' training, the third, after highly successful first two editions in 2013 and 2014, brings together journalists from both print and electronic media to learn modern techniques of sustainable financial reporting for the future of Nigeria in the digital age.

The training programme, which focuses on macroeconomic analysis, financial journalism, social media news reporting and integration, corporate responsibility and sustainability, will run till Thursday.

Declaring the training open, Folake Ani-Mumuney, the Group Head Marketing and Corporate Communications for FirstBank, said: “In furtherance of FirstBank's drive to support knowledge-based journalism among Nigerian practitioners, the Bank decided to partner with the UK-based media training firm, Philip Harrison Associates International, to organize a training and excursion programme for select Nigerian journalists.”

Ani-Mumuney implored participants to take advantage of this unique training to equip themselves in order to boosts their reportage skills that would in turn help to boost the socio economic development of Nigeria and the world in general.

Highlights of the training include a three-day rigorous classroom work where participants will be taken through the rudiments of macroeconomic reporting.

The lecturer for the course, John Coppock, discussed with journalists on where we are now with global economics.

Discussions will also hold on economic comparism between Britain and Nigeria's place in the world money talks, such as the main types of market and what to look out for when reporting; derivatives such as oil futures, interbank finance; and the new threat of cybercrime.

The training programme will be rounded off with courtesy visits to the London Stock Exchange, London West End, British Broadcasting Corporation and other leading media houses in the UK.

FirstBank has in the past three years sponsored the training of over 100 media professionals in its Media Empowerment Programme both locally and abroad.

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