US embassy trains female journalists

Female journalists from various media houses last week benefited from a business and financial reporting workshop conducted under the US Embassy Women Journalist Mentorship Program.

Journalists display their certificates after a business reporting workshop.
Journalists display their certificates after a business reporting workshop.

Organised in partnership with the Humanitarian Information and Facilitation Centre, the one-week training event aimed to enable the journalists to cover business stories more effectively.

A report by Gender Links, in partnership with the Women’s Coalition, stated that Zimbabwean media houses ere among 108 gender and media centres of excellence in 12 SADC countries.

Read the report: “By August 2013, 47 media houses representing 90 newsrooms had developed and adopted gender policies – an improvement from the Glass Ceiling study of 2009 spanning more than 14 African countries, where only 16 of the surveyed media houses indicated that they had gender policies.”

The trainees were presented with certificates at a ceremony attended by the US ambassador to Zimbabwe, Bruce Wharton.

Said Gamuchirai Masiyiwa, a freelance journalist based in Harare: “This boosted my capacity to grow in the industry. It helped correct my assumption that the business desk is difficult and is a preserve of those that are extra good in mathematics.”

Cherly Khuphe said the training presented a new window of opportunity to contribute towards the development of the country.

“My visit to the stock exchange showed me how I can come up with good business stories that enhance and are an insight into the economic performance of our country,” said Khupe.

Michelle Chifamba added: “It changed my attitude towards writing business stories and I believe that, in the next few months, I am going to be more of a business reporter.”

The 15 female journalists came from various media houses, including The Zimbabwean, The Herald, The Zimbabwe Mail and Zi- Fm.

The embassy’s mentoring programme draws on the expertise of journalism professionals and covers leadership and management skills as well as reporting ability.

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