Betty Njeru, a sub-editor at the Standard Media Group, has been selected to attend this year’s Annual Sanlam Summer School for Financial Journalism in South Africa.
This year’s session runs from 10th November to 16th November 2019 at Pecan Manor in Hartbeespoort, just outside Johannesburg, and is set to host 29 journalists from newsrooms across the continent.
In her role as a sub-editor, Betty’s responsibility is to write, edit, proofread and monitor content on the Standard Digital website. She is also responsible for publishing content and optimizing it for online consumption.
The Summer School is a training programme for emerging journalists with three years or less work experience in reporting on business and finance.
Sanlam Kenya Group CEO Dr Patrick Tumbo said the training of financial journalists is aimed at increasing their capacity to report on corporate governance, a critical part of businesses across the world.
“The media is working in a space where digital has changed the business model significantly and journalists have to work faster and deliver content for multiple platforms,” Mr Tumbo said.
“There is need to explore how to meet this demand while delivering quality in-depth pieces particularly in financial reporting, where stories tend to be light in nature.”
As a subsidiary of the Sanlam Group, Sanlam Kenya participates in this programme by extending invitations to suitable financial journalists from the country, in collaboration with the main office in South Africa.
Established in 2003, the programme has trained and up-skilled dozens of business journalists over the years and today has more than 490 successful journalists among its alumni. Sanlam has trained 3 journalists since 2016, making Betty Njeruthe fourth.