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Big Task for Journalists after Training

Big Task for Journalists after Training
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August 27
05:02 2014

A  big task lies ahead for 10 regional financial journalists at the end of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Economic Reporting Workshop in Suva yesterday.

This is so to enable the general public to understand the way the economy works, what makes it tick, its indicators and what implications it has on them.

Trainer and veteran journalist from Thomson Reuters Foundation, Mathieu Robbins, said it was imperative for journalists to promote better understanding of economics and transparency in their countries.

“First of all, promoting the understanding of economics among the population here (in the region) and to promote transparency for investors,” Mr Robbins said.

“Better understanding as journalists on how the economy works, what the issues are for the region and also understanding how to clearly present them to people and readers so that the general population can better understand the impact of economic issues on their lives.”

Mr Robbins has worked for two of the world’s top financial services, Reuters and Bloomberg and said the contribution the participating journalists had made was very good.

“They’ve been trying to get their heads around to look at new issues that they haven’t necessarily looked at properly as part of their coverage,” he said.

“In this region, you’re not necessarily exposed to all the different markets that you’d be exposed to working as a financial journalist in London or New York.”

Smaller markets

This is true as Fiji and the rest of the South Pacific islands deal with either smaller stock markets or no markets at all.

And for the regional financial journalists, it is up to them now to put training and discussions to action as the region moves to more development and growth moving forward.

Feedback:  ranobab@fijisun.com.fj

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