Bloomberg starts second training program for Saudi students in Dubai

Aspiring Saudi journalists attend a training session in the Dubai bureau of Bloomberg News. (Supplied)
Updated 10 September 2018
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Bloomberg starts second training program for Saudi students in Dubai

  • Students learn about data-driven journalism
  • Follows earlier training session in January

LONDON: Bloomberg and the Misk Foundation have begun the second edition of their financial journalism training program in Dubai for Saudi students.
The initiative aims to advance financial education and journalism in the Kingdom through training conducted by Matthew Winkler, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Bloomberg News, and more than 20 Bloomberg journalists.
The course is based in Bloomberg’s newsroom in Dubai, where students are learning about Bloomberg’s brand of data-driven journalism in the news organization’s largest Middle East bureau.
“The Saudi participants, whose majors include finance, marketing, communications and politics, were all selected for their strong interest in journalism,” Bloomberg and the Misk Foundation said in a joint statement.
Gulf nationals have historically been under-represented in financial journalism in the region, but efforts are underway to encourage more interest from them as economic diversification efforts target the creation of jobs in financial services and other emerging sectors.
The Bloomberg course gives students an intensive grounding in covering regional markets, reporting on companies and finance, journalistic ethics and principles, and multimedia journalism.
They will also hear directly from several senior Bloomberg News reporters from the Middle East and beyond on their own experiences, including female reporters who will discuss their careers as women in journalism in the region, the statement said.
“I am looking forward to learning more about the actual production element of working in a newsroom,” said Farah Shobokshi, 22, who recently graduated from Northeastern University in Boston and wants to work in TV production.
Some 30 aspiring Saudi journalists — 22 women and eight men — participated in the first edition of the program in January 2018.
It follows a deal between Bloomberg and the Misk Foundation in November 2016 which explores a number of joint initiatives aimed at developing cross-disciplinary and training programs to boost the skills of young media professionals in Saudi Arabia.
Bloomberg and Misk signed another agreement in March 2018 to create financial training programs and finance labs at 30 Saudi Arabian universities.


Qatar Airways announces $69 million revenue loss this year

Updated 19 September 2018
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Qatar Airways announces $69 million revenue loss this year

DUBAI: Qatar Airways says it suffered a $69 million loss this year off revenue of $11.5 billion amid a boycott of Doha by four Arab nations.
The carrier made the announcement in a statement Tuesday, over a year after the boycott saw Qatar Airways locked out the airspace of Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Qatar Airways also adjusted its profit in 2017 to $766 million off revenue of $10.7 billion.
The airline's chief executive, Akbar al-Baker, said: "This turbulent year has inevitably had an impact on our financial results, which reflect the negative effect the illegal blockade has had on our airline."
The four Arab nations are boycotting Doha in a political dispute. Mediation by Kuwait and the United States hasn't managed to stop the boycott.