Navigating financial news reporting in the digital era

Archived photo of Mulligan conducting an Advanced Financial Reporting workshop in Beijing for young and mid-career journalists of Xinhua News Agency.

– by Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, Oct 10: A three-day workshop on ‘Financial News Reporting in 4.0 Era’ for the mass media fraternity will be held at Waterfront Hotel here starting today.

The workshop is important as new scepticisms are needed in the field of journalism today, which sees news shaping reality and not just reporting reality. Journalists today will need to be able to identify new canons of journalism in an environment that sees technical versus cultural impacts.

Organised by Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) Sarawak and Commonwealth Journalists Association (Sarawak branch) with the support of Sarawak Energy, the participants would be exposed to the new era of financial news reporting, new canons of storytelling and critical insight on digital market trends, like the cryptocurrency market.

The workshop formed part of Azam’s goals to help update the mass media in Sarawak on the latest skills and good practices in financial news reporting; further enhance journalism in Sarawak, specifically in financial news reporting in the digital era; and help upskill local journalists/writers in analysing and interpreting international and global market/business trends for greater relevance to local audiences.

Mass communication students will also benefit from this compact and very informative workshop from media veterans and professionals.

The main facilitator for the workshop will be a media trainer and former Financial Times UK staff writer Martin Mulligan.

Mulligan has a 25-year career as a journalist with the Financial Times, and his particular interests include internet and new technology adoption in the developing world.

He has wide experience of the challenges facing financial journalists in emerging markets, having run training courses in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

Also giving a talk is the BFM Edge B School executive director Noelle Lim, who will provide a national perspective during her session on business and technology on the radio. Lim is a former vice president (Corporate Communications) at DBS Bank Singapore and presenter at BFM Media.

She has also been a contributor to Forbes Asia.

A representative from Sarawak Multimedia Authority will also be speaking at the session on creating a cashless lifestyle in Sarawak through Sarawak Pay, the Sarawak Digital Economy roadmap as well as on upcoming Sarawak Pay app development.

Assistant Minister of Corporate Affairs Abdullah Saidol is expected to officiate at the closing of the workshop on Oct 12.

For more information, contact Azam communications officer Nissa Normin at 082-411799. — DayakDaily