Trade reporters see themselves as having a duty to report in a way that educates the public, makes them aware of the decisions that government officials are about to make and explains how these will affect ordinary people. Local journalists, driven by local stories, usually find it hard to comprehend the actions of international players. As for international debates involving Africa, it is hard for a journalist to keep up -- especially when there are no specialized reporters. Journalists could play a major role in helping business sectors break into new markets, but they are not consulted enough. So the coverage is usually disjointed, rambling and at times stale. There is an urgent need to train a pool of African journalists to exclusively follow globalization stories from an informed perspective.
Reporting On Trade: A Kenyan View
Covering trade issues in the South is no mean feat when most of the drama and decision-making sessions take place a long way away and government bodies do not want to part with information.Yet journalists are supposed to be the watchdog for millions of people who are not aware of what is hap...