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Writers and editors in the business department are not without reason considered the hidden avant-garde of the journalism trade: Providing shrewd analysis in an environment which grows more complex and interdependent by the minute, breaking down economic developments and communicating them to the reader in an intelligible manner for sure is no easy, but no less important task – especially in Oman.
Over the next decade, the Sultanate at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula is facing the momentous challenge of diversifying its economy and creating tens of thousands of new jobs. With their reporting, business journalists in Oman can make a significant contribution to the development of their country’s economic policy, inform young Omanis about opportunities and challenges in the labour market as well as encourage them to pursue a career in the private sector.
The third media training for young journalists, which will take place 1 – 5 March 2015 in Muscat, will provide 15 aspiring journalists, all students at Sultan Qaboos University, with necessary skills to carry out investigative reporting in the field of economics and business. The workshop will be led by Anne Allmeling, an independent journalist and alumni of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s scholarship programme for young journalists, and Turki Al Balushi, the founder and editor-in-chief of Oman’s first online newspaper, Al Balad. This year’s workshop marks the fifth cooperation between the Regional Office Gulf States and Sultan Qaboos University.