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Are you training your journalists?

PwC, the accounting conglomerate, spends well over US$250million each year on internal professional development.

The figure was cited in the Financial Times on Feb 22 in a story headlined: PwC finds the doctor knows best, which talked about PwC working with Duke University to help develop a training programme.

It brings into sharp contrast what newspapers are, or rather, NOT spending on training its journalists.

I know of many many newspapers around the world where training is not given its due attention. In fact, there are so many journalists who tell me they have never attended one single training course in their entire careers!

This is very sad indeed.

Newspaper editors ought to realise that training of journalists is of absolute importance if they wish to make their newspapers better.