BY STAFF REPORTER
ALPHA Media Holdings (AMH)’s senior investigative reporter Obey Manayiti has been selected for the prestigious Nieman Foundation for Journalism Fellowship at Harvard University.
Manayiti will use his stint at the top American university to advance his journalistic skills around illicit financial flows and digital media, among others.
The multiple award winner is already in the US, joining journalists from other parts of the world.
Manayiti has written extensively around illicit financial flows within the extractive industry, mainly the diamond sector.
He has also written on human rights, politics and other areas that contribute to illicit financial flows under the AMH stable, Zimbabwe’s biggest private media organisation and publishers of The Standard, NewsDay and Zimbabwe Independent.
There is growing debate in many African countries on how they are failing to fully benefit from vast mineral deposits within their borders at the expense of few investors, most of whom are being protected by government officials.
Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard curator, Ann Marie Lipinski, said they were excited to welcome Manayiti as part of the 2020 class.
“We are thrilled to welcome Obey Martin to the Nieman Foundation at Harvard and honoured to support his important research into illicit financial flows,” she said.
“We also look forward to working with him in his efforts to advance data and digital journalism in Zimbabwe.
“Obey is a talented journalist who is joining an impressive class of 27 others from around the world.
“We know we have much to learn from him too, and are grateful to his newsroom for supporting his fellowship year.”
Kholwani Nyathi, The Standard editor, said Manayiti’s stint at Harvard would benefit the publication immensely.
“Obey is an upcoming investigative journalist who has already done amazing work and the fellowship is a chance for him to upgrade his skills as an investigative reporter,” he said.
“We have no doubt that his stint at Harvard will lift our continuous efforts to raise the bar when it comes to investigative journalism in Zimbabwe.”