Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) on Tuesday conducted a training workshop for local business journalists in order to equip them with stock market reporting skills. BSE Main Committee Chairperson, Lt. Gen Tebogo Masire, said the training was essential in such that reporters have not been specifically trained for such reporting and at times end up distorting the facts. The training workshop was facilitated by Nozipho Mbajwa of CNBC Africa who told journalists that they should always strive to simplify the topic to the general public as recipients of information. Mbajwa said reporters should try to break down the story to readers and stay away from using financial terminologies that would make readers lose interest in reading or listening to such stories. Mbajwa – who presents a financial market show for CNBC Africa – further told journalists to always look beyond the numbers for a story as she said that is where stories are mostly found. She urged reporters to always remember that stories that they are doing are meant for public consumption and not for themselves or their sources, and as such they should always ensure that the story is delivered in a simple form. She urged the reporters to approach unsolicited interviews with care to avoid pushing agenda of some people. Meanwhile BSE Chief Executive, Thapelo Tsheole, said they remain open to dealing with the media which is corroborated by their response rate to media questions. He said the BSE come tops in terms of their response rate to the media questions as they have set themselves a target of responding the same day or the following to any media enquiries.