Editorial Judgment

23 March - 27 March
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This course is designed to enhance editorial judgment in the choice of pictures, text and other media and in newsroom management. It is designed to protect a media company brand by making logical ethical decisions on the use of media material. This course would be of particular benefit to senior journalists such as editors, news editors and assignment editors.

A mixture of lectures and presentations interweaved with case studies designed to place participants in decision-making dilemmas that can trigger discussions on the latest changes in the media professions. Courses that are heavily-weighted to text will ask participants to write stories throughout the course, with personal feedback.

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

Publish accurate, balanced, fair and objective stories, images and video material.
Spot potential hoaxes and handle rumours in an authoritative manner.
Identify potential legal problems, particularly in defamation and privacy.
Explain the provisions of the applicable contents of the Code of Conduct and guidelines.
Develop the intuition to identify potential right-against-wrong dilemmas and solve them.
Deploy simple philosophical arguments to try and resolve right-against-right issues.
Call short meetings of colleagues to resolve problem issues quickly.

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Start date: Mar 23, 2015

End date: Mar 27, 2015

Location: London, UK – England and Wales

Application deadline: Feb 16, 2015

Eligibility:Back to top

Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors to broadcast media organisations and have a minimum of 5 years experience. This course would be of particular benefit to senior journalists such as editors, news editors and assignment editors.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country, must be a senior journalist with a good level in spoken and written English.If you have been on a Thomson Reuters Foundation training programme within the last two years you will not be eligible to apply.

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Thomson Reuters Foundation offers:

Full bursaries for journalists from the developing world/countries in political transition working for organisations with no resources for training. Bursaries would include air travel expenses (economy class), accommodation and a modest living allowance. This arrangement is subject to variation.

Part-funded bursaries are available for journalists from the developing world/countries in political transition who work for organisations that have limited resources for training, in this instance Thomson Reuters Foundation waives the tuition cost and the participant will be expected to cover travel and accommodation costs. In exceptional circumstances journalists from the developed world will be considered for part-funded bursaries.

Thomson Reuters Foundation also offers training for journalists from any region from an organisation that has the resources to fully cover the following costs of the programme: tuition fees: £200 per day (£1000 for a 5-day London course), travel and accommodation costs and living expenses.Thomson Reuters Foundation would provide a list of hotels for participants who require accommodation in London. If you have any questions please email: TRFMedia@thomsonreuters.com

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A biography of up to 250 words outlining your career

Two recent examples of your published work, preferably relevant to the course for which you are applying, with a brief summary in English (if necessary). TV/Radio journalists can send in their scripts and a brief summary.

A statement of between 250 and 500 words describing any factors affecting your work as a journalist. Explain how you hope to benefit from the course for which you are applying.

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