Reporting on Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

27 April - 29 April
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The global trade in human beings is bigger today than at any time in history. Estimates of the numbers of people caught in modern slavery vary from 21 million to 36 million in an industry worth more than $150 billion in illegal profits a year. It’s one of the biggest stories of our time. Yet a lot of reporting on trafficking and forced labour is mired in cliché, myth and misconception. It often lacks nuanced understanding of the causes of the scourge and the tools to fight it.

Thomson Reuters Foundation’s three-day Reporting Trafficking and Slavery course in Singapore is a unique chance for Asian journalists to gain specialist expertise and hands-on training, with an emphasis on producing high-impact stories for widespread dissemination.

On the second day, they will have unfettered access to the Trust Forum Asia conference, bringing together some of the region's most influential business and thought leaders, from corporate CEOs to human rights advocates, to media leaders and award-winning lawyers.

As well as coming away with a deep understanding of the scale, nature and causes of the problem, participants will learn about efforts to set global standards for combating modern slavery, including fundamental conventions, international instruments and a new, legally binding protocol that requires countries to take real action.

They will discuss the role of media in raising awareness, reducing vulnerability and holding to account governments, law enforcement and businesses. Attendees will look at innovative approaches to fighting trafficking and forced labour and scrutinise the quest for integrated policy responses across borders.

A major focus will be on the ethics of reporting slavery, from how to interact sensitively with traumatised survivors to getting past journalists’ own preconceived notions and stereotypes. We will cover safety issues, particularly when it comes to dealing with sources and reporting on organised crime.

The workshop will be led by Timothy Large, former director of media development at Thomson Reuters Foundation. Prior to that, he was editor-in-chief of the Foundation’s award-winning news services covering the world’s under-reported stories, including humanitarian issues, human rights, corruption and climate change. Before that, he was a Reuters correspondent.

 

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Start date: Apr 27, 2016

End date: Apr 29, 2016

Location: Singapore, Singapore

Application deadline: Mar 14, 2016

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Applicants must be Asian full-time journalists or regular contributors to broadcast media organisations. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country, must be a senior journalist with a minimum of three years’ professional experience and have 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 can fund  travel expenses and accommodation for participants travelling from outside Singapore. This arrangement is subject to variation. If you have any questions please email: TRFMedia@thomsonreuters.com
 

Submissions:Back to top

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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