New journalism programmes from the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2016

by Derek Thorne
Thursday, 25 February 2016 10:15 GMT

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In 2016 the Thomson Reuters Foundation is seeking to work with leading journalists, editors and media managers in a range of new programmes that aim to promote excellence in journalism across the world.

The programmes cover topics such as aid spending, mobile journalism, and the coverage of taboo subjects. Some are global while others have a regional focus. All will result in the production of original, high-quality coverage addressing key issues and advancing journalism standards.

Here are the programmes - click on the links to find out how to take part.

Tomorrow's News: this global programme will help media outlets to produce high quality digital content on a tight budget, and to understand what kind of content could work best for their audience. The programme will draw on the latest knowledge on media trends from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, together with media skills from Thomson Reuters and media innovations from across the world. Click here to learn more.

Reporting taboos: this global programme is seeking to work with journalists in countries where certain topics are rarely, if ever, discussed - abortion, mental health, and LGBTI issues are just a few examples. It will provide training and ongoing editorial guidance to help journalists produce what may be their country's first in-depth, comprehensive coverage of an unspoken issue - while assessing and minimising risk throughout. Click here to learn more.

Following the aid money: focusing on sub-Saharan Africa, this programme is looking to work with journalists who are keen to scrutinise how aid money is spent. It will support the production of investigations, features and series looking at specific allocations of funding, as well as bigger issues such as the impact of aid policy decisions. Click here to learn more.

Reporting women in the Middle East and North Africa: media coverage of women's stories in the MENA region frequently reinforces stereotypes and we are looking for journalists who wish to change that with accurate, evidence-based reporting and engaging storytelling. The programme, which will be conducted in Arabic, will involve both journalists and photojournalists. Click here to learn more.

Investigative sports reporting: this programme will engage journalists from Latin America and support them to investigate how sport is governed. Participants will receive training and ongoing editorial support to help them produce specific stories and investigations. This programme will be conducted in Spanish. Click here to learn more.

You are welcome to share these opportunities - and if you have any queries please email trfmedia@thomsonreuters.com. You can also follow the Foundation's Media Development team on Twitter to get regular updates.

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