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Thomson Reuters Foundation June Newsletter

This month at the Thomson Reuters Foundation: we're recognised in three categories at this year's SOPA Awards; we help journalists uncover Africa's tax havens; TrustLaw produces the first-ever guide for social enterprises in Argentina; and Place launches its own dedicated newsletter.

This newsletter keeps you up to date with the latest news, events, and developments from our key programmes: free legal assistance, media development and training, coverage of the world’s under-reported stories, and Trust Women.

Foundation Wins SOPA Award

Our work has been recognized in three categories at this year's SOPA awards in Hong Kong. Our editorial team has won the SOPA Award for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment for a special series of features on climate change innovation. We also received a Honourable Mention for Excellence in Reporting on Women’s Issues for a series of stories on Indian women in the workforce. Myanmar Now, the independent news agency set up in Burma by the Foundation, was awarded an Honourable Mention for Excellence in Investigative Journalism.

Helping Social Enterprises in Argentina

To support the rise of Latin America's fast-growing social entrepreneurship sector, TrustLaw is launching a new guide specifically dedicated to Argentina in partnership with the Inclusive Business Network of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (ENI Di Tella) and top legal teams including Estudio Beccar Varela, HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The unique guide, to be launched in Buenos Aires on June 29, helps social entrepreneurs navigate the array of legal structures available when registering a social enterprise. Visit our website or contact us here to learn more.

Helping Journalists Report on Africa’s Tax Havens

Our Wealth of Nations programme continues to support journalists reporting on illicit finance across Africa. We assisted Finance Uncovered in their investigation exposing a little-known offshore business registry that created tens of thousands of anonymous companies and registered them to a non-existent address in Monrovia, Liberia. Last year, we also supported two newsrooms in Cape Verde investigating the risks related to proposals aiming to turn the country into a tax haven. The relevant policy was later dropped by the government.

Fantastic Place

Land and property rights are some of the world’s most significant yet least reported issues. In order to shed light on these topics, last month, we launched Place, the first-ever news platform exclusively dedicated to coverage of land and property rights. Our exclusive reportage has recently put the focus on the impact of weak property rights on youth in Brazil’s favelas, and the many reasons why protecting indigenous rights could be the key to slowing deforestation. Want to stay up to date with the latest coverage? Sign up to the newsletter here

Mobile is King

Smartphones have become our preferred tool to access news. This is the main takeaway from this year’s Digital News Report, the headline publication from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ). Another major takeaway: video is growing, but text remains king.You can read the entire findings of the fascinating report here. This month, the RISJ is also launching  two fellowship applications for mid-career journalists working in Lebanon, Palestine, Syria or Hong Kong. Interested? Find out more.

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