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What's On at the Thomson Reuters Foundation

This month at the Thomson Reuters Foundation: YouTube star vloggers descend on Trust Women to connect millennials with hard-hitting social issues; we take home a major film prize; and TrustLaw launches an interactive guide to help social enterprises in the UK. 

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  

YouTube star vloggers at Trust Women

YouTube creators from around the world are taking part in the #Ichoosetosee initiative engaging their audiences with under-reported topics such as modern-day slavery, breaking social taboos and the refugee crisis. These themes will be addressed at Trust Women on November 30 and December 1 in London. Some of YouTube’s biggest stars are participating in the global initiative including: Fun for Louis; Soul Pancake; and Fly With Haifa. Check out what they have been saying so far and stay tuned for more.


Showcasing impact

Our media development team showcased some the impact of our Wealth of Nations programme at the  African Investigative Journalism Conference in Johannesburg. Wealth of Nations supports African journalists investigating illicit money. Among the stories highlighted, was the work of a journalist who exposed corruption at the hear of Malawi's biggest charities. The story was covered in American and British media.

‘Be a Man’ Documentary on Balkan Male Identity Wins Film Prize

Our documentary, “Post-War Machismo: Be a Man” won the prestigious Ron Kovic Peace Prize. Directed by Thomson Reuters Foundation Director of Visual Liz Mermin, the film features sixteen-year-old Dragan Kisin who turned his life around from being a thug to become a community leader and non-violence advocatel. Dragan is part of CARE International’s Young Men Initiative in the Balkans


Reporting on Victims of Sexual Violence

Can journalists help secure justice for the victims of sexual violence? In collaboration with the Frontline Club, we held an in-depth discussion on the ethical concerns that arise when documenting the experiences of survivors of sexual violence. Panelists including Belinda Goldsmith, Editor-in-Chief of the Foundation and Liz Ford, Deputy Editor at the Guardian’s Global development, discussed the ethical challenges for journalists reporting on the topic and engaging with survivors. 

Helping Social Ventures

Social entrepreneurs in the UK can now determine the right legal structure for their organisation using a new interactive tool and legal guide launched by TrustLaw, our global pro bono service, in partnership with UnLtd and Morrison Foerster. The tool contains 12 questions that help social entrepreneurs identify legal forms suitable to their needs, navigate the pros and cons of each, and receive detailed guidance on how to set these up. Try the tool and read the legal guide.

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