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Journalism Training

Updated: Tue, 19 Mar 2013

OUR COURSESBack to top

Thomson Reuters Foundation runs dozens of journalism training courses around the world every year. We train reporters to cover general news, finance and business, governance and corruption, elections and parliaments, women and gender equality, climate change and the environment, health and sport. We provide skills training in television, print, online and multimedia journalism and social media, and run courses on ethics and editorial decision-making.

You can also contact us with specific training training requests for your news organisation. Our trainers and consultants can create bespoke courses in a range of languages to meet your needs, drawing on the Reuters pillars of accuracy, speed and freedom from bias which have made Thomson Reuters the world’s largest news agency.

We offer training in English, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish, French and Portuguese. 

Explore the sections below to learn more about our courses - and to apply for a course, visit our Courses Feed page.

Writing and Reporting NewsBack to top

This course teaches writing and reporting of news as practiced by Thomson Reuters, the world's largest international news agency. 
 
Practical exercises are core to the programme, with a firm emphasis on improving basic reporting and writing skills, including accuracy, impartiality, speed, clarity and structure. The course will help journalists identify and strengthen good habits and provides them with the time and space to work on weak areas within a mentored learning framework. 

The course combines face-to-face teaching with online study. Participants attend an initial five-day intensive workshop in London, followed by 10 online modules of study. Each online module takes around two weeks to complete, with a view to participants completing the course within six months.

Writing Financial and Business NewsBack to top

The core activity concerns the actual writing and reporting of financial and business news as practiced by Thomson Reuters, the world's largest international news agency. 

Practical exercises form the core of the programme, with an emphasis on realistic economic news scenarios. Participants learn to report on and write about stories derived from briefings, news conferences and press releases. The course will help journalists identify and strengthen good habits and provides them with the time and space to work on weak areas within a mentored learning framework.

Making Television NewsBack to top

This five-day training course teaches creative approaches to producing TV news stories. Participants learn to develop skills in communicating visual stories effectively and ethically. They learn how to identify, write, film and produce stories with confidence and context and to maintain standards of fairness, accuracy and quality. 

Subjects include research, writing for TV, camera work and editing. Technical skills, from basic editing to two-ways and pieces to camera are covered, as are legal dangers and copyright issues. The course also covers the changing requirements of multimedia journalism and reaching new audiences through both traditional broadcasting and online platforms such as YouTube.

Lectures are supported by practical exercises and video examples. The class is run by senior Reuters television journalists, and is suitable for videojournalists, producers and camera operators, as well as general reporters.

Social Media and Digital JournalismBack to top

Guided by professional training editors, this course aims to teach participants how to get the most out of social media tools like Twitter, Reddit, Storify, YouTube and other popular social platforms. Students learn multimedia storytelling and the incorporation of social media content into their reportage, and how to address social media audiences. They are also given guidance on social media ethics and how to identify hoaxes and fake accounts. The course also covers emerging skills such as live-blogging at major events. Real life case-studies are used to boost audience-building skills.

Multimedia for JournalistsBack to top

This five-day course takes a hands-on approach to teaching the latest multimedia techniques to find, develop and record stories using video, stills, audio narration and graphics. The training includes building and editing a complete video narrative using motion and still pictures with voice over and journalistic contextualisation. 

Participants can produce a daily photo blog, learn script writing to match video and images, and undertake a series of short video-shooting exercises to build an understanding of framing, continuity and solid storytelling. At the conclusion of the course, participants receive a USB drive of resources covering photography, filming techniques, storyboarding and video-editing. The course also includes open discussions on the importance and significance of multimedia journalism.

Backpack JournalismBack to top

The tools for instant, global, visual communication now fit in your backpack: a video camera, laptop, editing software and hard drive. The era of the backpack video journalist is here. It is revolutionising the worldwide exchange of information and ideas — and changing the way we live.

This five-day intensive workshop teaches the full range of skills required for effective visual storytelling, from idea development and pitching to shooting, producing, scriptwriting, narrating and editing.  It shows how to produce powerful TV and web productions.  You also learn to market your work, using the latest and most effective social media tools. Information is power and this workshop helps you to harness that power to document and change the world.

Photo JournalismBack to top

This three-day course enables participants to develop their technical skills and to improve their ability to tell stories through images. News photography means being able to capture the essence of a story in a single moment, and to work with modern digital photographic tools without altering or embellishing an image for impact or effect. The courses are led by senior Reuters news photographers, who explain how to capture images that graphically illustrate a story without compromising integrity. 

The sessions combine discussions and dissection of examples with practical photo-shoots and editing exercises. Digital photo editing sessions show how to produce more compelling photographic coverage and to showcase work in innovative ways using multimedia skills. Ethical guidelines are shared on photographic reporting and presentation and latest technology is reviewed. Advance copy editing sessions show how to pair words and images effectively online.

Good Governance ReportingBack to top

This five-day intensive course is designed to assist journalists in combating corruption in all its forms. It offers sessions on defining and recognising corruption, and on balanced reporting of this often sensitive topic.

Participants learn to identify common forms of corruption, and to understand ways in which the media can address and report on the issue to increase public good. They are provided with training in critical thinking, and in ethical, objective approaches to investigative reporting.

Government budgets, published corporate accounts and other financial documents are explained and demystified. There are practical exercises in uncovering and reporting on corruption, including investigative journalism techniques. Participants are encouraged to deepen their awareness of legal pitfalls and risks, and to set and abide by guidelines for high-impact news, features and opinion writing on issues surrounding governance and corruption.

Elections ReportingBack to top

An intensely practical five-day course, backed by full explanation of electoral processes and the need for fair, balanced and accurate reporting of all sides of politics. It looks at advance planning, campaign coverage, pre-poll interviews and press conferences, election night reporting, exit polls, handling of results and post-election coverage. Trainees are helped to prepare a coverage plan so that they address all the main issues and report fairly on all contenders.

Reporting WomenBack to top

This 5-day intensive course is a lively and practical seminar designed to help journalists refine their skills, with particular emphasis on the coverage of issues that affect women, their opinions and rights. The themes covered include: choosing the best angle for your story; getting women to speak up; presentation skills and writing for greater impact; improving narrative quality in your news organisation; ethics and fact-checking; conveying a local or national story to a global audience; critical assessment of gender coverage in the global media; and safety for female journalists. We will also explore what female perspectives specifically bring to media coverage of an issue or event.

Reporting Crises and DisastersBack to top

The core activity concerns the challenges and techniques involved in covering international-scale crises and disasters, using Reuters and other world news organisations as a model.  We will concentrate on natural disasters and humanitarian crises of all sorts, and the special problems that can arise in covering them. Through briefings and practical writing exercises against deadlines, the course will help journalists improve their skills and recognise problem areas, within an interactive group environment. The Thomson Reuters Foundation AlertNet service will provide a central resource during the course.

Reporting on Climate ChangeBack to top

Reporting on climate change can be daunting, from making sense of the many acronyms to understanding the science, and how a shifting climate is affecting everything from agriculture to energy supplies to business. This course helps participants gain a solid understanding of climate change issues and the confidence to report on them fairly and accurately.

Participants learn to understand the underlying concepts of climate change, such as carbon emissions, energy systems and ecosystems, and how countries and communities are adapting to climate shifts and trying to mitigate them. The course looks at climate politics and finances, and at how climate change is impacting issues such as health, food and water security, deforestation and renewable energy. Experienced Thomson Reuters Foundation trainers help participants learn to write stories that are both powerful and accurate, and that bring home the likely impact of climate change to the lives of their audiences. The course typically includes a visit to a climate-change-relevant site.

Health ReportingBack to top

Our course targets journalists and health writers who need to get the most out of medical and community health stories, including medical and surgical advances and medical ethics. The broad aim of the course is to enable journalists to write stories on these issues in a way that is impactful, easy to read and informative as well as being accurate, balanced and responsible. Participants attend presentations by prominent experts, which are run more as mock news conferences than lectures, to encourage lively questioning and reporting. There is a strong emphasis on writing news stories to set deadlines, and all work is assessed by senior journalists.

HIV/AIDS and TB ReportingBack to top

This course is designed to encourage journalists to write with confidence, accuracy and responsibly on issues surrounding HIV/AIDS – sociological, developmental, economic and clinical.  We do this through a mixture of expert briefings, discussions, practical writing exercises and outside visits.  The course usually features a high-profile public panel debate. 

Journalists are encouraged to treat briefings and visits as news-gathering opportunities and report on them for their publications in real time or later as features.  The course is a unique opportunity to share experience among a diverse group of journalists, and participants are asked to come prepared to brief the group on the HIV/AIDS situation in their home countries.

Sports ReportingBack to top

This course addresses the commercial, political and cultural importance of sport and its unifying role in fostering dialogue between the nations of the world. It aims to increase the confidence of sports journalists in providing a fast and informed reporting service without sacrificing accuracy and balance. It also helps them find unusual angles and features to complement their core coverage. It also provides an introduction to the particular skills required to cover an Olympic Games.

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