Thomson Reuters Foundation Calls for Application from Broadcast Journalists


The Thomson Reuters Foundation is inviting applications from broadcast journalists for its ‘Writing and Reporting News’ Training course scheduled to take place between May 13 – 17, 2013 in London.

Ms Monique Villa, CEO Thomson Reuters Foundation

The core activity concerns the actual writing and reporting of news, as practiced by Reuters and other global agencies. Practical exercises form the core of the program, with an emphasis on improving basic reporting and writing skills including accuracy, impartiality, speed, clarity and structure. The course will help participants recognise their good habits and provide them the time and space to work on their weak points, within a mentored framework.

Prospective applicants should be working journalists or regular contributors to broadcast media organizations. They must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country, have at least two years’ professional experience and a good level in spoken and written English.

The course combines face-to-face teaching with online study starting with five days in London followed by online modules made up of ten units of study.  Organisers anticipate that each online unit will take about two weeks to complete and the modules can be completed in six months.

Prospective applicants who have benefitted from the Thomson Reuters Foundation training programme within the last two years are not eligible to apply.

Full bursaries are available for journalists from the developing world/countries in political transition working for organisations with no resources for training. It would cover air travel expenses (economy class), accommodation and a modest living allowance. The cost of the online modules will be included in the full bursary.

Part-funded bursaries are also available for journalists from the developing world/countries in political transition who work for organisations that have limited resources for training. In this instance Thomson Reuters Foundation waives the tuition cost and the participant will be expected to cover travel and accommodation costs as well as the cost of the online modules.

Interested and qualified journalists would be expected to write and send a short biography, a statement of their works and what they hope to gain from this course, and a recent published article.

Deadline for submission of applications is February 25, 2013.

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