Thomson Reuters offers Training Course on Reporting Trafficking and Slavery

Reporting Trafficking and Slavery
17 November – 21 November 2014

The global trade in human flesh is bigger today than at any time in history. Some 30 million people are enslaved worldwide, victims of an illegal and odious industry worth more $150 billion in profits a year. Yet human trafficking and slavery remain among the world’s most under-reported stories.

Thomson Reuters Foundation’s one-week Reporting Slavery Course is an unprecedented chance to gain practical skills and knowledge along with unimpeded access to some of the biggest thinkers in the anti-slavery fight at the annual Trust Women Conference, including top policymakers, law enforcers and survivors themselves.

All participants will receive free admission to Trust Women Day Two for exclusive networking, reportage and interview opportunities with modern-day slavery and trafficking experts on site. They will be expected to produce real stories from the conference, with the possibility of publishing content on and the global Reuters News wire.
You’ll learn to think across traditional news desks, seeing how coverage of slavery and trafficking involve:

-Crime stories spanning organized criminal networks, law enforcement and justice
-Political stories involving the success or failure of governments and international organizations to legislate solutions
-Corruption stories due to the official complicity that allow trafficking and slavery to thrive
-Business stories as pressure mounts on companies to clean up supply chains and consumers demand slave-free products
-Human rights stories that cut to the heart of some of the biggest social justice issues of our day – not least women’s and child rights
-Social stories spanning everything from the psychological needs of survivors to the conditions that make people vulnerable in the first place, including poverty, climate change, migration, urbanization and humanitarian crises.

This is an opportunity to forge specialist expertise on the anvil of a high-level global event with a view to producing high-impact stories for widespread dissemination.

Start date: Nov 17, 2014

End date: Nov 21, 2014

Location: London, UK – England and Wales

Application deadline: Oct 06, 2014


Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors to broadcast media organisations. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country, must be a senior journalist with a minimum of three years’ professional experience and have a good level in spoken and written English.If you have been on a Thomson Reuters Foundation training programme within the last two years you will not be eligible to apply.


Thomson Reuters Foundation offers:

Full bursaries for journalists from the developing world/countries in political transition working for organisations with no resources for training. Bursaries would include air travel expenses (economy class), accommodation and a modest living allowance. This arrangement is subject to variation. The cost of the online modules will be included in the full bursary.

Part-funded bursaries are 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. In exceptional circumstances journalists from the developed world will be considered for part-funded bursaries. The cost of the online modules would not be covered by Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Thomson Reuters Foundation also offers training for journalists from any region from an organisation that has the resources to fully cover the following costs of the programme: tuition fees: £200 per day (£1000 for a 5-day London course), travel and accommodation costs and living expenses.Thomson Reuters Foundation would provide a list of hotels for participants who require accommodation in London. If you have any questions please email:


A biography of up to 250 words outlining your career

Two recent examples of your published work, preferably relevant to the course for which you are applying, with a brief summary in English (if necessary). TV/Radio journalists can send in their scripts and a brief summary.

A statement of between 250 and 500 words describing any factors affecting your work as a journalist. Explain how you hope to benefit from the course for which you are applying.

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