Writing and Reporting News Course in London

Deadline: 15 November 2013
Open to: journalists worldwide with at least two years of professional experience – journalists from developing countries are eligible for full and partial bursaries to cover the costs of the course.
Venue: 10-14 February 2014 in London, England


Thomas Reuters is offering a course on Writing and Reporting News on 10-14 February 2014 in London, United Kingdom.

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 programme, with an emphasis on improving basic reporting and writing skills including accuracy, impartiality, speed, clarity and structure. The course will help journalists recognise their good habits and provide them the time and space to work on their weak points, within a mentored framework. The course combines face-to-face teaching with online study. It starts with five days in London followed by online modules made up of ten units of study. It is anticipated each online unit will take about two weeks to complete and the modules can be completed in six months.


All applicants for Thomson Reuters Foundation training courses must:

  • Currently be working as journalists or regular contributors to print, broadcast or online media organisations.
  • They must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country.
  • Have at least two years’ professional experience.
  • Have a good level in spoken and written English.

Please note: 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.

Partially-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: trustmedia@thomsonreuters.com. The cost of the ten online modules is £1,000.


The deadline for applications is 15 November 2013. You must apply using the online registration form HERE. You will be required to submit the following documents:

  • A biography of up to 250 words outlining your career
  • One recent example 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.

Please send your questions to trustmedia@thomsonreuters.com.

For further details, see the official website HERE.

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