Thomson Reuters Foundation Workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia

Deadline: 7 February 2020
Open to: journalists working in Georgia, Moldova, Azerbaijan or Armenia
Benefits: funded costs for travel, accommodation and meal expenses for participants travelling from outside Tbilisi


Public health has a direct impact on social and economic development and thus, health literacy is an investment in our future. It saves lives. The role that vaccines play in reducing the burden of disease around the world is well documented, from the eradication of smallpox to massive declines in infant mortality. Immunization saves up to 3 million lives annually.

However, in a media age dominated by ‘fake-news’ and conspiracy theories, vaccine safety has been brought into the spotlight as the anti-vaccine movements find new audiences and supporters.

Traditional mainstream and social media channels need to be mobilized and inspired to effectively combat the spread of misinformation and educate their audiences on the benefits of vaccines, how they work, and the consequences of the anti-vaccine movement for society at large. There are a number of challenges, including the need for journalists to understand and distill often-complex science, the role of key immunization stakeholders, and the requirement to find stories that resonate with their audiences.

Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Sabin Vaccine Institute, a non-profit committed to expanding access to and uptake of vaccines globally, are conducting a three-day workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia, for journalists from Georgia, Moldova, Azerbaijan and Armenia.  The workshop, presented in both English and Russian, provides a unique opportunity to gain practical skills and knowledge from experienced Reuters journalists, scientists and health professionals.  There will be an emphasis on producing high-impact stories for dissemination in the journalists’ own media with effective, accurate and timely content.

Attendees and experts will discuss the role of vaccines in public health, new and emerging issues, and the responsibility of media in education, raising awareness and reducing vulnerability to anti-vaccination misinformation.

Mentoring will be available to selected applicants following the course, and all participants will receive a Thomson Reuters Foundation and Sabin Vaccine Institute certificate.


Applicants must be journalists working in Georgia, Moldova, Azerbaijan or Armenia.  If they are not full-time members of staff, they should be able to demonstrate considerable experience as a freelancer, including very recent publications with client organisations.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country, with a minimum of two years’ professional experience and a good level of spoken and written English or Russian.


Thomson Reuters Foundation and Sabin Vaccine Institute can fund travel, accommodation and meal expenses for participants travelling from outside Tbilisi.

How to Apply?

Please complete the survey at the link.  Please have ready evidence of previous work, either as links or as up-loadable samples.

For more information please visit the official website.