Reporting on Vulnerable Children in Care Programme: Inviting South Asian Journalists

Deadline: 21 September 2018

Thomson Reuters Foundation has partnered with UBS Optimus Foundation to invite South Asian journalists for “Reporting on Vulnerable Children in Care” Programme that is a unique opportunity to develop their investigative and analytical skills around an under-reported topic close to the heart of the debate about sustainable development.

This programme encourages journalists to explore the risks faced by vulnerable children, and different domestic and international strategies to protect them. This is an intensive five-day training programme to provide practical skills, tools and strategies to report on this complex topic. It includes opportunities to meet experts on the issue, combined with field trips.

It focuses on public and private initiatives to protect orphans or children sold by impoverished families, and to offer them a future. Could government money and private donations be better spent on keeping children with their families and in their communities?

This programme challenges applicants and their readers, listeners or viewers to answer the question: “Is there an innovative home-grown solution just waiting to be discovered in OUR country?”

Funding Information

They will cover all travel and subsistence costs of journalists participating in this programme, by providing accommodation, meals and transport.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Journalists working in English for media across South Asia may apply.
  • Journalists working in any medium may apply – print, radio, TV, online
  • Journalists must be fluent in English
  • Journalists must have a minimum of one year’s experience. They should either be working full-time
  • for a media organisation, or a freelancer whose main work is journalism
  • Journalists must be prepared to publish an article in order to formally graduate from the course with a certificate from Thomson Reuters Foundation

How to Apply

  • When applying applicants will be asked to upload the following documents – please have these ready:
    • Two work samples (maximum file size 5 MB)
    • A letter from their editor consenting to their participation in the programme and committing to publish/broadcast resulting stories.
    • If they have previously written on this subject, please ensure they include that copy of the article.
  • Applications must be submitted online via given website.

Eligible CountriesAfghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

For more information, please visit Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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