2019 Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting on Trafficking and Slavery programme
Deadline: October 1, 2019.
The global trade in human beings is bigger today than at any time in history. Estimates of the numbers of people caught in modern slavery vary from 21 million to 36 million in an industry worth more than $150 billion in illegal profits a year. The world’s refugee crisis now involves 68 million people displaced from their homes, a record high. It’s one of the biggest stories of our time. Yet a lot of reporting on trafficking and forced labour is mired in cliché, myth and misconception. It often lacks nuanced understanding of the causes of the scourge and the tools to fight it.
Thomson Reuters Foundation’s one-week Reporting on Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery in Nigeria is a unique chance for journalists in West Africa to gain practical skills and knowledge and work on your story ideas with guidance from experienced Thomson Reuters Foundation journalists and subject experts from reputed anti-trafficking charities.
The workshop offers a combination of specialist expertise and hands-on training, with an emphasis on producing high-impact stories for widespread dissemination.
1. Applicants must be Indian full-time journalists or regular contributors to media organisations in West Africa.
2. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country.
3. Must be a senior journalist with a minimum of three years’ professional experience and have a good level in spoken and written English.
4. 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 can fund travel expenses and accommodation for participants travelling from outside Lagos. This arrangement is subject to variation. If you have any questions please email: TRFMedia@thomsonreuters.com
When applying you will be asked to upload the following documents – please have these ready:
- 2 relevant work samples (maximum file size 5 MB) – in English if possible. For stories not in English, please include a 250-word English summary about the story.
- A letter from your editor consenting to your participation in the programme and committing to publish/broadcast resulting stories
Please note you will be asked to submit one or more story ideas within your application. We will not share your ideas with anyone.