You’ve just returned from a trip to India. Can you tell us a little bit about what you were up to?
We held our third annual training course on trafficking and slavery for a group of Indian journalists. This time, we chose Delhi as the location. Journalists from all around the country came for the week-long course, which involved field trips and guest speakers such as Kailash Satyarthi, the Nobel Laureate, a group of women survivors of trafficking, and a visit to a girls’ home in central Delhi.
How did the training go?
The journalists started off not knowing much about trafficking and slavery. By the end of the week, when they left the classroom, they were full of story ideas to follow up on and pitch to their editors. We hope that we’re going to see these stories across papers in India in the next year. We had a mixture of mainly text journalists from all over the country there.
Did you get to up to anything else while you were there?
I spent a couple of days with our journalists in Chennai planning stories and investigations for the year. Next up is an in-depth investigation
So you were training journalists to report on slavery, and also working with our own staff who report on the issue. Can you tell us a bit about this approach?
Stories from our staff go out on the Reuters news service to an international audience while training journalists in countries to cover the issues that we focus on means we also get coverage on these topics at national and regional levels. The combination of the two allows us to have the impact that we do.
How we train journalists to report on modern slavery
by Belinda Goldsmith
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