The Thomson Reuters Foundation is committed to fostering the highest standards of journalism worldwide. We believe accurate, impartial and independent journalism leads to better-informed societies. It holds power to account, strengthens the rule of law and contributes to economic and social development.
In 2004, after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, we set up the country's first independent news agency, Aswat al Iraq, offering unbiased news in Arabic in a country descending into sectarian strife. Handed over to full Iraqi management in 2008, it grew into a truly national agency with journalists working across 18 provinces.
In Zimbabwe, The Source is an independent online business and financial news service that provides accurate, real-time news and analysis. It is run entirely by Zimbabweans, serving local and international media organisations.
In 2015, we are launching a multi-lingual independent news service in Myanmar ahead of the country's landmark elections.
Editorial Judgement and Ethics: Dealing with tough decisions in the use of pictures, text and video and in newsroom management
Advanced Photojournalism: Learn from award-winning Reuters photojournalists who have covered the biggest stories of recent years
Reporting Business and Finance in the Digital Age: Turn complex financial concepts into clear news stories that connect with audiences
Reporting Aid Transparency and Corruption: Follow the aid money and scrutinise the multi-billion-dollar humanitarian and development sector
Reporting Trafficking and Slavery: Cover a global scourge affecting millions with access to high-level sources at our annual Trust Women Conference
Reporting Women's Rights: From Mauritania to Myanmar, we help journalists cover key issues affecting women
The All-in-One Multimedia Journalist: Everything you need to be a one-person multimedia reporter in the field
Elections Reporting: Hone your skills to cover elections in a fair and balanced manner while beating the competition
Wealth of Nations is a three-year programme working with media across Africa to investigate dirty money flows and improve oil reporting. It is supported by a grant from Norad, Norway’s aid agency.
Financial chicanery such as tax avoidance costs Africa billions every year. Wealth of Nations works with 150 individual journalists and 12 carefully chosen news organisations to expose the practices that stop Africa from flourishing.
Perspektivy aims to strengthen journalism in Russia and Eastern Europe, to advance regional expertise on under-reported issues, and to contribute to mutual international understanding.
The programme embraces media organisations of all kinds across Russia and in countries in the Baltics, Caucuses and Central Asia. It is supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung, a German corporate foundation committed to increasing international understanding, and Norwegian free speech NGO Fritt Ord. Other activities include fellowships, exchanges, debates, seminars and practical workshops.
Smallholder farmers produce more than 80 percent of food consumed in the developing world yet over two-thirds of extremely poor people live in these rural areas. Reporting rural development, put simply, is about reducing poverty.
With support from the United Nation's International Fund for Agricultural Development, we work with journalists to show how rural development is a story that spans science, climate change, business, politics and social innovation.
Participants from the Balkans and Southeast Europe spend four weeks in London, Brussels, Frankfurt and Berlin to meet policymakers and journalists reporting on European financial and political affairs.
Supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung, the programme ranges from covering emerging market economies to reporting on financial markets and company news to practical exercises based on current European topics.
Our Global Security Seminar gathers top journalists and speakers for three days of discussions, site visits and workshops to improve reporting of security issues and extremism. It is a partnership between the Thomson Reuters Foundation, The Stanley Foundation and Gerda Henkel Stiftung.
Our Global Media Startup Seminar brings innovative media outfits from North America and Europe to the developing world to exchange expertise and business models with creative and entrepreneurial counterparts doing incredible things far removed from the funding and frapuccinos of Silicon Valley.
Visit our publications library for guides, handbooks and tip sheets on everything from ethics in journalism to covering elections, reporting on business and finance or covering the Olympics and major sporting events.
Our text and video tips give you insider knowledge from award-winning Reuters journalists and top editors on topics as diverse as photojournalism, covering Ebola and health scares to how to plan an investigative mission.
Below are Facebook groups related to various media development programmes. Some are closed to alumni of the programmes while others are open anyone interested in the issues