Reporting on Vulnerable Children in Care
Dates: 10 September 14 September | Location: NYC & San Francisco, United States
Application deadline: 09 September | Programme: Caring for Vulnerable Children in a Fractured World

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Is the media's coverage of adoption scandals and fake orphanages translating into policy changes to support vulnerable children in care?

More than 200 years after Alexander Hamilton’s wife Eliza established New York’s first private orphanage,the United States is still grappling with how best to support some of the most vulnerable children in society. Conventional wisdom held that the best place to care for an orphan or mistreated child was in an institution. 

Today, that thinking is changing. Champions of an alternative approach cite decades of research which says children belong in families, not in institutions. Personalities ranging from Harry Potter author J.K Rowling to Hollywood couple Deborra-Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman have thrown their star power behind the campaign

This intensive 1.5-day programme run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation provides journalists with the opportunity to consider different domestic and international strategies to protect children, as well as how to report these issues to their own audiences. It offers a stimulating and collaborative environment to engage with a range of  professionals and experts and fellow journalists from a range of backgrounds and experiences.

We will cover all travel and subsistence costs of journalists participating in this programme, by providing accommodation, meals and transport. Journalists should have at least five years’ professional experience, and an interest in covering this topic. We hope that after the workshop, journalists will be able to publish an article related to this topic.


The workshops will take place in New York City on the 10th and 11th of September, 2018, and on the West Coast of the USA on the 13th and 14th of September.  Please specify which location you are applying for.  Only apply for one location. 

Journalists working in English media outlets across the United States
Journalists working in any medium may apply - print, radio, TV, online
Journalists must have a minimum of five years of experience. They should either be working full-time
for a media organisation, or a freelancer whose main work is journalism
Journalists should be prepared to publish an article in order to formally graduate from the course with a certificate from Thomson Reuters Foundation


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


If you are interested in being considered for either of the workshops, please contact the Project Coordinator Rose Skelton at
Please include a current CV, a brief (no more than 500 words) description of why you would like to be considered, and two work samples. If you are a staff journalist, please include a letter from your editor consenting to your participation in the programme and committing to publish/broadcast resulting stories. If you are a freelance journalist, please include the names of organisations who may publish/broadcast your work.

This programme is supported by UBS Optimus Foundation.

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Caring for Vulnerable Children in a Fractured World

  • Thomson Reuters Foundation, in partnership with UBS Optimus Foundation, aims to raise awareness across three key regions (Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Africa) of the impact of institutional care on children. This programme offers journalists the tools to stimulate public debate and contribute to policy change by exploring what the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child might mean by the “best interests” of the child, by analysing the role of child protection or philanthropy in care systems, or by examining the impact of phenomena such as “voluntourism”  

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