Reporting on Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery
Dates: 12 November 16 November | Location: London, UK – England and Wales
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The global trade in human beings is bigger today than at any time in history. According to the International Labor Organization and Walk Free Foundation, over 40 million people around the world are victims of modern slavery in an industry worth more than $150 billion in illegal profits a year. 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 Trafficking and Slavery course is a unique chance to gain practical skills and knowledge along with unimpeded access to some of the biggest thinkers in the anti-slavery fight at the annual Trust Conference, including policymakers, activists, law enforcers and survivors themselves.
 
The workshop offers a combination of specialist expertise and hands-on training, with an emphasis on producing high-impact stories for widespread dissemination.

As well as coming away with a deep understanding of the scale, nature and causes of the problem, participants will learn about efforts to set global standards for combating modern slavery, including fundamental conventions , international instruments and a new, legally binding protocol that requires countries to take real action.

They will discuss the role of media in raising awareness, reducing vulnerability and holding to account governments, law enforcement and businesses. Attendees will look at innovative approaches to fighting trafficking and forced labour and scrutinise the quest for integrated policy responses across borders.

A major focus will be on the ethics of reporting slavery, from how to interact sensitively with traumatised survivors to getting past journalists’ own preconceived notions and stereotypes. We will cover safety issues, particularly when it comes to dealing with sources and reporting on organised crime.

This is an opportunity to pick the brains of reporters who have done extraordinary investigative work or groundbreaking reportage that has changed policy, provoked public outcry or brought traffickers to justice. Attendees will also spend time with world-renowned experts and those at the coal face of the anti-slavery movement, including some who have been trafficked themselves and gone on to help others move from “victims” to “survivors”.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors to broadcast media organisations. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country with a minimum of three years’ professional experience and have a good level in spoken and written English. If you have been on a Thomson Reuters Foundation training programme within the last two years you will not be eligible to apply.

FUNDING

Thomson Reuters Foundation will fund  travel expenses and accommodation for participants. This arrangement is subject to variation. If you have any questions please email: TRFMedia@thomsonreuters.com
 

SUBMISSIONS

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.

If you have any difficulties applying, please email trfmedia@thomsonreuters.com. 

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