Economic and Social Development Reporting Sustainable Development

Thomson Reuters Foundation's partnership with the UN Foundation has seen more than 700 journalists, government and non-governmental communicators from 40 countries trained on reporting the complex set of new Sustainable Development Goals. The programme aims to show how integral environment and sustainability issues are to political, economic and humanitarian news stories. It also raises the profile of international development projects that are often underreported but have the power to transform global living standards.

Overview

The intensive training programme provided professionals from 33 countries with information, tools and strategies to understand the complex issues surrounding the next set of UN global development goals. The programme enables reporters, editors and spokespeople to better understand, report and communicate around some of the issues related to two major events in 2015, namely the UN Summit in New York, and the Paris Climate Change Conference.  The work, however, continues into 2016.

This programme teaches journalists, government and NGO leaders how to avoid the jargon around sustainable development, and craft real stories that people can fully understand and relate to. When journalists struggle with the technicalities, the acronyms, the numbers, and miss the big picture, the general public is denied a key opportunity to be informed.

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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.

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