Reporting on Vulnerable Children in Care
Dates: 25 March 26 March | Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Application deadline: 18 March | Programme: Caring for Vulnerable Children in a Fractured World

This is an opportunity provided by the Caring for Vulnerable Children in a Fractured World programme: Find out more


Is the media's coverage of adoption scandals and fake orphanages translating into policy changes to support vulnerable children in care?
After the terrible conditions of orphanages in central and eastern Europe came to light in the 1980s and 90s, overseas aid poured into the sector. While governments held that the best place to care for an orphan or mistreated child was in an institution, foreign donors and volunteers raced to support the system. There are still over a million children in institutional care in central and eastern Europe.
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 Zurich on the 25th and 26th of March, 2019.


Journalists working in media outlets across Europe

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

The workshop will be conducted in English. Journalists must be fluent in or speak a high-level of English to attend

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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