Reporting on Human Trafficking and Labour Exploitation – A Solutions Approach
Dates: 13 June 17 June | Location: INDIA - Online
Application deadline: 05 June | Programme: Combatting Human Trafficking and Labour Exploitation
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The global trade in human beings is bigger today than at any time in history. The International Labour Organization estimates that at least 25 million worldwide are victims of forced labour with an estimated 16 million exploited in the private sector. In India too forced labour, and interconnected issues of human trafficking and labour exploitation remains a large and complicated problem with insufficient knowledge about the magnitude of the crisis, or the available solutions.  

Journalists have a vital and powerful role in unpacking this complex issue and producing impactful reporting that is nuanced, engaging, and compelling.  

This June, Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) is introducing its new and revamped journalism training “Reporting on Human Trafficking and Labour Exploitation– A Solutions Approach” The 5-day online training led by a veteran journalist will provide a deep dive into the complex topic from a Solutions Journalism angle, to provide fresh story angles that are more accessible to audiences. The programme will empower participants with the knowledge and skills to produce engaging and impactful reporting through solutions journalism and data visualization and to connect them to experts in the field working against these issues.  

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WHAT YOU WILL GAIN

After this training, you will have gained the tools and know-how to confidently report on the subject and produce compelling stories on human exploitation in India in a fresh and novel approach that engages more audiences.  

Participants will also pitch story proposals at the end of the course and compete for a few spots to be mentored on the stories they pitched and receive story grants for their work. 

Make sure you do not miss this opportunity and apply before the 5th June deadline. 

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WHO CAN APPLY

  • Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors to media organisations in India. 
  • Applicants must be fluent in English. The course will be run in English.  
  • Applicants must have a minimum of three years’ professional experience.  
  • Applicants must have access to a minimum internet speed of 8Mb/second. (You can check the speed of your device by logging from it on www.speedtest.net). 
  • Applicants need access to a computer to participate in the training; participation from a mobile or smart phone will not be possible

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PROGRAMME

TRF's new training curriculum offers the newest and most relevant topics in India’s human trafficking and labour exploitation. The training will take a solutions journalism approach to provide a new method to break down and report on this complex topic. 

Participants will learn about the inter-related causes of human trafficking and labour exploitation and understand the role of big-business and problematic supply chains. They will hear directly from and network with experts in the field working on solutions both at the policy level and those working closely with victims. There will be discussions on the ethics, risks, and legal dangers of reporting on this sensitive issue and training on how to interact sensitively with traumatised survivors. 

TRF’s world-class consultants, who are experienced international and regional journalists, will facilitate the online interactive sessions. 

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WORKSHOP FORMAT

Dates: 13th to 17th June 2022, 9:00-13:00 IST 

  • A series of live, interactive sessions will be conducted over Zoom and take place over five half-days during the week of June 13 to allow busy journalists to juggle the learning with their reporting duties. Each of the live sessions will last four hours in the morning with a mix of online and offline activities and breaks. 
  • Participants should be able to commit to four hours for each live session plus 1-2 hours of offline reading or assignments done in their own time on those days or between sessions. 
  • The training will be run in English. Fluency in English is required. 
  • Participants are also strongly encouraged to come with a story idea they can develop throughout the training. 

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MEET YOUR TRAINERS

Kavita Chandran is a former financial journalist who has worked in newsrooms across the United States and Asia. She worked with Reuters News as a Training Editor in India and as FrontPage Editor with the Asia Top News team in Singapore. Prior to Reuters, Kavita was an editor at Bloomberg, New York. Today, she is based in Singapore and continues to write for various publications including CNBC Asia. She teaches journalism to undergraduate students at the Kaplan Institute, and Media Communications to MBA students at S.P. Jain Global School of Management. 

Roli Srivastava is a Mumbai-based journalist with the Thomson Reuters Foundation and reports on just transition, gender, migration and inclusive economies, focusing mainly on India’s marginalized communities. In a career spanning over two decades, she has worked with major Indian newspapers including The Hindu where she was Deputy Editor and The Times of India where she was Editor, Special Projects. Her investigations have won her the Fetisov Journalism Award, Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitivity. She won the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s India-Germany Media Ambassadors Fellowship (2015), has presented her stories at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference (2019, 2021) and is guest faculty at media schools. 

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APPLICATION PROCESS AND 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.
  • Please note you will be asked to submit one or more story ideas within your application. The migration story has already been well covered so we will look for journalists with ideas that approach the issue from a new angle. We will not share your ideas with anyone.

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


Photo: REUTERS/Amit Dave

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