Reporting the Illegal Internet Trade in Wildlife
Dates: 05 November 09 November | Location: Bangkok
Application deadline: 26 October | Programme: Reporting Illegal Wildlife Trading

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Thomson Reuters Foundation is offering a training scheme on Reporting the Illegal Internet Trade in Wildlife for journalists from Africa and Asia, in partnership with The Global Initiative Against Organized Crime (GIATOC) funded by the Government of Norway.

In marketplaces across the world the illegal wildlife trade is booming, and enormous, irreparable damage to biodiversity is occurring. Hundreds of thousands of endangered and legally protected plants, insects and animals are harvested and traded every day to consumers interested in their medical, ornamental, cultural properties, or to keep them as live pets or plants.

The marketplaces for illegal wildlife products are increasingly virtual and there is an important shift to the marketing and sale of environmental commodities on the internet. As the ‘online’ aspect of the illegal wildlife trade grows in importance, we will bring together journalists from Africa and Asia to attend this workshop aimed to enable journalists to tell the story of the illegal online wildlife trade.

The intensive five-day workshop, taking place in Bangkok, Thailand from Monday, 05 November – Friday, 09 November will build the capacity of journalists to report on the issue of illegal online wildlife trade – improving both knowledge and skills and also help journalists to present new viewpoints, promote discussion and dialogue on the most strategic areas for intervention.

This should not be seen as a one-off workshop; we expect all journalists who are selected to attend to pursue stories along these issues in their home countries after the workshop.

Who Can Apply

This is an opportunity for journalists from across Africa and Asia working for established media organisations. Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors to a media organisation. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country, should have at least five years’ professional experience and have a good level in spoken and written English.

Course Logistics

Successful applicants will receive a full bursary that will cover air travel expenses (economy class), accommodation, local transfers and meals. Please note that you need to check visa requirements and ensure you have the necessary documentation required. The cost of your visa and any other related costs will be the responsibility of the participant.

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  • Two work samples
  • Editor's letter confirming applicants have permission to take part in the programme 
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Reporting Illegal Wildlife Trading
  • In marketplaces across the world the illegal wildlife trade is booming, and enormous, irreparable damage to biodiversity is occurring. By reporting on environmental crime, investigating the illicit financial flows related to environmental crime commodities as well as the marketing strategies and value-chains of criminal networks involved in the illegal wildlife trade, independent journalists and the media are critical to exposing illegal internet trade in wildlife.


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