Environment, Health Building the Capacity of Journalists in Asia and the Pacific

Funded by the Asian Development Bank


In order to promote urgent action to tackle development issues, Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Asian Development Bank have designed a three-year intervention of practical, skills-based training programmes to help journalists build their journalism skills and deepen their understanding on a range of development and economic issues that will influence the future of Asia and the Pacific.

Our intervention aims to:

1. Deepen journalists’ professional skills, understanding of, and capacity to accurately report on complex development issues, including the Sustainable Development Goals, and their implications and consequences on economies across Asia and the Pacific;

2. Empower journalists through technological innovation and ensure journalism continues to support the wide dissemination of development experience and knowledge in the digital age;

3. Assist the media in understanding the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, their implications/consequences, and in holding governments accountable in achieving those goals by 2030.

Journalists play a key role in influencing public opinion and generating policy dialogue to promote positive actions. Media, both traditional and non-traditional, has a significant influence on policy formulations, public beliefs, attitudes, opinions, values, and behaviour. For further sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific, a consistent stream of accurate and reliable reporting of development issues is required for stakeholders to become better informed and engaged on development issues.

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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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