Women’s Issues, Thomson Reuters Foundation Training Course

Reporting on Women’s Issues


Thomson Reuters Foundation Training Course

Start date: 11 Nov 2012 |

End date: 16 Nov 2012

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Language: English

Application deadline: 30 Sep 2012

There is now a broad understanding that strengthening women’s voices and participation in public life as well as in decision-making is crucial to development worldwide. This is a timely opportunity for journalists to convey the voices of a population that has largely been ignored thus far: women.

This 6-day intensive course is a lively and practical workshop designed to help journalists fine-tune their skills and enhance their coverage of women’s issues, opinions and empowerment. Participants will attend four days of classes and then have two days of the News Xchange Conference. Conference includes a critical assessment of women’s rights coverage in the global media; choosing the best angle for your story; presentation skills and writing for greater impact; bringing narrative quality to the news organization (story-telling); ethics and fact-checking; conveying local (or national) stories for a global audience; and safety for female journalists. We will also explore what female perspectives can specifically bring to media coverage of any eventor situation.



Applicants for this Thomson Reuters Foundation training course must have two years of professional experience as journalists or as regular contributors to broadcast or print media. They must demonstrate a strong interest in women’s issues and a commitment to journalism in their countries. A good level of written and spoken English is required.


  • A statement of up to 250 words outlining your career and explaining your interest in journalism
  • Two examples of your published work, preferably related to the theme, with a brief summary in English. TV/Radio journalists can send in their scripts and a brief summary.
  • A statement of between 250 and 500 words detailing what you find most challenging in covering women’s rights and opinions in your country and why strengthening this coverage is important.

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