This week started off with an amazing visit to the headquarters of Thomson Reuters Foundation. Located in Canary Wharf, the foundation is the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, the global news company and provides legal, humanitarian and journalistic services around the world.
We were lucky enough to take part in a unique training session with Tim Large, the foundations Editor-In-Chief and Corinne Podger, the Business Development Manager and were also able to interview CEO Monique Villa.
Putting the spotlight on important issues
The session began with Tim and Corinne giving a brief introduction into the foundation, telling us that the organisation’s prime objective is covering under-reported issues from around the world. Of particular importance to the foundation is raising awareness of humanitarian crises, promoting women’s rights and uncovering corruption.
We also learnt how the foundation works in developing countries to provide the skills and resources needed to give voice to important issues, independent of governmental control. This includes delivering specialist journalism training and granting legal aid to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and social enterprises around the world.
How to be a good photojournalist
Tim then opened our eyes to some of their incredible photojournalism, using the photographs to talk about subject and composition. This built on what we learnt with Zoe in Week 3 and gave us an insight into editorial shot selection.
This analysis led to a discussion of what it is like to be a photojournalist and Tim showed us some video interviews with Thomson Reuters photographers on the foundations website trust.org
The videos included tips on how to be a good photojournalist, what it is like to take photographs during a humanitarian crisis and the psychological impact this has on the photographer.
In the second part of the training session Corinne taught us the basics of twitter, from setting up an account to creating tailored twitter feeds and most vitally telling us what the hashtag actually does!
After our twitter crash course Corinne explained how the social networking site is an excellent resource for journalists. This included showing us how to find new news stories, track down eye witness accounts and look for journalistic opportunities.
Press conference with the CEO
The training session ended with a Q & A with Monique Viller, the foundations CEO. To find out about this visit Naz’s answers blog (coming soon!)