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Week 5: Trainees at work, photos by Chris

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Week 2: A quick personal view by Adrian

Pic: Frances Deacon. Adrian hard at work at the Big Issue online journalists HQ.

Pic: Frances Deacon. Adrian hard at work at the Big Issue online journalists HQ.

This is a quick personal view written very much under the kosh. Just 45 minutes to go and I do want to have a good break before we go, because I haven’t really managed to have one yet.

We’ve learnt, or maybe in some cases re-learnt, how to write the basics of a news story, plus doing bits of photography for it. Stories need some of the 5 “w”s – who, what, where, why and when. And sometimes an “h” – how. Always aimed at a particular audience. Continue reading

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Week 1: My first blog – EVER

Day One, and this is my first blog – EVER. I have started the Big Issue online journalist-training course that is being run by Poached Creative in Dalston. First impressions were of a relaxed atmosphere belying a sense of urgency, as was proved to be the case. In the morning we went through the theory; communication skills, media law, social media, etc., then in the afternoon we quickly moved on to the practical.

I have never spent so much concentration on doing my fifty-word NIB (news in brief), which are extracted from press releases, interviews and articles. That is if you are lucky enough to find anything there! But the main feeling that I picked up on through out the day was the keen motivation of the other trainees and our tutors. By the end there was a tangible feeling of teamwork having been created by us having got stuck in and long may it continue…

John Watts

 

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Monique Villa, the heart behind Thomson Reuters Foundation

Monique Villa - Chief Executive of Thomson Reuters Foundation

Monique Villa – Chief Executive of Thomson Reuters Foundation. Photo by Danielle Aumord

By Nazira Ahmed

“We have today in 2013 the biggest number of slaves in history. You cannot stay indifferent, you have to take action” Monique Villa, Chief Executive of the Thomson Reuters Foundation passionately states.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation provides training for journalists in developing countries, media training for non-government organisations (NGOs) and runs Trust Law, which works with law firms to provide free legal advice to NGOs and social entrepreneurs. Continue reading

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