Reporting on Human Rights
Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Global Fund are joining forces to reduce human rights-related barriers to health services with focus on gender and LGBT and other human rights related barriers. This collaboration aims to catalyse the Global Fund’s and its civil society partners’ work on human rights as part of the Global Fund’s and its civil society partners’ work on human rights as part of the Global Fund’s ‘Breaking Down Barriers’ initiative, by helping to create an enabling environment for human rights in key countries. The collaboration builds on TRF’s mission to support free, fair and informed societies and its expertise in using the power of journalism and the law to advance media freedom and protect human rights.
Thomson Reuters Foundation will conduct an 8-week distance training programme in English that will aim to strengthen journalistic and advocacy skills and the quality of media reporting on human rights barriers to health. It will provide journalists with the skillset and knowledge needed to better understand and report on these sensitive issues. There will be a focus on gender and LGBT and other human rights related barriers.
The programme will connect journalists with activists, key experts and enable them to network with peers from different parts of the region. It will involve a blend of lively interactive online sessions, expert briefings, discussions, practical wiring exercises and simulations, to sustain a highly practical, engaging and relevant experience.
The content includes investigative, interviewing and news-gathering techniques, how to select different story angles, and delves into the specific challenges of public health reporting including ethical considerations when interviewing vulnerable people and covering sensitive issues. Journalists will also explore how to spot misinformation; the latest advances and research; and ways to simplify the scientific jargon and contextualise data.
Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors working for media organisations, preferably with experience working with CSOs, based in the following countries: Sierra Leone, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.
They must have a minimum of 3 years’ professional experience, and either specialise in health reporting or have demonstrable interest in covering this sector.
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