Annual review 2016

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There are many positive testimonials to the work of the foundation over the years from the thousands of alumni who have benefited from our training. The most heartening compliment, repeated often, is that a Thomson Foundation course has been “a life-changing experience.”

In an age, however, when funders want a more quantifiable impact, it is gratifying to have detailed external evidence of our achievements. Such is the case in Sudan where, over a four-year period, we helped to improve the quality of reporting of 700 journalists from print, radio, TV and online.

In this review

Measuring up

We've always believed in proving our work to our supporters so it's gratifying to have detailed external evidence of our achievements.





98 per cent of participants felt training had given them tangible benefits.

Lord Tom Chandos, chairman, Thomson Foundation
Supporting independent media

The tragic story of migrant bodies on the beach in Libya deserved to be told. The story was picked up by mainstream media organisations in 28 countries.



We've proved it's possible to create quality content which is reused globally.

David Quin, director of development, Thomson Foundation



Eight points of impact in Sudan

We changed the face of journalism in Sudan, improving the quality of reporting and instilling new confidence into the profession. A team of five trainers and a project director from the foundation ensured the success of the programme which reached 700 working journalists from print, radio, TV and online in Khartoum and outlying parts of the country.


I have gained confidence and I have also learned to do my job better to a set of international standards.

Amani Abulgazim, TV trainee on the four-year Sudan Media Capacity Building project
Promoting new talent

Now in it's fourth year, the Thomson Foundation Young Journalist FPA Award serves to encourage emerging journalistic talent from across the globe.





The ingenuity, bravery and determination of the young journalists was exceptional.

Nigel Baker, chief executive, Thomson Foundation
Inspiring a mobile movement

In 2016, we ran mojo courses around the world and devoted a big part of the London summer course to developments in smartphone video technology.





By 2020, when 5G goes mainstream, mojo will dominate news.

Glen Mulcahy, Thomson Foundation mojo (mobile journalism) trainer

We are designing our own e-learning platform with the help of global media specialists.

Hosam El Nagar, director of innovation and learning, Thomson Foundation
Guiding the foundation 

The Thomson Foundation team is made up of incredibly passionate people ready to expand our support for media.




Our annual reviews

Measuring up

In 2016 we were able to provide detailed external evidence of our achievements

Making headlines

Turning point: in 2015, we had undertaken more large-scale projects than ever before

Rewind to 2014

We helped to give journalists from more than 40 countries a clearer voice in 2014

We get around. Explore our project map