We work directly with all branches of the media industry. Over the years, we've provided training, consultancy and expert advice to some of the biggest names in international news
Our clients include state and commercial TV and radio broadcasters, as well as smaller, individual private or community-based channels and stations; newspaper, magazine and internet publishing groups and individual print and electronic publications; news agencies; professional bodies, associations and trade unions involved with media.
Occasionally, we work with other media training organisations, such as university journalism schools or departments. This type of activity can be to enhance the institute’s existing training provision or to help it develop and run new courses.
Since it began broadcasting 15 years ago, Al Jazeera has established itself as one of the world's top news sources broadcasting in 100 different countries. The Thomson Foundation has supported the development of the Al Jazeera Training Centre since its inception in 2004, providing consultancy advice on the procurement of equipment and the training of its staff.
The Xinhua News Agency
Xinhua is one of the foundation's oldest clients. It is the largest news and information collection and distribution centre in China, employing 10,000 people. It provides a worldwide news service in seven languages. Its website is the largest online news service in China. The organisation owns and publishes several newspapers and magazines, including Xinhua Daily Telegraph, Reference News and Economic Information Daily.
China Central Television (CCTV)
As China's state broadcaster grows its international news network, we have been helping to increase the skills of its European-based correspondents and camera operators with a series of workshops at our London training facility. This builds on training courses the foundation has run in previous years for CCTV in Beijing, including TV sports journalism.
South African Broadcasting Corporation
We restructured news and current affairs at SABC in the run-up to Nelson Mandela's election as president in 1994, training 150 journalists in an intensive three-month period. Our work has continued through a series of training programmes designed to develop newsgathering and management across TV and radio.