Thomson Foundation reached a turning point in 2015. We have undertaken more large-scale projects than ever before.
Half way through the year, we learned that we had been awarded a four-year project by the European Union to support independent media in 17 of its neighbouring countries. It is the biggest contract ever awarded to the Foundation, and we shall lead a team of seven organisations carrying out the work.
Our media capacity building programme in Sudan has now helped to train 500 journalists and media workers since it was launched in 2013. We continue working with the regional media across Ukraine on a long-term programme to help them report sensitively on the plight of nearly two million internally displaced persons.
We continue working with the regional media across Ukraine on a long-term programme to help them report sensitively on the plight of the displaced.
The change is not just about the big programmes.
During 2015, Thomson Foundation’s trustees agreed to invest in developing digital training tools to allow the foundation to reach individual journalists striving to improve their knowledge and skills.
With the growth of media across the world, our work is as important as it was when the Foundation was established by Lord Thomson more than 50 years ago.
Whether through a large, funded programme, or through individual online training, the foundation remains at the frontier of helping media ensure people have an accurate account of what is happening in the world.
About: Nigel has overall responsibility for the delivery of the foundation’s programmes and budgets, as well as advising its board of trustees on strategy. His background is in the news industry, both as a journalist and as a manager of international news agencies.