The Thomson Foundation helped to give journalists from more than 40 countries a clearer voice during 2014.
We were entrusted with delivering positive change in how the world is reported and using the media as a force for good – from the conflict zone of Ukraine to the challenging media environment of Sudan. And in a unique pilot project, we provided North Korean journalists and technicians in Pyongyang with an understanding of online journalism.
While skills-training is often at the heart of what we do, our work is much broader. In 2014, it ranged from helping to protect media freedoms in Kosovo by advising on how well regulators do their job, to bringing Asian journalists together for a conference in Bali on media ethics. The Bali Media Forum attracted representatives from 24 countries and has become an annual event.
We are uniquely placed to transfer knowledge from some of the world’s top media practitioners.
Our activities – whether working directly for a media company or managing a multi-year project for an international funder – reflect the foundation’s core mission: to ensure everyone has access to an honest, factual account of what is happening in the world.
To translate that to reality, it is as important that media owners in emerging economies understand the best way to run their businesses, as it is to train journalists at the start of their careers in the best working practices. Our team of world-class experts is skilled at doing both. We are uniquely placed to transfer knowledge from some of the world’s top media practitioners.
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.