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Mobile journalism competition 2017: The search is on for the next mojo star

1 February 2017

Mobile journalism competition 2017: The search is on for the next mojo star

Thomson Foundation has once again teamed up with RTÉ MojoCon Ireland to launch its third mobile journalism competition. Works will be judged by an expert panel who will be looking for a feature story or news report shot and edited entirely on a mobile device, which excites, intrigues and surprises them and demonstrates impact and creativity.

Winning work by three Sudanese women

24 January 2017

Winning work by three Sudanese women

Three women took the honours in the annual competition for journalists who have been trained by the Sudan Media Capacity Building Project.

Ukraine: Looks Like Home film premiere raises money for charity

16 December 2016

Ukraine: Looks Like Home film premiere raises money for charity

Looks Like Home, a documentary uncovering the human stories of the conflict in the east of Ukraine, was presented by Thomson Foundation and Hromadske.Ua during a charity pre-release screening in a Kyiv cinema in Ukraine. The film features the personal accounts of three internally displaced people (IDPs) who became hostages of the ongoing conflict and were forced to flee their homes.

Ukraine: The problem of the displaced is not just their problem but also our problem

8 December 2016

Ukraine: The problem of the displaced is not just their problem but also our problem

Journalists have an important job in speaking up for those that have been displaced. Two years into the internally displaced persons (IDP) crisis in the east of Ukraine, which has resulted in hundreds of thousands of people being displaced, reporting on the human stories has decreased in quantity but the quality of reporting from media outlets has increased.

Sudan on top: Yousra Elbagir is Thomson Foundation's 2016 Young Journalist winner

30 November 2016

Sudan on top: Yousra Elbagir is Thomson Foundation's 2016 Young Journalist winner

Yousra Elbagir, a freelance reporter from Sudan, has won the 2016 Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award.Yousra came ahead of two other finalists " Salman Yousafzai, a journalist for New Lens Pakistan and Dawn.com and Zimbabwean Ancillar Mangena, writing for Forbes African Magazine " following scrutiny of an initial entry list of more than 100 from 42 countries.

Thomson Foundation Supporters' Reception at the House of Lords

2 November 2016

Thomson Foundation Supporters' Reception at the House of Lords

Thomson Foundation has honoured the support it receives from media partners in helping to improve the skills of journalists worldwide. A reception to thank the media organisations was held in the River Room, the principal state room of the House of Lords, bringing together some of the best of British media

Human stories: the effective way of showing the continuing crisis of Ukraine's internally displaced

19 October 2016

Human stories: the effective way of showing the continuing crisis of Ukraine's internally displaced

"If I could watch news reports like this on Ukrainian TV news I'd buy back my television!" " the comments of Irina Bulysheva after watching work produced by journalists at a Thomson Foundation training course in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro.

Yousra Elbagir: I want to move past the overworked images of famine, poverty and war in Africa

10 October 2016

Yousra Elbagir: I want to move past the overworked images of famine, poverty and war in Africa

Yousra Elbagir, a young journalist currently based in Khartoum, Sudan, and one of this year's Thomson Foundation Young Journalist FPA Award finalists, talks about the perceptions of Africa in international media and the radical beauty queen taking on the Sudanese regime.

Salman Yousafzai: Reporting these stories was completely incomparable to living them

10 October 2016

Salman Yousafzai: Reporting these stories was completely incomparable to living them

Salman Yousafzai, a finalist for this year's Thomson Foundation Young Journalist FPA Award, talks about reporting from Peshawar in Pakistan, a city that feels under siege. Everyone here, he says, has been affected by terrorism.

Ancillar Mangena: A month after my whistleblowers article I was putting my life at risk again

10 October 2016

Ancillar Mangena: A month after my whistleblowers article I was putting my life at risk again

Ancillar Mangena, finalist of the Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award 2016, grew up in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, before moving to South Africa with her mother where she studied journalism at the University of Johannesburg. After reading a piece she wrote for a local community paper, Ancillar was approached by the editor of Forbes Africa magazine where she now works.

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