Projects

The Thomson Foundation has worked on projects in more than 100 countries over the course of its 50-year history. Here are some of the ways we are helping to deliver better mass communication worldwide.

Looking ahead: EU Media Hub

Looking ahead: EU Media Hub

A surge of refugees pouring into Europe from North Africa and the Middle East underlined an urgent need for accurate and sensitive reporting about the EU's immediate neighbours. This is why the EU has asked the Thomson Foundation to lead a four-year project to support and train independent media in North Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, as well as Russia.

Breaking new ground

Breaking new ground

For the first time since the end of the 30-year civil war in Sri Lanka, Thomson Foundation trainers have been allowed into Jaffna in the Tamil north of the country. But although the region is slowly opening up to the outside world, journalism remains a very dangerous profession.

Supporting new talent

Supporting new talent

Four graduate trainees from Brunei travelled to the UK for an intensive course in the latest TV and radio production techniques.Their intensive six-month course was specially designed by the Thomson Foundation for Radio Television Brunei. The four management trainees were chosen for their potential to lead the next generation of programme makers in Brunei.

Cascading new skills

Cascading new skills

Being a journalist in Sudan doesn't get any easier. "It takes courage," says Thomson Foundation project leader Helen Scott. "Sudan has strict censorship, with reporters and editors still being jailed. There are regular raids on newspapers by the security services. I am proud of how journalists are still willing to tackle tough subjects."

Helping build audiences

Helping build audiences

For most of the world's media, Ukraine became the forgotten conflict during 2015. But not at Hromadske, a new internet TV news channel which was born during the "Euromaidan" uprising in Kiev.

Multiplier effect

Multiplier effect

Mobile journalism is starting a quiet revolution in African media thanks in large part to graduates of the annual Thomson Foundation summer convergence course. "That course literally changed my life," says Viasen Soobramoney of South Africa's Independent Media Group.

International awards

International awards

How our international competitions have unearthed new talent: an exclusive report helped Caroline Ariba become Thomson Foundation's Young Journalist of the Year for 2015 at the UK's Foreign Press Association Awards and Nigerian journalist Torera Idowu won the Thomson Foundation/RTÉ MojoCon award in Dublin with the first mobile journalism report she had ever produced.

A modern state media

A modern state media

Thomson Foundation is playing a key role in an ambitious reform project designed to modernise all sectors of state media in Oman. It has involved training news agency and newspaper journalists, broadcasters, online specialists and government communications advisers.

How to cut through propaganda in the midst of armed conflict

How to cut through propaganda in the midst of armed conflict

Up to half a million people in Ukraine are now refugees inside their own country, driven out of their homes by fighting in the east and Crimea. The Thomson Foundation has begun a six-month project to train regional journalists in Ukraine to tell the human stories of the refugees' plight.

Rewarding best reporting from the developing world

Rewarding best reporting from the developing world

A video report featuring Kenyan children who take up arms to protect their villages won a Thomson Foundation award for Kenyan TV producer and reporter Maurice Oniang'o, who works for the agency Media Development in Africa.

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