Journalism NOW certificate

Posted by Hosam El Nagar



We are running a multi-disciplinary eight week practical online training programme that is designed to develop journalists' abilities to work across multiple platforms and media.


Equipping the modern journalist 

The programme has been created by Thomson Foundation's top trainers with the aim of equipping the modern journalist with the right skill-base and mind-set to be able to navigate, adapt to, and operate in a constantly changing media environment.

Featuring video tutorials, interactive exercises, and feedback from peers, mentors, and the trainers, the programme is designed with a desire to bring Thomson Foundation's renowned hands-on skills training to the online world.

Participating journalists will be encouraged to network with their peers, our experts, and experienced mentors who will support them.

There is no theory, it's all about each expert's unique experience with hands on exercises.

Hosam El Nagar, director of innovation and learning, Thomson Foundation
Hosam El Nagar

Hosam El Nagar

Director of Innovation and Learning

International qualification

This is part of Thomson Foundation's long term plan to develop an international journalism qualification that will provide a benchmark for standards in journalism that can be applied internationally which guarantee a level of quality and current skills.

Each week the course will focus on a specialism covering multi-platform and social media, mobile journalism, and editorial judgement.

Certified journalists will be able to:

  • Identify and serve their audience through the appropriate platform at the appropriate time
  • Enhance their ability to produce the most relevant content that will attract their audience
  • Produce and publish quality multi-media content using smart phones, small cameras and other tools
  • Demonstrate a command of social media in newsgathering and in publishing
  • Increase audience trust and protect their brand and reputation
  • Navigate local and international media laws and ethical challenges


We have invested time and resources in developing an interactive approach that can apply some of the learning by doing approach that we know is highly effective.

"We asked ourselves how can we retain that personal investment and sharing of knowledge and experience that our trainers provide," says Hosam El Nagar, director of innovation and learning. "And the answer was to begin by putting the same care and effort into our online courses too."

What unites the trainers' approach is the methodology which Thomson Foundation has developed in-house building on and combining existing best practices in e-learning and the foundation's trainers' practical approach to training.


Lead experts

Deborah Kelly programme editor & multimedia

Growing and engaging your audience: Identifying and engaging your audience and humanising coverage

Jamal Osman investigative journalist

Are you a journalist?: What isn't journalism and building a trusted brand


Aidan White - director of the Ethical Journalism Network

Your security: Protecting yourself, your media organisation, your sources, and your audience.

Chris Birkett media management trainer

Chris Birkett - media management, Sky, BBC

Journalism across different platforms: Practical introduction to journalism and media consumption across different platforms

The business of journalism: Optimising coverage and resources to grow and maintain your audience

Sue Llewellyn social media Thomson Foundation trainer

Sue Llewellyn digital and social media

Social media for newsgathering: Using listening and verification tools for research and accuracy

Social media strategy: From your social media persona to developing social media strategy and technique.

Glen Mulcahy RTÉ, mojo master & founder, Mojocon

Mobile journalism: Producing multi-media content using smart phones and portable digital equipment.

360 Video: An introduction to 360 video production.

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