Thomson Foundation has always championed young and emerging talent.
Here we highlight the foundation’s collaborations with our alumni, celebrating their skills and showcasing their inspiring work. The content produced includes their perspectives on a range of journalism hot topics, from migration, media freedom and ethics to racial injustice, protests and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Shortly after covering some of the largest protests in Peru in more than a decade, alumnus, Martín Leandro Camacho, wrote a heartfelt email to the foundation: “My country is mired in a tremendous crisis,” he said. “Two young men have already died, around 40 people have disappeared and hundreds are injured. I ask you, please, to listen to my voice.” And so we did.
Thomson Foundation Young Journalist winner, Martín Leandro Camacho, has always been passionate about being compassionate. He recounts a childhood filled with stories of inequality, talks of his mission to tell stories with humanity at their heart and why investing in the future of young girls is important to him and his “feminist activist” wife, Mirtha Chong.
In his beloved city of Damascus, Syrian photojournalist, Hasan Belal, confronts the challenges wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic. Travelling east of Damascus, in eastern Ghouta, he also chronicles the destruction caused by years of war and an urban landscape left severely scarred.
Dynamic Kenyan filmmaker and photojournalist, Maurice Oniang’o, discusses the challenges of capturing dynamic images of social movements using footage from his recent documentary on police brutality, funded by National Geographic.
Of the most universally recognisable images in photography, many are photographs of protests. Award-winning Egyptian photojournalist, Mostafa Darwish, revisits his work and explains the practical and ethical tensions at the heart of photographing violent protests.
British-Sudanese journalist, Yousra Elbagir, actively supports black journalists to deal with traumatic news content and offers advice to black frontline journalists regarding solidarity protests with Black Lives Matter and similarly aligned groups.
Iraq-based freelance journalist, Pesha Magid, was a trusted voice from Baghdad when she documented civil unrest and an outbreak of anti-government protests in 2019. She reviews the risks that journalists face when covering demonstrations or repressive security forces.
From what went wrong in the media's early coverage of the coronavirus crisis and creating meaningful stories through user-generated content, to teasing out the empathy in data and verifying in the midst of an infodemic, we've pooled advice from our international alumni.
To mark the UN’s 2020 #WorldHumanitarianDay, hour by hour, we shared some of the humanitarian issues covered by 24 of our alumni in recent years, from tackling the deepening refugee crisis and reinventing dysfunctional areas of healthcare, education and the justice system, to quelling the rise of intolerance and extremism.
Humanising a crisis as big and abstract as Covid-19 isn’t without its challenges. Award-winning photographer, Marco Panzetti, produces a new body of work to show moments of great instability in people’s lives and a unique place and time in history.
Yousra Elbagir from Sudan, Waad Al Kateab from Syria and Alisa Kustikova from Russia work tirelessly to root out the truth and hold power to account. They remind us that journalists often have to fight for the cause of media freedom, in the public’s service, at great personal risk.
Marco Panzetti has invested significant periods of time making images that matter. He showcases his commitment to photography on an extremely complicated and quick-moving global story. But what his images really stand out for is for what they lack: obvious suffering and distress.