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Thomson Foundation summer course 2019: dates and details

Thomson Foundation has announced the dates for its mobile multimedia journalism programme 2019. This intensive five-week course in London brings together digital news gathering and publishing skills for storytelling across multiple platforms and devices.


August 5 to September 6, 2019

In the five-week programme, participants will cover a story for their media organisation from different angles using different technologies and techniques. It includes master classes from leading journalists, practical workshops and visits to UK media organisations.

Week one: Recipes for great journalism

What makes great journalism?: 

The art of story treatment and storytelling, adapting and creating material for different types of media platforms, exploring innovations in journalism and engaging audiences.

Research and verification: Learning competency in digital research and verification including essential social media verification practices, handling user-generated content (UGC), open source tools and geolocation.

Masterclass – investigative journalism: Asking the right questions and interrogating information to establish the truth and piece together the whole story. With a leading international investigative journalist. 

Example visits: The Guardian and Channel 4 News

Week two: Data journalism, visual, audio and social 

Data journalism: Learning how to research and analyse data, data mining and the ethics of access to data.

Masterclass – data visualisation: Using info-graphics to make instant sense of complex trends and information, turning complex data into strong visual stories.

Social media: Identifying the right platform for specific content and audiences and the best apps and open source digital tools to help gather and create that content.

Example visits: BBC and YouTube

The mobile journalism and social media skills have helped changed the way I approach my job.

Monique Mortlock, summer course 2018
Week three: Audio production and mobile journalism

The power of audio: The tools for podcast and audio production and how to use this personal and intimate form of media to tell human stories.

Mobile journalism – the swiss army knife of journalism

The power of the image: The use of framing, lighting and image sequences to tell visual stories. Includes a photo-walk to explore the streets of London through the lens of a mobile phone.

The power of video: Developing video filming and editing skills using mobile phones and tablets and using apps to create graphics and effects.

Masterclass – the power of live: Exploring opportunities for live broadcast anywhere, anytime, any place using a mobile phone, and the social media platforms to choose.

Week four: Hands-on great journalism

Bringing it all together: Working with mentors to produce a finished story in creative formats suitable for relevant media organisations' output channels.

Masterclass – innovations in media: Exploring cutting-edge innovations poised to merge the impossible worlds of imagination with real life, including 360-video, virtual reality and augmented reality.

Week five: UK media placement

Work placement: A chance to spend five days within British media organisations.


The networking opportunities on this course are invaluable.

Meehika Barua, summer course 2018



To take part in the summer course you will need:

  • To have worked as a journalist.
  • Funding for course fees (£4,800, excluding travel and accommodation; estimated at around £10,000, including travel and accommodation). 
  • The support of your employer. 
  • A good working knowledge of English. 

How to apply:

Click on this link you will be asked to submit your CV and a cover letter. 



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