Journalism NOW

Posted by Hosam El Nagar



We are running a multi-disciplinary practical online training programme, Journalism NOW, 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 are encouraged to network with their peers, our experts, and experienced mentors who  support them on an interactive community forum.

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.

"Due to the variance in education and working standards across different countries around the world it is not a level playing field for journalists," says Hosam. "Talented individuals don't get the opportunity to express or develop their skills and often burn out or drop out of journalism altogether." 

Different languages

Journalism NOW was developed originally in English but we have delivered online courses in Ukrainian, Russian, French, Spanish, Hungarian, Romanian, Bahasa Indonesia, Thai and Arabic. The platform offers us the opportunity to deliver courses in many other languages as well.

Lead experts & their courses


Deborah Kelly -programme editor & news editor

Engaging and growing your audience: Identifying and engaging your audience and humanising coverage


Jamal Osman – investigative journalist

Building trust and reputation: What isn't journalism and building a trusted brand

Aidan White – founder of the Ethical Journalism Network

The Ethical Journalist's Toolkit: Protecting yourself, your media organisation, your sources, and your audience.


Chris Birkett – media management, Sky News, BBC

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

Creating a brand and building an audience: Optimising coverage and resources to grow and maintain your audience


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 – Mojo master and founder of 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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