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Thomson Reuters Foundation announces Reporting on Migration in Cambodia

Thomson Reuters Foundation announces Reporting on Migration in Cambodia

Deadline: 16 March 2020

The Thomson Reuters Foundation has announced one-week “Reporting on Migration” course in Phnom Penh which is a unique chance for journalists in Cambodia to gain practical skills and knowledge and work on their story ideas with guidance from experienced Thomson Reuters journalists.

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With support from the C&A Foundation, the workshop offers a combination of specialist expertise and hands-on training, with an emphasis on producing high-impact stories for widespread dissemination.

Migration and the global trade in human beings is bigger today than at any time in history. Estimates of the numbers of people caught in modern slavery vary from 21 million to 36 million in an industry worth more than $150 billion in illegal profits a year.

The world’s refugee crisis now involves 68 million people displaced from their homes, a record high.It’s one of the biggest stories of their time. Yet a lot of reporting on trafficking and forced labour is mired in cliché, myth and misconception. It often lacks nuanced understanding of the causes of the scourge and the tools to fight it.

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A major focus will be on the ethics of reporting slavery, from how to interact sensitively with traumatised survivors to getting past journalists’ own preconceived notions and stereotypes. They will cover safety issues, particularly when it comes to dealing with sources and reporting on organised crime. They will have speakers with expert knowledge on the migration crisis.

This is an opportunity to pick the brains of reporters who have done extraordinary investigative work or groundbreaking reportage that has changed policy, provoked public outcry or brought traffickers to justice. Attendees will also spend time with experts and those at the coal face of the anti-slavery movement and migration crisis, including some who have been trafficked themselves and gone on to help others move from “victims” to “survivors”.

Funding Information

Thomson Reuters Foundation can fund travel expenses and accommodation for participants travelling from outside Phnom Penh. This arrangement is subject to variation.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors to media organisations in Cambodia.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country, must be a senior journalist with a minimum of 3 years professional experience and have a good level in spoken and written English.
For more information, visit https://tmsnrt.rs/2O2PGaf

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