Driving Systemic Change
The Thomson Reuters Foundation works to advance media freedom, foster more inclusive economies and promote human rights. Through news, media development, free legal assistance and convening initiatives, the charity combines its unique expertise to drive systemic change.
The charity believes societies around the world should be free, fair and informed. It combines the twin powers of journalism and the law to work towards building global awareness of the critical issues faced by humanity, inspiring collective leadership and helping to shape a prosperous world where no one is left behind.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation has been able to scale its world-class services thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery. Its global news team reports from the ground in more than 70 countries, covering the new frontier of human rights, from investigating slavery in supply chains, to the human impact of climate change, to how data-driven technology and AI are affecting people.
Addressing Critical Issues
For more than 35 years, the Thomson Reuters Foundation has promoted the highest standards in journalism by training reporters around the world to cover issues relevant to their local context, accurately and impartially. Today, it works to strengthen local and national journalism, improve media ethics, standards and regulation, combat misinformation, and explore and shape the future of the profession. The charity achieves this through:
- newsroom consultancy,
- journalism training,
- mentoring, and
The Thomson Reuters Foundation also runs the world's largest pro bono legal network, TrustLaw. Working with leading law firms, it facilitates free legal support, ground-breaking research and resources for NGOs and social enterprises in 175 countries. This network has grown to 5,800 members, including more than 950 law firms and in-house legal teams
Finally, the charity convenes experts to address critical issues linked to its areas of work. The annual flagship event, Trust Conference, brings together frontline activists, thought leaders and top decision-makers in the areas of media freedom, inclusive economies, and human rights. While it has been postponed for this year, the Foundation has just launched a new interview show, TC|Talks, featuring world-renowned experts who would otherwise have held the stage at the forum. Additionally, Thomson Reuters Foundation hosts thematic working groups convened around the world to share expertise, drive new partnerships, facilitate media coverage and produce legal research.
These services have never been more critically needed than during the global health emergency we now face. The Thomson Reuters Foundation has been able to develop a COVID-19 response. This has included training journalists to report on the pandemic in areas most impacted, create a dedicated section of its news site to coverage of the impact of Coronavirus and launch a raft of legal resources for NGOs and social enterprises.
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