Thomas Reuters Foundation Programme for Journalists 2016

Thomas Reuters Foundation Programme for Journalists 2016

Deadline: July 12, 2016

The Thomson Reuters Foundation, in partnership with the Stanley Foundation and Gerda Henkel Stiftung, is launching a new programme – Uncovering Security: Emerging Threats – which will support journalists to uncover emerging threats in specific communities, countries or regions worldwide, and bring these stories to a wide audience.

Uncovering Security: Emerging Threats provides a unique opportunity for collaboration. Participating journalists may choose to work in pairs or small teams and work on the same story together. They may also form partnerships with researchers who take part in the seminar – many of whom have experience gathering information ‘on the ground’ – to discover new leads, incorporate another story angle, or to deepen the content they produce.


The programme features:

  • A three-day residential story lab (October 19 – October 22, 2016) taking place near London that will bring together journalists, security researchers, and experts to share insight on emerging security situations and explore or refine story ideas (costs of participation are covered by the programme);
  • The opportunity to apply for small grants to cover the cost of reporting stories;
  • Access to experienced journalists who have covered security stories all over the world, who can provide advice and editorial guidance;
  • Support with pitching stories to international publication platforms if needed.


  • Journalists working for media outlets in the developing world, or the USA, Canada or Germany;
  • At least three years’ experience in journalism;
  • Experience covering security situations would be an advantage;
  • Journalists working in any medium, or multiple media;
  • Must be fluent in English.

Application Process

Access and submit the online application form.

  • The application requires journalists to submit a brief story idea. All story ideas must relate to an emerging security situation in a specific community, country or region in the world.
  • If accepted, journalists will not necessarily be expected to pursue this story idea. During the seminar, journalists may learn of a different story, or modify their original story.
  • Applicants must also supply a letter from their editor consenting to their participation and to publishing/broadcasting any stories produced.
  • The opportunity to apply for funding will be shortly after the seminar.

For more information, visit Thomas Reuters Foundation Programme for Journalists.