Although an estimated 75 per cent of the world’s poorest people live outside urban centres, the story of rural poverty, and the issues facing farmers in these areas, are chronically under-reported. Perceived to have few day-to-day developments on which to base a news story, their struggles can seem irrelevant or inconsequential to media consumers in rapidly urbanising communities.
Thomson Reuters Foundation works with journalists to show how rural development is a story that matters to everyone, spanning science, climate change, business, politics and social innovation.
They equip reporters with the skills to tell the story of rural development to news consumers in their own countries. It is in these countries that climate change impacts have been felt strongest, and yet most policy makers and ordinary people do not know about it.
But it is also in these countries where exciting and broad-ranging solutions are being developed. Areas such as access to credit or insurance, new collective farming initiatives and innovative crop enhancements are just some of the developments that often go under the radar of mainstream media.
- The course will build expertise and increase familiarity and knowledge of issues faced by rural communities, help journalists to present new viewpoints, promote discussion and dialogue on how small-scale agriculture can respond to the growing demand for food and on the essential need to support rural transformation and smallholder agriculture.
- Journalists will have the opportunity to attend visit sites in the field, meet subject matter experts, and rural development stakeholders.
- Bursaries would be given that include air travel expenses (economy class), accommodation, local transfers and meals.
- Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors to a media organisation.
- Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country, and should have at least two years’ professional experience.
- You must be fluent in English or French.
- We would also like to see professional evidence of your interest in the field of rural peoples’ issues and development
Complete the online application form. You will be asked to provide two relevant work samples.
Application Deadline: May 22, 2019Application ClosedOfficial link