Rueters offers course in reporting crises and disasters for Caribbean journalists

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

JOURNALISTS from the Caribbean are being offered an opportunity to apply for a course in covering crises and disasters by the Rueters News Organisation.
Listed below are the requirements for eligibility.

The core activity concerns the challenges and techniques involved in covering international-scale crises and disasters, using Reuters and other world news organisations as a model. We will concentrate on natural disasters and humanitarian crises of all sorts, and the special problems that can arise in covering them. Through briefings and practical writing exercises against deadlines, the course will help journalists improve their skills and recognise problem areas, within an interactive group environment. The Thomson Reuters Foundation AlertNet service ( will provide a central resource during the course.

Open to journalists from Carribean and central American countries, you must currently be working full-time for media organisations within these regions.  Applicants must also be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country, have at least two years’ professional experience with a good level in spoken and written English.
Thomson Reuters Foundation offers bursaries for journalists from the developing world/countries in political transition working for organisations with no resources for training. Bursaries would include economy class travel expenses and  accommodation.  This arrangement is subject to variation.
* A biography of up to 250 words outlining your career.
* Two recent examples of your published work, preferably relevant to the course for which you are applying, with a brief summary in English (if necessary). TV/Radio journalists can send in their scripts and a brief summary.
* A statement of between 250 and 500 words describing any factors affecting your work as a journalist. Explain how you hope to benefit from the course for which you are applying.

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