Sony Digital Rapids Pixel Power calrec Sony

Global talent, global reach

15/08/2019

Step inside this year's Thomson Foundation summer course in London where we influence international journalists to mastermind innovation, imagination and more.

Recent alumni include South Africa's Viasen Soobramoney who had a rapid ascent from being a reporter to spearheading Africa's first mobile journalism newsroom, and award-winning Syrian filmmaker and now producer for Britain's Channel 4 News, Waad Al Kateab. Both Viasen and Waad have shown particular boundary-breaking spirit and praise the foundation for its considerable contribution to the development of journalists and journalism itself.

The foundation has been running its intensive summer course every year since 1962 and, just like with previous years, this year's cohort of journalists (pictured) is diverse, up and coming and brings new passion and perspectives. Hailing from Sri Lanka, Kuwait, South Africa, Oman and Ghana, the journalists will be spending five weeks in London being nurtured and developed by the foundation's leading trainers, soaking up insights from the best of UK media, updating their digital skill set and growing their ability to think in different media.

Let's introduce you to this year's participants.

Photography by @danzongloatr

Robin-Lee Francke, South Africa The Daily Voice's Robin-Lee Francke is a relative newcomer to the industry. She follows in former South African alumnus, Monique Mortlock's footsteps with a Vodacom Young Journalist of the Year accolade for her poignant contribution to journalism. Robin-Lee has a strong desire to make a difference in society and serve the public interest with her editor keenly describing her as going places and possessing that winning quality of being passionate about both her job and her community. Her stories include the safeguarding needs of young people trapped between gangs and the law, and a former drug addict turned addiction counsellor's drive to reintegrate drug users back into society.

KC Saranga, Sri Lanka KC Saranga, an award-winning reporter for news and current affairs channel, TV Derana in Sri Lanka, first came to the attention of the foundation when entering its mobile journalism competition earlier in the year. His shortlisted and well executed report highlighted the biggest environmental and socio-economic crises of rural Sri Lanka, the human-elephant conflict where habitat fragmentation is impacting wild herds. He's become a much-praised name by his colleagues for his intellectual, bold and studied approach to mobile journalism and has been the driving force behind the success of several national news brands in Sri Lanka.

Muneera Alrabiah, Kuwait Kuwaiti journalist, Muneera Alrabiah, who is a news editor for Kuwait News Agency and also writes for the Arab Times, is passionate about empowering women and helping to widen the cultural possibilities about the roles of women in her society.

Muneera celebrates Arab sportswomen in all their diversity with stories including the unwavering determination of Muslim wake-boarding women and the most competitive female trapshooters that the Gulf has to offer. She hopes to see female participation in sports in the Arab world increase and for a new generation of Arab women athletes to chase Olympic glory. She also writes on health and uses mobile for storytelling.

William Boateng, Ghana Meanwhile, William Boateng has been recognised for his contribution to broadcasting in Ghana and has been described as the best and most promising newscaster in radio by online Ghanian radio station, Pluzz 89.9FM. He displays great journalistic potential and is regularly finding new stories and reporting on them with rigour and accuracy. In 2018, he was one of 100 student journalists from 50 countries invited to the Scottish parliament for two days of conferences, with Google, Facebook, Reuters and the BBC, through the British Council's Future News Worldwide programme.

Musallam Al Mahri, Oman Musallam Al Mahri's work seamlessly merges his interest in the world of business, and his economics degree, with his role as an economics news editor for the Oman News Agency (ONA). With his deep knowledge and informed journalism, Musallam is at the forefront of ONA's reporting and analysing of national and international economic issues. He's led interviews with some of Oman's most senior officials, participated in a series of international events and regularly contributes news and analysis to ONA's 110k+ Twitter followers. It's an exciting time to be an economics editor, according to Musallam, as it dominates the agenda and impacts people's lives like never before.

Abdulaziz Al Mamari, Oman Another multi-platform player is Abdulaziz Al Mamari who joined the Oman Ministry of Information as an e-content specialist and hopes to reimagine Oman's media and its presence in the social sphere. With social media having created a new generation of traveller, Abdulaziz has been recognising the trend and is developing innovative ways for the ministry to participate. He also advises the ministry on digital tools, how to find a defined and committed audience on Instagram and how to get the attention of an audience disengaged from politics and other government activities. His involvement has seen the ministry's following on the social platform increase to nearly 94k.

The Thomson Foundation summer course will run until mid-September with all journalists completing a week of work experience at British media organisations, including the BBC and ITN.

To take part in next year's summer course, or for further information on how the course could benefit your employees, contact hosame@thomsonfoundation.org

Related content

Thomson Foundation summer course 2019: dates and details

Bringing the brightest journalism talent to London

Summer course 20
LINK: http://www.thomsonfoundation.org/latest/global-talent-global-reach/...
See more stories from thompsonfoundation

More from Thomson

09/07/2020

Capturing change: strategies for safely covering protests

A massive wave of solidarity protests against racial injustice have been staged across the United States and worldwide following a series of killings in the US,...

08/07/2020

Covid-19 training in Sudan gets smart on WhatsApp

An innovative online learning course to support the reporting of Covid-19 in Sudan has reached nearly 2000 people across all sectors of media. The course, desi...

23/06/2020

Photojournalism: the ethical challenges to covering Covid-19

This article by Savannah Dodd, founder of the Photography Ethics Centre, uses the key principles introduced in her Journalism Now e-learning course The Photogra...

11/06/2020

Talent pool gives advice on navigating the pandemic

Weve pooled advice from our international alumni to help journalists navigate their way through the Covid-19 pandemic. From what went wrong in the medias early...

05/06/2020

Rwandan journalist s study route to international publication.

Rwandan journalist Christophe Hitayezu first met the editorial team from The Guardian newspaper in London as part of a study tour in a programme to support medi...

01/06/2020

Sudan: Support for journalists in the global fight against Covid-19

A unique training course tailored specifically for Sudanese journalists has been devised to help them navigate the challenges of reporting the Covid-19 pandemic...

21/05/2020

MoJo Challenge: When a smartphone wins in Covid-19 coverage

Lebanese-based Nisrine Ajab has won the Thomson Foundation mobile journalism challenge and five others have been commended. Nisrine, who is from Beirut, along...

07/05/2020

A class of its own: is the e-Workshop here to stay?

The coronavirus pandemic has brought a temporary halt to face-to-face training programmes during lockdown - but prompted experiments with different types of vir...

05/05/2020

Supporting Greater Media Independence in the Western Balkans

The Western Balkans region remains beset by political instability, corruption and a chronic lack of transparency. The national media are often captured by veste...

23/04/2020

A coronavirus photo essay from Bologna, Italy

Award-winning documentary photographer and Thomson Foundation alumnus Marco Panzetti, achieved international recognition for his coverage of the global refugee ...

07/04/2020

The challenges of covering coronavirus: how we can help

Journalists across the globe face unprecedented challenges to report the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak accurately and safely. The fast-moving story is presen...

17/03/2020

Thomson Foundation's summer course - the alumni shaping media

Hundreds of frontline journalists have passed through the Thomson Foundation's prestigious summer course which aims to sharpen reporting skills and teach th...

17/03/2020

Thomson Foundation summer course 2020: dates and details

Thomson Foundation has announced the dates for its mobile multimedia journalism programme 2020. August 10 to September 11, 2020 In this intensive five-week ...

09/03/2020

Our Tech Challenge Winner: A Royal Visit And Much More

Patrick Obumselu, the winner of Thomson Foundations 2019 Commonwealth Digital Challenge, has been in London meeting mentors and receiving advice on progressing ...

06/03/2020

Highlighting violence against South African women

At just 26, Robin-Lee Francke is no stranger to violence against women, having been pistol-whipped, beaten and shot at in the course of her work as a crime repo...

04/03/2020

Working against the odds in Syria

When Waad Al Kateab began filming in an Aleppo hospital being destroyed by government forces, little could she imagine that her work would one day be nominated ...

04/03/2020

Reporting from the heart of Iraq s deadly protests

Pesha Magid became the trusted voice from Baghdad for many of the world's broadcasters and newspapers after an outbreak of anti-government protests in 2019....

04/03/2020

OPEN Media Hub: the story so far

A landmark project to support independent media in 17 countries bordering the European Union (EU) has been extended, as journalists tackle increasing threats to...

04/03/2020

Mobile journalism on tour

Mobile journalism went on tour with Thomson Foundation, delivering training sessions to 90 journalists in 90 days for international broadcaster, Al Jazeera. Th...

04/03/2020

Sudan s people power

The skills that Sudanese broadcaster, Rania Haroun, learned on the foundation's summer course played a direct role in helping her - and others - report on t...

30/01/2020

Kenyan journalist named Journalism Now Scholar winner

An innovative journalism competition organised by Thomson Foundation has been won by Kenya-based journalist, Thomas Mwiraria, who wrote a graphic piece about a ...

28/01/2020

Media Freedom: Changing Times for Rwandan Journalists

Lots of overseas journalists visit the Guardian's morning news conference at its London headquarters. Few are invited to speak and fewer still have had the ...

24/12/2019

Empowering Investigative Journalism in Rwanda through the Right of Access to Information.

An unexpected - and shocking - reminder of the genocide in Rwanda came during a ...

23/12/2019

Climate Change and Environment: Helping journalists raise awareness in Lesotho

The landlocked mountain kingdom of Lesotho faces serious environmental challenges, many of which will become more severe, due to the impact of climate change, w...

21/12/2019

Climate Change: Helping journalists raise awareness in Lesotho

The landlocked mountain kingdom of Lesotho faces serious environmental challenges, many of which will become more severe, due to the impact of climate change, w...

26/11/2019

Human stories behind the data crunch: Pakistan's Young Journalist winner

In the odd times through which we are living - with the game-changing Wikileaks, the elaborate Panama Papers, the Snowden revelations of top-secret surveillance...

12/11/2019

The truth about fake news in Africa

What's the best to way deal with fake news? Should TV and radio give equal airtime to every candidate in a presidential election? And how can we be sure jou...

06/11/2019

Commonwealth Digital Challenge: winner revealed

An ambitious proposal to ensure justice for survivors of sexual abuse in Nigeria is the winner of the 2019 Commonwealth Digital Challenge, a competition designe...

11/10/2019

Trio of talent: Young Journalist 2019 finalists revealed

There are some particularly powerful examples of how investigative journalism prompted national debate, remarks Thomson Foundation chief executive, Nigel Baker....

21/09/2019

Putting all people first: Meet the 2019 shortlisted Young Journalists

From sword-wielding gangs in Sri Lanka inspired by the movies and the residents of Assam declared stateless in India, to the mysterious death of a Kashmiri in c...

24/08/2019

Ugandan teens use smartphones to share life stories

Which way would you hold the phone if you were filming for TV? ask trainers, Kate Middleton and Feras Saleh. I have never seen a TV came a reply. It was th...

15/08/2019

Global talent, global reach

Step inside this year's Thomson Foundation summer course in London where we influence international journalists to mastermind innovation, imagination and mo...

14/08/2019

Winning has a transformative impact, say Young Journalist winners

An eye-opening experience which has given him the courage and zeal to pursue the stories that really matter is how one journalist described winning the Young Jo...

19/07/2019

Diverse group s competitive advantage in Journalism Now Team Challenge

A new Thomson Foundation competition, the Journalism Now Team Challenge, has been won by a team of four reporters spread across four countries: Jordan, Libya, M...

11/07/2019

Nothing but the truth: the young journalists defending media freedom

Concern over the growing threat to the safety of journalists is at the heart of an international campaign to defend media freedom. Led by the UK and Canadian ...

11/06/2019

Queen s birthday honours recognise Thomson Foundation trustee

One of Thomson Foundation's longest-serving trustees has received a knighthood for his humanitarian work in the birthday honours of Britain's Queen Eliz...

09/05/2019

Egyptian mojo winner joins crushed commuters on Cairo train

Now in its fifth year, the Thomson Foundation mobile journalism ( mojo') competition, in partnership with Mojofest, has allowed journalists from around the ...

09/05/2019

Egyptian mojo winner joins crushed commuters on crammed Cairo train

Now in its fifth year, the Thomson Foundation mobile journalism ( mojo') competition, in partnership with Mojofest, has allowed journalists from around the ...

15/04/2019

Commonwealth Digital Challenge: Judging panel named

Thomson Foundation announces an exceptional judging panel for the Commonwealth Digital Challenge 2019: Media Tech Accelerator. The three judges are Kate Adams...

11/04/2019

Collaborating to cover "Qumar"

After decades of peace, tensions have flared and fighting has broken out in the Sultanate of Qumar. International and local news organisations are scrambling ...

09/04/2019

Bringing the brightest journalism talent to London

Every summer, organisations around the world send us their best journalists to participate in the Thomson Foundation summer course. Based at our London headqua...

02/04/2019

Digital revenue training to drive media success

The world is changing, and technology is taking the lead. Today, everything is going digital, which means traditional media outlets are having to jump online to...

15/03/2019

Fresh efforts in Brussels to support the future of Syria

Senior figures from scores of countries and international organisations gathered for a three-day European Union-hosted conference on Syria, in which journalists...

15/03/2019

Thomson Foundation summer course 2019: dates and details

Thomson Foundation has announced the dates for its mobile multimedia journalism programme 2019. This intensive five-week course in London brings together digita...

14/03/2019

Saluting seven outstanding (female) journalists for International Women s Day

To mark International Womens Day, we salute the seven female journalists featured in our latest review for their brave reporting, often in regions that are war-...

08/03/2019

The seven outstanding (female) journalists from our 2018 review

To mark International Womens Day, we salute the seven female journalists featured in our latest review for their brave reporting, often in regions that are war-...

02/03/2019

New success for the winner of the Commonwealth Digital Challenge

A campaigner for conflict prevention in northern Kenya has won a scholarship to study the topic at the University of London - partly thanks to his experience in...

28/02/2019

Strengthening quality journalism in the Western Balkans

Thomson Foundation has long had a commitment to help strengthen quality journalism in the Western Balkans, and this will continue in 2019 with an expanded progr...

28/02/2019

A journey through love, motherhood, war and survival in Syria

In 2017, young Syrian filmmaker Waad Al Kateab received a special award from the Thomson Foundation to recognise her outstanding coverage of the suffering in th...

28/02/2019

Blended learning: Thomson Foundation transcends the classroom

The growing percentage of journalists and communicators having affordable access to smartphones and the internet means they no longer have to wait for classroom...