Thomson Reuters Foundation

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Thomson Reuters Foundation
Headquarters
London
,
United Kingdom
Key people
  • Monique Villa (CEO)
Services
Website trust.org

Thomson Reuters Foundation is the London-based charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, a Canadian global information and news network. The Foundation is a registered charity in the United States and United Kingdom and is headquartered in Canary Wharf, London.

Thomson Reuters Canada-based media company

Thomson Reuters Corporation is a Canadian multinational media conglomerate. The company was founded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where it is headquartered at 333 Bay Street.

Canary Wharf major business district located in Tower Hamlets, London, United Kingdom

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Contents

The current CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation is Antonio Zappulla

Key programmes

TrustLaw

TrustLaw is a service created in 2010 to spread the practice of legal pro bono worldwide by connecting the law firms and corporate legal teams around the world with NGOs and social enterprises in need of free legal assistance. [1]

Pro bono publico is a Latin phrase for professional work undertaken voluntarily and without payment. Unlike traditional volunteering, it uses the specific skills of professionals to provide services to those who are unable to afford them.

Journalism and media training

Since 1983, The Foundation has used the Reuters principles of impartiality to train reporters around the world. The Foundation provides practical, skills-based training programmes available in seven languages and across 170 countries. To date, over 15,000 journalists have been trained internationally on 27 highly specialised training topics. [2]

The Foundation also sets up and manages independent news platforms. The Foundation launched Aswat Masriya in 2011, an independent Egyptian news website which closed in 2017 due to lack of funding. [3] Ahead of the country's first general elections in November 2015, the Foundation also launched Myanmar Now, a new portal dedicated to free and independent journalism in Myanmar led by Burmese journalists. The latter won the European Commission’s Lorenzo Natali Media Prize 2015 for a feature on underage sex workers.[ citation needed ]

European Commission Executive branch of the European Union

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Set up in 2006 and part of the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, the Foundation funds the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ), a research centre for international comparative journalism. [4]

University of Oxford university in Oxford, United Kingdom

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Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism British research centre part of the University of Oxford

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) is a UK-based research centre and think tank.

Thomson Reuters Foundation News

Journalism is one of the pillars of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The foundation has correspondents in London, Barcelona, New York, Delhi, Bangkok, Bogota, Nairobi, Dakar, Mumbai, Chennai, Jakarta, Rio and freelancers in most developing nations. The global editorial team of over 45 journalists and 150 freelancers covers the world's under-reported stories at the heart of aid, development, women's rights, human trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience.[ citation needed ]

Perception polls

The Foundation's polls include: The World’s Most Dangerous Countries for Women (2011), [5] Best and Worst G20 Countries for Women (2012), [6] Best and Worst Arab League Countries for Women (2013), [7] the Most Dangerous Transport Systems for Women (2014), [8] and the Five Key Issues Facing Women Working in the G20 (2015). [9]

Trust Conference

Trust Conference, formerly Trust Women, aims is to put the rule of law behind human rights and fight modern slavery through concrete action. [10] Past speakers have included Cherie Blair, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, and Nobel laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Muhammad Yunus. [11]

As part of the Trust Women Conference's commitment to tangible action, Monique Villa announced the launch of the Stop Slavery Award, a new initiative by the Thomson Reuters Foundation [12] to recognise companies leading the fight against modern slavery in their supply chains. The Award, designed by world-renowned artist Anish Kapoor, [13] will be conferred for the first time in November 2016.

As a direct result of the Trust Women Conference, the Thomson Reuters Foundation worked with the office of the Manhattan District Attorney and top U.S. financial institutions – including Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Barclays, TD Bank, American Express, Western Union – to issue international guidance aimed at helping the wider financial communities to identify and report irregularities in financial transactions linked to human trafficking. [14]

History

Beginnings

In September 1997, the Reuters Foundation launched AlertNet, a website providing free humanitarian news and information. AlertNet was set up in the aftermath of the 1994 Rwanda genocide as a response to criticism of the slow media response and poorly coordinated activities of the relief agencies on the ground. AlertNet aimed to facilitate co-ordination among relief workers. [15]

In 2004, the Foundation created, Iraq's first independent national news agency, Aswat al-Iraq (Voices of Iraq), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Spanish International Cooperation Agency (AECI). The service continues to provide impartial and reliable information in Iraq today. [16] [17]

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Following the acquisition of Reuters by the Canadian group Thomson Corporation on 17 April 2008, the Foundation was transformed to embrace the wider scope of the company. Under the leadership of the new CEO, Monique Villa, the Foundation scaled down its grant making activities, revamped existing programs and launched new projects – all aimed at leveraging the skills and expertise of the company. [18] [19]

In January 2010, with the Haitian earthquake, the Foundation launched an Emergency Information Service (EIS) aimed at providing practical, life-saving information to survivors in local languages. [20] [21]

Awards

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