Thomson Foundation mobile multimedia journalism programme 2020 Summer Course (Scholarships Available to attend course in London)

Thomson Foundation has announced the dates for its mobile multimedia journalism programme 2020.

August 10 to September 11, 2020

In this intensive five-week programme, participants will cover a story for their media organisation from different angles using different technologies and techniques. It includes master classes from leading journalists, practical workshops and visits to UK media organisations.

Week one: Recipes for great journalism

What makes great journalism?: 

The art of story treatment and storytelling, adapting and creating material for different types of media platforms, exploring innovations in journalism and engaging audiences.

Masterclass – investigative journalism: Asking the right questions and interrogating information to establish the truth and piece together the whole story. With a leading international investigative journalist. 

Research and verification: Learning competency in digital research and verification including essential social media verification practices, handling user-generated content (UGC), open source tools and geolocation.

Example visits: The Guardian and Channel 4 News

Week two: Mobile journalism and innovations in media

Mobile journalism: the complete production studio in your pocket.

The power of the image: The use of framing, lighting and image sequences to tell visual stories. Includes a photo-walk to explore the streets of London through the lens of a mobile phone.

The power of video: Developing video filming and editing skills using mobile phones and tablets and using apps to create graphics and effects.

The power of live: Exploring opportunities for live broadcast anywhere, anytime, any place using a mobile phone, and the social media platforms to choose.

Innovations in media: 360°, overcapture and VR. Examining emerging technologies and immersive storytelling.

Example visits: BBC and YouTube

Week three: Data journalism, visualisation and social media 

Data journalism: Learning how to research and analyse data, data mining and the ethics of accessing data.

Data visualisation: Using infographics to make instant sense of complex trends and information, turning complex data into strong visual stories.

Social media: Identifying the right platform for specific content and audiences and the best apps and open source digital tools to help gather and create the stories and messages.

Week four: Hands-on great journalism

Bringing it all together: Working with mentors to produce a finished story in creative formats suitable for relevant media organisations’ output channels.

Week five: UK media placement

One week spent observing an international newsroom.

To take part in the summer course you will need:

  • To have worked as a journalist.
  • Funding for course fees (£4,800, excluding travel and accommodation; estimated at around £10,000, including travel and accommodation). 
  • The support of your employer. 
  • A good working knowledge of English. 

Apply for part-scholarship

Thomson Foundation is inviting journalists to apply for part scholarships for the five-week summer convergence course. The two scholarships are reserved for exceptional and ambitious journalists with at least two years’ experience. They represent an up to 80 per cent deduction on the course fees but do not include travel and accommodation costs.

To apply, send your CV and cover letter to [email protected] putting ‘Summer Course’ in the subject line. First come, first served basis. Apply early.

How to apply:

Click on this link you will be asked to submit your CV and a cover letter. 

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Thomson Foundation mobile multimedia journalism programme 2020


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