Thomson Reuters Dual-track: ‘S’ in ESG, Reporting on Corporate Social Impact for South African Journalists.


Application Deadline: November 15, 2022

Thomson Reuters Foundation’s ‘S’ in ESG: Reporting on Corporate Social Impact offers an excellent opportunity for financial, business and/or investigative journalists in South Africa to gather virtually for training, knowledge sharing, expert sessions and network building.

The Programme will be delivered by world-class trainers and experts and uses Thomson Reuters Foundation’s unique ‘dual track’ approach, which trains journalists and CSO representatives in parallel, and provides opportunities for networking and collaborative story development. This approach strengthens trust between journalists and NGOs/CSOs.

The training will have a unique focus on the use of various sources of financial and non-financial data as a means of assessing corporate social performance, the ‘S’ in ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance). As ESG investment increases worldwide, there remains no standardized model of social impact assessment, leading to discrepancies between corporate practice and disclosure. Effective data analysis can help journalists uncover these inconsistencies, ensuring that they and their newsrooms are reporting accurately on these matters. This, in turn, will support efforts to both increase and improve corporate disclosure and transparency on social issues, expanding the data pool available. 


  • Data, business, financial and investigative journalists with experience or strong interest in business and human rights, financial journalism, and/or business’ social performance.
  • Applicants must be based in South Africa.
  • Applicants must be full-time journalists or regular contributors for media organisations with a minimum of three years’ professional experience.
  • Applicants must have a high proficiency level of spoken and written English.
  • Applicants must have access to a minimum internet speed of 8 MB/second. You can check the speed of your device by logging onto


At the end of the Programme, journalists will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of the key issues regarding corporate social performance in South Africa.
  • Analyse the media’s role in reporting on social investment issues in the region.
  • Apply foundational data skills to analyse government, NGO and CSO data on social investments.
  • Adopt tools and techniques to analyse relevant data on social performance of companies/sectors.
  • Identify ‘S’ in ESG themes and story ideas to pitch for a personal or group story project.
  • Investigate company/sector discrepancies between disclosure and actual performance on social issues.
  • Better protect your reporting and sources in a digital world.

NOTE: The Programme contents may be modified to best respond to the learning needs of the participants.

Story grant: Journalists will work on a story project and receive feedback from TRF facilitators. After the course they can apply for a two-month Programme that includes one-on-one mentoring and a £300 grant to produce and publish their stories.

Certification TRF Alumni Engagement: Participants who engage in at least 80% of the sessions will receive a certificate from Thomson Reuters Foundation and will benefit from future alumni engagement, including exclusive invitations for events, access to more training and story funding.


Course Dates: 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, and 15 December 2022

Joint Session: 14 December will be a joint session between CSOs and journalists.

Course structure: The course will be delivered over 6 x 3.5-hour sessions, using online seminars and other interactive online tools. Participants will be given short activities to complete during and after each session to build skills and confidence.

Timing: 09:00 – 12:30 SAST

Location: Online (Zoom), South Africa

Language: English

Application deadline: 15 November 2022

Additional Pre-Training Session: 22 November (11:00 – 13:00 SAST), Introduction to Communicating with Data. This session will focus on some of the essentials of data analysis (cleaning concepts, filtering, sorting, pivot tables, and scraping data from documents). All eligible applicants who have completed an application form will be invited to attend this session.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Thomson Reuters Dual-track: ‘S’ in ESG, Reporting on Corporate Social Impact


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