Thomson Reuters Foundation is offering a number of bursaries to East African business journalists to attend a five-day training course in Kampala, Uganda. It will take place from 26 September to 30 September 2011.
About the Training Course
This course is designed to help journalists in East Africa to strengthen their reporting on financial and economic topics by developing their understanding and skills. “Learning by doing” is a core part of the programme, which includes practical exercises and live reporting. The course also focuses on improving coverage of national and international financial issues through detailed briefings, presentations by guest speakers and, where appropriate, a reporting visit to a financial institution. In-depth discussions will explore ways of tackling subjects such as resource exploitation, economic governance and capital flight from developing countries.
Thomson Reuters Foundation programme applicants must be business journalists in Eastern Africa and currently working as a journalists or regular contributors to print, broadcast or online media organisations. They must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country must have at least two years’ professional experience and have 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, transfers and accommodation. This arrangement is subject to variation.


  • A biography of up to 250 words outlining your career.
  • A submission of 250-400 words on “an aspect of global finance which has a direct impact on your national economy and which you believe is under-reported or insufficiently understood.”
  • 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.

Application deadline: 15 August 2011
For more information, and to apply, visit their website by clicking here.