Reporting Human Rights - SOLD OUT


5th - 16th July

The Lincoln School of English and Journalism has extensive relations with news and media organisations and has partnered with the Thomson Reuters Foundation to bring you this new online accredited course.

This course offers an introduction to the subject of human rights and the techniques used by the Thomson Reuters Trust to inform its reporting. It is an online course with a series of structured lessons designed to be completed over two weeks. This also includes a live event led by a Thomson Reuters Foundation trainer, which focuses on key issues for journalists and others working in communicating human rights.

Upon completion of this course, you should have an understanding of the importance of Thomson Reuters Trust themes of independence, integrity and freedom from bias. You will explore thematic issues, including freedom of speech and expression, forced labour and human trafficking, data and digital rights, women’s rights, and LGBT+ rights.

Students will have access to a dedicated website prior to the one-day event: during that event, they will learn about the issues affecting human rights and journalism in different parts of the world, before working through a series of exercises to test their knowledge and understanding. Applicants have two weeks to work through these materials, with email support from the course leader.

What's included

Access to dedicated learning materials on a dedicated course site.

A live, one-day event with a Thomson Reuters Foundation trainer, providing instruction and feedback on your own reporting.

Tools to assess your understanding and develop your own skills in reporting human rights.

Why choose Lincoln

This is a unique partnership between the University of Lincoln and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Reporting from the ground in more than 70 countries, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global news team covers the new frontier of human rights. The Thomson Reuters Foundation adheres to the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles of integrity, independence and freedom from bias. All its news is distributed on the Reuters newswire, reaching an estimated daily audience of one billion readers.

This is a microcredential course, carrying credits that can be used as part of a postgraduate qualification.

By offering all parts of the course online, this offers the convenience to study at your own pace.

Learning Outcomes

An overview of issues surrounding reporting human rights in an international context.

Feedback to improve your own reporting.

An opportunity to learn from and engage with experienced professionals as part of the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Credits towards a postgraduate qualification.

The University of Lincoln has validated this microcredential course with 5 credits that will be awarded upon successful completion. This means that you not only benefit from the learning covered in the course, but you can also use these credits to contribute to the completion of other postgraduate programmes, up to a total of 180 credits. A certificate and credit transcript will be awarded upon completion of the microcredential course. Further microcredential courses are currently under development.

Who should attend

This course is aimed at those working with media agencies, NGOs, charities, marketing and communication organisations, and those engaged with public services who need to understand the role of reporting human rights as part of their professional activities.

Course details

Dates: 5th - 16th July 2021
Duration: Course materials available for two weeks. One day online with Thomson Reuters trainer on Tuesday 6th July.
Fees: Half price bursary available, so £180 reduced from £360
Class size: Maximum of 15 participants

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For this course, there are 15 half-price bursaries. As such, the fee is £180 (instead of £360) and includes access to all documents and study guides that you will need to complete the course, as well as the live event with a TRF trainer.

All fees must be paid in full on or before 1st July.

All courses are taught in English.


What you need to bring

All aspects of the course are provided online, so you will need a device suitable for video online learning.