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Thomson Reuters Foundation
Founded1983 Edit this on Wikidata
United Kingdom
Key people
Revenue14,396,528 pound sterling (2018) Edit this on Wikidata
Number of employees
84 (2018) Edit this on Wikidata

Thomson Reuters Foundation is a London-based charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, a Canadian news conglomerate.[2] The Foundation is registered as a charity in the United States and United Kingdom and is headquartered in Canary Wharf, London.[3]

Antonio Zappulla has been CEO since 2016.[4]



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.[5] 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).[6][7]

Thomson Reuters Foundation[edit]

Following the acquisition of Reuters by the Canadian group Thomson Corporation on 17 April 2008, the Foundation was transformed under the leadership of 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.[8][9]

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.[10][11]

Key programmes[edit]


TrustLaw is a legal program created in 2010 that connects the law firms and corporate legal teams with NGOs and social enterprises to provide legal pro bono.[12]

Journalism and media training[edit]

From 1983,[citation needed] The Foundation provides skills-based training programmes to reporters worldwide in seven languages and across 170 countries. As of 2015, over 15,000 journalists have been trained internationally on 27 specialised training topics.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16]

In 2012, the Foundation was one of the co-founders of the European Press Prize.[17]

Thomson Reuters Foundation News[edit]

The foundation has correspondents and freelancers in the major cities and developing nations. The editorial team led by Belinda Goldsmith covers human rights, inclusive economies and media freedom, including women's rights, LGBT+ rights, human trafficking and modern slavery, property rights and digital and climate change.[18]

Perception polls[edit]

The Foundation has created polls for The World’s Most Dangerous Countries for Women (2011),[19] Best and Worst G20 Countries for Women (2012),[20] Best and Worst Arab League Countries for Women (2013),[21] the Most Dangerous Transport Systems for Women (2014),[22] and the Five Key Issues Facing Women Working in the G20 (2015).[23] In 2018 the foundation released a poll that ranked India as the most dangerous country for women. The report was rejected by India's National Commission for Women[24] and the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies[25] and news media due to poor methodology and lack of transparency.[26]

Trust Conference[edit]

Trust Conference, formerly Trust Women, works for law behind human rights and fight modern slavery.[27] Past speakers have included Cherie Blair, Queen Noor of Jordan, and Nobel laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Muhammad Yunus.[28]

As part of the Trust Women Conference's program, Monique Villa announced the launch of the Stop Slavery Award, a new initiative by the Thomson Reuters Foundation[29] to recognise companies supporting the fight against modern slavery in their supply chains. The first Award was conferred in November 2016.[30] Under the program, the Thomson Reuters Foundation worked with the office of the Manhattan District Attorney and major U.S. financial institutions to issue international guidance aimed at helping the wider financial communities to identify and report irregularities in financial transactions linked to human trafficking.[31]


  • In 2015, The Foundation editorial team won the Asian Environmental Journalism Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting by a Media Organisation,[32] as well as a United Nations Correspondents Association UN Foundation prize.[33]
  • In 2012, AlertNet Climate was selected as an Official Honouree of the 16th Annual Webby Awards in the Green category.[34]
  • In 2011, AlertNet was awarded the "Voices of Courage" Award by the Women's Refugee Commission (WRC).[35]
  • In 2011, AlertNet was awarded an EPPY Award for the "Best News Website" category.[36]
  • In 2011, the Foundation received an EPPY Award for "Best Overall Website Design" for its online platform,[36]
  • AlertNet received a gold trophy for "Best News Site" at the Lovie Awards.[37]
  • In March 2011, the Foundation won the "Best Use of New Media" award for its Emergency Information Service (EIS) at the Third Annual Social Innovation Awards hosted by Justmeans.[38]
  • TrustMedia received a "Commended Company" designation by the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for its innovative journalist training on health reporting.[39]
  • In 2010, the Foundation was awarded the Best Annual Report Award at the Digital Communications Awards.[40]
  • In 2010, "Surviving the Tsunami: Stories of Hope”, a Thomson Reuters Foundation multimedia documentary created for the fifth anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, was nominated for an Emmy award and won a prize at the Best of Photojournalism Awards.[41] The documentary was also a finalist in the 2010 Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma and named Best Web Special Feature by Editor & Publisher.
  • AlertNet was named a Millennium Product by the British government, an award for outstanding application of innovative technology.[42]


  1. ^ "Antonio Zappulla appointed chief executive officer by Thomson Reuters Foundation". Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellowship". Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  3. ^ Kurdistan24. "Kurdish fixer wins Kurt Schork Memorial Award in journalism". Kurdistan24. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Antonio Zappulla appointed chief executive officer by Thomson Reuters Foundation". Alliance magazine. 20 January 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  5. ^ Women Refugee Commission. "'An interview with our 2011 Voices of Courage Honouree Thomson Reuters Foundation". Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  6. ^ Farzad, Roben (18 July 2005). "Iraq to Get News Service of Its Own". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  7. ^ UNDP. "Reaching the Outside World. Media Development". Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  8. ^ Thomson Reuters. "Thomson completes acquisition of Reuters; Thomson Reuters shares begins today". Press Room. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  9. ^ PR Newswire, United Business Media. "Thomson Reuters Announces New Leadership Team for Foundation". Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  10. ^ Thomson Reuters. "Thomson Reuters Foundation pioneers new emergency information service for survivors of natural disasters". Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  11. ^ Bulkley, Kate (18 June 2010). "Mobile technology takes centre stage in disaster relief". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  12. ^ "Thomson Reuters launches TrustLaw". Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Thomson Reuters Foundation | Media Development". Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Egyptian news website Aswat Masriya to close due to lack of funding – Politics – Egypt". Ahram Online. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  15. ^ "European Commission awards journalists with Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for outstanding reporting on development". European Commission - European Commission. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  16. ^ "Reuters Institute for the study of Journalism". Reuters Institute for the study of Journalism. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  17. ^ "Media foundations launch European Press Prize – MDIF". Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  18. ^ "News Home | Thomson Reuters Foundation News". Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  19. ^ "The world's most dangerous countries for women 2011". Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  20. ^ "G20 countries: the worst and best for women". Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  21. ^ "POLL: Women's rights in the Arab world". Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  22. ^ "Most dangerous transport systems for women". Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  23. ^ "The 5 key issues facing women working in the G20". Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  24. ^ Bureau, Zee Media (27 June 2018). "National Commission for Women rejects survey that said India is most dangerous place for women". Zee News.
  25. ^ "Is India really the most dangerous country for women?". BBC News. BBC. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  26. ^ Balkrishna Chayan Kundu (17 September 2018). "Fact Check: Is India really no country for women?". India Today. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  27. ^ "Home | Trust Women Conference". Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  28. ^ "Speakers | Trust Women Conference". Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  29. ^ "Stop Slavery Awards | Trust Women Conference". Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  30. ^ Trust Women 2015 – Anish Kapoor logo, retrieved 21 December 2015
  31. ^ "Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, Jr., Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO Monique Villa, Top U.S. Financial Institutions Issue White Paper to Combat Human Trafficking using Financial Data". Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  32. ^ "Asian Environmental Journalism Awards – AEJA Winners 2015". Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  33. ^ "2015 UNCA Awards Winners " The United Nations Correspondents Association". Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  34. ^ The Webby Awards. "16th Annual Webby Awards Official Honoree selections". Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  35. ^ Women Refugee Commission. "An interview with our 2011 Voices of Courage Honoree Thomson Reuters Foundation". Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  36. ^ a b EPPY Awards. "EPPY Awards – 2011 Winners". Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  37. ^ The Lovie Awards. "1st Annual Lovie Honourees". Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  38. ^ Justmeans. "Winners of Justmeans 2011 Social Innovation Awards Announced in London, March 25". Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  39. ^ Business Action on Health Awards, GBCHealth. "Commended Company 2012: Thomson Reuters Foundation". Global Business Coalition on Health. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  40. ^ Digital Communications Awards 2011. "Winner" (PDF). Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  41. ^ National Press Photographers Association. "Best of Photojournalism 2011". Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  42. ^ "Millennium Products Archive" (PDF). Design Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2012.

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