This entry was shortlisted in the 2012 Peer Award “Employment Awareness for the Community” category
Thomson Reuters Press Gang
training the next generation of journalists
The Thomson Reuters “Press Gang” was established in partnership with community partners ELBA and their Rep London campaign which develops the skills and talents of young people, increases their employability and raises aspirations across East London.
Students aged 15-18 were selected from schools across the Olympic host boroughs. The aims of the “Press Gang” were to provide young people in East London with an insight into journalism, promote diversity within the journalistic community and support the London 2012 Legacy through six bespoke training sessions delivered by Reuters journalists.
The students learned about ethics, story structure, writing style, photography, and interviewing – and researched and wrote their own stories, themed around the upcoming London Olympics.
Students were offered a unique opportunity to learn about the world of journalism, helping their career decisions and expanding the pool of new journalists entering the profession.
The course culminated with the pupils putting their interview skills to the test by interviewing Tennis Champion Greg Rusedski. Thanks to our corporate sponsorship with the LTA, Greg spent an evening with the pupils, answering questions and offering tips.
Over the course pupils received journalism training, one-to-one support, a copy clinic to learn how to improve their writing and also a networking session with other individuals who work in the industry. In addition all their stories were then published on a special blog.
Dedicated resources both within the business department and through our community partners has ensured that communication was clear and consistent as well as agreed course times and content. Logistically, ensuring that the young people were on time was an ongoing challenge and regular attendance with college/school commitments.
Having a greater understanding of what the pupils study at school within journalism would have ensured that the knowledge gap wasn’t too difficult to tackle across the different age groups.
Utilising existing resources and contacts within the business and through our community partners has ensured that we can maximise our impact.
Greg Rusedski tweeting to his fans was a real high for the group! Meeting journalists after the course and asking for other opportunities within the journalistic world.
More than anything, this has been an eye-opener for our own journalistic community to ensure diversity in the media and in light of the Leveson enquiry training young people to understand the ethics behind journalism.
Rachel Moseley, Corporate Responsibility Programme Manager at Thomson Reuters. Rachel joined Thomson Reuters in 2009 responsible for developing global CR programmes across the business with a particular emphasis on employee engagement across the community and environment. Most recently Rachel has led the development of the first company-wide Corporate Responsibility report which outlines the business’s commitment to CR. Previous to joining Thomson Reuters Rachel worked at Business in the Community and before that had a brief career in banking working at JP.Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank.