TRAINING & CONSULTING
This page features highlights of Tom's media development consulting and journalism training work.
- Training Al Jazeera journalists in Doha on media ethics and hate speech and working with the senior management of Al Jazeera to reform its self-regulatory system. (2-6 March 2020)
- Working with experts from the Czech Republic, Estonia and Slovakia to review a textbook and curricula on migration reporting – People In Need (Nov. 2019 - Feb. 2020)
- Trainer at media and migration workshop for students, civil society and policymakers ICMPD Armenia. (14-15 Feb. 2020)
- Expert speaker at Council of Europe roundtable on disinformation and self-regulation of media, Kyiv, Ukraine. (7 Feb. 2020)
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- Guest lecturer to undergraduate journalism students at London Metropolitan University. (4 Feb. 2020)
- Working with "Elves Latvia" to develop a strategy to improve their efforts to improve media literacy and fight disinformation in Latvia - Media Diversity Institute. (27-31 Jan. 2020)
- Training journalism students at the Higher Institute of Information and Communication in Rabat, Morocco in partnership with Al Jazeera (Dec. 2019)
- Working with experts from the Czech Republic, Estonia and Slovakia to review a textbook and curricula on migration reporting – People In Need (Nov. 2019 - Present)
- Consultancy with Ziarul de Gardă, Moldova's leading investigative newspaper to develop and marketing and business plan for the print and digital newsroom. Trained staff on social media and SEO best practice and strategy - Media Diversity Institute (9-13 December 2019).
- Consultancy with Nakipelo - an independent news organisation based in Kharkov, Ukraine to develop and marketing and business plan their digital newsroom - Media Diversity Institute. (4-8 Nov. 2019)
Workshop on migration reporting - 21st October 2019
On behalf of the Ethical Journalism Network, Tom led a 3-hour training workshop attended by 21 journalists and journalism students on migration reporting at the Thomson Foundation in London. The training was based on an online migration reporting toolkit developed by Tom while at the Ethical Journalism Network for the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). It uses examples from the BBC, Financial Times, and The Guardian, which form part of a new online toolkit for journalists. The toolkit is supported by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and European Federation of Journalists (EFJ).
It can be accessed here: http://e-learning.fra.europa.eu/
Training AJ+ journalists in Doha on media ethics and hate speech and holding a rountbale meeting with member of Al Jazeera senior management team to discuss how reforms to its self-regulatory system.
8 April 2019 - Launch of the Ethical Journalism Network's annual magazine at the Frontline Club.
Tom edited and contributed an article to Saving the news: Ethics and the fight for the future of journalism. According to the EJN's press release:
‘Saving the News: Ethics and the fight for the future of journalism’, considers the difficulties faced by journalists in countries including Jordan, Kenya, Honduras, the Philippines and South Sudan. It also highlights the emergence of signs that point to a more ethically sound future for media practitioners.
Tom’s article for the magazine reflects on the EJN’s fellowship scheme with the International Labour Organization, which aims to give journalists a different way to cover the usually negative stories of labour migrants in Jordan, Lebanon and the Gulf.
You can read Tom's article here: Journalism, activism and the fight for migrant rights
20 March 2019 - Tom spoke at a Council of Europe event in Strasbourg - "Academic dialogue on the impacts of Media and Information Literacy"
25 February 2019 - Tom organisanied an event - "Photographing the war on drugs in the Philippines". This was the sixth of the EJN’s series events at the Frontline Club in London, Dorothy Byrne spoke to award-winning Filipino photojournalist Raffy Lerma about his experiences documenting the killings and their aftermath. You can read a summary of the conversation here: https://ethicaljournalismnetwork.org/resources/publications/saving-the-news/philippines
In the fifth of the Ethical Journalism Network's series of “Ethics in the News” events at the Frontline Club, Tom organised an event with the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers to mark the 8 year anniversary of the Tahrir Square protests in Cairo that began on 25th January 2011. Find out more information here: https://ethicaljournalismnetwork.org/censorship-survival-egypt
13-14 December 2018 - Representing the Ethical Journalism Network, Tom held a training of trainers workshop on media literacy in human rights and citizenship education at the Centre for International Cooperation - Trento, Italy.
11 Dec 2018 Ethical Journalism Network meeting with fellows from the Constructive Institute
15 October 2018 - Panel discussion on humanitarian journalism at City, University of London.
10-12 September 2018 - Kick off conference for migration curriculum for journalism schools in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Estonia - Prague
14 June 2018 - Speaking at Public Policy Exchange event "Taking Action against Hate Crime: Preventing Hate Crime, Prosecuting Perpetrators and Supporting Victims" - London
3 May 2018 - Ethics as a business model for quality journalism
Tom contributed to a debate on Ethics as a Business Model at an event in Lisbon organised by the Sindicato dos Jornalistas to mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2018.Tom’s comments begin from around 38 minutes in the video below. (The rest of the discussion is in Portuguese.)
19-20 April 2018 - Media and Migration in Europe event - Berlin, Germany
9-12 April 2018 - Tom participated in the launch event of the second iteration of the EJN/ILO Labour Migration Fellowship - Amman, Jordan
4 April 2018 - Tom organised a screening of "Another News Story" followed by a debate at the Frontline Club in London.
19 March 2018 - Tom delivered media ethics training to Al Jazeera journalists - Doha
8-9 March 2018 - Tom participated in the Council of Europe "Committee of experts on quality journalism in the digital age" - Strasbourg
5-6 March 2018 - Tom spoke at the EFJ's "Media Against Hate" - Brussels
1-2 March 2018 - Tom particpated in the Ethical Journalism Network's workshop on media ethics, election reporting and hate speech in West Africa - Abuja, Nigeria
December 2017 - The National Commission of Romania for UNESCO hosted a week on training for journalists from 16 European countries on the reporting on refugees and migrants. Journalists from and media representatives from 16 countries took part in the training: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and UK. Tom delivered a training session on Day 5 entitled, “Moving Stories: How to get the story but do no harm”. The training drew on the findings of the EJN’s three recent studies on migration reporting, as well as the EJN test for hate speech.
2 December 2017 - The 2017 Meeting of the EJN's Arab Media Hub Against Hate Speech - Amman, Jordan
16 November 2017 - Media Representation of Refugees and Migrants in Europe, Launch of migration report featuring EJN - Brussels Press Club
11 November 2017 - Online journalism for green/environmental reporters and activists - Brussels
9-10 November 2017 - European Public Communication Conference - Media literacy in the post-truth era – surviving in a world of fake news and misinformation
2 November 2017 - Professional Media: Press Freedom & Safety of Journalists - Doha, Qatar
10 October 2017 - Council of Europe hearing on migration and media - Strasbourg, France
5-6 October 2017 - Ethics and Media Literacy Workshop - Bangkok, Thailand
2-3 October 2017 - Training for EJN/ILO labour migration fellowship - Beirut, Lebanon
13 September 2017 - Improving Data on Missing Migrants, launch of IOM study, Frontline Club - London, UK
5 September 2017 - Media Diversity Institute (MDI) training on migration reporting and hate speech for EU journalists - London, UK
9-12 July 2017 - Panos South Asia training on labour migration reporting - Kathmandu, Nepal
7 July 2017 - Summer School on Forced Migration and Asylum - Bologna, Italy
16 June 2017 - Council of Europe meeting “Challenges for journalism online” - Geneva, Switzerland
15 June 2017- Open Media Hub Training on Migration Reporting - Valletta, Malta
14 June 2017 - Migration Media Conference on narratives of migration - Valletta, Malta
23 May 2017 - “Media Tools against Hate Speech” EJN workshop, MDI event for NGOs - London, UK
8-9 May 2017 - Al Jazeera training on hate speech and migration reporting - Khartoum, Sudan
30-31 March 2017 - “Media as watchdogs of public interest” media Literacy workshop in partnership with the Media Diveristy Institute - Skopje, Macedonia
27-29 March 2017 - Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung conference on the role of journalism for democracy in South East Europe - Sofia, Bulgaria
20 February 2017 - Meeting with Turkish fact checking organisation, Teyit.org, Frontline Club, London.