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Our reputation for speed, accuracy and independence has created a demand over the years from other journalists for mentoring support and, in 1982 Reuters set up a charitable arm - Thomson Reuters Foundation - to provide training, especially for journalists in the third world or for countries in transition. The Foundation's initial focus was on providing core training in international news reporting and business news reporting. In recent years the Foundation has extended its training programmes to bring Thomson Reuters core competencies to bear on topical issues. This led the Foundation to start courses aimed at improving journalists' skills in reporting HIV/AIDS issues.
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In 2003, Thomson Reuters expertise was used to initiate an ongoing programme of awareness-raising on HIV/AIDS issues within media organisations around the world. A conversation between Thomson Reuters Foundation and the University of Cape Town highlighted the issue that knowledge and experience gained in Africa's long fight against HIV/AIDS were not being considered by other regions who were facing similar issues. It was decided that Thomson Reuters Foundation should run an HIV/AIDS journalism workshop in South Africa for journalists from countries around the world severely impacted by HIV/AIDS. As well as drawing on Thomson Reuters reporting skills, the 2003 workshop also allowed journalists from around the world to share knowledge and ideas.
To date 80 journalists from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe have received intensive training on reporting the subject, and a successful event in New York in November 2005 launched a series of high-profile public panel debates planned for the next few years, to keep the topic firmly on the international news agenda.