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We sat down with Belinda Goldsmith, Editor-in-chief of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, to take a look back at some of the major stories covered and impact the coverage achieved.
Your team covers stories that are often overlooked by the mainstream media. What is the ultimate goal?
We cover stories at the heart of aid, development, women’s rights, human trafficking, climate change, and corruption. These are some of the world’s most pressing issues, but often those affected by them have no voice. We want to ensure that these people are not forgotten, and raise awareness about these often underreported issues. We don’t campaign, and we are not involved in advocacy; all of our stories are fair, accurate and impartial, leaving readers to form their own opinion.
2014 was a year full of major news events. What was the most unexpected story your team had to cover?
As we cover humanitarian disasters that are often overlooked by other media, when a big crisis strikes we are often already there. Take Ebola, for example. Our West Africa correspondent was the first international journalist to reach the remote village of Gueckedou, Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak began. It was only two months later that the international community started to pay attention to the virus. Recently we returned to Guinea to visit the village where it all started and interviewed the father of the first victim of Ebola, the two-year-old boy the world knows as Patient Zero. (more…)