Introducing ‘The Human Impact’

February 29, 2012

Two Congolese boys comfort each other in a hospital in Goma, Feb. 10, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Welcome to “The Human Impact”, a new blog by journalists of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters.

Based in far-flung corners of the world, these reporters work for the Foundation’s free global news services: the AlertNet humanitarian website and TrustLaw, an online hub for news and information on good governance, women’s rights and pro bono legal assistance.

All of which puts them in daily contact with people on the frontlines of the big humanitarian, development and governance themes of our day. It’s those individuals and communities who are at the heart of this blog.

From conflicts and disasters to corruption, human rights and social innovation, “The Human Impact” is where the micro meets the macro and global geopolitics get local. This is a blog that aims to show you the human in humanitarian.

We’ll take you to remote parts of the planet where climate change is hitting the poorest and most vulnerable. We’ll shine a light on the “neglected crises” that frequently elude the mainstream media. And we’ll wade into the controversies stirring up our communities of aid workers, journalists, lawyers and social entrepreneurs.

In the process, we hope to bust a few myths, smash some clichés and challenge received wisdom.

“The Human Impact” will give you a backstage pass to the Foundation’s multimedia reportage on subjects that span continents and affect millions. Recent examples include child marriage, statelessness and reform of the international aid system.

We’ll also blog on matters of interest to users of TrustMedia, the Foundation’s media-development arm: journalist safety, ethics, reporting the Arab Spring…

And we’ll dig into the latest research and thinking from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University, another Foundation programme.

If that sounds like a bit of a mish-mash, then so be it. You’re just as likely to read about unorthodox solutions to disaster relief here as the personal habits of famous graft-fighters. “The Human Impact” is about people, and it’s about what’s happening on the ground.

We hope you’ll join the conversation.

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