Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Green Templeton College is proud to be the home of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, engaging newsroom leaders from around the world and exploring the future of global journalism.

Reuters Journalist Fellows in Observatory gardens

Green Templeton’s connection with the Reuters Institute

Our connection with journalism extends back to 1992, when the Reuters Journalist Fellowship programme began its long-standing residency at Green College.

Neville Maxwell, a former foreign correspondent for The Times, established the Reuters Foundation Fellowship Programme in 1983 to complement the University of Oxford’s ongoing research on international development. The programme soon began to grow and a dedicated Journalist Fellowship was established in 1990, which moved into residence at Green College two years later.

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) in its current form launched in 2006, retaining its strong affiliation with Green Templeton.

Located at Green Templeton’s 13 Norham Gardens and housed within the Department of Politics and International Relations, the RISJ is dedicated to exploring the future of global journalism through debate, engagement and research. It connects practice and research to examine issues facing journalists around the world.

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Reuters Institute Journalist Fellows

Reuters Institute Journalist Fellows are given Visiting Scholar status at Green Templeton during their time in Oxford, allowing them access to the college’s wide-ranging facilities, and Principal Sir Michael Dixon is a member of the Reuters Institute Steering Committee.

Each year, the Journalist Fellowship Programme welcomes experienced, practising journalists from multiple countries who travel to Oxford for one, two or three terms. They attend seminars, talks and newsroom visits to understand the challenges facing the industry, and undertake research into a chosen topic related to their work.

Examples of projects published by Reuters Institute Fellows include: coverage of sexual abuse before and after #MeToo; the future of digital media; foreign news coverage in the mobile internet era in China; practical procedures for decreasing the violations against journalists; and how Facebook and WhatsApp are increasingly becoming the preferred tool of propaganda by repressive regimes and governments.

Read more about the current Reuters Journalist Fellows.

Global Journalism Seminars

Green Templeton hosts the RISJ’s weekly journalism seminars during term time, attracting high profile, experienced and inspirational figures from diverse areas of journalism, research and activism, to discuss key issues affecting the media.

These seminars are open to all members of the Green Templeton community, as well as the general public, and involve an informative talk by the guest speaker before a vigorous and lively debate on the day’s topic.

Global Journalism Seminars in Trinity 2021

The following seminars will take place at 13:00. All welcome to join via Zoom, but registration required here.

13 lessons from lockdown
Wednesday 21 April 2021
Journalist Fellows, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Newlines: a fresh voice from the Middle East
Wednesday 28 April 2021
Hassan Hassan and Kareem Shaheen, editor-in-chief and senior editor,

Farmers, Rihanna and India’s failure to silence dissent
Wednesday 5 May 2021
Manisha Pande, executive editor,

Telling the stories of the world’s biggest rainforests
Wednesday 12 May 2021
Gustavo Faleiros, environment investigations editor, Pulitzer Center

Revitalising the public editor role
Wednesday 19 May 2021
Kathy English, former public editor, Toronto Star

The perils of parachute journalism in Myanmar
Wednesday 26 May 2021
Aye Min Thant, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

Ethiopian elections: what to expect in Addis
Wednesday 2 June 2021
Samuel Getachew, Ethiopian journalist

Covering COVID: Lessons from a health reporter
Wednesday 9 June 2021
Jessica Hamzelou, biomed and health reporter, New Scientist

Journalism behind bars – the Belarusian crisis
Wednesday 16 June 2021
Volha Siakhovich, legal expert, Belarusian Association of Journalism

Live from Capitol Hill: How to cover an insurrection
Wednesday 23 June 2021
Robert Moore, DC Correspondent, ITV News

Previous seminars

Hilary 2021

Trust in news: what we know (and what we don’t)
Wednesday 6 January 2021
Benjamin Toff, Senior Research Fellow, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Experiments in innovation at The Washington Post
Wednesday 13 January 2021
Elite Truong, director of strategic initiatives, The Washington Post

Building relationship and trust on TikTok – and finding news stories
Wednesday 20 January 2021
Sophia Smith Galer, BBC journalist and TikTok influencer

Lessons in slowing down the newsroom
Wednesday 27 January 2021
James Harding, co-founder and editor-in-chief, Tortoise Media

Arrested development: Zimbabwean journalism
Wednesday 3 February 2021
Hopewell Chin’ono, Zimbabwean journalist and anti-corruption campaigner

Keeping tech accountable: a conversation with The Markup
Wednesday 10 February 2021
Julia Angwin, co-founder and editor-in-chief, The Markup

Data and subscriptions: El Pais’ lessons in pandemic coverage
Wednesday 17 February 2021
Borja Echevarría, managing editor, El País

Stuff’s 2020 Facebook exit: what happened next?
Wednesday 24 February 2021
Sinead Boucher, CEO of Stuff

Covering the cartels: the history and mission of Zeta
Wednesday 3 March 2021
Adela Bello, managing editor of Zeta magazine

News media in the Far East in 2021
Wednesday 10 March 2021
Daisuke Furuta, former editor of Buzzfeed Japan and current Google News fellow

Michaelmas 2020

The missing perspectives of women in COVID-19 news
Wednesday 07 October
Luba Kassova, co-founder and director AKAS audience strategy consultancy

What is data bias, and why should journalists pay attention?
Wednesday 14 October
Prof Safiya Noble, author of Algorithms of Oppression

Under pressure: journalists and the battle to keep reporting
Wednesday 21 October
Meera Selva, director of the Journalism Fellowship at the RISJ

The 7 principles of reflective journalism
Wednesday 28 October
Shirish Kulkarni, Bureau of Investigative Journalism

How significant is Russian influence on global politics?
Wednesday 4 November
Luke Harding, author of Shadow State

The value and future of public service media
Wednesday 11 November
Noel Curran, director-general of the European Broadcasting Union

Covid reporting in South Africa
Wednesday 18 November
Mia Malan, founding editor-in-chief of Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism

The importance of young voices in British media
Wednesday 25 November
Izin Akhabau, online editor of The Voice

A new media success story
Wednesday 2 December
Emily Ramshaw, co-founder of The 19th

Trinity 2020

Building a global media brand
Wednesday 29 April
Prashant Rao, global editor, The Atlantic

Brexit in a time of chaos
Wednesday 6 May
Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King’s College London

Reporting pandemics: Measles and Coronavirus in the Pacific Islands
Wednesday 13 May
Cherelle Jackson, investigative reporter, Samoa

Fact checking a global story
Wednesday 20 May
Clara Jiménez Cruz, co-founder of

Journalists under pressure – the emotional toll of covering crises
Wednesday 27 May
Meera Selva, director, Reuters Institute journalist fellowship programme

The role of the Today programme in a national crisis
Wednesday 3 June
Sarah Sands, editor of BBC Radio 4 Today programme

Holding power to account
Wednesday 10 June
Matthew Caruana Galizia, investigative journalist

Public sector broadcasting and trust in dangerous times
Wednesday 17 June
Dorothy Byrne, head of news and current affairs, Channel 4 News

Hilary 2020

The truth behind filter bubbles
Wednesday 22 January
Richard Fletcher, senior researcher, Reuters Institute for the Study  of Journalism

Leading digital transformation
Wednesday 29 January
Inga Thordar, executive editor, CNN Digital International

Notes from the frontline: Journalism in Bolsonaro’s Brazil
Wednesday 5 February
Consuelo Dieguez, Piaui Magazine and Daniela Pinheiro, former editor in chief, Época

Notes from the frontline: Misinformation and propaganda wars in Ukraine and Russia
Wednesday 12 February
Maryana Drach, director, Radio Free Europe, Ukraine and Gulmira Amangalieva, reporter, Freenews-Volga, Russia

Notes from the frontline: A dangerous moment: reporting Hong Kong’s protests
Wednesday 19 February
Emily Tsang, reporter, South China Morning Post and Wei Du, international correspondent, Channel News Asia

The State of the Times
Wednesday 26 February
Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, president, International of New York Times

Political gossip and how it drives everything
Wednesday 4 March
Marie Le Conte, politics writer

A new wave: Female editors and new audiences
Wednesday 11 March
Meera Selva, director, journalist fellowship programme, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Michaelmas 2019

Healing words – Innovations in health reporting
Wednesday 16 October 2019
Mia Malan, Editor-in-Chief, Bhekisia

Political attacks on journalism in central and eastern Europe
Wednesday 23 October 2019
Meera Selva, Director of the Journalism Fellowship Programme at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

The state of journalism
Wednesday 30 October 2019
Dorothy Byrne, head of news and current affairs, Channel 4 Television

Increasing women’s representation at the BBC
Wednesday 6 November 2019
Ros Atkins, presenter of Outside Source, BBC News, project director 50:50

Virtual reality in newsrooms
Wednesday 20 November 2019
Zillah Watson, commissioning editor for virtual reality, BBC VR Hub

Putting the audience at the heart of journalism
Wednesday 27 November 2019
Federica Cherubini, engagement manager, Hearken

Press freedom and media censorship
Wednesday 4 December 2019
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Trinity 2019

Why don’t we take women as seriously as men?
Wednesday 1 May 2019
Mary Ann Sieghart, journalist and broadcaster

British media and populism, and Brexit
Wednesday 8 May 2019
Trevor Kavanagh, journalist and political columnist

Networked news, racial divides – how power and privilege shape public disclosure
Wednesday 15 May 2019
Sue Robinson, Helen Firstbook Franklin Professor of Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Reputation, trust and keeping watch
Wednesday 22 May 2019
Inga Thordar, Executive Editor of CNN Digital Worldwide

The failure of political journalism
Wednesday 29 May 2019
Helen Lewis, Associate Editor of the New Statesman

Telling the international story
Wednesday 5 June 2019
Caro Kriel, Head of International News, Sky News

Protecting newsrooms from political pressure
Wednesday 12 June 2019
Bobby Ghosh, editor, journalist and commentator, member of the editorial board at Bloomberg

Social media, protest and press freedom in Sri Lanka
Wednesday 19 June 2019
Meera Selva, Director of the Journalism Fellowship Programme at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Hilary 2019

Do we need a new kind of journalism in 2019? The new challenges of trust and misinformation
Wednesday 16 January 2019
Rachael Jolley, editor, Index on Censorship magazine

The coldest story ever told: Kanye and the Up Next algorithm
Wednesday 23 January 2019
Caithlin Mercer, managing editor, Yahoo UK

Short and strong: making The Economist Espresso
Wednesday 30 January 2019
Lane Greene, editor, Economist Espresso and language columnist

India’s social media elections
Wednesday 6 February 2019
Dr Vidya Narayanan, director of research, Computational Propaganda Project, Oxford Internet Institute

Diving deep. Slow news and reader engagement
Wednesday 13 February 2019
Chris Cook, Tortoise, ex-BBC Newsnight and Financial Times

Digital rebranding of legacy media – reviving the Madras Courier
Wednesday 20 February 2019
Shrenik Rao, editor-in-chief, Madras Courier

Should the state pay for journalism?
Wednesday 27 February 2019
Polly Curtis, ex editor of HuffPost UK and adviser to the Cairncross inquiry into the sustainability of high quality journalism

From Victims to Suspects – representation of Muslim women
Wednesday 6 March 2019
Dr Shakira Hussein, Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute

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