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Reuters Institute to mark 30 years of study

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is preparing to mark 30 years of engagement with hundreds of journalists from around the world. A three-day event at Oxford University, where the Institute is located, will include a memorial lecture, seminars, and a celebratory dinner.

The anniversary reunion in September will bring together current and former Fellows and staff, as well as sponsors and supporters of what has become a university research centre for international comparative journalism.

The Reuters Foundation Fellowship Programme was established in 1983 by Neville Maxwell, a former foreign correspondent of The Times. What began as an accompaniment to Oxford’s more traditional research into international development rapidly broadened in scope as the Fellowship scheme expanded through the mid-to-late 1980s.

In 1990, a dedicated journalists’ fellowship was established. Two years later the Reuters Fellows began a long-lasting residency at Green College. Nearly 500 journalists have completed a Journalism Fellowship at Oxford.

In January 2006 the award of £1.75 million funding from the Reuters Foundation enabled the establishment of a dedicated research centre – the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism based at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford. Its task: providing an independent forum for exchanges between practitioners and analysts of journalism and supporting high quality research, analysis and comment into the workings of the international media.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation continues to support a programme of visiting fellowships for journalists at what is now Green Templeton College in Oxford.

The celebrations take place from 6 to 8 September. They are open to all who wish to register. CLICK for further details. ■