Breaking News Correspondent, Sub-Saharan Africa at Thomson Reuters

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We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Breaking News Correspondent, Sub-Saharan Africa

Req #: JREQ163970
Locations: Lagos, Nigeria
Job Function: News & Editorial

About this Position

  • We are looking for a journalist with strong news judgement and a passion for speed and accuracy to join our Breaking News team in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Based in Lagos, the successful candidate will be part of a high-performing team, covering breaking news across a range of topics, from sending headlines and newsbreaks in real time, to writing updates, quick sidebars and compelling, visually led human interest stories.
  • The correspondent will be on the front lines of the most important, competitive and exciting stories coming out of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, its biggest economy and a major oil producer.
  • They will also assist with coverage of other countries in the region.
  • They will work under the direction of the Breaking News Editor for Sub-Saharan Africa and coordinate closely with text and visuals colleagues across the continent.

As an Africa Breaking News Correspondent, you will:

  • Monitor a range of sources for key economic, corporate and general news developments
  • Use social media to identify and report stories on news, trends and viral moments in Nigeria and the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Write fast and accurate headlines and stories under time pressure, across a range of topics
  • Work with colleagues across the continent and across multiple areas of coverage.

To be our Africa Breaking News Correspondent, you will likely:

  • Have strong news judgement across the file
  • Be able to filter quickly through complex information to identify and explain key news elements
  • Have an understanding of how global markets work and be familiar with Nigeria’s oil sector, financial markets and political affairs
  • Be fluent in English, with strong English writing skills. Knowledge of Nigerian languages, French or Portuguese would be a plus
  • Be a fast learner and team player
  • Have strong communications skills and an ability to work calmly under pressure
  • Have at least three years’ experience working in a news organization.

What’s in it For You?
At Reuters, our people are our greatest assets. Here are some of the benefits we offer for your personal and professional growth:

  • Global Career: As a global company, we can offer a truly international career and progression opportunities
  • Learning & Development: On the job learning and coaching with an intensive training package. We also have a dedicated training team focused on the continuous development of our journalists
  • Benefits: We offer competitive salary packages and market leading benefits including paid volunteering days and a wellbeing scheme including private healthcare
  • Perks: Work alongside Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and a team who provide unmatched, award-winning coverage of the world’s most important stories.

Deadline: Friday; 25th November, 2022.

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