Trafficking and Slavery Editor

Job Description

Organisation: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Job type: Full-time staff position

Location: London

At the Thomson Reuters Foundation we stand for free, independent journalism, human rights, women's empowerment, and the rule of law. We play a leading role in the fight against human trafficking and expose corruption worldwide. We use the skills, values, and expertise of Thomson Reuters to run programmes that trigger real change and empower people around the world. We tackle global issues. We achieve lasting impact.

With over 90 staff members around the world, including about 50 editorial staff, and offices in 12 locations across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe, the Foundation is a point of reference in the corporate philanthropic world and a respected source of humanitarian news. Some of our high-profile initiatives include:

  • Under-reported stories - our growing team of journalists covers the stories other media don't cover with an emphasis on humanitarian crises, women's and LGBT rights, trafficking and slavery, the human impact of climate change and property rights.
  • Trust Conference - an influential international conference to take action by putting the rule of law behind women's rights and tackle human trafficking and slavery.
  • TrustLaw is the world's leading service providing free legal assistance to NGOs and social enterprise. The network boasts 4,000 members, including 3,300 NGOs and social enterprises and 700 law firms and corporate legal teams.
  • Media development - for the past 30 years we have been training journalists and media professional, improving the standards of journalism around the world.

The position

Does the challenge of running the world's largest news team dedicated to slavery and trafficking excite you? If so read on. We are seeking a talented, high-energy, experienced editor with excellent news judgment, strong writing skills, and experience in international journalism to lead a new global team of nine journalist covering trafficking and modern-day slavery. You will be UK-based and head a team of seven correspondents based in India, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Thailand, Mexico and Brazil as well a one sub-editor. You will work with the Thomson Reuters Foundation's award-winning global news team to produce unique stories that have impact and raise awareness on this $150 billion crime and represent the Foundation at events highlighting the work being done to combat trafficking and slavery.

Your focus will be to run a file that produces exclusive and unique long and short form stories and investigations on trafficking and slavery. You will work with a team of journalists and freelancers around the world to find stories of real lives to highlight issues of injustice and report on moves to address these problems, both by governments and the corporate sector. You will stay ahead of the curve on legal and policy changes and build a network with some of the most influential voices in this field.

If you are excited about working for an international news organisation that has extraordinary reach and you want to have impact, this could be the job for you. The position requires a proven track record in excellent reporting and management and some knowledge of the topic.

  • Lead a new global team of 7 reporters and one sub-editor covering trafficking and slavery
  • Initiate and oversee a range of news and feature stories and investigations of wide interest
  • Help write and research multi-media stories that highlight new angles on under-reported stories and break new ground
  • Direct the creation of a translation services to ensure story get play beyond English language media
  • Develop new ways to present and distribute trafficking and slavery stories online and via social media for maximum impact
  • Develop a global network of freelancers and work with sources to produce unique content
  • Other duties as assigned

  • Extensive journalism experience, including a proven track record of exclusive stories
  • Proven management and mentoring experience across a range of cultures
  • Strong writer, able to meet deadlines and work under well pressure
  • Highly organised, self starter and strong team player
  • Experience writing about trafficking and slavery an advantage
  • Experience building social media followings preferred
  • Multi-media skills in audio and video production a plus
  • Languages preferred
  • University degree

This position is based in London. The salary is negotiable according to qualifications. To apply, send your CV and cover letter describing how you meet the specifications.

At Thomson Reuters, we believe what we do matters. We are passionate about our work, inspired by the impact it has on our business and our customers. As a team, we believe in winning as one - collaborating to reach shared goals, and developing through challenging and meaningful experiences. With more than 25,000 employees in more than 100 countries, we work flexibly across boundaries and realize innovations that help shape industries around the world. Making this happen is a dynamic, evolving process, and we count on each employee to be a catalyst in driving our performance - and their own.

As a global business, we rely on diversity of culture and thought to deliver on our goals. To ensure we can do that, we seek talented, qualified employees in all our operations around the world regardless of race, color, sex/gender, including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, citizen status, veteran status, or any other protected classification under country or local law. Thomson Reuters is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer providing a drug-free workplace.

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