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  • Reuters Journalism Program

    Multiple global locations

    Want to cover the biggest news stories of the day? Fascinated by business news and financial markets? Keen to hone your reporting and writing skills alongside experienced journalists? We are offering the opportunity of a career in journalism at the world’s largest international multimedia news agency, with an enviable reputation built over 160 years for accuracy, speed and integrity.

    The Reuters Journalism Program, operating out of London, New York and Singapore, seeks candidates with the drive to become first-rate reporters and the skill to deliver compelling news and insight for a professional audience and the general public.

    The program offers new journalists the chance of a career with Reuters while earning an attractive salary and company benefits. Trainees will get several weeks of intensive classroom training then work on reporting teams in London, New York and across Asia, coached by some of our best journalists. You will hit the ground running—reporting and delivering news stories to exacting Thomson Reuters standards.

    Trainees who excel during the nine-month program will earn the opportunity to move into staff positions in one of our 200 newsrooms around the world, subject to business needs and language skills, with the help of a mentor to guide their early careers.

    Download a flyer regarding the program.

    Are you a good fit?

    We’re looking for:

    • Early-career journalists and financial professionals or final year students/recent graduates of journalism, economics, business or languages.
    • A passion for journalism, with evidence of editorial work experience.
    • Fluency in more than one language is a distinct advantage. Arabic, Russian or Mandarin are particularly welcome.
    • A proven interest in financial news and grasp of economic trends
    • Proficiency with data/numbers
    • A strong academic record at the bachelor’s or master’s degree level

    Shortlisted applicants will be invited to take part in writing tests, interviews and half-day assessment events. The number of positions on offer will depend on the quality of the applicants and the business needs of Thomson Reuters in the recruitment year.

    How do you apply?

    Apply online.

    Applications will open for the 2014 intake on September 20th and close on December 14th.

    A few tips for completing your application:

    • You must complete all the screening questions including the written exercises.
    • Your written answers must follow the guidelines on length and format. If not, your application will be rejected.
    • Your CV should be no more than two pages long and written in English.
    • Attach a cover letter of no more than one page to explain your interest in a career with Reuters.
    • Applicants should apply to their home region with exceptions only considered for relevant advanced language skills or specialist regional knowledge.
    Apply to the Reuters Journalism Program
  • Journalism Stories



    Nairobi, Kenya

    The training was invaluable to my development as a journalist. At the end of it, most trainees are prepared to report on whatever situation they’re thrown into, regardless of whether it is about economics, energy markets or general news. Looking back on my nine months in London, I think all of us trainees departed for foreign postings as not only better writers but also more confident in ourselves and our abilities as journalists.

    The best bit about working in east Africa is the unpredictability. My favourite moments are those phone calls from the editor, telling me a great story is unfolding in a remote part of Kenya or elsewhere in the region, and asking very politely if I would mind jumping on the next plane to Zanzibar or Somalia. Needless to say, my answer is always: ‘Yes, I’d love to go’.


    Dubai, UAE

    The Trainee Programme taught me the impact of financial markets and trends on the world’s most important political developments, and how to explain those connections to a world audience through clear and concise writing.

    I used what I learned about reporting on foreign exchange, macroeconomics and politics almost immediately on my first assignment as a correspondent, covering Iran out of Dubai. A drop in the Iranian rial sparked protests in the fall of 2012 and is still having repercussions for Iranians, the country’s economy, and its leaders.

    Asking questions in Persian of Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator at a press conference in Kazakhstan in my first year out of the programme definitely qualifies as a “wow” moment.

    Covering major world stories like the rial crash, devastating earthquakes or the Iranian presidential elections reminds me every day why my job is important and necessary.

    There are precious few training programmes that give fresh graduates the skills and confidence to cover such large and important global stories effectively.

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