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  • Reuters Journalism Program

    Reuters Journalism Program

    Looking to develop your journalism skills with an international news brand? Want to learn from expert reporters and break news on some of the biggest stories of the day? 

    The Reuters Journalism Program offers nine months of hands-on, real-world experience with competitive pay in New York, London and Asia.  You will gain a deep grounding in all aspects of financial reporting, work on fast-paced news stories and develop skills in enterprise journalism.

    The program seeks rising reporters, recent graduates or business professionals who can demonstrate a clear commitment to a career in journalism and an ability to generate story ideas relevant for a Reuters audience. 

    Participants will get several weeks of intensive classroom training and then work on reporting teams, mentored by some of our finest journalists. You will hit the ground running—delivering news stories to exacting Thomson Reuters standards.

    This intensive program has enabled past participants to move into fully fledged assignments with Reuters in locations around the world.

    Download the 2015 Novice Trainee Flyer.

    Download the 2015 Experienced Trainee Flyer.

    Are you a good fit?

    Core requirements include:

    • A clear commitment to a career in journalism
    • The drive to build sources, break news and deliver deeply reported stories
    • An ability to generate original, relevant story ideas
    • Fluency in written English
    • A strong interest in issues that affect companies, markets and economies
    • An international outlook

    Other useful skills or experience (not pre-requisites):

    • Knowledge of a relevant field such as banking, financial analysis, accounting, law or computer science
    • Up to 3 years of journalism experience
    • Expertise in data analysis or data-driven journalism 
    • Experience in multimedia storytelling 
    • Fluency in another language  - such as Arabic, Mandarin or Russian   
    • Skills in investigative reporting

    How do you apply?

    Apply online.

    Applications will be open for the September 2015 intake on the 20th Sept-14 and will close on the 15th Dec-14.

    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. Exceptions will only be considered for applicants with 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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