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LGBT Editor

Thomson Reuters News & Editorial 3/15/2018 12:59:50 PM London, United Kingdom
Job Description

Position Title:   LGBT Editor (3 year FTC) - JREQ100508

Business Unit:  Thomson Reuters Foundation

Job type: Three-year contract

Location: London, United Kingdom

To apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter describing how you meet the specifications and what you bring to the role.

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At the Thomson Reuters Foundation we stand for free, independent journalism, human rights, women’s empowerment, and the rule of law. We expose corruption worldwide and play a leading role in the fight against human trafficking. 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 nearly 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 relief, women’s rights, trafficking and slavery, the human impact of climate change and property rights.
  • Trust Women - an influential international conference to take action by putting the rule of law behind women’s rights and help fight trafficking and slavery. Every year Trust Women forges new strategic commitments to help women to know and defend their rights. 
  • TrustLaw is the world’s leading service providing free legal assistance to NGOs and social enterprise. The network boasts nearly 4,000 members, including some 3,000 NGOs and social enterprises and law firms and corporate legal teams with more than 120,000  lawyers.
  • Media development - for the past 30 years we have been training journalists and media professional, improving the standards of journalism around the world.

Role Summary:

We are seeking a talented, high-energy, creative and experienced editor with excellent news judgment, understanding of LGBT-related issues on an international scale, strong writing skills and digital experience to spearhead a new global project covering LGBT rights. You will be UK-based and head a new global initiative to cover under-reported news on LGBT rights. The initiative includes the launch of the world’s first dedicated mainstream, non-advocacy, global LGBT news and information online platform covering and aggregating LGBT stories from multiple sources and featuring leading opinion and analysis, with the aim to initiate online debates and discussions.

Your focus will be to run a file that produces exclusive and unique long and short form stories on LGBT rights with a focus on bringing under-reported issues to light. You will work with the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s award-winning global news team to produce unique stories that have real impact on the lives of LGBT people around the world. You will stay ahead of the curve on legal and policy changes impacting LGBT communities.

This is an unmissable opportunity for a journalist who wishes to work for an international news organisation with extraordinary reach, and who wants to achieve real impact through fair, accurate and balanced news. The position requires a proven track record in excellent reporting, team management, understanding of LGBT issues, and a desire to spark a global and informed conversation around them. The ideal candidate will also have proven experience in social media and multi-media management.

Main Responsibilities / Accountabilities:

  • Work as a key stakeholder in the implementation of the world’s first l digital, mainstream, non-advocacy, global, mobile-friendly platform producing and aggregating LGBT news and information
  • Initiate and oversee a range of news and feature stories of interest to the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s readership
  • Write and research stories that highlight new angles on under-reported stories in the area of LGBT rights and break new ground
  • Oversee a new section on dedicated to LGBT rights
  • Develop new ways to present and distribute LGBT stories online and via social media for maximum impact
  • Develop a global network of freelancers and work with sources to produce unique content 
  • Work with the Thomson Reuters Foundation multi-media team to produce video content supporting the platform
  • Work with the Thomson Reuters Foundation social media team to produce ad-hoc content to drive new audiences to the platform and to manage the platform’s social media channels.
  • Other duties as assigned

Essential Skills/Experience Required:

  • Extensive journalism experience preferably with track record writing about LGBT rights issues
  • Strong writer, able to meet deadlines and work under pressure

Desired Skills/Experience Required:

  • Proven management and mentoring experience across a range of cultures
  • Project management experience
  • Highly organised, self-starter and strong team player
  • Experience building social media followings preferred
  • Multi-media skills in audio and video production a plus
  • University degree

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 45,000 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.

Intrigued by a challenge as large and fascinating as the world itself? Come join us.

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Req #: JREQ100508
Locations: London-United Kingdom
Job Function: News & Editorial
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