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Weekend Overnight Reporter (Level 1Journalist)

Thomson Reuters News & Editorial 11/6/2017 10:25:07 AM New York, NY United States of America
Job Description

Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest international multimedia news provider reaching more than one billion people every day. Reuters provides trusted business, financial, national, and international news to professionals via Thomson Reuters desktops, the world's media organizations, and directly to consumers at

Reuters’ U.S. General News desk is seeking an experienced correspondent to be the team’s eyes and ears during the overnight hours on weekends. For this part-time job, the successful candidate is mostly working alone covering the entire country during the Saturday and Sunday overnights. He or she is expected to write all important news stories that break during those hours, as well as update long-running trunk stories as developments unfold during the early morning hours. Many of the biggest U.S. General News break overnight, including the Baltimore and Ferguson riots, the Orlando nightclub massacre, the death of Muhammad Ali, the Oakland “Ghost Ship” fire, to name a few recent examples.


There is also a steady drumbeat of second-tier stories that need to be handled before the day shift begins. The ideal candidate should also be able to handle big breaking financial and companies stories. The overnight shift is a time when the rest of the staff is generally off duty . As a consequence, the overnighter is expected to be a reliable self-starter with precise news judgment, someone who can immediately identify a story that our readers need and someone with the ability to write the story quickly, accurately and in a way that a global audience will understand. The weekend overnighter needs to have enough confidence and  experience to operate without direct supervision.


At the same time, the overnighter is someone who can recognize when a story is too big to handle alone. He and she must be counted on to alert a senior editor immediately when a big story breaks during the shift. The successful candidate may be asked to also pitch in during day shifts, travel for big breaking stories and deliver initiative stories as needed. Given the nature of the shift, the successful candidate will also have demonstrated a long record of reliability and punctuality.


  • At least five years experience as a reporter on breaking news for a daily newspaper, website or  news agency.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce news stories with speed, accuracy and balance, with a flair for precise and engaging writing.
  • Solid understanding of American politics, social trends, economics and popular culture, rooted in an  insatiable curiosity about national and world events.
  • Strong news judgment and a deep understanding of our client’s coverage needs and preferences. 

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.

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New York-New York-United States of America
Req #: JREQ087924
Locations: New York-New York-United States of America
Job Function: News & Editorial
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