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Iraq Bureau Chief

Thomson Reuters News & Editorial 3/4/2018 2:13:53 AM Baghdad, Iraq
Job Description

Reuters is looking for an experienced journalist to fill one of the most demanding and rewarding jobs in our newsroom. The Iraq bureau chief runs a talented team of reporters in a country that remains one of the world’s most compelling stories, 15 years after the U.S.-led invasion that overthrew Saddam Hussein.

Iraq is home to a range of complex and fascinating stories. Shi’ite and Sunni forces continue to vie for power. A Kurdish feud is heating up in the north. Sectarian and political divisions plague Baghdad. The war against Islamic State is far from over, with the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi believed to be alive. Iran and its proxy Shi’ite militias are ever more powerful. A civil war rages next door in Syria.

The successful candidate will lead our coverage of all of these issues, as well as the massive economic change underway in the oil-rich state. Corruption and sabotage, as well as poor security, have blocked the recovery of an economy crippled by decades of conflict and sanctions. Iraq’s oil wealth is key to its future, but the country has become one of the many staging grounds for the regional battle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

We are looking for an experienced bureau chief to write the story of Iraq and help lead a multimedia team of reporters. The successful candidate will be a fluent writer with insight into Iraq and the region, and a gift for capturing the human impact of events, as well as their political and economic significance. S/he will understand the importance of being faster than our competitors on key economic and political aspects of one of the world’s top news stories.

S/he will be required to write longer-form enterprise pieces and deliver compelling multimedia work. S/he will have keen news judgment, along with the editing and mentoring skills required to hone and sharpen the work of colleagues. S/he will keep personal and staff security in mind at all times. Arabic is a distinct advantage.


  • Strong writing, excellent news judgment, reporting and editing skills
  • Ability to set the news agenda, initiate original story ideas and coach a team of reporters
  • Ability to lead the multimedia drive by anchoring the work of text and visuals
  • Ability to build sources with leading political players, financial and energy contacts
  • Connecting the dots between politics, economics and energy across the file is essential
  • Ability to write the big picture and enterprise stories


  • Experience in sensitive and/or hostile news environments
  • Strong writing and reporting skills
  • Strong organizational skills and multimedia coordination
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Good Arabic an advantage

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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Req #: JREQ100501
Locations: Baghdad-Iraq
Job Function: News & Editorial
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