We are seeking a transformational Editor-in-Chief with an excellent track record in international journalism, managing global newsrooms and first-hand digital experience to lead our award-winning news team and work with them to deliver journalism that makes a difference.
This is a unique opportunity to shape the future of the Foundation’s news offering and to drive innovation and digital transformation, delivering content for both traditional wire distribution and a range of digital platforms - including the Foundation’s brand-new digital news product, currently under development.
You will spearhead the editorial operations of our 48 journalists and 250 freelancers around the world to produce content worthy of our world-class reputation for trusted, fair, accurate, insightful and unbiased news, aimed at purpose-driven professionals.
You will have live and breathe international affairs, in particular issues around climate, socio-economic and racial inclusion, ESG, the impact of technology on society, women’s rights and LGBT+ rights. The ideal candidate will have excellent news judgment, an in-depth knowledge of what drives a digital news consumer, proven success in reshaping a global news brand, and a flair for motivating a team to produce unique, powerful and impactful content.
We are looking for a creative individual, with an audience-first approach who thrives on leading though change. You will have extensive experience in understanding SEO, audience development and producing content and formats that deliver strong digital engagement. Teamwork, collaboration and a passion for digital transformation are essential, together with the ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.
You will also represent the Foundation externally to build on its reputation as a thought leader, promoting the organisation’s journalism, together with its mission and values, at high-profile events and to key stakeholders, so experience in public speaking engagements is highly desirable.
Reporting to the Foundation’s CEO, you will be a member of the Foundation’s Senior Leadership team, working in close partnership with key internal and external stakeholders including the Director of Digital, the Director of Product and Technology, and the Director of Development.
About the Role
As our Editor-in-Chief at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, you will:
Lead the newsroom guided by the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles of “integrity, independence and freedom from bias”. The Trust Principles are the core framework that anchors the Foundation’s news offering and overall ethos
Have day-to-day management of a global team of journalists producing news with a focus on climate, socio-economic and racial inclusion, ESG, the impact of technology on society, women’s rights, LGBT+ rights and labour rights.
Lead and shape the digital transformation of the newsroom, contributing first-hand to the development, execution and delivery of a world-class digital news product working with reporters, data journalists, video and social media producers, designers, analysts, developers and other colleagues.
Coordinate with our Digital and Product & Technology teams to continually assess the adoption of technology and digital strategies that will enhance distribution, reach, and user experience
Liaise with the Development team to brief strategic donors when necessary, contributing to driving continued support for the Foundation’s independent journalism
Upskill the news team to ensure the delivery of award-winning digital journalism as well as the safety and wellbeing of the Foundation’s editorial staff
Ensure diversity of reporting across the file, staff and contributors
To be our Editor-in-Chief, you will likely have:
Extensive and outstanding journalism experience.
Proven track record in covering international news across different media formats.
Demonstrable experience in working across multiple subject matters and time zones.
Excellent news judgment, writing skills and a proactive solution-driven approach.
Proven track record of newsroom digital transformation and/or digital editorial content strategy.
Excellent managerial skills with the ability to lead whilst retaining and nurturing talent
Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Able to work well under pressure and collaboratively, delegating accordingly.
Strong presentation skills.
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