Reuters Journalism Training Programme for Middle East & Africa 2018

Reuters Journalism Training Programme for Middle East & Africa 2018

Deadline: December 22, 2017

Applications are open for the Reuters Journalism Training Programme for Middle East & Africa 2018. The Reuters Journalism Programme is an opportunity for recent graduates, early career reporters, or professionals with proven experience who are looking to switch careers into journalism. The programme in 2018 will consist of 6 months of formal and on-the-job journalism training, initially in the London newsroom, followed by one of the other main reporting newsrooms or bureaus in the Middle East or Africa.

Thomson Reuters is excited to work with emerging talents who can tell stories from new perspectives and in different formats. As a global business they rely on diversity of culture and thought to deliver on their goals. To ensure they can do that, they seek diverse, talented and qualified employees with proven knowledge of the Middle East or Africa and fluency in Arabic or a language (apart from English) that is widely spoken in Africa.


The Reuters Journalism Programme offers an opportunity to fast-track your journalism career and develop your skills across a variety of subjects and media. Successful applicants will predominantly report in text, but visual reporting skills and story-telling ideas will be welcome. The Programme includes:

  • Competitive pay
  • Placements in an African or Middle Eastern bureau
  • Fast-paced reporting on top news stories of the day
  • Opportunity to develop journalism skills


  • Applicants should show clear commitment to a career in journalism;
  • Have drive to build sources, break news and deliver deeply reported stories;
  • Have strong interest in issues that affect companies, markets and economies;
  • Be able to generate original, relevant story ideas;
  • Have ambition to deliver journalism with real impact;
  • Fluency in written English;
  • Fluency in Arabic or a language (apart from English) that is widely spoken in Africa;
  • Experience living in the Middle East or Africa, alongside a grasp of the history, politics and culture;
  • Show proficiency with data;
  • Have an international outlook

Other desired skills (not prerequisites)

  • Knowledge or expertise in a relevant field such as banking, financial analysis, accounting, law or computer science
  • Proven professional journalism experience
  • Proven ability to generate exclusive and agenda-setting stories
  • Experience in multi-media story-telling
  • Skills in investigative reporting
  • Expertise in data analysis or data-driven journalism
  • Understanding of how to use social media to report and find sources

Applicants must be eligible to work in the region to which they apply, with exceptions considered for specialist regional knowledge or language skills.


  • To apply, you must complete all the questions on the application form including the written exercises. Your written answers must follow the guidelines on length and format. If not, your application will not be considered;
  • Upload CV: Your CV should be no more than two pages long and written in English;
  • Upload Cover Letter: Cover letter of no more than one page to explain your interest in a career with Reuters. You can attach your Cover Letter under the CV section of ‘My Experience’ when you register.

For more information, visit Reuters Journalism Training Programme.