Editor, Wealth of Nations

Job posted by: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 10 Aug 2017

Job Details:

Organisation: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Deadline Mon, 28 Aug 2017

Job type: Contract


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Editor, Wealth of Nations – Media Development team, Thomson Reuters Foundation

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Thomson Reuters and an independently registered charity in the UK and the USA. We leverage the know-how, reach and reputation of Thomson Reuters to run free programmes that promote the highest standards in journalism and spread excellence in the practice of legal pro bono worldwide: free legal assistance to NGOs and social enterprises, coverage of the world’s under-reported news, media development, and the annual Trust Conference. We act as a source of unbiased thought leadership in areas including slavery and human trafficking, women’s rights and climate and resilience.

The Foundation’s Media Development team runs a range of programmes aimed at promoting the highest standards of journalism worldwide. One of our major programmes is Wealth of Nations, funded by Norad, which boosts the capacity of African media to report and investigate illicit financial flows and the abuse of tax laws. More information at www.wealth-of-nations.org.

We are seeking an Editor to provide overall editorial guidance to the programme, and to oversee the mentoring process which assists participants in the production of accurate, rigorous and engaging stories. We wish to engage a consultant on a freelance basis, working an average of four days per month. This would initially be for one year, with the possibility of extension. 

This role can be performed anywhere in the world with a good internet connection. 

Key responsibilities

  • Review story/investigation proposals from participating journalists, providing feedback where necessary, and identifying most viable ideas
  • Matching journalists with mentors (with input from the Media Development team)
  • Monitor the progress of stories and investigations, and provide advice and guidance to mentors when needed
  • Oversee and mentor investigations produced as part of the alumni story grant scheme (which will support selected Wealth of Nations alumni to produce stories)
  • Look out for major developments or story leads on illicit financial flows and related topics, and share these with the Wealth of Nations network of journalists
  • Identify opportunities for participants to pitch their stories to regional and international news outlets; when a story is of the necessary quality, assist them in the pitching process


We are looking for:

  • A journalist or editor with at least five years’ experience
  • Excellent journalistic sense and demonstrable experience of applying the highest standards of reporting, sourcing, and storytelling
  • Someone who can engage with mentors and journalists from a variety of cultures and backgrounds
  • Knowledge of illicit financial flows and investigative journalism, including open sources of information that can be used as part of illicit finance investigations
  • Knowledge of the realities of working as a journalist in one or more African countries would be a distinct advantage

Fluent English is a necessity. We strongly prefer at least one other language of French or Arabic.


A consultancy rate will be agreed for the successful candidate.

To apply

Please email TRFmedia@thomsonreuters.com with your CV and a concise explanation of how your experience matches the role.

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