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Editor-in-Chief, Reuters – Thomson Reuters – New York, NY

Company: Thomson Reuters

Address: New York, NY

  • Full Time

Thomson Reuters

Job Description

About Reuters

As the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, Reuters is the world’s largest international multimedia news provider, employing some 2,500 journalists in 200 locations around the world. Each year, Reuters delivers over 2 million unique news stories, over 1.5 million news alerts, over 814,000 pictures and images, over 129,000 video stories and 100 investigative reports. Founded in 1851, it is committed to the Trust Principles of independence, integrity and freedom from bias. With unmatched coverage in over 16 languages, and reaching billions of people every day, Reuters provides trusted intelligence that powers humans and machines to make smart decisions. It supplies business, financial, national and international news to professionals via desktop terminals, the world’s media organizations, industry events and directly to consumers at

With an unparalleled reputation and a history for producing award-winning content, Reuters continues to strengthen its competitive advantage with its work on “Newsroom of the Future”, helping the organization serve its diverse audiences even better and reinforcing how distinctive Reuters is in today’s news ecosystem. The five key attributes that distinguish Reuters from its competitors include:

  • Global reach:
    more than any other news team, Reuters is on the ground everywhere and serves billions of people a day. This includes 780 TV broadcasters in over 100 countries, over 2,000 media customers in 128 countries, and over 1,000 publishing clients including 8 of the top 10 newspapers globally and every major US TV network.

  • Global perspective:
    as a news operation, Reuters is fundamentally non-national. Therefore, unlike most competitors, Reuters does not reflect one country’s perspective and then project it outward but rather approaches its work with a global mindset.

  • The Trust Principles:
    the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles are truly differentiating and are one of the main reasons why journalists chose to work at Reuters. Reuters’ commitment to “integrity, independence and freedom from bias” is especially powerful in a world in which threats to free speech and press freedom are on the rise globally, and in which some other news organizations have accepted censorship and self-censorship as necessary evils.

  • Diverse revenue streams:
    Reuters benefits from diverse revenue streams through multiple customer groups, including Refinitiv, the terminals and data business spun out of Thomson Reuters in 2018; the news agency, which sells news primarily to other news organizations; and direct-to-consumer/professional platforms and other business lines. This diversity of customers, which generate revenue via long-term subscriptions, enables Reuters to support more journalists on the ground than any other independent news organization. It has also spurred the organization to build extraordinarily valuable domain expertise in business, economics and finance and to excel in general reporting across multiple media.

  • Speed:
    Reuters is a “merchant of speed” in an age in which speed counts more than ever for all our customers, including those on digital and social-media platforms. Through a new global desk, a streamlined editing process, and a more systematic approach to technology, Reuters is poised to continue excelling in the intense competition to be first (while, of course, accurate!) in its coverage.

The Role

Based in New York or London, and reporting to the President of Reuters, Michael Friedenberg, the Editor-in-Chief, Reuters will provide editorial and operational leadership to the organization. They will manage the day-to-day editorial operations for a worldwide news agency consisting of 2,500 journalists in 200 locations worldwide that encompasses text and visual, which serves the various customers (Refinitiv, Thomson Reuters, Agency, Professional and Machine) and platforms by which our editorial is experienced. The Editor-in-Chief is required to travel globally — to visit news bureaus, engage with governments in support of Reuters journalists abroad and support sales efforts as appropriate.

Candidate Profile

Thomson Reuters is seeking an experienced, transformational Editor-in-Chief who possesses the highest editorial standards and excels at leading a global multimedia team to produce fast, accurate, insightful and unbiased journalism. The Editor-in-Chief must be an outstanding people manager and a well-organized operating executive who directs, teaches and inspires the news staff to do its best work. They should be especially strong at leading through change and at marshaling innovative processes and technologies to shape the most exciting and effective newsroom to meet future user needs.

The Editor-in-Chief should have a strong grounding in business and financial news in order to serve Reuters largest customer, Refinitiv, and its financial-professional end users and should also have significant experience in political, economic and general news, essential aspect of our offerings to the news-media customers of our Agency business. Given that the majority of our Agency revenue is derived from visual content, the Editor-in-Chief should also have relevant experience in leading videographers and photojournalists.

The Editor-in-Chief must have a deep understanding of Reuters business and of the media industry and be a strong and constructive partner to the commercial team, with the common goal of driving growth without compromising editorial independence. They must be a numerate, sophisticated budget manager who can knowledgeably oversee the editorial budget process, working closely with the finance team, and reliably meet budget targets.

The ideal candidate possesses the following performance and personal competencies:

  • Innovative Vision
    : outstanding creativity and insight; can oversee the plan and conception of written and visual content and come up with inventive solutions to difficult problems.

  • Inspirational Leadership:
    a visionary leader who inspires followership and has a keen understanding of the balance between being part of a larger corporate entity while still motivating journalists. Passionate and committed to diversity and inclusion as a driver of excellence in the modern newsroom.

  • Digital and Data
    : understanding and savvy on impact of digital skills and capability in the newsroom and modernization efforts, and how to leverage and further develop data enabled journalism.

  • Operational Expertise
    : strong operational expertise coupled with deep commercial understanding.

  • Management Experience:
    skilled at overseeing the daily tasks of publishing media and other content forms. Proven ability to attract, motivate and develop high caliber editorial and journalism talent.

  • Interpersonal Skills:
    impeccable interpersonal and communication skills with a strong command of language and writing; can interact positively with members of their team and also feel comfortable representing Reuters.

  • Domain Expertise:
    in-depth knowledge of news and current affairs at the local, regional, national and international level; a broad understanding of general reporting, with specific domain expertise in business, economics and financial news.

  • Visuals:
    strong editorial and language skills and extensive experience creating and curating visuals across all content types, including video, pictures, texts, graphics, audio, live video and events for print and digital media outlets.

  • Public Service:
    deep passion and understanding of the drivers for public service journalism and the role of impartial news in the world, as well as an ability to prioritize and balance the nuance of a news agency model and financial news platform.

  • Technology:
    embraces new technology to create and enhance journalistic efforts, build audience and improve customer experience.

  • Integrity and Authenticity:
    unquestionable reputation and integrity; able to stand by their own values and those of the organization with conviction and authenticity.

Additionally, the Editor-in-Chief will have a relevant bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, rhetoric, business or a related field. Graduate or post-graduate degree (i.e. JD, MBA, PhD) would be an asset.

The Editor-in-Chief will act as a change agent and will espouse the following future state newsroom principles:

  • Establish Reuters as the world’s most innovative newsroom in the next 3-5 years
  • A commercial mindset and understanding of the customer sets Reuters serves (Refinitiv, TR, Professional, Agency, Machines)
  • Commitment to the Trust Principles with special focus on “integrity, independence and freedom from bias” and “that no effort shall be spared to expand, develop and adapt the news and other services and products of Thomson Reuters so as to maintain its leading position in the international news and information business”
  • A culture of transformation and change with a modern media mindset towards the production of world-class journalism that is enabled and enhanced by data, digitalization, CX, and technology (AI/ML/AR/VR/auto-translation, etc.)
  • A newsroom structure that delivers professional news (financial, legal, etc.), global news and public service journalism at world-class quality and speed that is aligned and measured to the future weighting of Reuters customer base be it Professional (Refinitiv, TR,, Events), Agency or Machines
  • A newsroom where text, video and photojournalism are integrated and seamless
  • An inclusive team that represents the world we report on and delivers outcomes while driving continuous improvement and a relentless pursuit of the truth

Do you want to be part of a team helping re-invent the way knowledge professionals work? How about a team that works every day to create a more transparent, just and inclusive future? At Thomson Reuters, we’ve been doing just that for almost 160 years. Our industry-leading products and services include highly specialized information-enabled software and tools for legal, tax, accounting and compliance professionals combined with the world’s most global news services – Reuters. We help these professionals do their jobs better, creating more time for them to focus on the things that matter most: advising, advocating, negotiating, governing and informing.

We are powered by the talents of 25,000 employees across more than 75 countries, where everyone has a chance to contribute and grow professionally in flexible work environments that celebrate diversity and inclusion. At a time when objectivity, accuracy, fairness and transparency are under attack, we consider it our duty to pursue them. Sound exciting? Join us and help shape the industries that move society forward.


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 applicable law. Thomson Reuters is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer providing a drug-free workplace.

We also make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and for sincerely held religious beliefs in accordance with applicable law.

More information about Thomson Reuters can be found on


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