Correspondent West and Central Africa
Reuters is looking for an experienced, self-starting correspondent for West & Central Africa. The successful candidate will write groundbreaking, insightful news on a wide range of topics, from political chaos in Congo or Islamist unrest in the Sahel, to the latest cocoa crop in Ivory Coast or mining ventures in Guinea. They will become familiar with 23 often very diverse countries and be just as comfortable covering coup d’états as commodities data. We are also looking to boost our coverage of business and companies in West & Central Africa, one of the world’s last frontier markets with a young, entrepreneurial population and a treasure trove of minerals, many of them essential for making modern gadgets like electric cars and mobile phones.
A willingness to travel at short notice around the region and the temperance to deal with poor communications and obstructive officials are essential. A good deal of time will be spent working with local reporters, many of them working in French, to generate lively, compelling stories in English. West Africa is one of the world’s most ethnically-diverse, fascinating and dynamic regions. But it is also one of its most turbulent, with a history of coups, rebellions and disputed elections. For the right candidate, this is one of the most exciting jobs in Reuters.
The ideal candidate will have a strong record both on fast breaking news and on producing more in-depth investigations. They will be a strong writer and be able to work closely with TV, pictures and graphics teams to produce original and compelling multimedia content.
Professional Skills & Competencies:
• Experienced reporter with international outlets
• Fluent French essential
• Proven record of nurturing sources and breaking news
• Multimedia expertise
• Experience of working in hostile environments and/or emerging markets
• Knowledge of/experience in commodities markets a plus
• Clean, lively copy that sparkles
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