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Reuters seeks a cybersecurity correspondent

November 17, 2021

Posted by Chris Roush

Reuters is seeking an experienced Cybersecurity Correspondent to join our global reporting team. This position is based in the U.S., preferably San Francisco, New York or Washington, though other locations in the region may be considered.

Hacking was once a concern mainly for computer professionals, but in recent years it has emerged as a major national security and law enforcement issue affecting governments, businesses and consumers around the globe. Numerous nation-states now employ hacking armies for espionage, occasional sabotage, and in some cases for revenue generation. Criminal gangs are driving an epidemic of ransomware globally. With defensive measures lagging far beyond sophisticated offensive methodologies, the cybersecurity crisis is likely to be with us for some time.

About this job:

About the Role:

The Cybersecurity Correspondent will report on major hacking incidents, with the aim of understanding how the attacks were carried out, who is behind them, what damage was done, whether defenses were adequate and how the victims and others responded, among other questions. The correspondent will also work on deeper investigations of different aspects of cybersecurity, shedding light on a world that mostly operates in the shadows and tracking the evolving policy response by governments. The role will have a special focus on developments in the U.S, but the story is global and the correspondent will frequently be involved in stories outside the region. The position involves intensive day-to-day collaboration with cyber team colleagues in Washington, San Francisco and London, and frequent work with non-specialist correspondents in bureaus around the world.

Cybersecurity reporting presents unique challenges due to the highly secretive nature of the field and the shadowy characters involved. By the same token, it can be richly rewarding, with many opportunities for the kind of high-impact journalism that the Reuters cyber team has delivered consistently in recent years.

About You

You’re a fit for the role of Cybersecurity Correspondent if you have:

  • At least five years of journalism experience.
  • The ability to write quickly and accurately under deadline pressure.
  • Comfort with and aptitude for technology, as the beat involves highly technical topics and some of the reporting techniques require at least some technical skills.
  • Strong inter-personal skills and the ability to work closely with a variety of collaborators.
  • A track record on the cyber beat and an existing source network are desirable but not essential.
  • Outstanding written English is essential. Proficiency in Chinese or Russian would be assets.

To apply, go here.

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