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Reuters seeks a cybersecurity reporter in London

June 14, 2021

Posted by Chris Roush

Reuters News is seeking an experienced journalist to join our global cybersecurity reporting team. This position is likely to be based in London, though other locations in the region may be considered.

In recent years hacking has emerged as a major national security and law-enforcement issue affecting governments, businesses and consumers around the globe. Numerous countries now employ hacking armies for espionage, occasional sabotage, and in some cases even for revenue generation. Criminal gangs are driving an epidemic of ransomware globally. Even bored teenagers with computer skills can wreak havoc. With defensive measures lagging far beyond sophisticated offensive methodologies, the cybersecurity crisis is likely to be with us for some time.

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.

As a Cybersecurity Correspondent at Reuters, you 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.
  • 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 is based in Europe and will have a special focus on developments there, but the story is global and the correspondent will frequently be involved in stories outside the region.
  • Have day-to-day collaboration with cyber team colleagues in Washington and San Francisco, and frequent work with non-specialist correspondents in bureaus around the world.

To be our Cybersecurity Correspondent, you will likely 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.

Please note, the deadline for applications is Friday 2nd July 2021.

To apply, go here.

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