Reuters is looking for a security professional with initiative and high energy to help look after the international news agency’s 2,400 staff journalists and 1,600 freelance contributors.
As an editorial safety manager you will have a security, military, law enforcement or intelligence background and be just as adept at deploying into the field, looking after journalists covering wars, protests or other strife, as you will be at making security assessments, drawing up security protocols and helping the organization create a consistent framework for making risk decisions.
This position will report through the editorial management structure.
We would prefer for the position to be based in either London or New York, however we are open to flexibility on location. Please do apply to the advert for the region in which you would like to be based - either Americas or EMEA/APAC.
As a trusted member of our team, you will:
- Be familiar with working with journalists
- Understand the need for reporters, photographers and TV crews to rush into danger rather than to evacuate
- Willing to travel at the drop of a hat, and comfortable with the idea that you might need to personally extract reporters from trouble spots or navigate through tricky situations
- Be an out-of-the-box thinker, not rigidly attached to conventional notions of corporate security management but able to come up with creative ideas for making journalists safer while helping them to break major news
- Have a sound understanding of information security threats and how they affect the safety of journalists and their sources.
Your core responsibilities would include:
- Managing security advisers in the field and deploying, sometimes, yourselves, if you are the best person for the job
- Providing 24/7 guidance to Reuters journalists and managers about security challenges
- Working with Reuters management to review, refine and improve the agency’s risk assessment processes and protocols
- Helping to conceive, design and organize hostile environment training courses for journalists
- Making decisions about what personal protective equipment to buy
- Overseeing the security arrangements of a small number of Reuters bureaus that come under the responsibility of editorial rather than of facilities and corporate security.
- An ability to quickly assess physical security and geopolitical risks
- Ability to make decisions about security on the fly and to execute with confidence
- Willingness to take full responsibility for risk decisions
- Good understanding of the work that journalists do and our relationship to risk
- Ability to clearly enunciate risks and mitigation options
- Willingness to adapt to changing circumstances and to change course when required
- Good leadership skills in the field, and an ability to get others to respect your advice
- Strong desire to help our journalists win stories while mitigating risks
- Understanding of basic information security risks in addition to solid expertise in physical risk management
- Knowledge and good understanding of multiple cultures and geographies
- Extensive experience in security, law enforcement or intelligence sectors
- Experience working with journalists
- Preferably a career that has had a mix of kinetic frontline deployments, and of command, strategic planning or intelligence analysis experience
Please note, the deadline for applications is Sunday 23rd February at 11.59pm UK Time.
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