UKI Weekend Photo Assignment Editor – Thomson Reuters (London)

This hybrid role will be based in our London newsroom in Canary Wharf.


We are looking to expand our picture desk and looking for a Weekend Photo Assignment Editor to help assign and coordinate our photo coverage in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

You will work closely with the Chief Photographer and the entire bureau, including text and TV, to ensure that global and national news of interest to Reuters editorial customers is covered in a timely manner, delivered ahead of our competitors and conforms to Reuters’ standards of quality and ethics.

You will be crucial to how we react to breaking news and will ensure we have the right people in the right places at the right time. The role will involve planning and coordination of both breaking news and coverage of events we’ve planned for months in advance.

We are looking for a responsible self starter with a passion for news, excellent communication and organizational skills, an unflappable temperament, and an ability to effectively prioritize news and tasks. Written accuracy and attention to detail is a key requirement of the job.


About the Role

In this opportunity as a Photo Assignment Editor, you will:

  • Monitor local media and day-to-day news schedules across the UK and Ireland, assigning photographers throughout the day and ensuring that our Newsplanner is up to date with accurate coverage plans and written in accordance to Reuters Style guidelines.
  • Maintain and update the long-term schedules for Reuters photographers and contractors.
  • Coordinate coverage of all pooled opportunities through the WPA and keep the Global Pictures Desk informed of what pool pictures they will need to expect and when.
  • Writing captions, adhering to Reuters-style, for any breaking news or large pre-planned events where a live edit is necessary.
  • Perform advance planning and booking of travel for all the events covered, in coordination with the UKI Chief Photographer.
  • Secure credentialed access in a timely manner and work closely on a daily basis with all assets of the UKI bureau to assure quality multimedia coverage.
  • Discuss ideas with peers in the UKI bureau to identify stories that will give our product more value. You’ll also network with local organisations and government institutions maintaining good relations to secure access.
  • Work efficiently with Microsoft Excel, communicate effectively with the teams across pictures text and TV, and have a meticulous eye for detail on all desk administration.
  • Liaise with the Global Pictures Desk for live editing of breaking news coverage and assist the Action Images Chief Photographer in scheduling Reuters Photographers’ sports coverage.
  • Apply and renew photographer press cards.


About You
You’re a fit for the role of a Photo Assignment Editor if your background includes:

  • Experience in photojournalism and/or newsgathering.
  • An interest in news photography and passion for news coverage.
  • The ability to remain calm under pressure and work well with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience of working in a collaborative environment. We’re team players at Reuters and are looking for someone like-minded in this respect.
  • A flexible approach to managing news (you will be required to work weekends)


What’s in it For You
At Reuters, our people are our greatest assets. Here are some of the benefits we offer for your personal and professional growth:

  • Global Career: As a global company, we can offer a truly international career and progression opportunities
  • Learning & Development: On the job learning and coaching with an intensive training package. We also have a dedicated training team focused on the continuous development of our journalists.
  • Benefits: We offer competitive salary packages and market leading benefits including paid volunteering days and a wellbeing scheme including private healthcare and Multisport card
  • Perks: Work alongside Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and a team who provide unmatched, award-winning coverage of the world’s most important stories.

About Reuters
Reuters is the world’s largest multimedia news provider. 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 worldwide 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. Reuters: The Real World in Real Time

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 26,000 employees across more than 70 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.

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