Middle East and Africa Editor, Reuters Pictures

I’ve worked at Reuters for over twenty years, first as an international news photographer based in London, then as Chief Photographer Asia, shaping the news coverage of a turbulent region. Then, back in London, I coordinated photographers worldwide to produce picture packages targeted at telling the in-depth story behind breaking news which Reuters brands as The Wider Image. At the same time driving Reuters picture content on our Instagram and Twitter feeds. Now I am in charge of Reuters breaking news and in-depth pictures coverage in my present role Middle East and Africa Editor, Reuters Pictures.


The picture business is changing fast and faces many challenges. Platform and hand-held device technology is altering the way people consume news and information. Aggregators of news via social media, smart phones and the rise of the citizen-journalist all mean that today’s consumer expects to see breaking news pictures instantly and for free.


And while social media has impressive scope, it can be a free-for-all that lacks journalistic integrity. At the heart of what I am trying to do is exploring new ways for our photographers to develop the potential of sophisticated long form story-telling, which cannot be professionally executed by citizen journalists. At the same time ensuring we continue to cover the breaking top-news with speed, accuracy and quality, finding ways to embrace the power of social media without handing away our Trust Principles and ethical credibility.

To see the latest examples of long form story-telling click on the template on the right of this page. To access the award winning Wider Image App click on the picture left.

At Kinfe Abera's garage in Addis Ababa, cranky, 50-year-old Volkswagen Beetles enjoy a kind of life after death; their parts are never discarded but re-used to keep the city's remaining Beetles on the road. "If one is in a bad condition, we will cannibalise it and give its parts to other cars. That is how we extend their life," said Kinfe, the garage-owner who has been working on Beetles for six decades.