About Jane

Jane Labous is an award-winning British writer, journalist and broadcaster. She has covered human rights issues, international development and human stories since 2005 for international media including the BBC, Voice of America, The Independent, the UN and The LA Times. 


Jane's radio documentaries have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and you can hear her regular despatches from around the world on BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent, and the UK version, From Our Home Correspondent. She also writes, produces and directs short documentaries, and was awarded an E19,000 grant by the European Journalism Centre for her subsequently award-winning documentary project, Angels. 

Jane has also worked for numerous charities including Save The Children, Plan International, Hellenic Rescue Team, Care International, RNLI International and Amnesty International, producing creative content and communications projects, and running storytelling workshops. She is currently working as a consultant for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to develop a number of creative-content projects, and craft new ways of working creatively within the limitations of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Jane's debut novel, The Chameleon Girl, a literary fiction family saga set in Dakar, Senegal, will be published by Farafina in 2021. She is now working on a literary thriller set in Cornwall and West Africa. 


Hostile Environments & Emergency First Aid  

International Location Safety, 2014

Hostile Environments & Emergency First Aid  

Centurion, 2011

Child Protection In Emergencies

Plan International, 2012, 2013, 2014

MA Hons in English and Modern Languages (French)

Jesus College, University of Oxford


European Journalism Centre Development Reporting Grant

E19,000, 2018

“Merck More than a Mother” ‘Media Recognition & Film Award 2019 in ‘Film Category’ for French-Speaking African Countries, for Angels


BBC Radio 4 & Royal Geographical Society Documentary Award


Guardian Development Journalism Prize Winner


St Lucia Travel Awards, Travel Writer of The Year


Cinderellas long-listed for One World Media Award


You Are Not Alone (2019), directed by Jane Labous and Shona Hamilton, premiered at St Petersburg International Film Festival 2019 (winner), and went on to show at Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival 2019, Southampton Film Week 2019, Mediterranean Film Festival 2019, Dumbo Film Festival 2019, International Women's Film Festival 2020, West African Film Festival 2020. 

2019 - 2021

website © 2019 by Jane Labous