About Jane

Jane Labous is an award-winning British writer, journalist and broadcaster. She has been covering human rights issues, international development, human stories and West Africa since 2005 for international media including Voice of America, The Independent, IRIN 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 recently awarded an E19,000 grant for her film documentary project, Angels. 

Jane also works for charities including Save The Children, Plan International, Plan UK, Power For All, Hellenic Rescue Team, Care International, Centenary Action Group, RNLI International and Amnesty International, producing creative content and communications strategies, and running storytelling workshops. 

Jane's debut novel, The Chameleon Girl, a literary fiction family saga set in Dakar, Senegal, will be published by Farafina Books in 2020. She is now working on a literary thriller, also set in Dakar. 


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


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. 


Guardian Development Journalism Prize Winner


St Lucia Travel Awards, Travel Writer of The Year


Cinderellas long-listed for One World Media Award


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