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News Editor, News Verification/Weekends

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Date: Jul 6, 2021

Location: New York, NY, US, 10281

Company: Associated Press

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day more than half the world's population sees news from AP.


The Associated Press seeks a talented journalist and newsroom leader to help manage AP’s fact-checking and news verification operation and assign and edit text stories as a weekend news editor, based in New York City. 


Reporting to the news verification news editor, this person will work with reporters who identify and fact-check false and misleading information and visuals, including material that is circulating widely online, and will edit stories that correct the record on deadline. The successful candidate will be a strong editor and manager, comfortable working across media formats, coordinating with AP journalists around the world and directing coverage to serve AP's wide range of customers. This person will have a sophisticated understanding of the online information ecosystem and a familiarity with forensic tools that will help AP understand how misinformation is spreading online, whether it has been manipulated or altered, and who is behind it. The successful candidate will lead AP’s news verification work on weekends and should expect to work regularly on Saturdays and Sundays. The weekend manager must have the ability and willingness to work at night, or as coverage demands, as AP is a 24/7 operation.


The successful candidate will: 

  • have a strong understanding of how misinformation travels online and the ability to surface and detect false and misleading content.  
  • have demonstrated expertise in fact-checking questionable information and visuals through the use of forensic tools as well as traditional reporting techniques.  
  • have a demonstrated history of success as a driver of coverage, with a record of creating and delivering compelling work on deadline.  
  • work with a team of reporters and editors to deliver facts-focused reporting that breaks news, has impact and is exclusive to AP.  
  • have a history of successful work as an editor, with the ability to assess information quickly, coach reporters through assignments and edit text stories to a high standard of quality.  
  • have strong communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with AP journalists who operate in all formats: text, photo, video, audio, digital/social, interactive and graphics. 
  • have a great news sense, with the ability to communicate stories that people will want to share and engage with on social media and other platforms. 
  • pursue innovative coverage techniques while maintaining AP’s standards for integrity and objectivity. 
    Qualifications: The weekend manager must have demonstrated excellence as an editor and/or manager, with a record of creating and/or guiding exclusive and distinctive news from inception to publication. Applicants must be able to work collaboratively with reporters, photographers, video journalists, producers and editors to identify strong story opportunities and execute on them. The candidate must be able to work swiftly and accurately under tight deadlines, and help other team members to do the same. Applicants must have experience with digital verification tools and methods used to fact-check misleading information across multiple formats. The successful candidate should have at least five years of full-time experience as an editor or reporter at a daily newspaper, broadcast station, online or digital news outlet, or an AP bureau or regional desk.  

    Other qualifications: 
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. 
  • Authorization to work in the U.S. will be mandatory. 
  • Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English. Professional competency in a language besides English is a plus. 
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple projects across formats and deliver success on complex, challenging story lines. 


Application deadline is July 29, 2021 11:59pm est


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