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News Editor, Global Religion

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Date: May 4, 2021

Location: US

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 join its global religion team as a news editor, based in New York or any U.S. city with an AP bureau. This is a temporary position, lasting until Dec. 31, 2022.


Reporting to the global religion editor, this news editor will help lead a team of journalists who cover religion around the world and will have direct responsibility for crafting a text and digital news report on religion and faith that is rich in exclusive spot news and distinct, deeply reported enterprise. The successful candidate will be a strong text editor and manager, comfortable working across media formats and at times directing overall all-formats coverage to serve AP's wide-ranging set of customers across the globe. This news editor will aggressively plan for both upcoming events and unexpected breaking news and search for new and unique ways to promote the best of AP’s religion coverage on its customer, consumer and social media platforms. The successful candidate will coordinate with AP bureaus around the world to cover news about religion and faith and must have the ability and willingness to work at night and on weekends, as coverage demands, as AP is a 24/7 operation.


The successful candidate will:

  • have a demonstrated history of success as a driver of journalism, with a record of creating and delivering compelling work that is illuminating and entertaining.
  • work among a team of journalists to deliver spot and enterprise stories that break news, have impact and are exclusive to AP.
  • interact with AP’s customer desk and planning editors to ensure up-to-date information about AP’s religion coverage is available to customers in real time.
  • have strong communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with diverse teams of journalists at the AP who operate in all formats: text, photo, video, audio, digital/social, interactive and graphics.
  • have a great news sense, with the ability to communicate and drive stories that customers will use and that consumers will want to share, like and talk about on social media and other platforms.
  • pursue innovative coverage techniques while maintaining AP’s standards for integrity and objectivity.


Qualifications: This news editor must have demonstrated excellence as an editor and/or manager and familiarity with faith and religion, with a record of creating and/or guiding exclusive and distinctive news from inception to publication on deadline. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with reporters, photographers, video journalists, producers and editors to identify opportunities for strong stories. This news editor must be able to work swiftly and accurately under tight deadlines, and help others to do so, and plan and complete short- and long-term projects. 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 in addition to 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 May 26, 2021 11:59pm est






AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable nondiscrimination laws.

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