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Date: Jan 19, 2022

Location: LND, GB

Company: Associated Press

The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting. Founded in 1846, AP today remains the most trusted source of fast, accurate, unbiased news in all formats and the essential provider of the technology and services vital to the news business. More than half the world's population sees AP journalism every day.

The Associated Press seeks a talented journalist and newsroom leader to join its global climate and environment team as a news editor, based in New York or London.

 

Responsibilities: Reporting to the global climate and environment news director, this news editor will help the climate team and AP journalists across the world hold to account governments, businesses, financial organizations and others that either have a role in exacerbating climate change or have a stake in combatting it. In simple terms: What have they delivered compared with what they promised? The climate accountability news editor will have direct responsibility for leading complex stories, which can range from spot fact checks to longer-term data-driven investigative pieces. The successful candidate will have deep knowledge of many areas ripe for accountability, including but not limited to: nationally determined contributions (NDCs), public promises by national leaders or businesses, greenwashing, carbon credits, satellite tracking of methane flaring, and the financing of both green energy technologies and companies doubling down on fossil fuels. In addition, the news editor must 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. The successful candidate will coordinate with AP bureaus around the world to cover news about climate and environment 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 that finds stories in the fine print of complex reports or public promises not delivered.
  • 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 climate 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 deep experience with climate change and environmental stories that hold accountable public figures, businesses and other organizations. 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.
  • All applicants must be able to work in the U.S. or the U.K, or be able to gain permission to work in the U.S or U.K.
  • Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English. Professional competency in a language in addition to English is a plus.
  • Experience living and working abroad is a plus.
  • Knowledge of Excel and other hard skills around data analysis is a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple projects across formats and deliver success on complex, challenging story lines.

 

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS POSITION IS JANUARY 27, 2022 AT 11:59 PM 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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