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Date: Jan 18, 2022

Location: Rio de Janeiro, BR

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 curious and aggressive reporter to cover the Amazon rainforest and its influence on the global climate as a newsperson, based in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília or any major city in the Amazon River basin.


Responsibilities:  Reporting to the global climate and environment news director, this newsperson will cover many topics related to the Amazon, including but not limited to: legal and illegal mining, logging, fishing and raising of cattle, wildfires, changes in carbon emissions and sinks, indigenous peoples and others who live in the Amazon, government policies and enforcement, NGOs and various programs operating in the Amazon, and endemic species and habitats. The successful candidate will have the ability and willingness to work any shift, including at night and on weekends, or as coverage demands, as AP is a 24/7 operation.


The successful candidate will:

  • work among a team of reporters and editors in the U.S. and around the world to deliver spot news and enterprise coverage related to myriad happenings in the Amazon.
  • have a demonstrated history of successful beat reporting, strong source development, storytelling on deadline and the production of explanatory stories that are illuminating and entertaining.
  • have the ability to both tell stories via phone reporting and willingness to travel to various locations in the Amazon.
  • have strong communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with the diverse team 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 stories that people will want to share, like and talk about on social media and other platforms.
  • pursue innovative storytelling techniques while maintaining AP’s standards for integrity and objectivity.


Qualifications: This reporter is someone who can consistently break news and deliver high-impact enterprise stories that appeal to AP’s global audience. They are an idea machine, able to think creatively and critically, and are driven by curiosity. It is essential that this reporter write clearly, concisely and conversationally. They should be able to develop a diverse range of sources inside and outside of the company who can provide AP with unique stories ahead of competing media outlets. The successful candidate must be able to work effectively as a member of a team and should have at least five years of full-time experience 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 Brazil or their country of assignment, or be able to gain permission to work in Brazil or their country of assignment.
  • Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English, as well as Portuguese or Spanish, is mandatory. Knowledge of both Portuguese and Spanish is a plus.
  • Basic proficiency in using an iPhone for photos and video is required. Advanced proficiency is a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple projects across formats and deliver success on a complex, challenging story lines.




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.