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Date: Jun 10, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20005-4076

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 to cover the Department of Defense as a newsperson in Washington, DC.


This reporter will join AP’s team of journalists covering national security, aiming to consistently break news and produce distinct, deeply reported enterprise on the Pentagon. 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.


We’re looking for a candidate who:

  • has a demonstrated history of successful beat reporting, with a deep record of producing exclusive stories and investigative enterprise that breaks news.
  • wants to work among a team of journalists, reporters and editors to deliver spot news and enterprise coverage that breaks news, has impact and is exclusive to AP.
  • has 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.
  • will pursue innovative coverage techniques while maintaining AP’s standards for integrity and objectivity.


Qualifications: Applicants must be able to consistently break news and report enterprise that offers readers and viewers an illuminating look at how policies are made and implemented. The successful candidate must be able to work effectively with colleagues and peers in teams 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.
  • 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.
  • Employment is contingent on adhering to all company COVID-19 workplace safety policies and protocols, including providing proof of Covid-19 vaccination in accordance with applicable laws.


Application deadline is July 9, 2022 11:59 p.m. et


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.