Foreign Affairs Editor

Apr 17, 2012
May 17, 2012
C Kurtz
Full Time

The Foreign Affairs Editor is responsible for initiating and producing the PBS NewsHours coverage of international, defense and Homeland Security news on the broadcast and its associated digital platforms. On a daily basis, the Foreign Affairs Editor is expected to use his or her news judgment to make sure the NewsHour is aware of all significant news developments in the relevant subject areas. S/he will offer appropriate story ideas during editorial planning meetings, and help determine which approach and platform is best suited to each story.

The Foreign Affairs Editor plans and supervises the production of all relevant stories and video elements published throughout the day on the NewsHour website and social media platforms, as well as all relevant video reports produced for the broadcast. S/he also oversees the production of studio discussion segments relating to international affairs, defense and homeland security, and is responsible for generating appropriate graphic and video elements for those segments as needed.

The Foreign Affairs Editor is the first line editor of scripts and rough cuts of stand-alone reports prepared by NewsHour teams and independent reporters/producers in the field. S/he also works with the Senior Producer for News/Segment Production on set-up pieces for discussions and stand-alone tape pieces produced in Washington.

On a daily basis, the Foreign Affairs Editor will assign and manage the following editorial staff members and contributors (for both broadcast and online):

-- Staff reporter/producers covering international, defense and national security news

--Special Correspondent Fred De Sam Lazaro and other independent production teams deployed internationally on behalf of the PBS NewsHour

--Staff correspondents and producers working overseas on special assignments.

Five+ years experience in print or broadcast journalism, preferably including experience producing discussion segments for the PBS NewsHour. Foreign reporting experience is required. Proven writing and tape production skills (including field and edit experience) are required, as is the ability to plan and manage work, supervise and work well with others, and perform well under pressure. Knowledge of digital media including ability to write, produce and oversee online content is essential. Bachelors degree or equivalent work experience required.

The Foreign Affairs Editor will be based in the Studio Building and will report to the Deputy Executive Producer. Salary is negotiable, commensurate with experience and job responsibilities.

Contact: Please send all resumes to

Principals Only; No phone calls please

We have an immediate need to fill the FOREIGN AFFAIRS EDITOR position. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and list of three references to

No phone calls please. Principals only.


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