News Writer/Editor

Employer
RFE/RL
Location
1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20036
Salary
We offer a competitive annual salary with a comprehensive benefits package.
Posted
Dec 11, 2019
Specialty
News & Journalism
Metro Area
Washington
Duration
Full Time

RFE/RL is looking for a writer/editor to cover news from its Washington, DC, bureau. The successful candidate will write and edit the evening portion (roughly 5 p.m.-1 a.m. EST) of the news file produced 24/7 by RFE/RL's English-language Central Newsroom. The file provides news items on a wide variety of regional and international developments for use on RFE/RL’s English-language platforms and in news programs and websites in 25 other languages. Our ideal candidate is a journalist with a solid background in news who is used to working quickly and accurately under tight deadlines and dealing with a wide variety of source material, including Russian-language content. He/she will have at least five years' experience in journalism, including substantial experience at a wire agency or comparable outlet. The successful candidate will report to the News Editor of RFE/RL's Central Newsroom in Prague.

Responsibilities:

  • Take over responsibility for the news file from the evening editor in Prague. Without direct supervision, write news items based on material including original RFE/RL reporting, agency copy, live broadcasts, and social media.
  • Make sure the file is comprehensive, up-to-date, and by the end of the shift looking forward to the upcoming day. It will contain engaging news items about RFE/RL's broadcast region, a vastly diverse area spanning from Eastern Europe to Pakistan's tribal regions, as well as the top international and U.S. news.
  • Work closely with RFE/RL's language services, incorporating RFE/RL original reporting wherever possible in the news file.
  • Post content to RFE/RL's English-language website and edit news items written by other Central Newsroom correspondents.

Requirements:

Education:

Journalism or related field

Experience:

  • Minimum five years’ journalism experience, including at a wire agency or comparable outlet.
  • Knowledge of at least one country or region in RFE/RL’s coverage area

Skills:

  • Ability to work under pressure while juggling tight deadlines
  • Ability to deliver quality, accurate products with minimal supervision

Languages:

  • English language (native), mandatory
  • Russian language (advanced), preferred

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