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Assistant Editor, Digital

Job ID: 61553
Job Views: 190
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Postal Code: 20036
Job Category: Online | New Media
Employment Type:
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 04.30.2021

Job Description

BBC News is recruiting an Assistant Editor to join the expanding digital team in North America. This is a senior strategic role focused on commissioning content - news and features - to grow our audience in the region.

When news of a mass shooting breaks, can you verify the facts and still get the story out before the competition?

When a Supreme Court justice is nominated, can you explain the process and the politics to a global audience (and make younger audiences care)?

Are you curious about the cultural trends and conversations happening beyond the traditional news agenda?

Do you know your CrowdTangle from your Chartbeat, and understand how to use data to increase engagement and reach new audiences?

If you can do all of these things - and more - we want to hear from you.


Role Responsibility

In this role you will help lead a team of more than 20 reporting on the most significant news from the US and Canada for our website ( and app.

You will also help manage the front page of the North American edition of the website, curating the best BBC content for the audience in this region, and work with our social media team as well as external partners (Apple, Yahoo, YouTube) to ensure our best journalism reaches new audiences.

In a dynamic multi-media newsroom, you will also work with colleagues from TV, radio and the BBC’s many language services to help deliver their journalism on digital platforms.

Finally this role will require you to work closely with senior colleagues on editorial, strategy and HR issues, so you will have the interpersonal skills needed to build rapport with people at all levels of the BBC.


Job Requirements

To be considered for this role you will need to have excellent writing skills and proven editorial judgement, in line with the BBC’s reputation for accurate and impartial reporting. You will also have a track record of commissioning high-impact original journalism, in text and video.

With substantial experience working as a Senior Journalist, you will have the talent and energy to inspire and manage others, as well as an ability to troubleshoot and work calmly under pressure.

You'll require the ability to join up the diplomatic dots on US and global affairs, and reflect the differing perspectives of North American and international audiences. With a deep understanding of the US and Canada - and what makes the BBC’s journalism distinct in this market - you will have fresh ideas about how to tackle big issues, combining smart analysis with compelling human stories.

Finally you also possess organisational skills to plan and oversee standout coverage of major events ranging from presidential elections to high-profile trials.

About BBC World News

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here




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