Global news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) is seeking a dynamic, experienced editor to work on its English-language news desk in Washington DC. The position is available immediately.
The English Desk in Washington is AFP’s main English-language editing hub for North and Latin America, producing multimedia stories for our global audience.
The role primarily involves writing and editing stories in English, and translating from French and Spanish into English, while embedding AFP’s rich visual content into multimedia formats. Editors have frequent opportunity to report and write stories themselves, and also provide backup to the team that operates AFP’s social media accounts.
While there is a primary focus on the Americas, desk editors will become involved in stories from around the globe. The role can lead to longer term correspondent postings within AFP, as well as opportunities to work across the organisation's other editorial departments.
The workload is heavy but rewarding with the United States often topping the global news agenda: in any one shift, editors may need to turn their attention from a political crisis to an international conflict, to stories about technology, health, science and entertainment.
Candidates will have a proven track record in journalism, with several years of news reporting and editing experience. We are looking for exemplary writing skills, excellent news judgement, and an ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced newsroom. French is a requirement, and Spanish a plus.
The desk of 12 editors operates 365 days a year. It is staffed from 6:30 am to 12:30 am on weekdays, and 7:30 am to 11:30 pm at the weekend. Candidates must be flexible and open to working evening and weekend shifts.
Salary and conditions are available upon request.
About the company
AFP is a global news agency, delivering fast, in-depth coverage of the events shaping our world from wars and conflicts to politics, sports, entertainment and the latest breakthroughs in health, science and technology. With 2,900 staff and stringers spread across 165 countries, AFP covers the world 24 hours a day in six languages; delivering the news in video, text, photographs, multimedia and graphics.
Washington is the headquarters for AFP’s North America operation, which consists of bureaus in Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New York, Houston, Ottawa, San Francisco and the United Nations.
As an equal opportunity employer, Agence France-Presse rejects discrimination based on race, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or any other factor.
Location/Region: Washington, DC