Regional Desk Editor/Legislative Relief
The Associated Press - Chicago, IL

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The Associated Press seeks a temporary text editor for 26 weeks beginning in January for its Central Regional Desk in Chicago.

Editors on the Central Regional Desk edit and publish text from a 14-state region stretching from Michigan to the Dakotas and south to Texas. Desk editors are part of a dynamic, 24/7 operation and work with editors from photo, interactive design, video and broadcast to ensure AP owns coverage in all formats. Desk editors work closely with news editors and reporters in bureaus across the region to ensure AP content is accurate, well-written, packaged creatively and moves quickly. They ensure that urgent news is published promptly and accurately, while keeping an eye toward developing the story throughout the news cycle and beyond. They work on stories at both the state and national level, and in different formats, opening up multiple AP and industry career paths. Work at night and on weekends is required for this position. The successful candidate will have:

Outstanding communications skills, including the ability to cooperate with and direct reporters and editors remotely.

The ability to work in multiple formats and/or as part of a team that includes editors and reporters working in multiple formats.

The ability to adapt to a fast-changing news environment and provide support at critical times to AP reporters on deadline.

The ideal candidate will have three or more years of professional news experience, with a history of leading and shaping stories, and editing creatively so that stories appeal to national and global audiences. Editors must have a broad understanding of state, national and international news perspectives, outstanding news judgment and a history of generating unique story ideas in a competitive environment. The will embrace new and emerging technology and alternative storytelling techniques. A desk editor also must have:

Bachelors degree or equivalent experience.

Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English language.

Strong organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple projects across formats.

Authorization to work in the U.S. will be mandatory.

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day more than half the world's population sees news from AP.

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, disability or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable nondiscrimination laws.


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