The Telegraph, Deputy Foreign Editor (fixed-term contract)

The Telegraph
London (Central)
Competitive + excellent benefits
14 Jun 2021
25 Jun 2021
Job Type
Full Time

Role purpose and overview

As Deputy Foreign Editor, you will commission, edit and publish the best stories from foreign correspondents and reporters, abroad and at home, for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, both in print and online. You will also be responsible for running the foreign team when the Foreign Editor is out of the office.

Please note: this is a fixed-term contract position.

Our Benefits

The nature of our industry means life at the Telegraph Media Group is fast-paced, demanding, and interesting. We also want it to be rewarding for everyone who works here by creating a suite of benefits that contribute to lifestyle choices and leisure activities. From dynamic working opportunities, medical cover, and equal parental pay (six months fully paid for mothers and fathers), to life assurance and season ticket loans, you can choose from a range of flexible benefits, designed to support your lifestyle and help you achieve a healthy work-life balance.

Training and development

With support from your manager and colleagues, you’ll also have access to a variety of training and development opportunities through The Academy. Covering a range of personal and professional skills, our courses enable you to develop an enjoyable and rewarding career.

Our commitment to inclusion

We want you to feel you belong here and welcome candidates from all backgrounds. Our organisation is on a continuous journey to achieve this sense of belonging, with focused inclusion policies, training, and internal networks. We believe it’s not only the right thing to do but that there’s a strong business case to support it. Because if you feel you belong, you’ll feel more comfortable, so you’ll be more likely to achieve your best.

We have a number of internal networks that are totally inclusive and open for anyone to join. These include internal inclusion networks covering employees from ethnic minority backgrounds, working families, LGBTQ+, disabilities and long-term conditions, gender, wellbeing, and women in tech.

Your wellbeing is paramount, so we have trained over 100 Mental Health First Aiders in the last two years to help support our employees. We’ve also signed the Tech Talent Charter, and are committed to driving greater inclusion and diversity in tech.

Key responsibilities

  • Generating original ideas, commissioning, editing and publishing for The Telegraph both online and in print to a high standard, working across a seven-day rota.
  • Liaising with approximately 30 foreign correspondents on daily stories and planning off-diary exclusives and news pieces.
  • Working with desk editors from multiple departments (video, graphics, pictures) on breaking news and upcoming long term events.
  • Taking responsibility for the Foreign desk and briefing the Editor at news conferences when required.
  • Working regular Sunday editing shifts where you are responsible for the Telegraph’s foreign coverage in print and online.
  • Opportunity to build up your own areas of specialism and develop projects.

Skills required for the role

  • Proven track record of news editing in national or international newsrooms.
  • Strong news sense, with the ability to seek out exclusive and breaking stories.
  • Proven interest in foreign news, ideally with overseas experience as a correspondent.
  • Experience of working to tight daily deadlines.
  • Strong ability to write and edit articles clearly, concisely and to house style.
  • Have a good working understanding of social media channels to both spot and promote stories.
  • Be familiar with and have experience of digital storytelling techniques.
  • Experience of planning coverage of future news events and preparing dairy items of news.
  • Proficiency in a second language is desirable.

The Telegraph’s goal is to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace and we are committed to building a team that reflects a wide variety of skills, perspectives, and backgrounds.

We are an equal opportunities employer, hiring solely on merit and business need. We encourage applications regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, and disability. If you require reasonable adjustments in any recruitment process with us, please make us aware.

For more information on our purpose, beliefs, and people values, please visit our website.

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