The World news desk is looking for a Europe news editor.
This is one of the most exciting and high-profile commissioning jobs at the FT. With a strong network of seasoned correspondents, Europe is a real powerhouse of the FT’s international coverage. The editor will shape the coverage at a time of huge challenges for the continent: Russia is waging war on Ukraine and the west, inflation is derailing post-pandemic recovery plans, Germany is facing an energy reckoning, Italy is entering renewed political turmoil, the French president has lost his parliamentary majority and the ECB is exiting negative rates.
You’ll have a good understanding of how the EU works. You will also be expected to work extensively with correspondents in different bureaux to tease out the collaborative, cross-border stories that really add value to the FT’s coverage. This is a digital-first editing role. It requires an understanding of audience engagement, the conviction to manage swift copy delivery and the ability to commission and present content for digital platforms.
- Mentor and guide European correspondents to generate original story ideas and focus on priority tasks;
- Build a steady pipeline of high-impact on-the-news scoops, reads, analyses and data-led stories that will populate the big slots on the homepage of the website and anchor world print pages every day;
- Plan coverage ahead of big events through thorough planning and coordination with other desks;
- Edit complex stories so that they meet high standards of accuracy and jargon-free writing style;
- Come up with creative ways of presenting stories online, use new formats and platform for stories
- Occasionally prepare and present in news conference
- Participate in podcasts, videos and FT Live conferences
Required skills and experience
- You have the confidence and leadership skills to motivate colleagues on the World Desk and communicate priorities to the network of international correspondents;
- You’re a trend-spotter, make a point in being up to speed on major news developments across the continent, be committed to digital journalism, have a good understanding of macroeconomics and sharp news judgment. This means working closely with the World News Editor to coordinate the resources on the desk and across the network.
- You have a good knowledge of macro-economics, prior reporting experience overseas and strong collaborative instincts;
- You’re creative, manage staffing, give constructive feedback and be a team player;
- Weekend shifts are required as usual part of the World Desk rota.
Applications should be made via Greenhouse by Monday 8th August 2022.
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