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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.


The Associated Press seeks a talented writer and editor of breaking news to work in its Washington D.C. bureau as a newsperson, assigned to its editing desk. Reporting to the Deputy Chief of Bureau for Visual Journalism, this newsperson will be responsible for starting AP‘s coverage of breaking news stories in the morning and crafting engaging, mobile-friendly copy on a range of issues, including national politics, national security and other topics related to the U.S. federal government. The newsperson will produce original work and will also work as part of the Washington editing desk to update stories from other AP journalists to ensure that new developments are reflected quickly and in an engaging way. This editor will start their day at 6 a.m. and will work with colleagues internationally and in the bureau to ensure AP is competitive on news that developed overnight and develops in the early morning hours. While this is primarily an early morning shift, this newsperson must have the ability and willingness to work any shift, including at night and on weekends, or as coverage demands, as AP is a 24/7 operation. 


The successful candidate will: 

  • have a demonstrated track record as a fast and engaging writer and editor, with an eye for mobile-friendly stories that draw attention online and on social media. 

  • have a record of assisting reporters and producers to create and deliver compelling work on deadline and produce enterprise that is illuminating and entertaining. 

  • have strong communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with the diverse team of journalists at the AP who operate in all formats: text, photo, video, audio, digital/social, interactive and graphics. 

  • have a great news sense, with the ability to communicate stories that people will want to share, like and talk about on social media and other platforms. 

  • pursue innovative coverage techniques while maintaining AP’s standards for integrity and objectivity. 


Qualifications: This newsperson must have demonstrated excellence as a fast, detail-oriented writer and editor. Applicants must be able to explain complex stories in clear and compelling ways, guide reporters and news editors during the reporting, writing and presentation process, and do so swiftly and accurately on tight deadlines. Applicants must have a demonstrated history of working with colleagues in remote locations and the ability to reorder priorities quickly. The successful candidate must be able to work effectively as a member of a team and should have at least three years of full-time experience at a daily newspaper, broadcast station, online or digital news outlet, or an AP bureau or regional desk.  


Other qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. 

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

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

  • Professional competency in a language besides English is a plus. 

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple projects across formats and deliver success on a complex, challenging story lines. 


Application deadline expires at 11:59pm EST on Oct. 18, 2018


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

Associated Press
Full time
Washington, DC 20005-4076, US