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Europe Editor

Open until suitable candidate is identified

Please quote vacancy number: NWS2065-1901


Reporting to the Europe Regional Director, the Europe Editor oversees the newsgathering operations of RFE/RL language service correspondents in Brussels and other out-of-area European locations. RFE/RL’s coverage of NATO affairs and EU foreign, social and economic policy continues to increase, with several RFE/RL Language Services now running dedicated TV news programs and digital rubrics devoted to these issues. The Europe Editor is expected to help shape and coordinate coverage, ensuring that resources are efficiently used and editorial standards are maintained. The Europe Editor’s tasks will include advising RFE/RL’s Language services on how to best cover breaking European news, providing in-house analytical expertise and helping them identify relevant expert guests. He/she will ensure that material gathered by field correspondents is shared, in-house, as appropriate. The Europe Editor will participate in daily editorial meetings, working closely with language service editors and relevant correspondents on the ground to help guide coverage. He/she will periodically review the services’ Europe-related coverage and suggest editorial improvements. He/she will work directly with Language Service editors to help them plan and coordinate their reporting of significant upcoming events in Europe and suggest feature ideas. He/she will also edit copy, when needed, and write regularly on European topics, conduct major interviews and be available to travel as a correspondent, and/or to represent RFE/RL as an in-house expert on EU and NATO issues at think-tank panels and similar forums, as required, as required.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Helps language services coordinate their daily EU and NATO-related coverage, working with both Prague-based editors and field correspondents, especially in Brussels
  • Attends daily planning and editorial meetings focused on Europe coverage
  • Advises on the coverage of special EU and NATO-related events, including summits
  • Supervises and coordinates editorial content of TV shows related to the EU and NATO
  • Provides in-house expertise, suggests appropriate analysts and guests
  • Regularly reviews service output on European issues, suggesting editorial improvements
  • Edits copy as needed
  • Regularly writes on European issues and conducts interviews and travels, as needed

Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, a related discipline or the equivalent in experience is mandatory (Advanced degree is a plus)
  • A minimum of 10 years of internationally oriented journalism experience, especially covering EU institutions and NATO, is mandatory
  • Detailed knowledge of EU institutions and NATO and an extensive list of contacts in those institutions is mandatory
  • Proven experience reporting from the field under tight deadlines
  • Detailed knowledge of the main foreign policy and security issues facing EU and post-Soviet states in Central and Eastern Europe

Skills

  • Must have proven reporting, writing, editing, analytical and practical problem-solving skills
  • Ability to quickly evaluate options in a breaking news situation and make qualified editorial judgment calls
  • Good communication and mentoring skills and a proven ability to work within a diverse workforce
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Ability to understand the specifics of various news platforms and the needs of diverse services
  • Basic web, audio and video editing skills

Languages

  • First language level in written and oral English is mandatory
  • Proficiency in other EU-languages is highly desirable

Should you be interested in this position please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter in English.

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Who we are ...

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is an international broadcast organization based in Washington, D.C. and Prague, Czech Republic. RFE/RL's programs -- via radio, the Internet, and television -- reach influential people in 22 countries, including Afghanistan, Iran, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asian nations. RFE/RL's mission is to provide accurate and reliable news and information to domestic audiences in the local language. RFE/RL broadcasts in 26 languages and attracts more than 26 million weekly listeners and online visitors. With more than 400 journalists, 750 freelancers, and 17 local bureaus, RFE/RL is one of the most comprehensive news operations in the world. It is funded by the U.S. Congress through the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM).

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