Digital News Editor
About the Job
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Los Angeles
It’s an exciting time to be part of the BBC News team in North America. We are expanding and we want you to help us improve our coverage of this critical region and reach new audiences in our two biggest markets outside the UK.
The size of the digital team across Washington, New York, LA and Toronto is more than doubling to 40 journalists. There will be more writers, editors and specialist reporters as well as new hubs focused on production, visual journalism and growing our audience.
Help us manage that huge change – and shape the BBC’s daily coverage – by applying for the new digital news editor position in our Los Angeles bureau.
We want to provide the best breaking news coverage of major events in North America as well as more original reporting and innovative digital storytelling, especially from the West. Our readers want a richer global perspective on both US and international news.
Having an experienced news editor to help run the daily news team will be crucial, someone who knows how to make news writing really sparkle and who can curate our content to showcase the BBC’s best journalism from around the world.
BBC News is committed to creating a more diverse, inclusive and agile organisation that responds quickly to changing audience needs, provides you with exceptional career opportunities, and strengthens our position as a trusted, impartial, world leading news organisation.
A senior journalist on the digital news team will be expected to write, edit, sub and commission stories from the US and Canada for the BBC News website and app. The role has many aspects: it could focus on monitoring the news, generating ideas for coverage and helping set the daily agenda. It involves writing the biggest news of the day, getting involved with reporting, generating ideas and devising the best formats to tell our biggest stories.
You will help direct a team of digital writers and video journalists based across North America and work with colleagues from TV, radio and the BBC’s many language services to make their journalism work for digital audiences. Based in the Los Angeles bureau, you will work especially closely with the teams in LA and San Francisco to provide sharp, insightful coverage of the West, including your own original reporting. The time difference means major national and international stories often break when you are the senior editorial figure on shift.
This role will also be called upon to curate the front page of the North America edition of the website as well as the international app. You will have to make swift judgements about what content to promote, using data to back up decisions in line with our audience targets. And you will write sharp and engaging push notifications to break major news and promote our most distinctive stories. An understanding of how search and social trends and audience data improve our journalism will be part of the job.
Are you the right candidate?
The successful candidate will have:
Excellent editorial judgement with experience handling breaking news in text on digital platforms and a proven track record of making the right decisions under intense pressure
The ability to sift news material with speed and accuracy and then to devise and enact an effective digital production and promotion plan using digital production systems
In-depth knowledge of data analytics and experience of using them to shape our journalism to meet the needs of different audience groups
Demonstrable knowledge of US, Canada and world affairs and the ability to generate a clear editorial plan for digital coverage of major breaking news
Experience of commissioning, editing, structuring and writing sharp, engaging news in a range of digital formats and generating ideas to reach wider audiences
The ability to explain the world to a US audience, and reflect the different perspectives of American and international audiences
This is a local hire position and eligible candidates must be able to live and work in the US (US citizenship, Green Card or work authorisation).