News Editor - English Channel

English Channel Washington D.C., District Of Columbia


Position at Al Jazeera Media Network


The News Editor is responsible for guiding the news day and executing the editorial process, and directing news operations in the field. The News Editor is responsible for maintaining and update the global Newslog, and ensuring that all active Newsgathering assignments are reflected in this log.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Read in and have an overview of international updates through all available sources (news wires, other agencies, newspapers, social media and internet etc.)
  • Develop the AlJazeera English news agenda for the day with the Executive Producer
  • Commission stories and assign tasks to the news teams around the world and rest of the news desk
  • Mobilize teams on breaking news, plan travel, logistics and safety arrangements
  • Coordinate with the satellite desk to book feed times and satellite dishes
  • Review and re-write news scripts for packages, giving feedback to Reporters and Correspondents where appropriate
  • Brief Reporters/Correspondents on story direction and developments
  • Liaise with Executive Producer and Doha output team on coverage of live events and rolling news
  • Book facilities and freelancers when required
  • Purchase pictures from third party vendors when required
  • Brief presenters on interviews and live two-ways
  • Help with planning and logistics of following day’s coverage if required
  • Seek legal advice to ensure reports are legally compliant
  • Deploy to the field as producer or News editor where appropriate
  • Direct the work and develop the skills of the Deputy News Editors
  • Conduct appraisals of Deputy News Editors when required
  • Work on other desks in Doha or Broadcast Centers as needed
Job Requirements / Qualifications:
  • Minimum Bachelor Degree in Journalism, Media, Communication or other related fields
  • Minimum 7 years of professional experience in TV or related fields with in-field reporting and journalism experience. Experience running a large news desk operation is essential
  • Local and international knowledge in current affairs
  • Knowledge in news sources and Aljazeera editorial integrity and ethics
  • Knowledge in editorial and Journalism work standards
  • Knowledge in the work flow or a large global news operation