Staff Writer - Text - AJ+ English

Digital Division Washington D.C., District Of Columbia


Role Type: 6 month contract


AJ+ is about to launch an email newsletter delivering original, written content — and for that, we need staff writers!

That could be you if:

– you’re a quick, curious, knowledgeable, well-sourced writer whose copy fizzes and pops with style and wit, even as it radiates insight

–you share our brand’s passionate commitment to social justice values, and to covering the workings of power and the social movements challenging power

–you are a restless, creative thinker who reliably pitches fresh, distinct angles on big stories of the moment, in line with our editorial vision and priorities, or introduces the stories that should be getting more attention

– you are steeped in the habits of social media and approach journalism as a collaborative enterprise that builds and engages a growing community


AJ+ – Al Jazeera’s all-digital video channel and social media brand – is launching an email newsletter in the coming months. Our goal is to deliver high-quality, original written content on a daily basis in line with our social justice-oriented focus. We’ll be covering the workings of power, and the efforts of those outside of power to challenge and change their fates.

We’ll be delivering original, analytical insights rather than standard news coverage. Output will be short-form and analytical, and based on original reporting when possible.

The successful candidate:

– writes clean, stylish, engaging copy anchored in analytical insight and expertise gleaned from ongoing reporting

– is detail- and deadline-oriented

– is intellectually curious, knowledgeable and well-sourced on key topic areas

–shares our brand’s passionate commitment to social justice values and grasps our editorial priorities

–is a creative thinker and innovative communicator, with a demonstrated ability to render complex ideas in accessible form

– is a self-starter with excellent news judgment and who can deliver daily pitches with fresh, distinct angles and enterprise stories in line with our editorial vision

– is engaged on social media, and is a collegial, collaborative team player

Role Responsibilities:

  • Pitching daily stories with fresh, innovative, distinct angles 
  • Pitching original, creative enterprise stories in line with our editorial values
  • Reporting and researching priority stories and developing expertise and sources in key topic areas to add depth to our coverage
  • Filing clean, insightful, analytical briefs and Twitter threads on tight daily deadlines as assigned
  • Engaging on social media platforms on key coverage topics
Education & Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • At least three years’ experience writing professionally. Please provide clips or links to clips and Twitter handle with application