South Asia and Africa Editor

Washington, DC
Jun 06, 2022
Aug 10, 2022
Full Time
Application Instructions

Please list all professional experience and explain any gaps in employment history. All of your application materials, which may include PDF files of work samples and/or links to audio, video, photography or graphics, must be uploaded to the field labeled Resume/Cover Letter/Work Samples to be considered for the position.

Job Description

The Washington Post is seeking a regional editor to oversee coverage of much of the Global South, a vast and varied canvas from Africa to Southeast Asia that includes many of the world's fastest growing and most dynamic countries.

We're looking for an experienced, agile leader with a demonstrated ability to drive ambitious, revelatory journalism across broad regions in ways that best serve our readers. The job requires the judgment and vision to help reporters identify the most promising lines of coverage, conceive practical reporting strategies and deliver high-impact work that brings to light new information worthy of global attention.

This is an assignment editor role, part of a Foreign desk team that includes five other editors responsible for different geographic parts of the world. The position oversees more than half a dozen correspondents based in West and East Africa as well as India, Afghanistan and Pakistan -countries where news developments often demand fast-paced reporting. Our expectations for coverage mean that the correspondents will most often be asked to pursue deeper reporting targets, particularly on subjects that are both surprising and relevant to global readers. Some of that reporting may focus on complex issues that transcend borders, including human rights, authoritarianism, the role of technology and the impact of global climate change.

We have identified a strong internal candidate for this position but would like to hear from others interested in this or other editing roles on the Foreign desk.

Any candidate should have at least five years of experience as an editor overseeing a challenging line of news and enterprise coverage. Candidates should also be comfortable working in a multitude of storytelling formats. The most highly qualified candidates will bring strong subject-matter knowledge of Africa, Afghanistan, India, Southeast Asia or another part of this editor's terrain. Proficiency in a non-English language would be beneficial but is not required.

We expect this position to be based in our Washington newsroom. Candidates should submit a cover letter, résumé and three work samples to our jobs portal. All application materials can be uploaded to the same field. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but those received by 06/12/2022 will be prioritized. The cover letter should be addressed to Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl and Interim Deputy Foreign Editor Susan Levine.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

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