London, UK: Freelance Senior Desk Editor – International News Desk - NBC News

Job Vacancy: Freelance Senior Desk Editor – International News Desk - NBC News

Location: London, UK

With operations in 37 countries, NBCUniversal is one of the best known media brands in the world. And NBC News has been a leading source of global news and information for more than 75 years.

About the Role
This is an irregular freelance position with ad hoc scheduling. You’ll be at the core of NBC News’s international operation, coordinating and supporting teams in the field and in the newsroom as they produce news pieces for our key platforms, including TODAY, Nightly News and We’ll look to you to draw on your experience of working on assignment desks and be resourceful in juggling various tasks--including pitching ideas and content, choosing which stories to cover, deploying teams and assigning resources, all while keeping the company and field teams up to date with the latest developing news stories and video.

  • Lead the international news desk
  • Manage broadcast & digital platform demands on field teams
  • Coordinate with control rooms and field teams on live shots
  • Verify stories by contacting local sources, government officials, companies or related individuals
  • Pitch content with an understanding of the different platform audiences
  • Update the network, editors and field teams with breaking news updates & compelling video
  • Participate in daily conference calls & run the weekly planning meeting
  • Ensure accuracy in desk logs, diaries & notes
  • Help to establish and to maintain working story & contact files
  • Work with correspondents & producers in organizing, setting up stories, and coordinating elements
  • Deploy teams on short notice to travel & book travel
  • Assist field teams with risk assessments & managers in ensuring safety protocols
  • Work with NBC News partners & affiliates for requests for video, editorial information or assistance
  • Support the edit room or field edits

  • Experience working on the news desk of a leading international TV news organization, ideally American
  • Capacity to work in a fast-paced and demanding live news environment
  • Strong news judgment, knowledge of current events & familiarity with previous key news stories
  • Strong attention to detail & accuracy
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Leadership & management
  • Experience with iNews, Avid Assist & Avid Newscutter
  • Understanding of video and photo licensing, legal principles and rights of usage, preferred
  • Familiarity with NBC News output and editorial standards
  • University degree or equivalent experience
  • Eligible to work in the UK
  • Willingness to work flexible hours
  • High standard of written English
  • Additional languages preferred

About us
NBC News is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading entertainment and media companies, with businesses ranging from television and film production to news and theme parks. And as we look to build on our global success, we need the right systems to support our global growth.

To apply for this role, please email [email protected]

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