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

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Freelance Senior Desk Editor – International News - NBC News

London, UK

Freelance Senior Desk Editor – International News Desk

This is a freelance position with ad hoc scheduling. You will be at the core of NBC News’ international operations, 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 You will be juggling various tasks - including pitching ideas and content, choosing which stories to cover, deploying teams and assigning resources, and keeping teams up to date with the latest developing news stories and video.
You will be expected to have excellent communication skills. You will need to be meticulous and have excellent attention-to-detail to keep track of all the work involved in running the International Desk on a daily basis.

  • Run the international news desk and its team
  • Manage demands on teams in the field of the various entities
  • 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
  • Work with digital teams to coordinate coverage & pitch content
  • Update the network, editors and field teams with breaking news updates & compelling video
  • Participate in daily conference calls & run the weekly planning meeting
  • Make accurate desk logs, diaries & notes
  • Help to establish and maintain working story & contacts files
  • Work with correspondents & producers in organizing, setting up stories, and coordinating elements
  • Deploy teams on foreign assignments at short notice
  • Assist field teams & managers with risk assessments & ensuring safety protocols
  • Work with NBC News partners & affiliates for requests for video, editorial information or assistance
  • Support the edit room or field editsedit room or field edits

  • Experience managing the news desk of a leading international TV news organization, ideally with a US outlet
  • Capacity to work in a fast-paced and demanding live news environment
  • Strong news judgement, knowledge of current events & familiarity with previous key news stories
  • Strong attention to detail & accuracy
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Leadership & management
  • Excellent communication skills and professional conduct, especially in high-pressured & stressful situations
  • Experience with managing & booking satellite operations
  • Strong understanding of the role of social media in news broadcasting and multi-platform delivery
  • 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 or written English
  • Polite phone manner and good communication skills
  • Strong teamwork ethic
  • Additional languages preferred

To apply for this role, please email

NBC News is a leading source of global news and information operating for over 75 years. Among its highly-respected, most established news programs are the top-rated NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and America's longest-running morning news show, TODAY. The network's primetime newsmagazine – Dateline - provides a variety of in-depth stories ranging from mysteries and breaking news to camera investigations and documentaries. The continuously evolving online presence of NBC News, NBC News Digital Group, includes,,,, NBC Left Field, NBC Latino, NBCBLK, NBC Out, NBC Asian America, Snapchat's Stay Tuned and other social media platforms and digital initiatives.

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