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

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Freelance Desk Editor - International News Desk - NBC News

London, UK

Freelance Desk Editor - International News Desk - NBC News
This is a freelance position with ad hoc scheduling. You will be at the core of NBC News' international operations, working on the assignment desk with the Senior Desk Editor to coordinate and support teams in the field and in the newsroom as they produce news pieces for our key platforms, including TODAY, Nightly News and

  • Coordinating resources and communicating with the senior desk editor, field teams, show producers & edit producers
  • Assigning and managing live requests for various NBC News platforms & partners
  • Coordinating with control rooms and field teams on live shots
  • Updating the teams with breaking news updates & compelling video
  • Compiling accurate staffing logs, editorial updates & output records
  • Handling and booking live transmissions or tape windows with third party vendors
  • Deploying teams at short notice to travel abroad & booking travel
  • Assisting field teams & managers with risk assessments & ensuring safety protocols
  • Working with the senior desk editor or individually to identify and pitch key stories & editorial themes
  • Verifying stories by contacting local sources, government officials, companies or related individuals
  • Working with NBC News’s partners & affiliates to request video, editorial information or assistance
  • Finding & transmitting key video from agencies, archives or elsewhere for news stories across the network
  • Supporting the edit room or field edits

  • Experience working on the news desk of a leading international broadcast news organization, ideally with a US outlet
  • 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
  • Excellent communication skills & professional conduct, especially in high-pressured & stressful situations
  • Experience in 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, preferred
  • Experience of using video agencies, preferred
  • 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
  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including overnights
  • High standard of 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 programmes 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 on-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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