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Writer - Global Breaking News


Writer - Global Breaking News

• Emerging Level


CNN is seeking to hire a journalist who is passionate about global news to join our award-winning EMEA digital team as a breaking news writer in London.

Category Digital Media  Writers 
Location London, United Kingdom
Time Period Full Time
Posted Date Jul 12, 2022
Start Date N/A
End Date N/A

Job Description

The successful candidate will thrive in a breaking news environment – nimbly writing and producing the big breaking stories of the day with accuracy, urgency and flair.

As a breaking news writer you’ll work with a global team, picking up from colleagues in the Asia-Pacific region, to break and contexualize the biggest stories of the day across CNN’s global digital platforms.

You’ll have a deep knowledge of global news and current affairs and a curiousity and interest to expand it as well as an appetite to dive into new subjects and quickly get up to speed. Day-to-day you’ll work on CNN’s live digital coverage, collaborating with multiple teams to bring the best of CNN’s reporting to a mobile-first audience. You’ll also be adept at quickly breaking standalone stories out, and swiftly filing clean and crisp copy.

Applicants should have a deep understanding of how stories travel on the internet, feel comfortable with all major social media networks and know their way around key listening tools.

The Daily
  • Works within a team of writers (in a rota pattern) on breaking news coverage. Can flexibly dive in and cover any global breaking news story regardless of region or subject
  • Writes clean, clear and engaging copy that conveys to digital audiences not only what is happening but why
  • Can articulate breaking news in different story formats
  • Can collaborate with journalists from other (non-digital) teams
  • Can work with people remotely and across multiple time zones and has the verbal and written communication skills to do this well
  • Can navigate quickly between different communication tools and distill what’s editorially important
  • Knows how to smartly frame/angle a story and can suggest clever, compelling and accurate headlines to editors
  • Adaptable to different styles of writing depending on the subject and digital platform
  • Contributes story ideas at daily editorial meetings and longer-term pitch meetings
  • Ensures all journalism produced adheres to CNN standards and integrity
The Essentials
  • Demonstrated experience writing breaking news at a global media company or another outlet with a large audience
  • Comfortable working well under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Deep knowledge, passion and interest for international news. A curiosity to keep learning, to think critically and a strong desire to make CNN’s coverage reflective of the world we cover
  • Strong technical capabilities including working on different content management systems, news operating systems and audience analytics programs
  • Perfect grasp of written and spoken English
  • Understanding of journalistic standards and media law
  • Self-starter with a history of delivering outstanding results
The Nice-to-Haves
  • Knowledge of additional languages is desirable, but not essential

Job Type Full Time 
Weekly Limit N/A
Shift Day
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