The Associated Press
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Fact Check Desk Editor/Temporary

Post Date:Mar 27, 2018Type:Full time
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Location: United States - Arizona - Phoenix Job Reference:
Job Description:

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day more than half the world's population sees news from AP.


The Associated Press seeks an aggressive editor with a commitment to accountability reporting to join its Fact Check and news verification team as a newsperson on a nine-month temporary assignment, based in New York.


Reporting to the Fact Check News Editor, this newsperson will edit and publish AP Fact Check and news verification stories. This editor will assist with identifying false and misleading reporting, including that which is trending online, and will guide the reporting and creation of stories that correct the record on deadline. The successful candidate will be comfortable working in multiple media formats, including with user-generated content, and will help develop forensic tools that help AP understand who is behind suspected false stories trending online. This temporary newsperson must have the ability and willingness to work any shift, including at night and on weekends, or as coverage demands, as AP is a 24/7 operation.


The successful candidate will:

  • have a demonstrated history of successful text editing, with a record of assisting reporters and producers in the creation and delivery of compelling work on deadline and the production of enterprise that is illuminating and entertaining.
  • work among a team of journalists, reporters and editors to deliver accountability-focused reporting that breaks news, has impact and is exclusive to AP.
  • have strong communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with the diverse team of journalists at the AP who operate in all formats: text, photo, video, audio, digital/social, interactive and graphics.
  • have a great news sense, with the ability to communicate stories that people will want to share, like and talk about on social media and other platforms.
  • pursue innovative coverage techniques while maintaining AP’s standards for integrity and objectivity.


Qualifications: This newsperson must have demonstrated excellence as a journalist, with a record of delivering distinctive spot news and accountability-focused stories. The successful candidate will have experience with user-generated content and investigative reporting techniques, and an understanding of social media and the spread of misinformation. Applicants must be able to help reporters explain complex stories in clear and compelling ways, and do so swiftly and accurately on tight deadlines. The successful candidate must be able to work effectively as a member of a team, and should have at least two years of full-time experience at a daily newspaper, broadcast station, online or digital news outlet, or an AP bureau or regional desk.


Other qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Authorization to work in the U.S. will be mandatory.
  • Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English.
  • Professional competency in a language besides English is a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple projects across formats and deliver success on a complex, challenging story lines.


Application Deadline:  04/06/2018 @ 11:59 p.m. EST


AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable nondiscrimination laws.


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