Announcement from Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl and Deputy Foreign Editor Eva Rodriguez:
The Washington Post will again expand its Foreign coverage in 2019, this time by adding correspondents in Brazil and West Africa. This is the latest step in an expansion that also added correspondents in Mexico, Rome and Hong Kong in 2018. The Post’s foreign-based reporting staff will soon number 30 correspondents in 22 locations outside the United States, the largest in the news organization’s history.
The Post’s widening global footprint reflects a commitment to delivering distinctive, penetrating and revelatory journalism to a growing worldwide audience that includes digital-only subscribers in 170 countries.
To help lead our reporting, The Post is also adding an Americas editor, based in the Washington newsroom, to oversee our coverage of Latin America and Canada. To sustain a 24/7 operation, The Post will also add an editor based in Asia to handle breaking news and to write opportunistically about subjects capturing digital attention. This editor will most likely be based in Hong Kong, and will work with correspondents in Beijing, Hong Kong, New Delhi and Tokyo.
We would like to hear from candidates interested in discussing these specific reporting and editing roles, as well others that may emerge in the months ahead:
The Post is adding a full-time correspondent in Brazil, to extend a foothold in Latin America, where economic turbulence and anger over corruption are fueling growing political instability. This correspondent will have primary responsibility for Brazil, the region’s most populous and economically powerful country, working with Marina Lopes, who reports half-time for The Post from Sao Paulo. The reinforcement will allow Anthony Faiola, our South America and Caribbean bureau chief, who is based in Miami, to maintain a broad regional leadership role.
We expect foreign correspondents to be resilient, tenacious and adaptable; we need journalists who can do anything. This includes plunging into breaking news with velocity and authority; delivering ambition, insight and originality through deeply reported enterprise; and bringing creativity to the more conversational and visual-first pieces that enhance our digital report. We particularly prize reporting that lands with impact.
The Brazil role is a big job, one that requires initiative, judgment and a strong grasp of Brazil and the rest of South America, including political, economic and environmental issues. Any candidate should be able to point to a record of distinction in covering a competitive beat for a major international news organization. The strongest candidates will have significant experience in reporting from Latin America and will have strong Spanish- and/or Portuguese-language skills.
Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter and three reporting clips to Douglas Jehl (email@example.com) Eva Rodriguez (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tracy Grant (email@example.com) by Dec. 21. Please send PDFs, not links, and use subject line: Brazil: YourName.
The Post is opening a new bureau in West Africa to extend our reach across a continent that is projected to account for more than half of the world’s population growth over the next three decades. This new configuration means that responsibility for sub-Saharan Africa will be shared with Max Bearak, our bureau chief in Nairobi. The reinforcement will allow us to delve more deeply into places where economic promise and on-the-ground realities so often collide to make Africa such a rich setting.
The West Africa bureau chief will most likely be based in Dakar, Senegal, with a focus that includes Nigeria, already Africa’s most populous country and one that is on track to become No. 3 in the world by 2050. The responsibilities will include the countries of the Sahel, including Mauritania, Chad, Mali and Niger, which like Nigeria are wrestling with threats from Islamic extremism, as well as countries such as Ghana and Ivory Coast, which are home to some of the world’s most rapidly growing economies.
This job will require extensive travel, often to places that present significant logistical and security challenges. The role demands considerable nimbleness, patience and a tolerance for hardship – but it carries the opportunity to venture into little-traveled places and tell some of the world’s most rewarding stories. Any candidate should be able to point to a record of distinction as a writer and reporter covering a broad range of stories for a major international news organization. The most qualified candidates will possess French-language skills and bring experience operating in conflict zones and in covering Africa.
Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter and three reporting clips to Douglas Jehl (firstname.lastname@example.org) Eva Rodriguez (email@example.com), Jenn Amur (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tracy Grant (email@example.com) by Dec. 28. Please send PDFs, not links, and use subject line: West Africa: YourName.
The Post is adding an Americas editor to provide dedicated leadership of our expanding coverage of Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. This new foreign-desk editor will oversee the correspondents in Mexico, Miami and Brazil, as well as the staff writer and freelancers responsible for Canada.
We expect regional editors to be versatile, accomplished leaders who can encourage the speed and depth our mission requires across the full spectrum of today’s journalism. Our regional editors’ responsibilities extend from story conception all the way through presentation and promotion, and their roles require subject-matter knowledge, digital savvy, visual sophistication and literary skill.
Any candidate should be able to point to a record of distinction as an editor or reporter for a major news organization in shaping and delivering ambitious coverage. We regard Spanish-language ability as essential for the Americas editor job. The most qualified candidates for this role would bring significant journalistic experience in Latin America or Canada, along with the energy, commitment and creativity necessary to help some of our most talented correspondents deliver their most memorable and impactful work.
The Americas editor will be based in the Washington newsroom, working a shift that includes regular weekend and early-evening responsibilities, to help sustain our 24/7 tempo.
Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter and three editing or reporting clips to Douglas Jehl (firstname.lastname@example.org) Eva Rodriguez (email@example.com) or Tracy Grant (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Dec. 14. Please send PDFs, not links, and use subject line: Americas: YourName.
The Post is adding a news editor in Asia to bring timely judgment, a fast metabolism and deft skills to a team that operates on the other side of the clock from the Washington newsroom. This editor would be the point person on breaking news from the region and would play multiple roles that include news editing, crafting initial versions of breaking stories, and writing quick-turn pieces about subjects capturing attention.
For breaking news and blogposts, this editor would be the primary liaison between Asia correspondents and evening and overnight editors on the homepage. On other matters, the editor would serve as a daytime partner for correspondents in Japan, China, Hong Kong, South Asia and beyond, whose overall coverage would continue to be overseen by their regional editors in Washington.
This role is modeled after the one inaugurated by a news editor who leads coverage in the Europe and Middle East time zones from his base in Africa. The Asia news editor would most likely be based in Hong Kong. We are seeking an experienced, capable and multi-talented editor who has demonstrated speed, reliability, initiative and good instincts in a similarly pivotal news-editor or rewrite role. The most qualified candidates will have worked as a reporter or editor in Asia for a major English-language international publication, and will have extensive knowledge of key coverage areas, including China and North Korea. This contract role is a desk-based editing job, working a Monday-Friday shift that begins early in the Asian morning.
Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter and three editing or reporting clips to Douglas Jehl (email@example.com) Eva Rodriguez (firstname.lastname@example.org), Brian Murphy (email@example.com) or Tracy Grant (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Jan. 4. Please send PDFs, not links, and use subject line: Asia: YourName