Full Time Job

Weekend News Writer

Warner Media

London, United Kingdom 07-21-2022
  • Paid
  • Full Time
Job Description
Every great story has a new beginning. We're excited to announce that Discovery and WarnerMedia have combined to become Warner Bros. Discovery. WBD is a premier global media and entertainment company offering audiences the world's most differentiated and complete portfolio of content, brands and franchises across television, film, sports, news, streaming and gaming. We're home to the world's best storytellers, creating world-class products for consumers. From brilliant creatives to technology trailblazers and beyond, join us as we step into the next chapter.

The Job

CNN is seeking to hire a journalist who is passionate about global news to join our award-winning EMEA digital team as a full-time weekend news writer in London. 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 the weekend news writer you will 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. Your shift pattern will be regular days of the week, plus Saturday and Sunday.

You'll have a deep knowledge of global news and current affairs, combined with a drive to turn that into easily digestible stories for a global audience. 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.

You'll also be counted on to pitch and write longer-lead stories that will resonate with our weekend readers.

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 primarily on breaking news coverage. Can flexibly dive in and cover any global breaking news story regardless of region or subject
• Also pitches and reports out longer-lead stories (news features, explainers, other enterprise content) with a weekend audience in mind
• 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, with excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Can navigate quickly between different communication tools and distil 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

Warner Bros. Discovery embraces the opportunity to build a workforce that reflects the diversity of our society and the world around us. Being an equal opportunity employer means that we take seriously our responsibility to consider qualified candidates on the basis of merit, regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, disability or any other category protected by law.

If you're a qualified candidate with a disability and you need a reasonable accommodation in order to apply for this position, please contact us at recruitadmin@warnermedia.com.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-g32mn4-18-207-157-152-42 in your application.