News Desk Editor

Job Locations United Kingdom-London | United States-NY-New York | Singapore-Singapore | China-Hong Kong


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The Economist is looking for News Desk Editors to join its digital teams in Europe (London), America (location is flexible) and Asia (Singapore or Hong Kong). These are hybrid roles that encompass our evolving daily briefing products and our news-publishing operations for our apps and website. The roles involve some shift and weekend working. 


The mission is to help ensure that The Economist's daily digital offering provides topical, habit-forming, high-quality analysis that suits a variety of different audiences, and in particular that our daily briefing services provide a responsive view of the day's essential global stories.


The ideal candidates will have the ability to write and edit crisply and cleanly; excellent news judgment and analytical rigour; experience of working in a news environment; a calm head and an eye for detail; and an understanding of global politics, business and finance. 


Applicants should write three 150-word shots of analysis, one on business, one on politics and one on any subject of their choosing, each of which would be suitable to run in our Espresso daily briefing service on a day in May. They should send their copy and a CV to: for the role in America; for the role in London; and for the role in either Hong Kong or Singapore.


The deadline is May 9th 2021.




Areas of responsibility include:

  • Planning, writing, editing and updating our daily briefing services
  • Ensuring timely and smooth publication of digital-only and early-digital stories
  • Updating elements of our home pages, hubs and section pages
  • Monitoring news services and alerting senior editors to breaking stories and our audience teams to opportunities to resurface our published content


  • Ensuring that our daily briefing service is timely, distinctive and a pleasure to read
  • Ensuring that our digital publishing processes run faultlessly, throughout the week and around the clock
  • Helping to ensure that the home pages of our digital products and channels like newsletters and social media reflect the news cycle

 Key relationships include:

  • Editor, digital news products
  • Senior news editor
  • Head of audience
  • Regional digital editors (depending on locations)

Experience, skills and professional attributes

The ideal skills for these roles are:

  • An ability to write and edit crisply and cleanly
  • Excellent news judgment and analytical rigour
  • Experience of working in a news environment
  • A calm head and an eye for detail
  • An understanding of global politics, business and finance



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