News Desk/World in Brief Editor

Job Locations United Kingdom-London


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The Economist Group is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from the newspaper to conferences, business information and electronic services. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world.


The Economist is looking for a newsdesk/world in brief editor to join its digital team in London.


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.


This is a hybrid role that encompasses our evolving daily briefing products and our news-publishing operations for our apps and website. It involves some shift and weekend working.  


The ideal candidate will have the ability to write and edit crisply and cleanly; excellent news judgment and analytical rigour; experience of working in a news environment; 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 November. They should send their copy and a CV to


The deadline is October 31st 2021.



How you will contribute:


Areas of responsibility include:

  • Planning, writing, editing and updating our World In Brief/Espresso content
  • 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 
  • Pitching and writing occasional stories for digital-first formats like The Economist Explains  


  • Ensuring that our World in Brief 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:

  • Digital editor
  • Senior digital editors
  • Head of audience


Experience, skills and professional attributes

The ideal skills for this role are: 

  • Ability to write and edit crisply and cleanly
  • Excellent news judgment and analytical rigour
  • Experience of working in a news environment
  • An understanding of global politics, business and finance 




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