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Freelance Senior Desk Editor – International News Desk

With operations in 37 countries, NBCUniversal is one of the best known media brands in the world, and NBC News has been a leading source of global news and information for more than 75 years. It is uniquely positioned with both a network presence (NBC News) and a cable television news channel (MSNBC), giving it the widest audience reach of all the U.S. networks.  Its stable of world-class brands include the breakfast show, TODAY; the flagship evening broadcast, Nightly News with Lester Holt; and the nation’s oldest continuous television news program, Meet the Press. Beyond broadcast, NBC News Digital is a collection of innovative and powerful news brands that deliver compelling and visually engaging stories on your platform of choice:,,, Nightly News, Dateline, Meet The Press. In 2017, Digital launched its first daily show on Snapchat, Stay Tuned.


  • Experienced
  • freelance senior desk editor
  • Journalism
  • London, United Kingdom

About the Role

This is a freelance position with ad hoc scheduling. You'll be at the core of NBC News's international operations, coordinating and supporting teams in the field and in the newsroom as they produce news pieces for our key platforms, including TODAY, Nightly News and We'll be working on juggling various tasks - including pitching ideas and content, choosing which stories to cover, deploying teams and assigning resources. teams up to date with the latest developing news stories and video.

You will be expected to have excellent communication skills and skills. You'll need to be meticulous and have excellent attention-to-detail to keep all the work that goes for the International Desk on a daily basis.



  • Run the international news desk and its team
  • Manage demands on teams in the field of the various entities
  • Coordinate with control rooms and field teams on live shots
  • Verify stories by contacting local sources, government officials, companies or related individuals
  • Pitch content with an understanding of the different platform audiences
  • Work with digital teams to coordinate coverage & pitch content
  • Update the network, editors and field teams with breaking news updates & compelling video
  • Participate in daily conference calls & run the weekly planning meeting
  • Make accuracy in desk logs, diaries & notes
  • Help to establish and maintain working story & contact files
  • Work with correspondents & producers in organizing, setting up stories, and coordinating elements
  • Deploy teams on short notice to travel & book travel
  • Assist field teams with risk assessments and managers in responsible safety protocols
  • Work with NBC News partners & affiliates for requests for video, editorial information or assistance
  • Support the edit room or field editsedit room or field edits



  • Experience working on the news desk of a leading international TV news organization, ideally with a US outlet
  • Capacity to work in a fast-paced and demanding live news environment
  • Strong news judgment, knowledge of current events & familiarity with previous key news stories
  • Strong attention to detail & accuracy
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Leadership & management
  • Excellent communication skills and professional conduct, especially in high-pressure & stressful situations
  • Experience with managing & booking satellite operations
  • Strong understanding of the role of social media in news broadcasting and multi-platform delivery
  • Experience with iNews, Avid Assist & Avid NewscutterNewscutter
  • Understanding of video and photo licensing, legal principles and rights of usage, preferred
  • Familiarity with NBC News output and editorial standards



  • University degree or equivalent experience
  • Eligible to work in the UK
  • Willingness to work flexible hours
  • High standard or written English
  • Polite phone manner and good communication skills
  • Strong teamwork ethic
  • Additional languages ​​preferred


About us
NBC News is a leading source of global news and information operating for over 75 years. Among its highly-respected, most established news programs are the top-rated NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and America's longest-running morning news show, TODAY. The network's primetime newsmagazine, Dateline provides a variety of in-depth stories ranging from mysteries and breaking news to camera investigations and documentaries. The continuously evolving online presence of NBC News, NBC News Digital Group, includes,,,, NBC Left Field, NBC Latino, NBCBLK, NBC Out, NBC Asian America, Snapchat's Stay Tuned and other social media platforms and digital initiatives.

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