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Freelance 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.


  • London, United Kingdom


  • Coordinating resources and communicating with the senior desk editor, field teams, show producers & editing producers
  • Assigning and managing live requests for various NBC News platforms & partners
  • Coordinating with controls and field teams on live shots
  • Updating the network, editors and field teams with breaking news updates & compelling video
  • Compiling accurate staffing logs, editorial updates & output records
  • Handling and booking live transmissions or tape windows with third party vendors
  • Deploying teams on short notice to travel abroad & booking travel
  • Assisting field teams with risk assessments & managers in ensuring safety protocols
  • Working with the senior desk editor or individually to identify and pitch key stories & editorial themes
  • Verifying stories by contacting local sources, government officials, companies or related individuals
  • Working with NBC News’s partners & affiliates to request video, editorial information or assistance
  • Finding & transmitting key video from agencies, archives or elsewhere for news stories across the network
  • Supporting the edit 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
  • Excellent communication skills & 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 Newscutter, preferred
  • Experience of using video agencies, preferred
  • 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
  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including overnights
  • High standard of 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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