Newsperson, Science and Environment

New York, NY 10281
  • December 12, 2020

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day more than half the world’s population sees news from AP.

The Associated Press seeks an enterprising reporter to develop sources and break stories around equality, justice and fairness in science and the environment as a newsperson, based in New York, NY.
Reporting to a deputy health and science editor, this newsperson will focus on how climate change, pollution and environmental degradation affects different communities in different ways and, more broadly, how science and medicine is serving — or failing to serve — people of all backgrounds. The successful candidate will break news, produce smart explainers and develop enterprise stories for a global audience. This reporter will have strong news judgment and a deep dedication to evidence-based journalism, and must be comfortable working closely with other text reporters, video journalists and photographers, from the field and from the desk. The successful candidate will be comfortable reporting with data, freedom of information requests, in multiple media formats, and using social media to break news and develop sources. This newsperson must have the ability and willingness to work any shift, including at night and on weekends, or as coverage demands, as AP is a 24/7 operation.

The successful candidate will:

  • have a history of successful reporting on the environment, science or health, with a record of compelling work on deadline and the production of enterprise that is illuminating and entertaining, as well as the creativity and insight to find the science in everything.
  • work among a team of journalists, reporters and editors to deliver spot news and enterprise coverage that breaks news, has impact and is exclusive to AP.
  • have strong communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with the diverse team of journalists at the AP who operate in all formats: text, photo, video, audio, digital/social, interactive and graphics.
  • have a great news sense, with the ability to communicate stories that people will want to share, like and talk about on social media and other platforms.
  • pursue innovative coverage techniques while maintaining AP’s standards for integrity and objectivity.
  • Qualifications: This newsperson must have demonstrated excellence as a beat reporter, with a deep record of delivering exclusive and distinctive spot news and enterprise stories on a complex and challenging beat. Applicants must be able to explain complex stories in clear and compelling ways, and do so swiftly and accurately on tight deadlines. The successful candidate must be able to work effectively as a member of a team and should have at least two years of full-time experience at a daily newspaper, broadcast station, online or digital news outlet, or an AP bureau or regional desk.

Other qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Authorization to work in the U.S. will be mandatory.
  • Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English.
  • Basic proficiency in using an iPhone for photos and video is required. Advanced proficiency is a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple projects across formats and deliver success on a complex, challenging story lines.

Application deadline is January 5, 2021 11:59pm EST

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