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NBC UniversalLos Angeles, CA
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Company Description

NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

Job Description


We re seeking experienced breaking news editors to work at NBC News Digital in New York and in Los Angeles.

In this position, you will work with a team of breaking news reporters on an afternoon, evening or weekend shift. The role of the team is to cover a wide variety of breaking news stories as they happen including natural disasters, crime, lawsuits, cultural events, celebrity news, science developments and health studies, business news, and viral social media posts. (Politics stories will be handled by a separate team.)

As the editor on the shift, you ll have to make quick judgments on which events to cover and how to cover them. You ll supervise the reporters on the team to write these stories quickly, provide headlines and social media guidance, and write breaking alerts to go with them. Once an initial story is published, you ll oversee it as it continues to be updated, vetting reporting thoroughly along the way. You ll make sure that the stories you re editing have the best photos, videos and other elements to provide context to a reader as a story is developing.

You will work with the other editors on News Digital, including our enterprise desk and our politics team, and will report to the lead breaking news editor.

To qualify for the job, you ll have a proven track record of working on and preferably leading a breaking news team at a major newspaper or website. You will thrive on reacting instantly and responsibly to breaking news, ensuring both speed and accuracy, clarity and fairness. As an NBC News editor you will be obsessive about keeping NBC News competitive on major news stories and reporting news first, thriving on the challenge as a team player who never loses your cool.

Other responsibilities:

  • Actively monitor sources of breaking news (Dataminr, Twitter, wires, internal communications) and be prepared to jump on news seconds after it happens.
  • Expertise writing and editing SEO, social and cover headlines.
  • Editing and writing clean, fast and accurate copy, headlines and photo and video captions.
  • Make full use of the range of NBC News resources, including network newsgathering and multimedia.


Bachelor s Degree
4+ years working in a newsroom environment that puts a priority on breaking news, with demonstrated experience assigning, writing and editing news stories.
2+ years editing breaking news.
2+ years working in a digital shop.
Willingness to work on an afternoon, evening, night or weekend shift in either New York or Los Angeles.
Must have the desire to work in a creative, demanding, competitive environment.
Must be a skilled editor with outstanding communication skills.
Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV through www. nbcunicareers. com to be considered.

Estimated annual salary


  • Read copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.
  • Verify facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.
  • Read, evaluate and edit manuscripts or other materials submitted for publication and confer with authors regarding changes in content, style or organization, or publication.
  • Develop story or content ideas, considering reader or audience appeal.


  • Reading ComprehensionUnderstanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active ListeningGiving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • WritingCommunicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • SpeakingTalking to others to convey information effectively.


  • Administration and ManagementKnowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • ClericalKnowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Customer and Personal ServiceKnowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Computers and ElectronicsKnowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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