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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ma'an job posting

From Ma'an:
Title: English Editor
Department: Ma'an News Department - English Desk
Place of work: Ma'an News Agency, Bethlehem, Palestine
Immediate supervisor: English Desk Manager
Academic Background: Bachelor's Degree
Professional Experience: Minimum 1 year editing/news writing experience/ Masters degree
Job Description:
· Edit news stories for English website
· Prepare, rewrite and edit copy
· Check stories for legal and ethical concerns
· Write articles occasionally
· Proofread articles
· Monitor other news sources, such as press releases, telephone contacts, radio, television, wire services and other reporters
· Verify facts, dates and statistics using standard reference sources
· Deal with telephone calls and emails from members of the public
· Edit other English language communications for Ma’an
· Network as needed
Required Competencies:
· English Language – native speaker
· Impeccable writing and editing skills
· Demonstrable experience of journalism
· Willingness to work in a conflict zone
· Ability to work under pressure in a fast-moving news environment
· Strong news sense
· Ability to work as part of a team
· Strong ability to prioritize
· Strong organizational skills
· Willingness to work flexible hours
Desired Competencies:
· Written and/or spoken Arabic
· Previous experience of working in a newsroom
· Knowledge of Middle East history and politics, especially Palestine
· Knowledge of other European languages and/or Hebrew
Any Jewish bloggers who live near Bethlehem want to apply? I'm certain that a progressive organization like Ma'an has an equal-employment policy, the matter of their religion wouldn't be an issue at all; they already know Hebrew, already know the politics of the area and they already live "in a war zone" so Ma'an doesn't have to worry about paying relocation.