Careers portal hires English journalist to cover US presidential election
Posted May 11, 2020 18:03:59Careers portal News.com.au has launched a new English journalist for the US presidential campaign, as it continues to recruit English journalists to cover the US election.
The company says it will add an English journalist in each state for each state, to cover presidential races and other major events.
“We’ve been looking for a native English speaker who has a passion for covering election coverage,” News.org.au editor and editor-in-chief Jason Jones said.
“As a company, we’ve always had an eye for people who can deliver an excellent experience, and that’s why we’ve worked hard to bring in a talented and passionate journalist who understands the challenges and opportunities in covering the US elections.”
The new journalist will cover the 2016 US presidential race.
News.org has been recruiting candidates and candidates’ supporters to cover elections for several years, and has a long history of doing so.
“Our mission is to help people who love the US and want to make the world a better place, whether they’re a native-born US citizen or an immigrant, and our reporters have a passion to bring that to life,” Newsorg.org chief executive James Grosvenor said.
The American Society of News Editors (ASNE) says English speakers are underrepresented in newsrooms in the United States, with fewer than half of journalists being English-speaking.
“There’s been a trend in the US for the past five years, particularly in media, that has seen a shift in the representation of English speakers in the news media,” said ASNE president Ann Marie Murphy.
“They’re not as represented in the editorial process or in the fact-checking, and it’s a huge gap to fill, especially when we’re looking at the election as a whole.”
While News.ng has been hiring people from the UK and Ireland for a number of years, it says it has never had an English-language editor in the Americas.
“With the recent election in America, we’re now looking to hire our first candidate from the US to cover an election,” Mr Jones said in a statement.
News of the hiring was first reported by the American Conservative.
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