Who we are

Semafor is a global news platform for an increasingly complex world in which consumers are overwhelmed by too many news sources and unsure what to trust. We are building Semafor from the ground up to enable world-class journalists to deliver reporting and insights with rigor in journalistic forms that ensure a new level of transparency. Our editors will distill the most important stories from all over in formats that uncover the forces shaping the stories, explain the interests behind polarizing narratives, and replenish the stock of shared facts. As a global platform, Semafor recognizes that smart people can disagree and that informed readers need to understand alternative points of view from competing centers of power and culture in a multi-polar world. Our ambitions are large, but we’re going to start small. We intend to launch in just two markets globally, learn from our experiences, and grow deliberately. Want to join us? Read on. 

About the Role

We’re looking for talented, fast-twitch journalists with global perspectives, a broad range of interests, a deep sense of how news spreads on the internet, and a gift for sparkling prose to join Semafor's breaking news team. The writers will complement Semafor’s coverage verticals, writing timely, globally-important stories for an international audience, and contribute to our daily Flagship newsletter. Subjects will run the gamut, including geopolitics, climate change, technology, science, culture, as well as business and finance and American politics. Ideal candidates would bring experience and expertise in at least some of those areas, jump onto stories quickly, be able to summarize key issues quickly and accurately, and shape the voice and personality of the publication. They will also pitch ideas for longer-term stories, bringing depth and insight beyond the daily news cycle. Experience working or living in multiple countries is a plus, as are language skills.

The position would report to the Breaking News Editor. There is no geographic limitation: Semafor is a global news organization, and we are looking for the best journalists, regardless of where they live. Candidates will be asked to complete a writing exercise as part of the interview process, and must retain the right to work where they live.


Your responsibilities

  • Working in a small team, jumping on breaking news to quickly write stories and update them as they develop, for a globally aware and sophisticated audience
  • Contribute to Semafor’s daily newsletter and other products as they are developed
  • Bring insight and depth to the issues and flair and personality to the writing
  • Stay on top of a broad range of issues to be able to identify topics of most interest to readers
  • Collaborate closely with the rest of Editorial work seamlessly across all of Semafor

What makes you qualified

  • 3+ years of relevant journalism experience
  • The ability to quickly understand and concisely summarize information on a broad range of topics
  • Proven understanding of how stories spread online, and experience writing for large online audiences
  • A flair for elegant and sparkling writing on deadline
  • A strategic, sophisticated approach to identifying breaking news across different issues, storylines, and geographies.
  • A passion for world events and issues and a broad interest in a wide range of subjects
  • A broad reading list across conventional and unconventional sources
  • Eagerness to be part of a dynamic work environment demanding initiative, flexibility, and a willingness to jump in wherever needed to help the team succeed
  • Experience working with diverse teams with teammates from many different backgrounds.
  • Contagious joy in fast-paced breaking news

Additional job details

Comprehensive employee benefits: unlimited PTO, medical, dental, vision, short & long-term disability, flexible spending, health savings accounts, life insurance, 401(k), pre-Tax commuter benefits. (Benefits do not apply to freelance or contract work)

Salary Range: To be discussed with candidates. 

Semafor, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages people from all backgrounds and experiences to apply. Semafor, Inc. will consider all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law

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