The Washington Post is planning to add a correspondent to the foreign staff to help us cover the conflicts in the Middle East and beyond that are upending lives, redrawing borders and otherwise reshaping the world.
This is the opportunity to tell some of the most important stories of our times, and to address issues central to U.S. security. The mission would likely include helping to cover the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, but it could well extend to other trouble spots, including parts of Africa. We are seeking versatile, highly accomplished candidates whose work demonstrates an ability to take on just about any journalistic challenge and pull it off – as a parachute artist who can plunge confidently into new terrain; as a digger and source-builder able to illuminate hard targets; as a reporter who can elevate daily coverage of big running stories; as a writer with the gifts to make people and places come alive.
Any candidate should bring experience in covering conflicts, and the strongest will have experience in the Middle East or Afghanistan. Arabic-language skills are not required but would be a plus. At a time when the United States is 15 years into its ‘Long War’ against Islamist extremism, the new correspondent would be based in a location that allows good proximity to the most important of those conflicts, joining a distinguished team that includes Post correspondents already based in Beirut, Baghdad, Jerusalem, Cairo, Islamabad/Kabul and Nairobi.
Keeping our correspondents safe is vitally important to us, and applicants should expect to work closely with us to mitigate the risks inherent in covering conflict.